Sometimes your spouse or partner doesn’t fit into those new healthy lifestyle changes too well or vice versa.
Issue #1: Temptation in the House
For the spouse trying to lose weight:
One key to dieting success is limiting temptation by cleaning out less healthy foods that could trip you up. But, you also have to remember it’s your spouse’s kitchen too. Determine what your trigger foods are (chocolate and sweets, salty potato chips, pizza, etc.) and then talk with your spouse about how you can limit these foods in your home. Also, if there are foods that your spouse enjoys that don’t tempt you, let him know those are fine to have around.
For the spouse on the sidelines:
It’s understandable if you’re not overly thrilled about the ice cream and chips getting thrown out, but the reality is that no one needs those foods on a regular basis. Even if you don’t need to lose weight, everyone should follow a healthy diet – more fruits and vegetables, nonfat dairy, lean protein, whole grains, and good fats and less sodium, solid fat, and added sugars. You can still enjoy those less healthy foods, but be respectful and try to do it when you’re not with your spouse.