5 Ways To Help Your Spouse Eat Healthier—No Nagging Required!

Keep your relationship, and your sweetie, healthy with these tips for helping couples eat healthier together.

My husband and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary this year. Our love of good food brought us together, but it’s also taken a toll on our waistlines. And we’re not alone. According to a 2007 study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, marriage goes hand in hand with weight gain. "In the first five years of marriage, women gained an average of 24 pounds and men gained 30 pounds," says Penny Gordon-Larsen, Ph.D., a professor of nutrition at UNC and author of the study.

So we vowed to be healthier, together. But my efforts to lead us down a path filled with fruits, veggies and running came off as nagging. My husband had a point: telling someone they should do something feels like you’re judging them and they want to resist. As a dietitian, I realized I needed him to want to eat healthier. And as a wife I didn’t want to nag either—especially about weight, food or exercise (he has to do the laundry sometimes!). The secret: I can’t make him do anything but I can change my actions.

Here are five tips that will help you and your spouse eat and live healthier together.

—Breana Lai, Associate Food Editor

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