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  • Importance of Significant Other's Eating Habits?

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    Last edited by Liquid Gusto; 01-10-2014, 08:24 PM.

  • #2
    I personally think, even more than how they eat, the most important thing is how supportive they are of the things you do to make your life better.

    The Boyfriend isn't Primal or Paleo, but he tries to keep the non-Primal things he eats from being "in my face", and when we go out, he tries to find places where I can have the most choices.
    Durp.

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    • #3
      Live and let live. DH sometimes joins me in my Paleo or green drink adventures. He says, "I have to get back to that" often. I myself will sometimes bring a few junk food tidbits into the house for the kiddies. The smell of warm bread is often in my face. Sometimes daily. But, no one is physically forcing me to eat the rice, bread, sugar or pasta. DH knows about this and agrees with me. But, Food happens. Even the Fake kinds.

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      • #4
        I keep a gluten-free household. That is not up for debate. If he wants to eat gluten, he can eat it elsewhere. But aside from that, he can eat what he wants to eat. Mostly what he wants to eat is the food I fix, so he doesn't end up eating much junk.

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        • #5
          Mine is mostly GF but also has the willpower of piglet, so she'll often eat wheat when other people are.

          I struggle to provide sympathy on those occasions.
          Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by RitaRose View Post
            I personally think, even more than how they eat, the most important thing is how supportive they are of the things you do to make your life better.
            Yes, this.
            Live your life and love your life. It's the only one you get.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by eKatherine View Post
              I keep a gluten-free household. That is not up for debate. If he wants to eat gluten, he can eat it elsewhere. But aside from that, he can eat what he wants to eat. Mostly what he wants to eat is the food I fix, so he doesn't end up eating much junk.
              This basically. I'm not gluten free, but what I say goes as far as nutrition. He can eat what he wants outside the home. He runs the show in other areas. For example, he will pick where we vacation or what color to paint the walls - because I don't care as much and I trust his thoughts and opinions in this area. I'm sensitive about food, so he let's me rule in that area. He's sensitive/choosy about other things and I let him rule those areas. It's the balance we've struck I guess. This kind of give and take showed early on when we were dating. If it hadn't, I don't think we'd have been compatible.

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              • #8
                To me, it matters. It matters if the person cares about taking care of themselves, and if they think I'm ridiculous for eating the way I do or have no interest in learning from me, I probably don't see them as a long-term candidate for success. But early in the relationship, I don't care, keep it light, and joke around about it rather than being pushy, and usually they end up coming to me and at least making some adjustments that suit their preferences and beliefs.
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                • #9
                  Vegan is a deal-breaker.

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                  • #10
                    I don't give a single damn
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                    • #11
                      Definitely worth examining, not a petty point at all. I think we're wired to bond over shared meals which is one of the top reasons I'm angry with the processed food system. I had one partner who was very sweet but my bizarro nemesis foodwise:

                      - spontaneous urges for expensive takeout several times a week
                      - never sat down for a meal, preferred to carry snacks into car, TV room, etc.
                      - offered me half of every snack, felt judged if I declined
                      - half of every grocery load was cumbersome beverages--milk, juice, beer

                      I'm positive there's someone for whom the above traits would be groovy but it's not me.
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                      • #12
                        I'm not that bothered about my partners eating habits unless I thought they were suffering for it, or it make eating awkward. If they want to eat wheat, etc thats fine.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Mr. Anthony View Post
                          Vegan is a deal-breaker.

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                          Ditto x 1 million! ;-)

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by RichMahogany View Post
                            To me, it matters. It matters if the person cares about taking care of themselves, and if they think I'm ridiculous for eating the way I do or have no interest in learning from me, I probably don't see them as a long-term candidate for success. But early in the relationship, I don't care, keep it light, and joke around about it rather than being pushy, and usually they end up coming to me and at least making some adjustments that suit their preferences and beliefs.
                            Originally posted by Mr. Anthony View Post
                            Vegan is a deal-breaker.

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                            Definitely

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                            • #15
                              I feel like 'I'm dealing with this'. My husband is a wonderful man, but he doesn't share my concerns about 'normal eating' (not quite SAD but close to it) as I do. He thinks anything organic is basically made to be laughed at and doesn't see the point at all.

                              He has been away for the past 3 months, a time during which I went from '20 % primal - 80 % 'normal'' (because I lived with my in-laws, and now have moved out to live on our own) to pretty much 98-ish % primal.

                              After three weeks I'm at about 60-70% primal (I now include rice (which I didn't before) and my variety in meals has declined because of his preferences).

                              I think I have to find a way to be more creative with what he does like (and is primal) or maybe decided to cook separately several times a week, because I'm starting to realise it's making me resentful toward him, which I definitely do not want to be.

                              I think food is important (very important). But it's important to me. And while I'd love for him to join me in my way of eating, I don't think it's realistic at this point (possibly not ever) and our relationship is more important to me than being able to share (literally) what's on our plate every day.

                              But the practical side of things? I have been eating a lot more sugar lately and I feel limited in the meals I can cook for us to enjoy together... It's not easy.

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