Maybe it's drinking from the milk carton, or putting an empty one back in the refrigerator. How about double dipping or getting crumbs between the sheets? Well, Relax. Relief is on the way. I have 4 steps to help your spouse kick the eating habits that annoy you, courtesy of the new book "Your Diet is Driving Me Crazy" by Cynthia Sass and Denise Maher.
Step 1: Tactfully bring up the problem - and this stuff isn't life or death so keep the tone light and begin with a positive. Try something like "Honey, I love the way you always clear the table. But putting empty bottles back into the refrigerator drives me up the wall. I know it seems like a little thing, but it would mean a lot to me if you would stop doing that."
Step 2: Hear their side. Stay calm and respectful, and ask if there are any food behaviors they'd like YOU to change. Remember, if you're going to dish it out, you have to be able to take it.
A 3rd way to kick your sweetie's bad eating habit: Meet in the middle: Pick a couple of things from each list and agree to help each other work on breaking the habit.
And Step 4: Catch them and kid them. Agree on a phrase you'll use when your sweetie lapses into the old behavior. Keep it light. Instead of getting mad and saying "You promised! I can't believe you did that again." Laugh and say "Busted!" Agree in advance on a penalty - like doing the laundry, cleaning a room, or a five-minute back rub. You're trying to stop something minor from becoming a big deal, so don't get frustrated. Habits are hard to break. And don't forget to thank your partner for their hard work and effort.
Want to learn more? Check out the book "Your Diet is Driving Me Crazy."