“I’d be skinny if it wasn’t for my partner’s snacks.”
How many of you have said that before?
Blaming our significant other for our bad habits is all too easy and sometimes feels very true. Afterall, if the food wasn’t in the house we wouldn’t eat it and who brought it in the house in the first place?
Well, we can’t always get our partners to eat healthy with us but we can do more to ensure that their unhealthy choices don’t end up on our hips.
Here are 5 tricks to that can help you stay away from your partner’s snacks:
1. Use a height difference to your advantage. If he’s taller than you, put his snacks on a higher shelf. You won’t even remember they are there if you can’t see them. Out of sight, out of mind.
2. Make Your Allergies and Sensitivies work FOR YOU not against you. If you have any allergies or sensitivities, or tastes that he really likes and you hate, encourage him to incorporate those into his snack choices. For instance I am lactose intolerant and so I won’t eat most things with dairy. I save my tiny dairy allotments for really special stuff. If there is a bag of chips in the house, there’s a good chance that I will eat the whole thing in a few days time. But my husband can make a bag of chips last 2 weeks! (I know, crazy, right?!) So I’ll encourage my husband to get cheddar flavored potato chips. There’s no chance I’m having even one bite of those chips. Because of the dairy and what I know that will do to my stomach, I’m instantly uninterested in them. Problem solved.\
3. Disguise his snacks.
Don’t make bad snacks look so appetizing. Look at those M&M’s! Dang they look good! No! Hide those candies. As soon as he brings it home put the whole bag into a nondescript container so it’s not staring you in the face every time you go in the pantry. Try these containers.
You’ll have to work hard to find a bad snack if they are all stored in these black non-descript containers.
4. Get him to buy really small portions. If he only has a little and it’s obviously for one person, you’ll be more inclined not to eat it because it is afterall his snack, not yours. Compare that delicate, small portion of chocolate that is clearly meant for one person (shown above), to this big bowl of Halloween candy(shown below).
Uh, no. That bowl is setting you up for mindless snacking. Don’t do it to yourself.
5. Stack your snacks from healthiest to worst. If you have to reach behind the fruits and nuts, and carrot chips to get to the cookies, that may give you a moment to pause and reflect on your actions and choose differently. Once again make it easy to do right and hard to do wrong.
I hope these tips help you the next time your partner makes a run to the store for a “treat”.
Now I turn the discussion over to you. Do you have a clever way to avoid your partner’s snacks? Leave a comment below.