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When you want a healthy lifestyle, sugar is one of the first things you need to give up. However, a spouse with a sweet tooth can make going healthy much more difficult. It’s always easier to pick up new healthy habits if you have a steady support system, but a partner who goes for the candy while you’re eating celery can make you want to drop the greens for some sugar.
If you’re feeling frustrated by your spouse’s eating habits, it’s important to do something about it. Whether you’re struggling to be healthy with the temptation nearby or if you don’t want the person you love stuffing junk into his or her body, you need to deal with it in a way that will be good for both of you.
As with all relationship issues, the best thing you can do in this situation is communicate with your partner. Be honest with your partner and tell them you’re unhappy with the amount of sugary items in the house. Tell your spouse it’s harder for you to maintain a healthy diet if you’re being tempted with sugary foods. Explain the situation and make your spouse aware.
Ease Them Away from It
If you’re trying to get your spouse to consume less sugar, don’t force them to quit cold turkey. Sugar has addictive qualities to it. With corn syrup and sugar being used in most mass-produced food items, it’s not surprising your spouse loves sugar. Ease them away in small steps — have them put a little less sugar in their coffee each morning or switch out cookies for sweet fruit. It won’t happen overnight, but within a few weeks you’ll be able to see a big change in your spouse’s diet.
Eat More Healthy Foods They Enjoy
If you want to avoid being tempted by sweets and get your spouse to eat healthier, try to incorporate some of your spouse’s favorite healthy foods in your daily meals. For example, if your spouse enjoys zucchini, try recipes using zoodles — zucchini noodles — or cook some as a side dish for your main meal. Just don’t overuse those foods. You know what they say about too much of a good thing!
Put a Healthy Spin on Favorite Foods
gluten-free pizza without the sugary tomato sauce for a delicious and healthy choice that everyone will enjoy. Experiment with different recipes to see what works for you and your spouse.There are some foods that taste good no matter how healthy you make them. For example, you can make delicious oatmeal cookies without using a lot of sugar. You can also opt for all veggie or
Sometimes, it’s easier to work out a deal than try to change something. If your spouse can’t give up the sweets he or she craves, then ask them to get the treats that you don’t like. You’ll feel less tempted to munch on sweets if your spouse is eating food that’s unappealing to you.
Have Your Own Snacks
If all else fails and you can’t get your spouse to cut down on the sugar, be prepared with your own snacks when the sugar comes out. When your partner goes for the cookies, you can go for the carrot sticks. If donuts appear in the morning, go for an apple with peanut butter. If you feel yourself being tempted, just leave the room and enjoy your healthy and tasty snacks.
When you’re trying to get into a healthier routine, it’s important to have a good support system. That’s why it can be frustrating to have a spouse who loves sugar and won’t give it up. Address the situation with him or her heads-on and try your best to find a solution together.
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