My new title, apparently...and I didn’t even apply for the job! Let me explain...sigh. DH decided the other day to cut carbs from his diet. He is a carb junkie: white toast (with all the protein) for breakfast and lunch, pretzels or chips for snacks, starchy veggies w dinner, then evening snacks consist of 16oz (or more!) of milk, accompanied by 6 Hershey kisses and/or 2-3 boards of Graham crackers. If he wakes at night (nightly), he’ll have a bowl of cold cereal to “help” him go back to sleep.
For the past year, he has witnessed my diet transformation...lean meats, healthy carbs, more freggies. I’ve “gently” made suggestions to him about what he’s putting into his mouth over the course of the past year. Sometimes I’ll share w him info I’ve gleaned from reading Spark articles. Finally, something Sparked for him. I shared that carbs can contribute to belly fat, elevated triglycerides and weight gain. He did some of his own research, and decided to reduce carbs. Yay!
Except that I suddenly found myself a short order cook. Yesterday, I started to make myself a pot of veggie soup. Watching me, he pondered on what he would eat. He said, I ate two burgers for lunch yesterday, without bread...I don’t really want a burger today, but I’m not sure what to eat. I literally gasped. Two burgers? Are you trying to lose weight? Yes, he replied...and get rid of my belly. Well, I said...eating two burgers in one setting won’t get you there...you may be cutting out carbs, but you don’t need to increase calories. Let me think about this.
So...I suddenly found myself re-assessing our food supply figuring out what he can eat to fill him up, reduce carbs, and keep him satisfied. The man does NOT want to feel hunger pains! And he is picky...he likes meat and potatoes...and very few veggies, hardly any fruit, and hates cheese. I threw together Frozen meatballs with BBQ sauce, warmed them in a pot, and made a batch of green beans. He won’t touch veggie soup...”the veggies are all mixed in”! It worked! He was satisfied. But now I’ve got three pots to clean, and it’s only lunch! Lord help me!
Don’t get me wrong. He is capable of fending for himself. But for him to be successful, I want to lend whatever support I can. He’s supported me in my numerous attempts at weight loss...I’m happy to support him. This means I’ll have to make hearty, reduced fat meals for him that he can heat up. I have to shop a little differently for our groceries. For example, he likes iceberg lettuce...I think iceberg has no nutritional value...but if that gets him to eat more salad...so be it!
Lord help me! This is going to be a challenge!