So, the past couple of months, I have harped on my husband about his eating habits. Now, let me preface this by saying my hubs is one of those infuriating men. You know the ones. One of the healthy “fat” people. He is carrying extra weight – there is no doubt about that. But every time he goes to the doctor, everything (aside from his weight) is perfect – perfect blood pressure, perfect blood sugars, perfect cholesterol…ugh. But, I keep telling him, it may not always be perfect.
The husband does have a heart murmur, which tends to be more pronounced when he has caffeine. He’s been drinking about 20 oz of decaf a day in the am – and I keep explaining to him that even decaf has caffeine in it. When we first discovered the heart murmur (he thought he was having a heart attack after drinking a whole pot of decaf and having a whole tin of chocolate covered cherries for breakfast), I took him off the decaf coffee and switched him to herbal tea. He likes to have something hot in the am. I also told him he could have decaf tea, but the limit on that is 8oz – no more. He likes Earl Grey – because that is what Captain Picard drinks. Sigh.
Sadly, he’s gotten back to drinking decaf since he went back to work last year, and the murmur is back. So, he’s once again banned from coffee.
Now, I’m a coffee drinker. Full on high-test-curl-your-toes-espresso-please-many-cups-a-day-coffee. It doesn’t bother me in the least. Prior to my thyroid diagnosis, I was drinking it with Splenda or Stevia and cream. Now I drink it black, and have found that I prefer it that way, although once a week or so, I treat myself to a skinny latte at Starbucks.
I have been preaching to the husband for a few months about his weight. “Um, hello, pot? This is kettle.” While I’m not obese anymore, I am overweight still, and the thyroid treatment has held up the weightloss. But the hubs is 5’4″, and he is 230 pounds. Not good. He has a physical today – and I told him to have the doctor check his cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, his knee (which he hurt in November), his prostate (he has a family history of prostate cancer and I want them to do the blood test so we can compare it to the last one), and his thyroid. I know the doctor will tell him to lose weight. Because, yeah – even if his numbers come back fine, as a latino, he is more predisposed to diabetes and heart disease, and his biological father had both.
I have been trying to get him to eat like I do – although I’ve backslid on my clean eating in the past couple of weeks, and am working to get myself back on it.
So, this week, I’m being less bossy and more leading by example. I’ve taken to all meal prep this week. I’m packing his lunches (so I know what he’s getting). More fruit, less granola bars (the ones he thinks are healthy because they have granola in them, but are also covered in chocolate and sugar). Homemade clean eating soups and stews. More protein, veggies, and good fats. And no coffee for him. And, to lead by example, I’ve cut myself back to one cup a day. Black. In the morning. The rest of the day, I am drinking herbal tea, and tons of water.
I am having a hard time getting him to drink water. I have to bribe him with Crystal Light – which is the devil. Nothing but chemicals. I don’t touch the stuff anymore.
But our bodies need water. Real, honest to goodness water.
We are on day two of eating nothing but good for you stuff. He had an egg this morning, with one small potato fried in coconut oil, and a slice of Canadian bacon (baby steps with him y’all). His lunch is the same as mine – my clean eating veggie beef soup, an orange (I have a tangerine), some gluten-free multi-grain crackers (no crackers for me, I have plain greek yogurt instead), and a paleo brownie. Dinner will be a pork chop, and some steamed veggies.
Wish me luck – this isn’t going to be an easy row to hoe. But I know my hubs needs to lose weight. If anything, he needs to lose weight so his mother doesn’t yell at me in May. Because she always does. Not to mention, I’d like to take off these last 30 freaking pounds. Hello, thyroid meds? I’m talking to you.
So, let me lead by example.
Full on clean eating. For a long and healthy life with the man I love.