I live with my boyfriend of 2.5 years. He's very respectful of my paleo diet choices, especially since it helps me with blood sugar issues which in turn makes me nicer to him :)
He eats a lot of rice, though. He usually has granola bars and popcorn in the cabinet. Romantic dinners with him usually involve pasta.
I had no problem eating 100% paleo before we moved in together, but with sweet Nature Valley bars in the house, I tend to slip a bit more frequently. So far, my only solution has been to have one paleo cabinet and one non-paleo cabinet that is off-limits to me.
To those of you whose loved ones DO NOT eat paleo with you, what are your solutions?
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on July 19, 2014
at 10:32 PM
Enough time eating strictly paleo, and force of habit, will make it easier to simply look past non-paleo foods. That, and always having a paleo alternative on hand for myself when my partner rummages for pretzels, ice cream, cookies, baguette, etc.
We shop individually and often eat different foods. There are often two meals being prepared at the same time: SAD by partner, paleo by me. Perhaps in the future, if my partner's health gets affected as drastically as mine was by SAD food, they will join me in paleo, until then we just coexist well.
I just remember how badly I used to feel when I ate all that sugary, gluten, chemical filled, SAD food, before my current paleo life. Paleo literally changed my life, moods, energy and attitude for the better and I was able to get off medications because of it.
Maybe make a list of before symptoms that are gone now to post on the fridge? Mine would look like: anxiety/depression, arthritis, acne, headaches, eczema, bleeding gums, weight gain, brain fog, exhaustion, GERD, IBS, back aches, absorption problems, emotional ups and downs. I could go on.
Just as no one could have forced or "guilted" me into going paleo before I was ready, I give the same respect to my partner for their freedom to choose. Yes it is hard to watch their health be affected too, but it really is none of my business how they choose to eat. As long as they don't interfere with my food choices, I must also stay respectful and not interfere with theirs.
After years of eating paleo now, when I see non-paleo foods, it is as if I were looking at rocks or something. They don't even register in my brain as food anymore. Keep at it, it will get easier, and make some paleo granola to eat instead of Nature Valley bars, it tastes better anyway!
on July 19, 2014
at 04:10 PM
Don't eat the junk. It's that simple.
I live with my husband and kids. They eat sugary junk, I don't. If you're hungry eat real food. If you're not hungry don't eat junk.
Perhaps you need to eat more at a meal so you won't be tempted to snack on a junky granola bar. Or have your own whole food treats to eat when tempted.
This is good training for a happy marriage. Learn now you can't change him, you can only change yourself and your responses.