Kacey Musgraves said it best: you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t, so you might as well just do whatever you want. When it comes to eating, this is all too true.

We’ve all been there before. We don’t want a slice of cake at a family party, so we receive countless passive aggressive comments about how we should live a little. Or we DO eat a slice of cake, and someone comments on how we really shouldn’t be eating sugar.

I’ve been through this, and I know how common it is. If you deal with this, remember that you are far from alone.

Here are some tips I have to help you overcome those comments, but at the end of the day, it’s something we need to learn to write off. Easier said than done, I know. But people are ALWAYS going to make these comments.

Whether it’s because that’s the way they brought up, they’re insecure about their own choices, or they simply like to judge others… it’s always going to happen.

That’s why it’s important to stay focused on YOU. Eat what you want. Remember your goals. Commend yourself on your amazing progress. Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks, because YOU are what matters.

The main thing I want you to remember is that NOBODY actually cares. It feels like they do, and it might feel awkward in the moment, but every single person gets over it almost immediately. If you skipped out on Grandma’s green bean casserole at Thanksgiving and she questioned you about it, I can guarantee that she has gotten over it.

Confidence is a beautiful thing. Learn to be confident with yourself and your goals, and you’ll be well on your way to telling all those people to screw off. Nicely, if you choose.

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