Monday, February 4, 2013

Making my changes work for us both

My boyfriend and I live together, and he is the most amazing man I’ve ever known. I wouldn’t give what we have for the world and I’ve never felt so loved, appreciated, and happy in my life!

When he asked me to move in with him I was ecstatic, but what I didn’t consider was how our diets would affect each other. He’s the type that loves junk food. Sure he likes carrots, salad, cucumber, and some sliced peppers on his tacos, but other than that he is not big on the vegetable train. I’m not writing this to harp on him, I love junk food just as much as the next person, but I also happen to absolutely LOVE every vegetable, right down to brussel sprouts and spinach. So when it came time that I decided I wanted to start making healthier choices in what I was eating, doing it while living with him proved to be a bit of a challenge. Here are the things I’ve learned;  

1. I’m the one changing, he shouldn’t have to as well.

I’m making these choices for me, having his support means the world to me, but I try my best not to push my choices on him. He’s a grown up, he can eat what he wants.

2. We can eat different things!!

This is a big one. I try to find alternatives to everything. For example, one of our go to snacks was always Tostitos multigrain rounds with cheese melted on top. He still loves to eat them and when he does I instantly crave a chip like snack. I’ve found Pepperidge Farm Cracker Chips that come in delicious flavours and they take care of that salty craving, plus I actually really like them. Finding alternatives like this have been my saving grace. I could most definitely save points up to enjoy snacks like the nachos, but I prefer to just munch on lower point alternatives for myself instead.

3. You can sneak in some healthier options, without them noticing that it’s healthier.

A prime example of this is my taco post that I did a little while ago. I switched ground beef out for ground turkey and he didn’t notice until we talked about it. I’m in no way trying to lie to him or anything, I just go ahead and cook with alternatives and if he doesn’t like it then I’ll switch back.

4. Communicate!

If I’m having a day where I really don’t want to track and I’m feeling lazy about my eating I tell him that and ask him to help me for a day by staying away from junk foods. He’s more than willing to help me and that support means the world.

5. This is much easier now than it was in the beginning.

At first I had a really hard time with our diets being different. I wasn’t as familiar with WW and the options I should be looking for, and I was all too willing to give into temptation when he was eating less healthy. Once I made it through the first couple months and started to learn more and form better habits, it got much MUCH easier!

If you’re trying to make a change but you find it hard because of a partner, believe me I feel your pain! It is tricky at first, but it is possible. A few tweaks here and there, being supportive of each other, and finding options that work for both of you is the key.

Till next time,

Chan xo

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