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sasha Wharton

Joined: Nov 21, 2011
Posts: 8
Location: south east kansas
My husband and i recently got married witch means i married all of his bad eating habits as well. I love my husband dearly but he drinks soda like its going out of style and he believes all he needs is meat to survive, both of our fathers have had heart issues in the last year alone just from poor diet and bad habits. my father only has forty percent of his heart working now and knows he has to make a change but says its too late for him it and continues on the same path, while my brand new father inn law rejected even my slightest suggestion of trying a heathery diet or to try juicing he said " yeah juicing has helped alot of people but its also killed some dead" so hes gonna take a pill for something that he can change. well to get to the point i need organic good tasting man food so i can save my poor husbands life before he needs it any advice is welcome
Tyler Ludens

Joined: Jun 25, 2010
Posts: 5753
Location: Central Texas USA Latitude 30 Zone 8
Some people find the Primal or Paleo diet a healthy one for meat eaters. It is a diet of meat, vegetables, fruit, and some nuts, but absolutely no grains or sugar or artificial products - so absolutely no soda! I tried the paleo diet and quickly lost weight on it while feeling better than usual, but it can be challenging because so much of the "normal" diet is based on grains. To be healthy on the Paleo diet you have to really stick to it, you can't eat a ton of meat AND a ton of carbohydrates. Personally I found it a better diet for me than a vegan diet, which I also tried. One is supposed to eat only grass-fed or wild meats on the Paleo diet, so this also makes it difficult and expensive if bought from the store, but a good diet for permaculturists who raise their own animals in addition to fruits and vegetables. Remember when changing the diet do it over a period of a few weeks, not all at once. Reducing grains and adding more vegetables is relatively easy, for instance if you usually serve rice or pasta or bread with a meal, use a serving of vegetables instead.

Here's a thread about the Paleo/Primal diet: http://www.permies.com/t/13539/cooking-food-preservation-food-choices/Paleo-diet

Here's a website I found helpful: http://www.nerdheaven.dk/~jevk/paleo_intro.php

Diet is such a personal thing and folks like to argue about it.

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jacque greenleaf

Joined: Jan 21, 2009
Posts: 471
Location: Burton, WA (USDA zone 8, Sunset zone 5) - old hippie heaven
My best advice for you is to be patient. If you are going to wean him off his bad habits, the worst thing is nagging him about what he eats and doesn't eat. Instead, try to find things that he will like as well or better than what he is eating. I think trying a paleo diet would be a good transition. Try insisting on better quality meat, and increase the green salads. As for the sodas, you could try a couple things. One is kombucha - it has a mild carbonation, and for some people hits the same spot that soda does. Or, try brewing your own soft drinks - at least they will have real flavorings and no high fructose corn syrup.

Also, check your library for this book - http://www.amazon.com/The-Sneaky-Chef-Kitchen-Healthy/dp/B001IDZJM2/ref=pd_sim_sbs_b_2 - and others by the same author. This book will at least show you how to get more vitamins and anti-oxidants into him!

Some people are more adventurous when it comes to food than others. If you concentrate on spending your money on better quality ingredients, and amplifying on what he already likes, you will have more success than ragging on him about how unhealthy his diet is.

sasha Wharton

Joined: Nov 21, 2011
Posts: 8
Location: south east kansas
thank you both i have taken your advice and am very eager to start this new diet im buy two books from amazon right now I will try to contain the nagging.
Jeanine Gurley

Joined: May 23, 2011
Posts: 1393
Location: Midlands, South Carolina Zone 7b/8a
"I will try to contain the nagging" -- that is a good start.

My husband is starting to come around after nine long years.

I have found that the best way to convince him is not to try.

I simply laid down the law that I would eat my diet and he would eat his. If we have to cook separately then so be it.

He has seen that I eat more than he does and he is overwieght and I am not. He takes blood pressure medication and I don't.

I just try to be the example. Even though I eat vegan when we are out I do make an extra effort to make our home raised chickens and turkeys extra tastey. Now he prefers our meat over factory farmed meat from the store or restaurant.

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sasha Wharton

Joined: Nov 21, 2011
Posts: 8
Location: south east kansas
I have done pretty much the same thing here at our house i haven't told him he cant eat what he wants i just told him that i was going to start cooking and he was going to eat what ever it was i put in front of him or make himself something. he has been doing rather well though and hasn't complained once.
Ken Peavey

Joined: Dec 21, 2009
Posts: 2523
Location: FL
Soda and Meat.
Clearly you married a male of the species.

The caveman in us all loves meat because its big and drips and tastes awesome. You must accept the notion that he may be permanently vegan-free at this stage of his life.
I'd suggest using his appreciation for meat as a starting point. With his next steak, add sauteed onions, peppers, and garlic. Chicken has Parmesan written all over it. The sauce is the thing...hard to say no to a rich, thick, flavorful, chunky tomato and vegetable sauce. While you're at it, serve it the chicken parmesan over whole wheat pasta. Roast Beef...in a sub roll...with sliced tomato, green peppers, how about fresh spinach in lieu of lettuce? I'd wait before trying sprouts on the sub...it's hardcore.
Different styles of cooking may be in order. Mexican style dishes are greatly enhanced with vegetables. Tacos crave salsa, especially homemade. Don't leave out the lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, avacado, and a bit of cheese in there to serve as bait. Quesdillas are served with the vegetables on the side...this would be a good way to introduce the feller to salad. Fajitas have the vegetables on the side, heated...just tell him it makes the meat better.

Stuffed Peppers are sneaky...stuff with meat and rice.

Lasagna...layer in some sliced zuchinni.

Hard to beat stew. Meat, gravy, potato, carrots, leeks, mushrooms...I'm starting to drool.

I'd urge you to keep a can of Spam at the ready. Sometimes its hard to wean the carnivores and you will need to prevent shock.

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Tyler Ludens

Joined: Jun 25, 2010
Posts: 5753
Location: Central Texas USA Latitude 30 Zone 8
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Terri Matthews

Joined: Nov 21, 2010
Posts: 418
Location: Eastern Kansas
I have never, in 37 years of trying, been able to change my husbands bad eating habits!

I have been able to prepare some healthy foods that he likes.

I asked him what vegetables that he likes, and at first he said that he didn't like them, But, I noticed that he would eat peas, and when I asked him he said that he did like them, and bananas also. As time went by I learned that he also liked raw bell pepper strips and mini carrots, and lettuce on his sandwiches, and salad if there was rach dressing. If you can put ranch dressing on something then he will eat it. H e will also eat a pear *IF* I slice it and set it out in front of him at dinner time. He doesn't seem to think about it, he just munches some of the pieces with his dinner.

You cannot stop him from eating things that are bad for him, but you can get him whatever healthy foods that he will accept.

By the way, if there are heart problems in the family then diet soda is better for him, even if there is nutrasweet in it. And, my husband could not tell the difference when I brought him a cold glass of soda one time, and I did get him on the diet soda instead of sugar soda kick. Lately I have kept a picher of unsweetened ice tea in the fridge, and he has come to like it because it is cold. I make the ice tea at half strength, to keep it too mild to need sweetening. Otherwise, without the sugar, it is too bitter.

Oh, yes! I learned to cook the very lean beef so that it is tender (just cut back on the heat, cook it more slowly, and serve it a little more rare), and I found out that he likes a stir fry. Soy is full of salt but other than that I can put vegetables and chicken breast in it. Even when you take soy sauce into account my stir fry is healthier than what he eats during lunch.
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