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MAMA_CD Posts: 1,507
10/18/12 8:51 P

That's up to you if you feel it's wrong. I probably wouldn't but at least you can share with him how the smell affects you and give him the option to switch if he wants, if not then you'll have to deal with it, perhaps a small serving can be a part of a snack for you too.

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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10/17/12 7:38 P

I often have popcorn as a snack. I buy the Orville Redenbacher 100 calorie smart pop mini bags. They make a lot of popcorn, you could probably even just eat half. Built in portion control, plus, popcorn is a good source of fiber. What about buying your own versions of popcorn?

But to answer your question, it is a bit wrong for you to ask your husband to change, for something you are doing, especially if it's something you all used to do together. It's like if you decided to be a vegetarian, and all of a sudden expected him to stop eating meat too.

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 25,967
10/16/12 10:39 P

We had homemade popcorn as our snack tonight... under 200 calories!
Why do you think you have to avoid it? Will you avoid it the rest of your life?

MSLZZY SparkPoints: (621,748)
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10/16/12 10:38 P

My husband snacks constantly and feels no need to change.
But I am lucky that what he snacks on are things I did not
want, even before SP. Leave the room or try to plan ahead
so you can have a small snack with him.

MDDLLAMA Posts: 97
10/16/12 9:42 P

That is a really tough situation. I have to work around my husband and kids who love to snack. What I will do is have a little bit if it is something I can't live without. That seems to satisfy my need. Other times I just tune it out completely. I will say that it does get better. Hang in there!

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10/15/12 8:47 P

STARDUST2K4 - maybe you might be able to gradually train your fiance to eat a little more balance, including higher protein/fibre, so that he isn't always munching on food. That would give YOU some reprieve:-)


STARDUST2K4 Posts: 1,376
10/15/12 11:37 A

I have the same difficulty. My fiancee tends to stay up as late as 3 in the morning and he'll eat a bowl of cereal here, a bagel there, and some chips. It's been really hard, and for the last 3 weeks, I've been snacking right along with him! It's terrible, but I cannot ask him to change. I figured that I'll have to live with it. I can't eliminate the people eating around me. What am I going to do, tell them not to eat what they're eating because it's makes me lifestyle change too hard? No! Of course not! That's just silly. I have to train myself to live with it, but not participate. it's hard yes, and I still don't have it under control.

LINDAK25 Posts: 7,108
10/15/12 11:14 A

I like everyone's comments, but I can sympathize. My husband used to make popcorn or hotdogs. I can't eat either of them. They just don't agree with me. Moreover, I usually try not to eat later at night because it disturbs my sleep. I had to leave the room. My husband asked me why and so I explained that I found it difficult to sit there when he was eating. I told him that he's welcome to eat, but I was going to go read my book elsewhere.

The end result is that he realized just how serious I am about sticking to my healthy lifestyle. He was so impressed that he joined Spark, too! Sometimes, he still eats later at night, but he stays in the kitchen now. I've told him how much I appreciate that. In fact, I'm truly amazed by his response!

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,249
10/15/12 6:45 A

You dont need to change...just allow for it

Popcorn is one of the healthiest foods anyone can eat. EVEN THOUGH It has large amount of calories...air-popped popcorn contains about 31 calories per has protein, minerals and vitamins… which are good for you....popcorn contains a small amount of calcium, iron, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin and B vitamins and also potassium.

Popcorn supplies roughage and bulk, Eating popcorn is good way to vary a diet because it contains many valuable nutrients & popcorn ranks as a high-protein food. Have 3 cups of air-popped popcorn, no butter or margarine, no salt..sprinkle with parm or romano which has protein or cinnamon to flavor.
Use chili powder to flavor the popcorn
Use garlic powder to flavor the popcorn as this will give the popcorn enough flavor so that you don't miss the regular salt and butter
Drizzle the popcorn with dark chocolate. Microwave dark chocolate chips and pour it over the popcorn...dark cocoa is also healthy.

Have a cup with your hubby......and just let them melt in your mouth

CHESAPEAKE60 SparkPoints: (7,710)
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10/15/12 6:36 A

I am also in the "join him" category! I will frequently save calories for popcorn as an evening snack. One of my best under $20 investments was a Presto microwave popcorn popper. Air popped. Don't use any oil for popping. I portion control the amount of kernels I put in. Then as soon as it is done popping I mist it with EVOO from my Misto (another of my best under $20 investments) and lightly sea salt it. Yum!!! And can get a nice good portion for 150 calories - less with less popcorn. And did I mention that I also save salt/sodium from day totals for my popcorn. I really like salted popcorn...

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (246,581)
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10/15/12 5:37 A

You could have popcorn, too, just not with the butter or sugary stuff on it! My daughter makes hers and sprinkles it with either dried mixed herbs, or lightly with a flavoured salt, like chicken or garlic.


COLIBRI1 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/15/12 12:17 A

Ouch... you're right, the popcorn smell is hard!
Sure you can ask your husband to change. BUT... whether he agrees or not is in his hands, not yours. Maybe he will choose another snack, and maybe he won't.
So, to take better care of yourself - try to think ahead about some things YOU can do in this situation. You can only take control of what YOU do.
Maybe, like you did, physically remove yourself to another room (maybe it makes him realize he really makes things hard for you and you are serious about it). Maybe log in to SparkPeople on real time, or find someone to chat with. Maybe journal, concentrating on the positive and reminding yourself, why exactly you choose not to join him in snacking, and all the things you do for yourself that are better than eating popcorn. Or find another fragrance, something not food-related, and enjoy it...

10/14/12 11:43 P

I get so frustrated that my husband snack at night. What makes it so much worse is that he snacks on popcorn! The smell fills the air and then I can't stop thinking about food. Tonight I left the room. I did ask him to choose a different snack. One that is not so fragrant. Is that wrong to ask my husband to change for me?

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