How to Eat Well When Your Family Doesn’t
You walk up to the dinner table and these are the faces you see…
You’re trying to eat all of the right foods. Soup seems like a good option until someone shows up with bread to soak up all of the good stuff at the bottom of the bowl. What about when your extended family is staying with you and do something “nice” like bring pastries home for breakfast.
Eating well can be relatively easy until other people come into the picture.
So, how do you eat healthy when your family doesn’t?
The fact is boundaries need to be set. We fall victim to other’s eating habits because we:
1) Lose our will power, or;
2) Set ourselves up to fail because we didn’t make rules.
“That’s not staying in my house.”
“You can eat that with your friends, but don’t bring it home.”
“I’m throwing that out if you leave it in the fridge.”
These are all appropriate ways of handling someone who (unknowingly) is sabotaging you.
You can’t control what someone else is eating but your house, your rules.
Check out these action steps. They may seem like no-brainers but they’re powerful, non-invasive techniques to keep you sane and on track.
Add it in or Leave it Out - If someone insists on having something you don’t want to have like bread or pasta with their food, add it in for them. Yes, this will be a temptation for you but it could save the trouble of conflict. You can also leave out ingredients in your portion or find alternatives that might give you the same satisfaction as what you’re trying to avoid.
Throw Stuff Away - *GASP* How dare we even suggest that!? It’s easy. Here’s the scenario: Your teenager brings McDonald’s into your house. It smells really good and you want just a few fries. You ask nicely for them to eat it somewhere else but they refuse! BOOM, trash can! 3 points.
Find an Alternative - Replace chips with carrots and peppers. Swap out ice cream for a frozen protein shakes. Buy sweet potatoes instead of bread. Slowly changing the way your family views food will help you (and them) in the long run.
Your nutrition goals are important. Your health is important. It’s okay to change! Those who understand what you’re going through or at least can put themselves in your shoes will be supportive. If not, just run away.