How To Eat Healthy With Your Partner

Advice

How To Eat Healthy With Your Partner. Is this an elusive lifestyle only accomplished and practiced by unicorns or people who have all the time in the world to devote to this practice of balance as a duo?

NO! You and your love can totally make this work, here’s how and what I’ve learned from personal experience and coaching my clients. Questions I often get asked from friends, family, or through email is “Does your boyfriend eat as healthy as you do? How do you make it work if he doesn’t? How can I get my partner into healthy living? I wish my husband would eat more vegetables, how do I get him to?”

First things first, my motto with living #nutritionstripped in real life is truly about balance, it’s about enjoying life, feeling amazing, and leaving diets and dogmas at the door. Second, it’s about taking the time to change habits which can be tough work, that’s why I coach weekly with my clients. Third, remember to have fun when incorporating new habits into your lifestyle (and your partners) – it makes the process much more enjoyable.

Here’s how to get in sync with your partner and healthy habits:

Be a role model, not a goal setter

We all know how hard it is to change our habits and create new habits, it takes time and constant practice! Lead by example and be a role model rather than setting goals for them; pay attention to your own healthy habit groove, your morning routine, and healthy foods and recipes you make/enjoy. Habit change requires an internal desire or need to change, so be supportive by showing them the way. Give them the space to feel empowered and inspired by what you’re doing, eating, and how you want to live.

To this day, my mom, dad, and brother are fantastic examples of this. I know we can all get excited and want to scream at the top of our lungs “I FEEL AMAZING, I WANT YOU TO FEEL IT TOO!”…but we kinda need to chill out. That can be really overwhelming, intimidating, and can lead them in the opposite direction of adding new healthy habits.

When I want to skip a workout or sleep in, I’ll say “I need to show up for myself right now”. Saying a mantra aloud that resonates with you gives you motivation and sets the tone to inspire your partner with something they want to do for themselves.

Get them involved in the action. 

Cook together! Cooking together is an experience for the both of you, you chop while they cook, you add the dry ingredients and they’ll stir, etc. It’s fun to delegate cooking tasks or items in the meal to find your own “dance” in the kitchen together. My boyfriend and I love cooking and having that special time together in the kitchen with music blasting and some dancing. We didn’t start out that way, I admit I was a kitchen hog and didn’t realize how much he loved to cook (and how good he is!) until we talked about cooking meals for the weekend coming up, which leads me to…

Talk about it!

Chat about meal plans, make a date for cooking at home, organize your grocery shopping trips, etc. Communication is key in any relationship we have, so why would it be any different when it comes to voicing your needs and asking for support or help in new healthy habits you want to establish?

Remember, it’s okay to ask for help. If you aren’t feeling support, ask for it and share with your partner your motivation and reasons why you want to make some changes in your lifestyle. Is it for more energy? More variety with recipes? To try new foods? To feel more balanced? Whatever your motivation and reason(s) are, share it and have a conversation about it, it’ll help you both get on the same page and make habit change much more supportive and team effort.

Shop together

Shopping together can be a lot of fun finding new foods and having the entire experience from market to table, as a duo. Most of the time we’ll shop together and I’ve found that he’s more willing and excited to try the new healthy foods we bought together versus times I go shopping solo and put something new on his plate. It’s all about the process and doing things together as a unit.  If you need help getting started, answer these questions:

  • What logistics in scheduling do you need to figure out to make a grocery shopping trip to happen?
  • Can you schedule time together to plan a grocery list?
  • In what ways can you make it feel like a fun experience?
  • What current habits/routines do you both have that you could attach the “go grocery shopping” task to? For example: if you go to Sunday brunch every week, try adding your grocery shopping trip before or after – attach it to an established habit.

Blame it on me

I have my clients do this all the time and it works! “McKel has on my plan where I eat___” “McKel wrote this blog about habits let’s put it to the test…” You can use me as a common thread to give new habits, recipes, or workouts a try! I promise I won’t mind one bit 😉

Don’t forget to have fun

Above all, look at this with a bigger perspective in mind: you want your loved one to feel amazing, healthier, and happier! If I’ve taught you anything from Nutrition Stripped, I hope (fingers crossed) that it’s this: give yourself grace when it comes to changing your lifestyle, take as small of steps as you need while still giving yourself a challenge, and be balanced with it all. It’s okay to have the champagne, just eat your vegetables first.

