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    Diets and living with parents

    Hey guys, first time on the hive here.
    I was wondering how you'd recommend using the diets when living with your parents. I can decide pretty much every meal except for dinner, when I just eat whatever they make.
    Pretty sure there are more people here who experience the same. So my question basically is: should I, and if so, how, alter my diet when I have little or no influence over my dinner.
    Let's use the modern hero diet as an example, as it's the one I'm going to use starting next week.
    btw: I don't always know up front what dinner will be, so it's hard for me to know how to adjust to it throughout the day.

    #2
    Hi!

    I would suggest you talking with your parents about it. I don't know what you usually eat for dinner but if you suggest healthier meals that follow your modern hero diet and maybe help make the meals, they might be willing without you doing much. Or you could just improvize, for example if you ate a Meal A for lunch and your parents made a Meal C for dinner, like Spaghetti and Meatballs with red sauce, only have the sauce and the meatballs. It's pretty situational and the best thing to do is simply talk with your parents about it.

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      #3
      Have you tried talking to your parents about it?

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        #4
        What kind of dinner do you usually have with your familiy?
        How about planning the meals together with you family and helping your parents prepare it?

        Are you over- or underweight (if not, it´s easier)?

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          #5
          Does whomever cooks plate everyone's dinner, or do you take what portion you want out of shared dish at table? Bc an easy way to modify dinner would be extra veggies and less starch out of whatever is cooked.

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            #6
            Have you talked to your parents?

            If you haven't yet - I'd volunteer to help find recipes, pick out groceries, and even offer to help make dinner (or outright cook dinner).

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              #7
              You should know that your daily energy need isn't actually that daily, you don't have to hit it perfectly every day, the average over the week is what's most important.
              So if you go over one day and then under the next it will be no problem.
              Plan your breakfast and lunch so you will be full enough (veggies are great fillers, tasty, healthy and low in kilojoules) and plan for a big dinner. If the dinner turns out not to be so big then you make breakfast and lunch a tiny bit bigger the next day but stil expect a big dinner.
              I am not sure how compatible this is with the Modern Hero diet.

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                #8
                inneh ... talk to the person who cooks for your family. (your mother?) First of all, find out why (s)he makes the food (s)he does.
                My mother was not a good cook and regularly cooked the same foods. To mush. Dad cooked a feast on Sunday ... yum!
                But ... Dad's meals cost more money and more time, and Mom lacked those skills.
                I think MY Mom would have welcomed an offer of help, had I made it. (I wasn't that interested)
                Some cooks feel they put a lot of experience and skill into providing a balanced, healthy, low-cost meal and would not welcome your "inexperienced" input.
                Then there are the cooks who have generations of Tradition to fall back on.
                Thing is, your approach has to be tailored to the person doing the cooking. And an offer of assistance might be well received.

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