I was curious to know if anyone else has a significant other that doesn't do Paleo.
My question is that I am the only cook in the house, so whatever I make is what we eat, however, on occasion, my bf will pick up things like Bread and Pizza from the grocery store. I have no problem with the fact he isn't 100% Paleo, since he works out with me, does occasional IF, although he doesn't realize it, and never has gotten sick in his life. He never complains about my cooking and never tells me its not healthy, in fact he enjoys everything i make....
I wonder if I am doing more harm to him though, since I will make a meal with a good amount of fat, i.e coconut oil, 80% grass-fed beef, bacon, etc, and then he may eat something like bread with it. I don't want to make him end up with high cholesterol or give him a heart attack, so do you have any advice, make cook with less fat when preparing his meals?
My husband isn't paleo but something interesting has happened...
I am the only one that cooks, so all the meals are paleo. He won't even bother to lift a finger, to say, bake a loaf of frozen garlic bread..so the meals are really paleo.
So he has been eating less grain. A lot less grain. He started complaining that he was getting a stomachache when he ate cookies, or when he ate at a burger place. As I figure it, all of that hard earned tolerance to grain is dissolving...I think he was at least gluten intolerant all a long!
So now he is not eating grain!! With zero pressure from me!!
My wife is definitely not Paleo and I sometimes struggle when she describes her difficulty maintaining her weight, allergies, anxiety, etc.
Ultimately, however, I would be doing more harm than good if I took it upon myself to police her eating habits.
I'm a big believer in Self Determination Theory (that the basic human psychological needs are competence, autonomy and connectedness) and therefore do what I can to create an open environment where she feels supported and loved.
If she asks me a question I'm happy to answer honestly and she does tend to eat like me more now that all of my home cooking and dinners out are firmly in the paleo/primal category.
I'm the only one doing Paleo in my house. My husband does the majority of the cooking during the week and I asked him to sub almond meal in my portion of the meatballs he was making for spaghetti and meatballs for the kids. He liked my version so much he has now started to make all the meatballs and now meatloaf with almond meal and the kids (all 4) have no idea! Now we don't buy breadcrumbs anymore. Babysteps.....
My SO is not Paleo either, but I cook entirely Paleo. He is a EMT and works nights, so he does have to eat out (since he is not packing his own food) so usually he eats a burrito from the taco truck or Chipotle, etc. Not the best choices BUT, because of my cooking he has lost 18 lbs in the last 3 months. He says he feels better when he eats what I cook. The side effect is weight loss and he feels better! He switched from his normal Starbucks Vanilla Lattes to iced coffee with heavy cream too. Hey, at least my influence is helping!
My wife is pregnant, so our house is carb city, even though I don't eat any of it. I try not to make jerky or liver when she's at home. She tries to buy carbs that are wheat based, since those are the least tempting to me. For dinners, I make the meat and veg, she adds pasta or rice (usually, but not always), and everything is usually fine.
As far as the fat goes, as long as you are working with good fats, they shouldn't make him less healthy. Adding good even when you don't remove bad is a net good, right?
My wife and daughter are not paleo and eat whatever for meals I am not around. My wife will cook paleo friendly meals for dinner and maybe add in some carbs. Now that I am eating more starch (still little to no grain except rice on occation) it has even been easier. You can't force people to eat a certain way. Just do your thing and let others do theirs.
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