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How to Convince Your Significant Other to Eat More Healthy

Do you want your significant other to eat more healthy meals? Then keep on reading, and you’ll learn how you can influence your partner’s healthy eating lifestyle!

Do you usually find yourself cringing from the type of food your significant other loves to order? Is their order mainly filled with unhealthy foods? Yeah, we understand that it can be a frustrating experience for you. After meeting your mate with the help of some platforms like Dating Reviewer, Tinder, CMB or even just bumping into a lovely soul at the mall, we all want our partners to experience the best life has to offer. However, for them to experience the best life has to offer, they have to remain healthy. And the first and most crucial step on the way to this goal? Eating healthier foods!

Nevertheless, convincing your partner to change their eating habits and choosing healthier ways to eat can be challenging. If you’re interested in asking your significant other to eat healthier foods, be careful of the approach you use. After all, you don’t want to appear controlling and potentially hurt the relationship. Luckily for you, we’ve come up with several ways you can encourage your partner’s motivation to eat more healthy.

Start by Eating Healthier Foods Yourself

Research studies have shown that physical activities and eating habits, even of those close to us, significantly influence our health. And this is a great place to start if you’d like your spouse to learn how to eat healthier foods. Start by adjusting your meals to healthier options. If before you were guilty of regularly sneaking in a bite of unhealthy foods like candy or junk food, then try to limit or even straight-up cut them from your diet. If you want your spouse to adopt a healthier way of living, you also have to prove that you can do the same.

It’ll be easier for you to convince your partner to find ways to eat healthier foods if you’re already doing it yourself. You can act as their source of motivation and encouragement. More importantly, if your partner can see your healthy eating plan’s results, they’re more likely to get inspired and adopt your healthy eating plan.

Let Your Partner Know What this Means to You

Some people are set in their ways. However, that doesn’t mean that they’re not willing to change. For some, all you need to motivate them to change their ways is to reveal your true feelings. If you took the time to explain to your significant other why you should eat healthier, why you’d like them to adopt a healthier diet and its importance to you, you might reach to them. Your explanation might be a good enough reason for them to explore healthier ways to eat.

Cook Healthier Meals

If you love to cook, cooking a healthy meal is probably one of the easiest ways to get your partner to explore healthy eating options. It’s highly unlikely that your partner will turn down your meal. After all, who doesn’t like a well-made home-cooked meal made with love? However, we urge you to be cautious when using this approach to encourage your partner to eat healthier foods. Don’t completely overhaul your partner’s menu. Otherwise, you’re going to start an argument that once again can make you seem controlling and will most certainly negatively affect your relationship. Especially if the main reason your partner decided to try out healthier meals was you.

Start small. And all you have to do is make your partner’s favorite food more healthy. Let’s say they’re big carnivores and love their meat. And we know that meat can have quite a negative impact on our health. So the best approach is to not take away all their meat at first. Start off by adding more veggies to their meals and use more healthy oils; with time, you slowly start to increase the number of veggies on the plate. You can also introduce soups and increase fruit consumption. The easiest way to ensure your partner learns how to eat healthily at home is by adding a healthier spin to their favorite foods. And on top of that, making homemade meals is an excellent way to eat healthily on a budget.

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Don’t Force Your Partner to Adopt Healthy Living

When was the last time you felt rebellious? The last time we did is when someone tried to tell us what to do. Why? Because everyone hates being told what to do. And most will resort to reverse psychology and end up doing the opposite of what they were told to do. You should apply similar logic when trying to encourage your partner to learn how to eat more healthy. You should also remember that guilty trips rarely work in the long term.

So, if your goal is to find a way to encourage your partner to learn how to eat healthily to lose weight, you should find a way to make them excited about healthy foods. The best way to do this is by helping them develop positive associations with healthy diets. Rather than making healthy foods a must-have, how about making eating healthy foods a fun activity? Use activities like date nights to make your partner look forward to their meal and use these opportunities to explore healthy foods.

Ask for their Opinion

If you’re the type of person who loves to cook for your significant other, then you must ask for their opinion. You need to know what they like, what they don’t like, and what new ingredients they’d like to try. And to know this, you’ll need to ask them for their opinions. Asking for their opinion to understand their preferences better will help you cook food that they’ll enjoy.

This is especially important if you’re planning on making changes to their favorite dishes. Asking for your partner’s opinion is also an excellent way to get them more involved in the preparation and cooking process. Once your partner becomes directly involved in making healthy meals, chances are they’ll also participate in coming up and searching for new healthier food recipes.

Regularly Eat at Healthy Restaurants

Who doesn’t love going to eat at a nice restaurant on their dates? Probably not you and your partner. Right? And this is perfect because you can use the excitement associated with dates to help your partner develop a positive association with healthy food. Visiting a healthy restaurant is one of the simple ways to eat healthily.

