(Closed) Getting him to eat better?!

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Try bentos box lunches, it’s not just sushi and Asian food.  It’s a good way of packing a healthy lunch with portions big enough to fill you up.

Good ideas here: http://www.laptoplunches.com/bento-menus/

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If he’s not opposed to soup, homemade soups are easy and cheap to make, and if you avoid cream soups, they’re low calorie.  One of our favorite soups to make is any kind of sausage and any kind of bean— like Mexican chorizo and black beans.  You only need about 3 links of sausage for 2 cans of beans, which makes about 6-8 servings, but the flavor is really intense.  Easy to take leftover soup for lunch!

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Leelee26: Does he like soups? You could make some from scratch pretty easily. What about fish? It’s pretty healthy and tastes good without having to make anything too fancy along with it. I’d try baby steps. Quinoa scares me lol (I don’t like the texture!), but I am ok eating rice sometimes (better than mashed potatoes for example). Try working more veggies into every meal, but still keeping the meat and potatoes… just a bit less.

We try to have leftovers for lunch most days, but we always stash some stuff at work… like soups that can be warmed quickly. Yeah it’s not the healthiest thing, but it sure is better than having to go out and buy a burger.

I know you mean well, but I’d be careful and not push him out of his comfort zone too much. My friend was on a healthy eating kick, and tried to practically convert her boyfriend into a vegetarian, was nagging him nonstop, and trying to cut out his diet pop habit. He left her a couple months later. That wasn’t the only reason, obviously, but it was the last straw. Sounds like you both want to make the change, but realize that it won’t happen overnight, and you shouldn’t have to be the one who is hammering at him to do this, that and the other. He’s a grown man and needs to take some responsibility as well.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have a chicken chili recipe that is very healthy and super hearty…it’s a crockpot recipe so you just throw everything in and wait.   Let me know and I’ll get to you if you’re interested.

Overall my Darling Husband is fairly healthy as it is.  Mine complains that there is nothing for lunch if there aren’t left overs which means i normally cook to feed an army. When we first got together he was very “I don’t eat this or that.” Once I started cooking new to him things he found that he liked them and became more trusting to eat whatever I’d make.

I don’t really solicit his opinion when I cook anymore.  I just cook things…sometimes they are new to him but he’s always game to try things and he knows for the most part whatever I cook, it’s going to be pretty tasty.

Looking back it’s been pretty funny as he’s learned new foods…”OMG!  What’s wrong with this okra?!  It’s slimey!!!” 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@canarydiamond:  I definitely hear you on trying to convert a non-healthy eater.  I had an ex that would get pissed everytime I added veggies into a casserole. Trying to change someone doesn’t work out well for anyone involved.

This may not be the nicest attitude to have, but if I cook he’s welcome to eat it.  If he doesn’t like what I’ve cooked, he can fix his own dinner. 

Now that I’m pregnant, it’s interesting how my diet changing has changed his.  Thankfully my Darling Husband isn’t a complainer and he’s happy as pie that I cook.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Leelee26:  I’d cooked the okra several times before so he’d learned he liked it.  He realized it was slimey one day when he was helping me in the kitchen and I asked him to stir it before I’d added tomatoes to it. 

Getting him to trust you is what matters most.  Once you’re over that hump, it’s easier to introduce one thing at a time. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I made White Chicken Chili the other night and it was amazing! Seems like it would be a great thing to take to work.

My mom is driving me crazy.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Could you try stir-fry and go slowly on the sauce-first a little bit of plain soy sauce, then slowly add in garlic and other spices? What about burritoes on a whole-wheat tortilla? I know you said he doesn’t eat black beans, but you could stuff if with wild rice and lots of sauteed veggies…or eggs and veggies. Does he like hummus? You could try to pack hummus with pita strips, veggies, feta cheese and black olives.

But as someone who generally like healthy food but also really has an affinity for bacon cheeseburgers and other “bad” stuff, I second (third?) the suggestion to not push him too hard. An occassional trip to McDonald’s isn’t going to kill him. If it’s everyday, yeah that’s bad, but he still has to make the change on his own terms.

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