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Any suggestions on what to do when your significant other brings junk food in the house, and you've asked him not to?

Fri. Feb 17, 12:40pm

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Make him put it on a high shelf that you can't see or reach. Even if you can get to it, if it's at least out of sight, you won't be constantly reminded that it's there.

If it's something that needs to go in the fridge or the freezer, mark it with his name in big letters. You're not allowed to eat his food.

Sit him down at a good time and explain to him why you need him to keep it out of the house. Find some "junk" that he loves that you could live without, and let him keep that. For my fiance, it's jelly beans. They do nothing for me, but he loves them. Also, soft batch cookies. Not sure why, but they don't appeal to me. If he brought in chewy chips ahoy, that'd be a problem! Maybe he likes coconut and you don't, so he can buy "Mounds" candy bars or coconut cookies? Maybe he likes the super-spicy cheetos but you don't like spice? Sour cream and onion chips? I'm sure there's some junk food that you can pass on easily. If you really explain to him why you don't want temptation in your home, he should be able to respect it, particularly if you work with him to find ways that he can have the snacks he wants as well.

One final suggestion is to buy two versions of basics - light and regular. We do this with chips (baked vs. fried), yogurt (low-carb vs. custard style), cheese (light vs. regular), etc. Then, I have "my version" and he has his. Knowing I have my own makes me not really want his.

Okay, one more... Microwavable light popcorn - you have to make an effort to make it, and it's low-cal (though high salt) and it's great snack food. That's the only snack food that my fiance and I share regularly.

Friday, February 17, 2006, 12:57 PM

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Good ideas! I have this problem too. My bf thinks that since the little debbies snack cakes go on sale, 10 fo $10, that he really needs to buy 10 of them!!

Friday, February 17, 2006, 2:34 PM

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Smack him upside the head and tell him to eat it outsdie! LOL

Friday, February 17, 2006, 3:46 PM

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Reward yourself with rewards for him too. My 10% WW reward for myself is going to a local Lingerie Boutique to pick out something I will feel great in and will encourage me to lose more. He, for obvious reasons, doesn't want to sabatoge this reward. My loving fiancee occasionally requires both brains effort to resist the junk food temptation.

Friday, February 17, 2006, 4:21 PM

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Sitting him down at a good time for the both of you is good. Perhaps after making your request, let him know what his not bringing junk food into the house would provide for you. I know it might be obvious, but hearing it in your own voice might make it real for him. Share with him your goal and the future possibility. Ya might have to make your request a few times. But hey, I'm often the one guilty of tempting my sister into having dessert with me.

Friday, February 17, 2006, 5:09 PM

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please keep in mind it is the Significant others house too, and sometimes it is easier to learn self control.

Friday, February 17, 2006, 7:24 PM

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self control??

That is like saying that it would be OK to keep beer or wine in your house even if your significant other is an alcoholic. I'm not saying eating is always an addiction. But you can quit drinking alcohol 'cold turkey' and never bring it into your hosue, but you have to eat and have food in your house.

If you really care about your significant other, show some support by keeping the junk out of their face while they're trying to make some difficult changes to be healthier. And maybe in the meantime you'll start eating healthier too.

Friday, February 17, 2006, 7:43 PM

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flush it down the loo

but that may be why I'm single.


Friday, February 17, 2006, 8:04 PM

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This is mainly backing up what's already been said....

When I quite smoking I lived with a roomate who also smoked. Even though it was her apartment too and there were no restrictions on smoking there she cheerfully smoked outside so I wouldn't be tempted - even though we lived in South Dakota and winter temps that year reached record lows (-80 F!!). Once I quit she never smoked in our apartment again and to this day I thank her. I seriously don't think I could have done it without her supporting me this way.

For some food is very much like this - unfortunately you can't quite eating cold turkey even though sometimes you'd like to cause it almost seems easier to not eat at all than be constantly asking yourself "is this healthy?", "Can I eat that today?"

To have the help and support of a loved one is an incredibly powerful tool. My husband doesn't 'need' to eat healthy but he is overjoyed that I am, and happily eats what I make and selflessly goes with whatever I order at a restaurant (we often split entrees). If he does get snack food (which isn't really that often) - he will hide snack foods from me and/or buy things he knows I won't be tempted by. Yes, it's his house too and he has the right to buy whatever he wants, but out of love and concern for my health and happiness he cheerfully does whatever he can to help me succeed. I cannot begin to describe how much I appreciate his support. I could not have lost the weight I have without it and I'm making great progress!

Friday, February 17, 2006, 8:12 PM

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Frankly, I'm with the slap him upside the head poster, LOL.

Saturday, February 18, 2006, 9:32 AM

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My husband is a thin man who also loves chocolate. When he comes home with a BIG chocolate bar I give it to him and say here eat it. You bought it now you have to eat the whole thing. It's funny after he got a bad stomach ache from eating the whole thing he has never done it again.

Saturday, February 18, 2006, 3:20 PM

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Silly though this sounds-- and air popper and some spray on "butter" with popcorn salt might be a better fix than microwave popcorn.

Although I'm not sure you can find air poppers much these days...

Saturday, February 18, 2006, 10:38 PM

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Air popper

I found an air popper at WalMart for approximately $13. We use it all the time, and do that spray butter and salt trick. We have also found some other flavored toppings in our grocery that liven up the popcorn but don't add much to the calorie content.

Sunday, February 19, 2006, 11:57 PM

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I found an air popper at Goodwill for $2; it works perfect. It wasn't even dirty.....I cleaned ut up real good of course.

Monday, February 20, 2006, 8:30 AM

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any idea of what the calorie count is for a serving the size of a regular microwave popcorn bag?

Monday, February 20, 2006, 9:22 AM

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The whole bag is like 250 calories

For calorie control, buy the 100-calorie smart pop bags. Each is obviously 100 calories, and it's a good-sized serving.

Monday, February 20, 2006, 11:06 AM

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Thanks but I meant for air popped popcorn w/butter spray what would the calorie equivalent be for the size of a bag of microwave popcorn. I'm trying to figure out how many calories/points you're saving by going that route.

Monday, February 20, 2006, 11:43 AM

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Sorry, misunderstood you. No idea...

Monday, February 20, 2006, 12:33 PM

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airpopped calories

plain, air-popped popcorn is about 25 calories per cup.

Monday, February 20, 2006, 1:02 PM

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Tell him that your weight loss goal is really important to you and will make you feel better about yourself. You know that he is supportive of you and wants you to succeed at this goal of yours. You need him to think about buying certain items because they are trigger foods for you. Tell him thanks for his support. ***Try the nice route, usually it works.

Monday, February 20, 2006, 1:08 PM

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You really can't ask a significant other to NOT do something and expect them to oblige!

That's an on going battle!

However asking for support is a better way of getting things your way and getting his/her support.

"Dear, I'm really trying to lose these last few pounds and/or eat healthier...until I build up the will power and lose/change and/or meet my goals, can you show me some support by keeping the junk food at bay?"

Good Luck! I too battle this when I first dated my fiance; he is a steak and potatos guy and loves his butter...not to mention chocolate chip cookies...he's a slender 6'4" and doesn't worry about his trust me, I know the battle!

Tuesday, February 21, 2006, 4:17 PM

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