I think we all have at least one person in life who we look up to. For me it has always been my sister Shyamla. We’ve spent more years living apart than together, yet she’s still the closest person to me. Along with eating healthily & fitness, her positive influence has extended into so many other areas of my life. Although marriage is still a while away for me (contrary to the life plan I drew out when I was a kid ;)), I am slowly learning the ropes from my sister.
For starters, I’ve seen from her that eating healthily becomes even more of a challenge when “2 becomes 1”…it’s not only about you anymore. That being said, I’ve also seen from her that it is absolutely possible to make it work, even if your hubby isn’t entirely on board with healthy eating. For a change, I hope you enjoy this guest post from Shyamla on how to get your husband to eat healthier:
If you’re anything like me, eating healthy is a fairly high priority. While my husband certainly wants to eat healthy too, our definition of that sometimes differs.
So what can you do? Yes, you could nag until you get your way, but that doesn’t really work…nor is it the best option for a happy marriage. Here are my top five tips to get your spouse to eat healthier:
1) Keep Healthy Items on Hand. However much my husband wants to eat healthy he will never think of cutting some carrots sticks or an apple as a snack. He’s all about convenience. Now I always have bags of almonds on the kitchen counter, crudites in the fridge and frozen grapes in the freezer so I can offer it to him before he pops open the bag of crisps.
2) Be Prepared For Him. Like most men out there my husband only thinks about food when he’s hungry. On the other hand I’m planning my meals a week in advance. If I know I am going to be out all day I will carry my lunch and snacks for the day and will always have some emergency snacks in my bag. I have now learnt to also pack something for the hubby, because 99% of the time if he’s hungry and I have a healthy meal / snack for him he will always pick that over McD’s, as long as he doesn’t have to carry it around. Hey, what can I say…it’s great practice for when I have kids!
3) Make his favorites. My husband loves broccoli. While it’s not a favorite of mine I always make it for him. He loves berries, apples and mint tea in the evening so I try to always keep them stocked up at home. Whatever few healthy foods you husband enjoys, make sure to give it to him.
4) Let it be his decision. For months I was trying to convince my husband to try my green smoothie and quinoa salad but failed miserably each time. Then last week a miracle happened for me! My husband woke up and ASKED ME to make him a green smoothie for breakfast. That one glass sold him and now it is his breakfast staple. So, if your guy is anything like mine they’ll need to be the ones to decide they are going to try something healthy and not have it forced down them.
5) Start slow and implement changes over time. I don’t know about you but I did not grow up eating the way I do now. It took time to learn to eat ‘healthy’. Your husband might be the same way. It will take patience and diligence to help change his taste buds to enjoy healthy alternatives. Start with small changes like swapping from full-fat to semi-skimmed milk, white to wholewheat bread, and if they are big meat eaters like mine, try introducing one vegetarian meal a week. For the things he wont be willing to give up, you can leave just as they are (some changes are better than none).
Give these few tips a try, and you’ll be surprised how much easier it can be to improve your partner’s eating habits! It is true what they say: you can’t change the person you married…but that doesn’t stop them from changing themselves.
Thanks, Shyamla…I’m sure I’m not the only one who will benefit from these tips :).
What are your tips for getting your loved ones to eat healthier, spouse or not?