Many couples start diets together when they are trying to achieve health goals. There are benefits to having the same style of eating. It is convenient because you eat the same foods, cook together, and support each other as you work towards a common goal. This shared lifestyle can be an excellent way to improve your relationship and make lifestyle changes that better your lives. However, not all couples have similar health goals or the same health needs.
If you live with a thyroid condition and your partner does not, it can make achieving your health goals seem nearly impossible. But dieting without your partner may be the right choice for you as an individual and as a couple.
We all have individual needs when it comes to our health. No one person is the same. Even when you share a life with another person, you both still have unique health requirements.
People living with a thyroid condition may choose lifestyle modifications to feel their best. For many, this includes following a strict diet. If you have a thyroid condition and your partner does not, it can make it hard to stick with your thyroid-friendly diet. All too often, people with specific dietary needs will abandon their diet to avoid adding stress to their relationship. Unfortunately, the decision to not follow your diet can damage both you and your partner because you risk your health and well-being. Just like you have specific dietary needs, your partner does too.
Starting a diet on your own can feel lonely. It may even feel like you are driving a wedge between you and your partner. This feeling is partly due to how we share our time. Many people bond over mealtimes, and studies even show that eating with others, particularly family, is associated with healthier dietary outcomes. Choosing to eat different foods or changing how you eat doesn't need to be an insult to your relationship. Instead, it is a gift that you can give to your partner or family.
Consider these strategies when you are concerned about eating a thyroid-friendly diet without your partner.
Yes, choosing to diet together can feel like a bonding experience. But each of your body's has different nutritional needs.
If you or your partner fail at following the same diet, it can cause you both to feel guilty. However, if you start a diet knowing that you are only responsible for your actions and outcomes, it takes a weight off your shoulders.
Finding the right diet is highly individualized. What works for one person will not work for another. One of the best thyroid-friendly diets is the Autoimmune Protocol diet, which includes elimination and reintroduction phases to identify your food sensitivities.
You may find that how you define health is different compared to your partner's definition. Think about what being healthy looks like for you in your skin.
Find a good time to talk to your partner about your health needs and goals. Explain what your thyroid-friendly diet involves and why you need to follow a specific diet specific to your body. Let your partner know that their support is important to you but that you do not expect them to make the same food choices. Give them space to share their concerns, ask questions, and even talk about their own health goals. Let your partner be involved and encourage them to reach their optimal health, so they do not feel excluded.
Just like you both have different interests, you both have different needs. In many ways, those differences are what drew you to each other. Try to focus on the beauty of your differences.
Your choice to eat a diet that helps you feel the best is an act of love. It shows your dedication to improving your health so that you can be a good partner. Similarly, your spouse choosing to support you but not necessarily participate is also an act of love.
Cooking separate meals is perhaps one of the most significant concerns for most couples. Cooking individual meals and buying different groceries can strain your time, finances, and relationship.
Cooking two meals can be burdensome, mainly if only one person typically cooks. Try planning out your meals together ahead of time. Therefore, you can share the same main ingredients (such as a protein and a vegetable) but allow your partner to include other options.
Many couples enjoy dining out together. Don't let your diet stop you from enjoying this experience for you both. View the menu in advance so you can spend your time together focused on the company rather than what you eat.
Cooking is a beautiful way to show your appreciation for someone. But if cooking becomes a source of stress, re-kindle old ways of displaying your love for each other or find new ways. Home improvement projects, trying a new activity, exploring cultural attractions, and traveling together are just a few ideas for expressing your love.
Many nutritional and lifestyle factors play a role in thyroid symptoms and severity. Paloma Health provides you the opportunity to work with a thyroid nutritionist whether you need help understanding your nutritional status or just need a bit of encouragement along the way.
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