Maybe your whole family survives on burgers, pizza, and casserole dishes.  Maybe they eat that way and they are still in shape or they’re not and they don’t mind.  However if you have a goal of losing weight and keeping it off and you’re struggling because you don’t have the support of those closest to you, then I have a strategy to help.

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Step #1: Mind your business- your goals, your body, your food.

This may sound harsh but honestly your own business is the only thing that you can control.  It only complicates things when you try and mind everyone else’s business. In order to succeed at achieving your weight loss goal, you need to be clear on what you want to achieve.  Are you working on maintaining your weight or losing weight?  Decide.

Next you need to understand how your body reacts to your food choices in relationship to your goal.  Pay attention to what works and what doesn’t.  Finally focus on eating the food that works for YOU- regardless of what works for those around you. At times it may not “feel fair” but neither does eating in a way that doesn’t support your goals and being disappointed with the lack of results.

Step #2: Eat what you REALLY like.

Part of the reason why we struggle with trying to eat healthy when other people in our family don’t is because we feel like we’re missing out.  If we are eating bland, tasteless food in order to lose weight, our food feels like punishment and that makes it even harder to mind our own business when everyone else is enjoying tasty food.

When you pay attention to what you really like- especially flavors and textures- you can create (or order) figure friendly dishes that you enjoy.  For example, if you really enjoy chicken thighs but don’t enjoy chicken breast, choose the thighs.  If you enjoy spicy food, use spice in your figure friendly dishes. Build your daily food choices around things you enjoy eating so that sticking to your plan isn’t a struggle.  It will actually be a treat.

Step #3: Expect to give in at times.

So I would be totally misleading you if I did not acknowledge the fact that our choices and our actions are highly influenced by what’s going on around us. You know, you’ve probably heard the saying that “your income is the average of the five people that you spend the most time with” and the same thing holds true in fitness.

If you spend most of your time around people who do not eat healthy, it’s going to be a lot harder for you to get and stay on that road.  I acknowledge that. So just expect that every now and then you’re going to give in and eat something that doesn’t support your goals.

Rather than dwell on a slip up, expect it and know that that doesn’t mean that you’re not cut out for this fit-fierce-figure-life-thing.  Just keep going.


Feeling like you have to get your family on board with your healthy eating plan in order for you to be successful is a huge way that we give away our power. It’s acting as if you do not have freedom of choice and it is a huge burden to place on them. It’s a huge burden to make other people feel like you can’t be successful because they won’t do what you’re doing. It’s simply not fair.

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You can do this no matter what everyone else around you is doing.  Remember mind your own business.  Eat what you really like and be kind to yourself when you give in at times.  As long as you are staying true to eating in the way that supports your goals eighty to ninety percent of the time it’s no big deal.

Was this article helpful?  Do you have other ways that you stick to your healthy eating approach even though your family doesn’t eat the same way?  Let me know in the comments below.

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