I get asked a lot whether my boyfriend eats the same as me, does Pilates, meditates and the answer is no! So how does it work? Firstly I wouldn’t have him be any other way and I love the fact that we work in completely different industries, he is like the little pin that pops my health conscious bubble which, for me, is definitely something I need every now and again!
Of course I want the person I love to be healthy but you can’t make someone passionate about something that frankly they aren’t too interested in. Don’t worry, it’s not like his sitting at home every night with McDonalds and a can of cider (that I couldn’t live with) but his definitely not drinking green juices and worrying about soaking his brown rice.
You’d think we’d be completely incompatible but believe me it works. We’ve been living together a year now, if you’ve been following my blog from the start then you might also be thinking where has that time gone since I posted my “I’ve flown the nest” post. I thought I’d do a little update with some advice on living with a not so healthy boy as I’m sure lots of you may be in the same situation. With my tips you’ll get them loving quinoa in no time! 😉
1. Cook Semi Vegetarian Meals (Adapt Recipes)
I like to eat mainly plant based meals and only eat meat/fish once or twice a week whereas Jamie doesn’t consider a meal a meal with out meat. What I do is a tip I got from the Imagine Wellness Centre in San Antonio, it saves me cooking two separate dinners all the time and also to feel like we are enjoying the same meal, is make a lot of one pot dinner with 1 part meat and 3 part vegetables. When I serve it up Jamie gets all the meat and 1 part veg and I get all the rest of the veg. I do this with things like a Chicken Cassoulet, see the Bodyism Clean and Lean recipe below is a perfect to do this with. Just half the amount of chicken but keep the amount of onions, beans and carrots the same. I also do it with Beef Goulash, this Hairy Bikers recipe is great, again I only get enough beef for Jamie and add more peppers and mushrooms! This also saves money!
2. Make Packed Lunches
Make your partner healthy packed lunches, this is a nice thing to do but it also means you can control another meal of their day and make sure they are eating healthy rather than going out and getting a sandwich or takeaway lasagne! I also take this opportunity to introduce new foods to Jamie. He never knows what his getting and last week I made us both a lunchbox of salmon, quinoa with harissa pasta and broccoli. Jamie has never had quinoa before and it was a bit of a risk giving it to him for lunch but he messaged me that day and said it was one of the nicest lunches so far and he would like it again please! We now have quinoa often! You can also check out the dental implants from Waterloo which can help you and your partner get a beautiful and complete smile.
3. Don’t Preach
I’m not Jamie’s health coach, Pilates teacher or mother and I am not going to sit and moan at him if he drinks a fizzy drink or wants to order a dominos pizza. This would only end up making him feel like he can’t eat what he wants around me and this is not healthy for a relationship or a comfortable environment to live in. Give little nuggets of advice and explain the benefits of eating whole nourishing foods when the time seems right but don’t list off all the awful things in the burger his eating while his enjoying it happily. I’d probably have the burger hauled at my face!
Remember you don’t have to tell them EVERYTHING you are doing health wise or about every new exciting superfood out. Believe me, it is so boring for them! I’m not even sure if Jamie knows I meditate. He doesn’t even read my blog and I’m cool with that. Jamie is so supportive and encouraging in all my hopes and dreams and that’s all that matters!
You can also check out my video this week for this post and I’d love to hear if you struggle with dealing with an unhealthy partner and if you found my tips helpful. As always, my posts are 100% honest insights into my lifestyle. My tips and advice might not work for everyone but if they make 1, 2 or 100 people happier then I’m happy.
Love, Lottie x