I choose to have RESPECT for both myself and for other people. Caring about what others think about me is not the same thing as respecting what others hold out to be valued family traditions. Am I, and my eating behaviors, so important and outstanding that I cannot respect and honor the wishes of others once in a while? I feel comfortable knowing that they would do the same for me. Living the way you suggest takes for granted that others will bow down at your uncompromising, uncooperative requests and demands. I am grateful to be able to surround myself with loving people who would go to such great lengths to make me part of their celebrations that I am filled with happiness. No one is trying to "control" me. It's give and take in this world, unless you want to isolate yourself from a caring society. Sometimes I will conform to their ways, and sometimes they will conform to mine. This type of mutual respect and admiration is part of what makes me a truly happy person every day. Your suggested way of living is self-centered and disrespectful. I care too much about the happiness and comfort of those around me whom I admire and respect and if that means I sacrifice my Lemonade Diet or postpone it a day, so be it. It makes me happy to see others happy and that's really what counts. I'll get my turn. I have everything to be grateful for today!