How Do I Eat Healthy When My Family Doesn’t?

I got an excellent question from a reader recently so I thought it would be a good idea to cover this here on the blog since it’s something that affects a lot of us, me included. Here’s exactly what Rachel asked:

Here’s my situation; I am really good about exercising and I count calories to stay in check. My problem is my boyfriend! For some reason whenever I’m with him I feel like calories don’t count and I end up eating whatever I want. Any ideas for getting out of that mind set?

It can be tough to stick to a diet plan when you’re around certain people. Why? Sometimes when you’re around these people your priorities change, you let you’re inhibitions go or perhaps your family or those closest to you eat whatever they want, so the temptation is always there…staring at you..saying eat me!

Either way, we need to learn to deal with these situations. All the advice I give on this blog is fine and dandy, but the real world always provides tough obstacles that we need to overcome to reach our goals.

So, here is how I proposed that Rachel tackles her problem. Honestly, it’s a similar problem that I face when I’m around my family and it may hit home with you too!

First of all, if you overindulge every once in a while with your boyfriend then honestly I would say it’s no big deal. Remember, it’s OK to cheat every now and then. Go ahead and enjoy!

However, if it occurs regularly then you should explain to your boyfriend your health and diet goals and ask that he helps when he is around. Maybe you could even get him interested in eating healthy and you could experiment together with healthy low calorie recipes. Support from loved ones can make all the difference.

Another good option is to plan ahead. If you know you’re going to be around your boyfriend and there’s a good chance you might overindulge, then eat less calories during the day to balance out the extra calories you will be eating later. A little planning can go a long way.

Lastly, and what most people don’t like to hear, is that you’re in control of your actions. You obviously know there’s a problem and only you can fix it. I’m impressed that you’re already controlling your calories and exercising! You’re already way ahead of most people! So, I don’t see why in time that you can’t learn to control yourself around your boyfriend. Just slowly work on it and remember that slow lifestyle changes overtime lead to extraordinary results!

If you have faced and overcome a similar situation, please let us know in the comments below how you have handled it.

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