RedHolly's Journal, 04 April 2013

I am curious to know how my fellow Atkins dieters deal with such menu differences from what other family members are eating in the house. Point being, the rest of my family (my husband and two teenagers) are not following an Atkins WOE, nor should they need to. But whenever I make something Atkins friendly, they are all want it too. This is not a problem at all, but then I worry about all the fat they are consuming.

For example, I made a cheeseburger quiche (500 cals, 2 carbs and 40g of fat per serving). The kids and husband wanted some. Of course I will share! But then they all had ice cream afterwards. I then tried to explain to them that you shouldn't mix high-fat/protein foods with high-sugar/carb foods. They didn't really listen, nor understand.

How do others get past this in their households? Should I deny them from eating anything I create, knowing it is higher in fat and they are still consuming carbs elsewhere? What are your thoughts?

Diet Calendar Entries for 04 April 2013:
1503 kcal Fat: 113.58g | Prot: 95.75g | Carb: 24.00g.   Breakfast: Sugar Free Hazelnut Coffee Creamer, sugar free coffee creamer, Coffee (Brewed From Grounds), coffee. Lunch: Great Value Mild Finely Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Hormel Little Sizzlers Pork Sausage, IHOP Sugar Free Syrup, Egg. Dinner: HHW Taco Pie, Daisy Sour Cream. Snacks/Other: Claussen Kosher Dill Pickle Wholes, Almonds, Ocean Prince Smoked Oysters with Red Chili Pepper. more...
2726 kcal Activities & Exercise: Sleeping - 8 hours, Resting - 4 hours, Desk Work - 12 hours. more...
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I had a hard time relaying that to my family as well at certain points, that they would gain weight and be unhealthy if they ate 'both ways', especially my husband. Now, for the most part, he eats what I eat, and my daughter is on the diet with me. It seems as if you might have to tell them they can't have your 'diet' food if they don't understand. Also, my husband eats way more than me, so it was even scarier. Now, we do dessert or twice a week. It also might just take time. Perhaps you can tell them if they eat what you eat they can't have the sugar and carbs, It would good for them at least. You might have to get your husband to back you up. 
04 Apr 13 by member: Katred12
I know what you mean Holly, this concerns me too. I know the way I'm eating is safe, sensible and healthy, but combining my high-fat WOE with foods that contain high-sugar/carbs is what got me here in the first place. My husband is only now having issues with weight gain (he been lean for most of our married life) and now he's putting it on just where he shouldn't, around the middle. Our son is 21 and can eat pretty much anything without having it show on the scale, but that doesn't mean he should. I usually try to limit the number of really high-fat entrees I make for dinner to only once or twice a week, and forcus on cooking more lean protein items (like fish, chicken, and turkey) the majority of the time. When I cook veggies, I add a little butter to the whole pot, along with seasonings, and then add a little extra butter to my serving at the table. Now that BBQ season is approaching (can't wait for Spring weather!!) we'll be cooking a lot more on the grill, which cuts down on the fat consumed as well. I just wish they'd jump aboard the Atkins WOE too, it would make everything so much easier, not to mention healthier, for all involved. :)  
04 Apr 13 by member: MrsB1228
My approach. The things that are really really high fat are served to my family in limited quantities because they are not limiting their carbs. Looking at your example above (cheeseburger quiche) there are multiple choices. If you know that they are going to eat it, aim for a very low fat version (you can make your fat up in another meal). If you don't want to make a low fat version trying making a "smaller" pie. Try making the one pie in two different dishes and saving one for yourself for another meal. Serve small portions and round theirs out with salad (a nice strawberry/spinach would be nice with this quiche) and a vegetable. That way later, when you have desert you can have your desert and they can have ice cream with no real dietary problems. It's never been brought up here that I've noticed, but family meals are critically important in our household. We always eat together as a family, and that includes desert. I try to just adjust my meals so that I have something low carb and everyone eats the same thing. An example would be meatloaf night, i take out enough ground beef for myself, make a meatloaf with the rest , make mine "meatloaf sliced size". At the table I eat "my" meatloaf. I DON"T eat whatever carb I made (mac n cheese, rice pilaf, scalloped potatoes) and I DO eat either salad or a low carb vegetable, which is also being served to everyone else. When we break out dessert later, they can eat sugar free jello with me, or a slice of hard cheese or they can have cookies or pie or whatever I happened to make for dessert that night. If I make shrimp gumbo, I reserve enough shrimp for a skewer for myself (them too if they like). I eat grilled shrimp and green salad, they eat shrimp gumbo and potato salad (or green salad if they like). The list is endless because we eat this way everyday, but you get the general idea. There are usually 7 - 9 people at our dinner table and this has always worked out for us. Good luck, Gina  
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