However, it would help if you did proper research when searching for a healthy restaurant. We suggest conducting a Google search of healthy restaurants around your area. Then check out their reviews on sites like Yelp, Google Review, or Urbanspoon. Pay close attention to what past visitors are saying about the restaurant’s food. What dish did most people enjoy? You can use this information to get your partner excited about the date. On top of that, you’ll be able to select a restaurant that’s likely to impress.

Tap into the Strengths of a Community

For healthy eating to continue being interesting for you and your partner, encourage your social circles to consider healthy diet options. Do you remember we had earlier mentioned that the eating habits of those close to us influence our health behaviors? Therefore, don’t you think that if you and your partner were part of a larger healthy eating community, your partner would likely adopt healthy eating much faster?

Working with people who have the same level of motivation as you do can help you handle the challenges you’re likely to face. On top of that, they can give you recommendations for new recipes, new foods to try out at restaurants, and the best healthy food restaurants around your area. You can also create unified goals within the group that will help you remain motivated. To make things fun, you can encourage your partner to help you realize these goals. This will encourage your partner to eat more healthily.

You can also use the group dynamic to make things more interesting by gamifying the goals you created. The best way to do this is by awarding points after completing goals and setting up a reward system for the top point earners. You and your partner can take part in such challenges, after all. Food and games are some of the best things in life. If you and your partner love food and games, then it’s highly likely you’d enjoy healthy food games. Such activities are especially excellent for students trying to learn how to eat more healthy in college.

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Focus More on the Benefits

Did you know that people sometimes have an emotional connection to their favorite foods? Usually, it’s because they associate it with something dear or pleasant to them: like a soup their mother or grandmother made, or the cotton candy they loved as a child. As a result, it can be challenging to ask them to abandon their favourite foods if they’re considered unhealthy. Therefore, we recommend that you adopt the 80/20 rule. Give your partner (and yourself!) the room to have cheat days.

Focus more on the benefits of healthy diets rather than focusing on the cons of unhealthy foods. The best way to do this is by showing your significant other how much fun you’re having with them trying out tips to eat healthily. On top of that, you can show them the health benefits you’re enjoying as a result of healthy eating.

Don’t Forget to Encourage Your Partner to Keep on Going

When undertaking a task such as encouraging your partner to learn how to eat healthily, it’s easy to get frustrated, especially if they’re not putting as much effort as you are. Therefore, it becomes so easy to get angry at them. And who would blame you? You seem to care more for their health than they do.

Unfortunately, during such moments especially when you’re upset and frustrated, it’s easy to forget how powerful encouragement can be. Encouragement is a positive reinforcement technique that you can use to motivate your significant other to keep on trying harder and adopt a healthy eating lifestyle.

Fill Your Home with Healthy Foods

We’re sure you’ve heard of the phrase, ‘out of sight, out of mind’. One of the best ways to encourage your husband or wife to start consuming healthy food is by filling your home with healthy foods. During grocery shopping, ensure that all the food you purchase is classified as healthy.

Whenever possible, try to place ready-to-eat healthy foods such as fruits in areas that are easily accessible to your spouse. So that when they’re hungry, they’ll reach out the fruits rather than seeking out that bag of chips or a candy bar. Remember, we advocate for the 80/20 rule. It’s okay to have some cheat days. Therefore, you can stock your home with a few junk foods and placing them out of sight, like in your kitchen cabinets. However, if your spouse’s cravings for junk food prove to be too much for them, then completely eliminating the junk food from your grocery list may be your best option.

Look for Opportunities to Bond Over Food

Grocery shopping is an important part of coming up with a menu and prepping to eat more healthy. Therefore, you and your partner should be involved in grocery shopping. We recommend that you set a day each week where you can go grocery shopping. Grocery shopping is an excellent opportunity for both partners to show what they’re interested in eating.

The second opportunity to bond over food is during restaurant selection. We recommend that you and your partner both take turns selecting your next restaurant to visit. Before visiting a restaurant, make sure that you’ve gone through their different menu options. If possible, discuss with your partner what you’d both be interested in before visiting the restaurant.

Another opportunity for you and your partner to bond over food is cooking for each other. You can take turns cooking, or you can combine your efforts to make a healthy meal. You’ll not only bond over food, but you’ll also learn how to cook and appreciate the cooking process.

Final Word

We hope you’ll remember that the only person you can control and change willingly is you. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t teach your partner how to eat a healthier diet. The best way to do that is by supporting them!

So, can you answer the question: why should we eat more healthy? Have you found a way to encourage your partner to find a way to eat healthier meals? Feel free to share your ideas in the comments below!

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