Remember, there’s no race here or finish line, it’s a process, a journey, and more than anything its part of your life! Patience, support, communication, adventure, and tons of love are key to integrating your personal health habits into multiple lifestyles.

More…

  1. Try squeezing in vegetables, especially in their favorite foods. For example, favorite smoothie? Add a handful of spinach in it
  2. Meal prep galore! Having healthy foods prepped in the fridge or snacks ready to go can be a great way to engage them in trying healthy foods
  3. A list of recipes that are crowd pleasers and #partnerapproved:

I’d LOVE to hear from you about your experience – do you have any challenges with healthy eating with your boyfriend/girlfriend/roommate/spouse?  What challenges do you have with this now, or what have you found to be successful?

xx McKel

Share your thoughts

cookbook-footer

See what wellness looks like #IRL

follow @nutritionstripped

Looking for something? Let's find it!

Terms & Conditions

Photography, recipe, and content Policy

Content
All content is copyright of Nutrition Stripped and shall not be copied, replicated, or duplicated. Please be courteous, respectful, and refrain from using it as your own. You may share a recipe or image only by contacting, referring, or directly linking back to Nutrition Stripped.

Photography and Recipe Policy 
We’re extremely flattered when asked to publish NS photography on a website or blog. We ask that if you’d like to share a recipe, photography, or content, you must get permission from the team first. Please keep in mind that all written content, photography, recipes, and general writing are copyrighted materials which have been a labor of love in the production of and have worked very hard to produce it.

Nutrition Stripped policy is as follows if you want to do the following:
To promote a recipe or photograph from my site You may post one photo as long as you give a direct link back to the post where you found the photograph/material including in the content a mention of McKel Hill, MS, RD from Nutrition Stripped. You may not republish the recipe itself. To use my photography for promotion other than sharing my original works you must request permission beforehand, a simple email will do. You may not republish my recipe or multiple recipes without direct permission. We occasionally allow other websites to post my recipes; which is decided at my discretion on a case-by-case basis and mostly with those we have an agreement with for example with my blog writing contributions. Please uphold the standards of the U.S. copyright laws for recipes and mycopyright policy.

 

Nutrition Stripped © 2016

Privacy Policy

Personal identification information
We may collect personal identification information from Users in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, when Users visit our site, subscribe to the newsletter, and in connection with other activities, services, features or resources we make available on our Site. Users may be asked for, as appropriate, name, email address. Users may, however, visit our Site anonymously. We will collect personal identification information from Users only if they voluntarily submit such information to us. Users can always refuse to supply personally identification information, except that it may prevent them from engaging in certain Site related activities.

Non-personal identification information
We may collect non-personal identification information about Users whenever they interact with our Site. Non-personal identification information may include the browser name, the type of computer and technical information about Users means of connection to our Site, such as the operating system and the Internet service providers utilized and other similar information.

Web browser cookies
Our Site may use “cookies” to enhance User experience. User’s web browser places cookies on their hard drive for record-keeping purposes and sometimes to track information about them. User may choose to set their web browser to refuse cookies, or to alert you when cookies are being sent. If they do so, note that some parts of the Site may not function properly.

How we use collected information
Nutrition Stripped may collect and use Users personal information for the following purposes: To improve customer service, information you provide helps us respond to your customer service requests and support needs more efficiently. To personalize user experience, we may use information in the aggregate to understand how our Users as a group use the services and resources provided on our Site. To improve our Site, we may use feedback you provide to improve our products and services. To run a promotion, contest, survey or other Site feature. To send Users information they agreed to receive about topics we think will be of interest to them. To send periodic emails, we may use the email address to respond to their inquiries, questions, and/or other requests. If User decides to opt-in to our mailing list, they will receive emails that may include company news, updates, related product or service information, etc. If at any time the User would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email.

How we protect your information
We adopt appropriate data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures to protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction of your personal information, username, password, transaction information and data stored on our Site. Sensitive and private data exchange between the Site and its Users happens over a SSL secured communication channel and is encrypted and protected with digital signatures.

Sharing your personal information
We do not sell, trade, or rent Users personal identification information to others. We may share generic aggregated demographic information not linked to any personal identification information regarding visitors and users with our business partners, trusted affiliates and advertisers for the purposes outlined above. We may use third party service providers to help us operate our business and the Site or administer activities on our behalf, such as sending out newsletters or surveys. We may share your information with these third parties for those limited purposes provided that you have given us your permission.

