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Posted: 30 Dec 2011, 23:22
I have a hard time keeping to my diet when I also have to make "normal" food for my family. Crying or Very sad Any suggestions?

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Posted: 30 Dec 2011, 23:23
What kind of diet are you on that you can't make the same food for your family?
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Posted: 30 Dec 2011, 23:41
Your family should benefit from your healthy eating style as well- I feed my kids and husband the same lower fat lower carb stuff that I eat- most of the time...They had a pizza last night and I had a Gourmet Steamer- but on most days I cook for us all, and honestly non of them have noticed a change- more veggies, more chicken, less potatos and rice and pasta ect
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Posted: 31 Dec 2011, 00:36
Put them on a diet too! Smile

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Posted: 31 Dec 2011, 00:41
I like this thread. I have the same problem. Picky husband too.
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Posted: 31 Dec 2011, 02:14
I'm 100% with Sarahduke on this. Try to "cheat" them into it at first. Before you know it, they'll appreciate the new style. After a few weeks, our taste in food changes. They'll be craving better food than junk. Smile
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Posted: 31 Dec 2011, 06:11
Dieting is tough, not only on your discipline but also on your body. Often times, diet programs can be incredibly expensive as well. This is especially true when you are participating in a diet that provides those great-tasting meals shipped to you. When times are tough, there is a much better way to diet on a budget and not break the bank. Cheap, healthy meals can be created instead of ordering them from a company.

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Posted: 04 Jan 2012, 11:43
When I faced this issue, I dumped the husband (ok, not really, though he's gone regardless). If you're the cook, you call the shots. Make lean proteins and lots of fruits and veggies, maybe one small starch for them if you have to. Other than that, if they don't want to eat it, let them make their own dinner! Smile

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 01:14
MsMaladjusted wrote:
Other than that, if they don't want to eat it, let them make their own dinner! Smile

i like that! Laughing Laughing Laughing

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 01:41
I agree love... GEt them to eat what you are eating. Try some recipes form this site. I haven't yet, but I will start this week. I'm shopping tomorrow for the ingredients for 4 recipes I found from this site. I even consulted the kids. I asked which of the meals would they like to try and they helped me scan the sites recipes and chose. Smile Same with hubby's or Wives... Show them a range of healthy recipes (don't tell them it's healthy) And ask them to chose which one they would like. Let it be a family affair. Smile
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Posted: 10 Jan 2012, 14:32
I also have this problem.. Picky kid and picky husband.. Neither need to loose weight, but I make something for the husband and he eats it for 2 days. My kid only eats frozen pizza. I know sounds awlful..

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Posted: 11 Jan 2012, 13:01
I have 2 young picky eaters in my home, with my boys I found that if they help make the meal they are more likely to eat it as well. Let them pick from a few recipes and then depending on their age give them a task they can do to help make the meal. Use your imagination to make dinners more appealing to young ones ie. arrange the food on the plate to make a smiley face.
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Posted: 11 Jan 2012, 13:11
I started by adding vegetables to existing dishes for example if i have spagetti, i add broccoli, carrots, olives, or corn, or califlouwer. it doesn't change the flavor but you eat more vegetables that are lower in calories. Use baby spinach salads instead of head lettuce or romaine lettuce. Use half as much pasta and add in a spagetti squash. i use whole grain bread, pasta and tortillas in place of white flour and use olive oil for everything instead of vegetable oil. this is what helps me. The cook and the shopper creates the meal plans and prepares the food. Best of Luck!!!

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Posted: 11 Jan 2012, 22:10
Sneak it in slowly but I agree with make them eat what you eat. The rule at my house is when I cook, I decide what we eat. If you don't like it, make your own dinner. Never had any takers on the "make your own dinner" part, so it works. Your family may not need to lose weight but they do need to be healthy. Maybe sit down with them and involve them in the decisions and talk about why it is important to eat healthy. Maybe keep one night a week they can have their preference, but I say that everyone needs to eat healthy.

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Posted: 12 Jan 2012, 15:50
I have the same problem ,My husband is retired and does all the cooking and tells me that I do not need to go on a diet, I try to eat healthy at work and for supper I really try and control my portion amounts, this is my first day I hope site site gives me the support I need.

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Posted: 13 Jan 2012, 04:02
Smaller portions, absolutely! Try snacking on celery or carrot sticks while you're cooking. You won't be as hungry when the meal is ready.
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Posted: 13 Jan 2012, 14:25
I got tired of spending the money on my "diet" food to turn around and have my son and husband eat MY "diet" food then follow up with a bag of oreo cookies! I put everyone in the house on a diet! Grocery shopping is much easier...dinner time is a breeze and I no longer feel like I am missing out on the "good" food that was in the pantry!

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Posted: 13 Jan 2012, 14:46
As someone mentioned above, you are the cook, so you call the shots, or rule the roost as to what is served.

I would think if you were doing a low-carb diet, only your sides dishes would be different if they didn't want to do the low carb too.

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Posted: 13 Jan 2012, 16:28
Agree with everyone here, but wanted to add: stop thinking of "diet" food vs. "normal" food. The goal should be to make healthier food and portions "normal".

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Posted: 13 Jan 2012, 18:53
Indeed. Smaller portions or skipped sides. Just because the kids have a mac and cheese side doesn't mean I have to eat it. I triple up on the veggies and keep the chicken/pork. And lots of salad at my house always in the fridge.

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