As much as we don’t want it to, who we live with affects our eating habits… usually for the worse.
When you live with other people, your kitchen becomes a temptation minefield, and it can make healthy eating A LOT harder than it has to be.
Today I’m sharing my best tips to eat healthy at home while living with people who love junk food or don’t eat as healthy as you.
1. Remove temptation from sight
This is probably the most important thing to do! If you can, put your roommate’s junk (the food that tempts you) away and out of your sight or reach.
I suggest asking them to kindly put them away in a separate drawer, top or bottom shelf of the pantry (not in your eye-line) or in a separate drawer in the fridge/freezer. It shouldn’t be too much to ask of who you live with!
PRO TIP: keep healthier snacks in view, like apples, nuts and healthy bars.
2. Don’t restrict yourself from sweets, replace them with better options
You don’t have to stare longingly at your vices at home and rely on willpower (which we know doesn’t work) to avoid indulging.
I stopped eating peanut M&Ms when I stopped buying them AND made trail mix with dark chocolate chips as a replacement. This way I still got to eat something sweet, but it was 100 times cleaner than peanut M&Ms.
If I had just stopped buying the candy without replacing it with a healthier option, I would have deprived (and therefore more likely to binge in the future).
And instead of ice cream, I now eat yogurt with fruit and can still satisfy my craving without feeling regret later.
3. Get everyone to join you on your healthy eating journey
When you’re trying to make positive changes in your life, talk about it with those you live with. If they’re good people, they’ll totally support you and want to help in easy ways (like removing temptation from sight).
Even just making them aware of just how important healthy eating is to you can help them become more cognizant of their habits. It may even spark a lifestyle change for them too! When in doubt, talk it out.
4. Do you cook for your housemates? Sneak in the goods
When I shared a post on Instagram about this very subject, I got few comments from my followers where they shared how they get their housemates to eat healthy… without even knowing it.
If you cook for your family. SO or housemates, you can make healthy swaps that non-healthy eaters don’t usually notice.
For example, using a plant based pasta instead of normal pasta, or swapping out butter for coconut oil. Try it and see what happens!
Vegan, gluten-free nachos, anyone?
5. Give it time.
Remember that lasting change never happens overnight. If you’re serious about eating healthy inside and outside of your home, experiment with some of these tactics to better control your environment to avoid sabotaging your hard work.
I hope these tips help you!
Do you have any other ideas or ways to handle living with junk-food lovers? Comment below!