Many of us have dietary restrictions but live in families that can eat anything and everything. For some of us, our families embrace our eating style, but others don’t or can’t. I happen to be in the latter category.
I was on my way to being completely dairy free right as I met my husband. He encouraged me to go completely dairy free (probably because he was tired of my constant complaints of digestive distress) and has been super supportive of my lifestyle since the beginning. However, the man will NEVER give up his cheese. And that’s ok!
Day-to-day, that means we do have cheese, milk, cream cheese, and all kinds of things that my stomach doesn’t quite tolerate in the house/refrigerator. In all honesty, it does make it harder to abstain… and I stumble occasionally.
One thing that we have done for non-perishables that I shouldn’t consume is to put them in a separate storage place. We have a chest (with a lock) where lots of his snacks that aren’t good for my digestion are stored. Now, this may seem extreme to many of you, but there is a unique void felt in the diet when you must remove several food groups, which leads to strong cravings. Storing this food separately has helped me fight those cravings and eat them less often (which means I have a stomach ache less often)— so it’s all good.
One particularly challenging aspect of living with a normal eater is cooking for them. In my household, I mostly cook foods that I can eat and maybe make a side dish exclusively for the hubby, but I really don’t test my limits. Earlier in our marriage, I would try to make him pizza for dinner, but it was too much for me to handle because my self-control can only go so far. So now he eats pizza at restaurants or when I’m not around.
It’s those little changes that can make or break your adherence to a dietary lifestyle when living with someone who doesn’t eat in the same way as you do. I am fortunate to have a supportive partner who is not a picky eater, and who wants me to feel at my best all the time.