A common question we get asked is “How do I get my significant other involved in my health and wellness goals?” Believe me, I know exactly where they are coming from and hard it can be. I have one of those at home too! We are here to help you with getting more support at home, turning your significant other into an at-home accountability partner to help you achieve your long term goals. Here are some ideas of where to start!
- Communicate: Yes. You are going to have to talk to each other. Let’s be honest. Many of us have tried many different things to improve our nutrition and/or lose weight. Many of those things are quick fixes that yield short term results and then a return of old habits. Share with your significant other that you are taking an honest long term approach and fill them in on your short and long term goals. Tell them WHY you want to participate in a nutrition coaching program and where they fit into this plan. Then give them the details of your nutrition coaching program. Let them know that you have enlisted the help of an expert nutrition coach to help them stay on track and that this is different from other strategies previously employed.
- The Shared List: Your significant other may not be ready for changing their eating habits right away. Acknowledge that this is their choice and that is OK. But, with being aware of your goals, you can keep communication lines open and start to come up with a shared grocery list. What are foods they want, what are foods that you want, and a challenge- what are a few healthy foods on your meal plan that you both want?
- Find One Thing: Your significant other may not be ready to dive into meal prep. That’s ok. Share your CFPTC meal plan with them and challenge them to find just one recipe that sounds amazing. Pro-Tip: there are many to choose from! We suggest the Meatloaf Muffins! This recipe can also be made into 1-ounce size meatballs- great for meals as well as fun bite-size snacks.
- Give it time– Be consistent with making this chosen recipe along with a few others to make some easy meals for yourself and you may find that your significant other might start to eat more of your meal prepped items. While this may be frustrating at first, and you may need to do a little midweek prep if you run out of prepped items, this is actually a good thing! Your significant other is starting to incorporate more real foods in their diet, realizing that healthy food can also be more enjoyable and you are gaining an accountability partner.
- Be Persistent: Continue to share your successes and goals – As you start to get some results, share these with your significant other. Communicate how their support is helping to achieve those results and share what healthy habits you are working on to keep those results coming. And if your significant other wants to start their own nutrition journey, you know where to send them!
Andrea Bauer, Head Nutrition Coach