As I was writing my last post, I realized there may be others who are in my shoes… I’m sitting here eating low carb, and SuperHusband is eating chocolate-covered granola bars. Love him to pieces. But that stuff smells good and I want to eat it too! Temptations are everywhere, and it is hard when they are staring at you across the dinner table. The Standard American Diet is everything you don’t want to be.
I could just say “I’m not buying carbs, deal with it, carbs shall not pass over this threshold” but 1)I don’t want to set a speed record for divorce and 2)to each their own. Your kids may still want their poptarts, maybe your wife doesn’t want to give up her morning oatmeal or her daily Starbucks run. And you know, I’d bet breakfasts aren’t so tempting for you if you’ve been properly eating a full-on LCHF breakfast. you’ve got your bell pepper omelette and you’re sitting pretty knowing in an hour they’re going to be starving after those frosted flakes have been quickly digested and you’ll still be pleasantly satiated. For lunch, you probably don’t eat together. Kids are at school or running around, everyone is running errands or on different schedules. Dinner is the biggest struggle in this house.
How you do dinner may depend on where you are at in your LCHF journey. If you’ve recently broken your carb addiction, it may seriously break your heart to serve a carb side dish like rice or pasta or potatoes for your family. If you’re going to be tempted, don’t do it. They won’t starve. If they want carbs, they can load up another time, or have them with a snack later. There are so many delicious meat dishes and vegetables dishes, I would hope they wouldn’t mind missing some carbs. Try to accommodate as best as you can, without putting yourself in the way of temptation. Are you okay with having berries on the table? What about toast? Maybe you don’t really like rice, will it be okay if that’s on the table instead of the mashed potatoes that you miss so much? Talk it through with yourself. Ask yourself these same questions in a few weeks, your answers may have changed.
Maybe your household has different struggles… maybe your pressure points ARE breakfast or lunch. Come up with a game plan. Talk with the family. Hopefully everyone can accommodate each other, for health’s sake.