Post # 1
I do the cooking at home, and I am getting frustrated that my husband refuses to eat anything healthy. His diet consists of carbs and protein (no vegetables or fruit). His favorite things to eat are pepperoni pizza, pasta, bbq and fast food (like McDonald’s or Chick Fil A).
For dinner, I might make a pasta or a chicken dish, but I always include a side of vegetables with it. Without fail, my husband will eat a couple bites of the veggies and then throw the rest in the trash. He eats fast food everyday for lunch, so I know he’s not getting anything healthy then. I tried explaining to him that a well-balanced diet is important for being healthy, but it doesn’t seem to matter to him. He’s not overweight (thanks to an amazing metabolism), so I can’t use that to convince him.
Do you have any suggestions on what I can do to help him eat healthier? I know he’s a grown man and will eat what he wants, but I do care about his health. Also, I’m concerned about having children and him setting a bad example for them.
Post # 3
How old is he? At some point I think men figure out they need to be adults. But if he’s already over 28 or so, then I think this is one of those things that you won’t be able to change about him. You can, however, control the food in the house. Don’t buy snacks, switch to whole wheat pasta, brown rice, and maybe try out new grains. You could also try to convince him that you’ll save money by packing lunch – and then make him healthy foods to take with him.
At some point, though, he needs to decide it’s time to grow up and eat well. Has he had his cholesterol checked lately?
Post # 4
@MidwestBride2012: He’s 25, so he’s young, but not too young to care about his health. I do buy whole wheat pasta/bread and try to limit snacks, but that doesn’t make him want to eat vegetable and fruit. I could try making his lunch, but if it’s something he doesn’t like, he probably would throw it out and head to McDonalds.
Post # 5
@Bichon Frise: You can’t force it but get rid of the pasta/starches and make only protein and veggies. When he makes a fuss, tell him he can cook for himself then.
Post # 6
@Bichon Frise: At least you can get your Darling Husband to eat veggies. My dear Darling Husband will not eat any veggie that is green. However I have made progress with some other veggies. Perhaps you could offer something like fresh carrots as a side. That is really the only veggie my husband will eat. I am lucky in the regard that my Darling Husband loves fruits!
Also I try not to push the issue too much. If I do he feels like I am trying to control what he is eating (although I am), he likes to be in control his life for the most part. Just keep offering them but don’t make a big deal about it. Or you could take to hiding veggies in his food…although if caught it goes pretty poorly…
Post # 7
My Darling Husband is the same way. He isn’t always keen on eating vegetable sides so I try to mix them into dishes (pasta primavera, pot pie, casseroles) but he still tends to eat around them! Drives me crazy. I told him when we’re sitting down to eat with a small child, he needs to set a good example and eat his darn veggies!
Post # 8
Try hiding veggies in things like meatloaf, meatballs, and burgers. I chop veggies up real fine (carrots, celery, and peppers) and use those to bulk up Meat dishes to make them healthier. If they are chopped small enough, you can’t pick around them. Also, try instituting one meal a week with no meat. Stir frys, pasta etc will be very filling with no meat. If all there is nothing but veggies, he’d have to eat them (in theory). Also try things like stuffed peppers and zucchini boats where veggies are a main part of the meal. I bet If you did some google searching you can find lots of ideas for hiding veggies in meals (usually for kids but whatever works)
Post # 9
Make him go get his cholesterol checked and let a doctor scare him straight.
Post # 10
Here’s a wedsite on how to hide veggies in food. It’s for children, but if hes acting like a child you can feed him like one.
Post # 11
You can start buying healthier alternatives to what he likes. That’s what I’ve been doing to try to revamp the way we eat.
We love pasta, so I started getting the pastas that are made with vegetables (spinach pasta is really great). I also add tons of veggies to the sauces (lots of extra tomatoes, mushrooms, etc).
You should check out Pinterest for recipies for healthier alternatives for classic dishes. A friend of mine found a pizza on there that is made with cauliflower instead of dough. I haven’t tried it, but she said it’s awesome.
Another really great thing we did was buy a juicer. We haven’t used it in a while, but when we were I noticed a HUGE change in how I felt. I had more energy and seriously felt great. You could mix lots of different kind of fruits and veggies into the juice and get some extra nutrients that way (and it tastes great! Think, V8 Splash without the added sugar).
Post # 12
Well seeing as he is your husband and your child I don’t think you should be forcing him or hiding things in his food. You have talked to him and he has chosen to not follow your advice. I’d be incredibly peeved if my Fiance treated me like a child that needed to be taught how to eat. Not saying you are, but if you keep pressing the issue then I think you start to approach the ” I am your Mom, not your wife” territory.
Post # 13
Oops. WB is acting funny for me- Double post, sorry!
Post # 14
@daybyday: That’s probably the best idea.
Darling Husband loves veg, probably more than I do. He’s obsessed with swiss chard and kale. But my BIL is terrible. He eats frozen pizza, fast food, pizza delivery and mac and cheese. Almost exclusively. He’s so bad, he actually won’t even eat meat that’s still on the bone. He perfers processed meats like hot dogs, brats, pepperoni, sausage and hamburger. He used to be pretty thin and fit but now he’s in his late thirties and his diet shows on his belly. Eventually that metabolism catches up, trust me. My sister just goes with it and as a result, has a really picky five-year old.
Just keep serving them and eating them yourself. Don’t serve plain steamed broccoli though. Roast it and douse it with garlic so it’s super delicious. Sautee green beans with olive oil, garlic, salt and crushed red pepper and top with shaved parmesan. SO GOOD. Cut zucchini into strips, dunk in egg, and then toss with bread crumbs and herbs. Bake for 10 minutes at 400 on a cooling rack or in a toaster oven for yummy veggie fries. Make a pizza that’s red bell peppers, onions, tomatoes and basil topped with cheese. I think most grown ups who don’t like veggies just haven’t had them prepared in a tasty way. Steamed veggies are boring and frozen mixed veggies suck. Let’s face it, most side dish veggies are kind of an after thought. Make them the star of the show and they’re a lot more delicious. 😀
Post # 15
This sucks but I would make it clear he better set a good example with the kiddies when they come along. For now, its his choice and up to him. He is still young and this is pretty common for guys. They can’t get away with it forever-the first sign of a pot belly he will be on the veggie train, I am sure.
Also, phsyicals are a great wake up tool as well 🙂
Post # 16
I can put an entire package of brocolli in one meat loaf/meatballs…you just have to get creative….also, buy a juicer and make him yummy frostee drinks…strawberry, watermelon, & banana shakes are incredible in that thing!!! Also, make the fried chicken he likes, and put it in a salad…make burgers and put extra lettuce on his, same goes for sandwiches…also, buy one a day gummy vitamins, and have him take those…he’s young, and has a great metabolism….just watch what you eat, lead by example, and every night when you make dinner or whatever make it healthy, and find ways to sneek in healthy stuff! Make homemade pizza and use fresh tomatoe sauce with some veggies & it’ll be soooooo yummy! You both are gonna hafta compromise, cuz he’s not gonna change his entire lifelong diet in one night…