I am convinced that a paleo way of eating will help my family reverse some of the problems we are having. My kids will put up a fuss because I have let our diet slip so far from the lovely mostly organic, local, nourishing traditions style diet we used to eat. They have become massive sugar addicts. I am embarrassed to even admit how bad it is (even though it is probably not as bad as most of America). My big problem is my husband.
My husband is diabetic and has all the things that go along with that. He is over weight and although he has lost some weight he still has some to go. He wants to become a cop but needs to pass the physical tests. The only thing is he hates veggies and I think only chokes them down because he has to. The list of veggies he hates is long and really limits me. What am I to do about that? He hates:
Mushrooms spinach greens of any kind (kale, collards, etc) summer squash zucchini radishes cucumber winter squash beets any fluffy lettuce (he only likes iceburg and romaine drenched in dressing) okra sweet potatoes (tolerated roasted or fried) cauliflower green beans (used to like them but now complains)
What does that leave? Onions, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, peppers, a few roots and carrots? Meat he has no problem with of course.
I am thinking I will just cook and he who wants to be picky can starve LOL Help!
Feed him meat, and vegis he does like, add some more interesting ones for yourself. He may take to them. After some time on paleo tastes seem to change. I now find carrots almost unbearably sweet.
My hubby will eat swede and carrots boiled and mashed together with black pepper and butter to replace the potato part of the meal.
I've been struggling with my partner for a while on this same question. AND he's a SCIENTIST. How is food this powerful?? Anyways, I've resigned to a new strategy: lead by example! (hopefully some rockin' abs this summer will do the trick) But also, he's really concerned about too much fat in his diet - he's even nervous about eating eggs everyday! So I'm looking forward to showing off my blood work at the end of this month to prove Paleo isn't going to give me a heart attack. Good luck! It's a tough issue!
my mom pulled the old, "he who doesn't eat will starve" routine and you know what happened?!? We didn't starve. Eventually we learned to eat, and one day enjoy the vegetables. Yeah, it didnt taste like the sugary drugs we begged and longed for, but we ended up being superb athletes, students, and overall some pretty good ass kids to have emerged from a poor household with a divorced mom. Not the worst that can happen...
My husband is the same way, so I completely understand. I make what he likes, but sometimes I also throw in something he doesn't and ask him to try it. Depending on what it is, he will try it 80% of the time. He's happy that I'm paleo because we eat a lot more meat, but I am much more attuned to eating veggies than he is.
It's hard to cook for multiple people who all like different things. But I stopped catering to them a long time ago. I will make something that generally people will eat, but stopped worrying if they would 'love' it. That is up to me since I am doing the work of cooking and shopping. If my husband cooks (only once/week or so) than he cooks what he wants, but makes sure there are things I can eat.
It's kind of a dance but it seems to work, although there isn't any one time that EVERYONE is happy, which kind of sucks, but oh well! On their birthday they get to choose the meals. :)
Hey from a guy that has been a single parent because my wife died - cooking for myself and kids = cook what is good for everybody and if nobody wants it - they're on their own - if I learned to cook for myself = what's the prob - so can they!!! Don't cater to doing everything! kids and hubbies learn for themselves!
make him eat romain, sweet potatoes and steak (fatty) for a week. with butter. all he wants. I think he will like it and feel better to boot. he can add oher veg later, or not. the first step is to see how his BG levels react.
Does he he like eggs? how are you cooking the green beans?
There are a few threads here about Paleo without veggies; many people disapprove of such a lifestyle, but there are those of us who thrive on it. I'm biased by my own success, of course, and not everyone who eliminates many or most veggies does well, but lots of folks do, too. Try these threads for starters:
Of those, here are the ones I think might be the most informative for someone new to the idea:
Good luck to your husband!
My wife is similar. I do most (all) of the cooking, and she will usually eat at least some of what I make. If not, she's a grownup and can eat what she wishes. I find it painful to watch her eat crap, but have accepted that it's not for me to control. Her diet is overall better than it was before I went paleo.
Look at the Archevore blog of Kurt Harris for having a healthy diet with few vegetables and no nutritional deficiencies. How does your husband do with organ meat and bones? They are an extremely health food source.
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