Since you’ve met your partner, you’ve probably been living in a happiness bubble full of dinner dates, movies and Sundays on the couch. That’s all well and good, until you step on the scales and realise you’ve unknowingly piled on what Lauren Conrad refers to as the “boyfriend layer”. And even if you do manage to get back on track after a few months of dating, it becomes a whole new ballgame when you decide to move in together. So to stop his bad eating habits from affecting yours, here are a few things you can do:
Substitute your carbs
Obviously, cooking two entirely different meals is out of the question for financial and practical reasons, but you can easily substitute some ingredients without too much hassle. For example, on spag bol night, he can load up on pasta, while you swap some out for zucchini spirals or lettuce. That way, the main part of the meal is still shared.
The same goes for curries and stir-fries: you can substitute your rice portion for grated cauliflower or quinoa. And as for your packed lunches, you can still share ingredients – just opt for a wrap or salad rather than a bread roll with all the trimmings.
Ask him to keep his naughty snacks at work
Out of sight, out of mind. If you never used to munch on chocolate after dinner or eat chips to tide you over until dinner, it’s likely you’ve started because they’re so accessible. Banning these indulgent snacks is a little unrealistic, but surely your man can keep most of them at work?
Otherwise, you might have to resort to hitting the supermarket separately so he can hide them in the house. But let’s be real, when you’re craving chocolate, you’ll find it.
Don’t spend every dinner together
Before you lived together, you probably didn’t eat dinner together every single night. So why should that stop? A couple of times a week, pencil in a dinner date with a friend. You can go to an exercise class and then head to your favourite health food haunt. This works really well, because while you’re preoccupied, he can order his takeaway of whatever guilty pleasures without tempting you.
Use different sized plates
Having a man who cooks for you is great (winning!), but more often than not, they assume you eat as much as them. When you’re STARVING, you probably can, but generally, you only need a smaller portion. You can try to articulate this to them, but sometimes having a slightly smaller plate is easier.
Always have meal options in the house
Besides the fact that deciding what to have for dinner can turn into a heated argument in 2.5 seconds, when you have nothing planned in advance, he’ll most likely suggest takeout. And unless you have some serious willpower (teach us your ways!), as soon as the word ‘pizza’ leaves his mouth, you’ll have to have it.
So it’s best to play it safe and keep a few healthy frozen meals in the freezer, or fresh ingredients to whip up something quickly.
Date night doesn’t have to be dinner
Men aren’t immune to the ‘love chub’ weight gain either. To ensure you both stay fit and healthy, choose activities for your dates instead of going out for dinner. Head to the beach, play mini golf or challenge each other to a go-cart race. Remember, on a day-to-day basis, food is fuel, not fun (except for cheese – cheese is always fun.)
Do you and your partner have different eating habits? How do you compromise?