Breaking Your Diet: The Rules

 Most women will go on a diet at some point in their lives. Many women will go on many diets, myself included. A lot of diets are fads that come and go with the times. Some diets work better than others, and some are easier to stick to than others. But in every woman’s life there comes a time when one must break the diet, or face serious social consequences. This often results in a complex playing out of emotions and values: guilt at refusing food in a social situation, guilt at breaking one’s own resolve to diet, guilt at having broken the diet and accepted the cake, and then some more guilt. I am sick and tired of feeling guilty at being put on the spot and having to make an impossible choice, so I have decided to create a list of situations when it is okay to break one’s diet in favour of being sociable.

It would be rude not to... wouldn't it?

Let them eat cake when:

  • You are at afternoon tea and everyone else is having a slice.
  • It is homemade. Refusing homemade cake is a lot like a personal insult on the baker.
  • You are invited to a friend’s for a meal or tea. It would be rude to refuse your host/hostess.
  • It is a local delicacy – when will you get the chance to sample this delicious food again?
  • You are at a party. You should be focusing on social interactions and having a pleasant evening with lovely people, not pushing your food around your plate.
  • It is a special occasion which demands feasting of some sort: Christmas, Halloween, Easter, and Pancake Day.
  • It is a charity cake sale. Buying the cakes gives money to a good cause and makes the children selling them feel like they have achieved something.
  • Your friend is having a really bad day and needs cheering up with cake. You can hardly take her out for coffee and cake and then eat a salad while self-righteously (and somewhat voyeuristically) staring at her chocolate fudge cake.
  • It’s going out of date and you can’t freeze it.
  • You’re given a wonderful and thoughtful gift, such as chocolates or cake.
  • It’s your birthday…

    Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me...

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