Changes to this privacy policy
Nutrition Stripped has the discretion to update this privacy policy at any time. When we do, we will revise the updated date at the bottom of this page and send you an email. We encourage Users to frequently check this page for any changes to stay informed about how we are helping to protect the personal information we collect. You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to review this privacy policy periodically and become aware of modifications.

Third party links
Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g. click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you.  These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information.  To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice visit the NAI at http://www.networkadvertising.org. To opt-out of this type of advertising, you can visit http://www.aboutads.info/choices.

By using this Site, you signify your acceptance of this policy and terms of service. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use our Site. Your continued use of the Site following the posting of changes to this policy will be deemed your acceptance of those changes. Privacy policy created by http://www.generateprivacypolicy.com last modified on 7/31/13

We allow third party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit our Web site.  These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g. click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you.  These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information.  To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice visit the NAI at http://www.networkadvertising.org. To opt-out of this type of advertising, you can visit http://www.aboutads.info/choices.

Disclosure Policy

Nutrition Stripped works with brands all over the globe that we can stand behind and that we know you’ll love too! Companies and brands will send me products to try or develop recipes with. Whenever I review or refer to a product that was provided to me, I will make it clear in the post, otherwise it is a product that I have purchased and will not necessarily mention in that post. 

Disclosure Policy
This policy is valid starting from 16 June 2013. This blog is a personal blog written and edited by Nutrition Stripped. For questions about this blog, please contact Support [at] nutritirionstripped [dot] com.

This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. This blog abides by word of mouth marketing standards. We believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post will be clearly identified as paid or sponsored content.

While this blog may be compensated for a review of a product or service, such compensation will never have an effect on the honest opinion that I present on this blog. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. This blog does contain content which might present a conflict of interest. This content will always be identified.

Questions? Please e-mail Support [at] nutritionstripped [dot] com or refer to the FTC’s ruling on blogger disclosure: FTC Rules on Sponsored Conversations

Release of Liability
Any item promoted/advertised/sponsored on this site that you choose to partake in is your decision and I am not liable for any problems that arise including, but not limited to: not receiving products, receiving broken or damaged goods, seeing an item you bought go on sale after you buy it, technical difficulties with sites that I link to. Furthermore, any information you submit to any external site is at your own risk.

Affiliate Discretion Notice

Nutrition Stripped is a participant of several affiliate programs which is designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking directly to sources that Nutrition Stripped genuinely likes. If you click on any of those links, which are known as “affiliate links”, and make a purchase within a certain time frame, I’ll get a small commission. The commission is paid by the third parties, not by you! Affiliate links and resources earned help support my efforts here at Nutrition Stripped, thank you!

Need help? Support

T-shirt Size Chart

Size US Sizes UK Sizes AUS Sizes
Small (S) 2-4 32-34 6-8
Medium (M) 6-10 36-40 9-13
Large (L) 10-14 40-44 13-17

DON’T SEE YOUR SIZE LISTED?

No worries, just shoot us a quick email at [email protected] with SHOP in the subject and let us know what size you’re looking for and we’ll set you up!

Avocado Love t-shirt is made with super soft blend of 65% poly 35% viscose; it’s lightweight, flowy, hangs off the body and runs true to size. The boxy crop tee doesn’t show the tummy, just slightly when you raise your hands.

Matcha Matcha Matcha t-shirt is made with a durable 100% cotton blend. It runs a bit on the larger side, but shrinks an entire size due to the cotton.

Kale Made Me Do It t-shirt is made with super soft blend of 65% poly 35% viscose; it’s lightweight, flowy, hangs off the body and runs true to size. The sleeves are purposefully a little loose, hanging off the shoulders giving room to move.

Good Food Good Vibes t-shirt is made with super soft blend of 65% poly 35% viscose; it’s lightweight, flowy, hangs off the body and runs true to size. The sleeves have a deep scoop showing your side body more than a normal tank, great to show off a touch of your sports bra, lacy bra, or any tank underneath.

Each t-shirt is individually hand screen printed here in Nashville, TN by our friends Grand Palace Printing. Each design is printed multiple times to ensure quality color. A lot of love goes into making every single t-shirt, here’s how to take care of it when it gets to you:

+ Wash cold
+ Line dry or lay flat to dry to retain best color and size

Shop Support

Have questions about your order? Exchanges/returns, or just to share a testimonial of your experience with Nutrition Stripped? We’re happy to help answer any and all questions you might have. Please email us at [email protected].

Follow me on Snapchat

Send this to friend