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Setting Boundaries: How to Live with Roommates with Different Dietary Restrictions

Rachel Strunk

Posted on March 29, 2021 20:18

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It's hard enough living with roommates as it is. Having different dietary restrictions is just another source of potential conflict, but you can avoid it by setting clear boundaries with your roommates both in and out of the kitchen.

Living with roommates can be hard enough on its own. There are countless things you'll have to compromise on. Having vastly different dietary restrictions than your roommates can make it even harder, but setting and maintaining clear boundaries in and out of the kitchen can make it much more manageable. 

It's easiest to manage these boundaries if you make them as soon as you move in with a new set of roommates, or as soon as you experience a dietary change, but you are free to adapt your boundaries or set new ones at any time. 

The first boundary you should consider setting is fridge space. If you are uncomfortable having your food be in direct contact with theirs, try designating a distinct space in the refrigerator for each roommate's belongings. However, if all of your diets involve meat, you should each have a designated space at the bottom of the fridge to store your meats, as there can be a risk of cross-contaminating your food and getting or giving someone a foodborne-illness by storing meats above foods that don't have to be cooked to as high of temperatures.

You should also consider color-coding dishware and cookware, if necessary. If your dietary restrictions necessitate special of cookware and dishware, make sure to have them look very distinct from your roommates' by labeling them with your name, keeping them in separate parts of the cabinets and drawers, and even having them be distinct colors from one another, if possible. 

The most important boundary, however, should be respecting your dietary restrictions. It doesn't matter if your restrictions are by choice, religion, or due to an allergy, you are never obligated to accept disrespect as a result of your dietary restrictions. Make it clear when your roommate says something that you think is offensive to you in regards to your diet. They may make passive comments without even realizing that they are upsetting you, so don't be afraid to tell them when something they say upsets you. 

Setting clear boundaries with your roommates regarding your dietary restrictions — and in general —  can reduce conflict, and make your experience living together better overall, so never be afraid to set boundaries when you feel it is necessary; it will be better for everyone in the long run. 

Rachel Strunk

Posted on March 29, 2021 20:18

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Source: LA Times

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