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March 19, 2013 2:57 PM
My husband and I both vowed at the beginning of the year to be more healthy. I took it a lot more serious than him. He will go to the gym with my every once in a while, but that's about the extent of it. I am not only trying to be more active but also be a lot more healthy in the kitchen.

I am alright with having steamed broccoli instead of fries, but him on the other hand wants nothing to do with it. So whenever I make a veggie for myself, I have to make him something for dinner also to make him happy usually fries or something equally as tempting for me to snag some off of his plate. I obviously could work on the will-power, but any other advice?
  25702589
March 19, 2013 2:58 PM
If he doesnt want vegetables, get him to make his own fries. Atleast then its not extra work for you
March 19, 2013 2:59 PM
I think he should either eat what you cook for him or make his own food.
March 19, 2013 2:59 PM
I have the same problem! so ^ Bump
  38536694
March 19, 2013 2:59 PM
Such a simple solution! I've never even thought of that. I'm sure he will be thrilled haha.
  25702589
March 19, 2013 3:00 PM
QUOTE:

If he doesnt want vegetables, get him to make his own fries. Atleast then its not extra work for you


this...If i make a meal and he doesn't like it he can make his own...same goes for me when he is cooking
  8236531
March 19, 2013 3:02 PM
My husband would be like what???
Considering he works 3 jobs and makes the $$$ I always make sure his dinner is hot and ready... Maybe explain to him how important this is to you... and to please give it a try .... IF not .. Stay strong... I have done ok so far...
  38536694
March 19, 2013 3:02 PM
I assume you're dating a 12 year-old boy, and that's why you're cooking his dinner. In which case, fries are microwaveable, and even an adolescent can push a power button.
  21223307
March 19, 2013 3:03 PM
Tell him to eat what you cook or make his own food. That is what I do.

Maybe try and turn some of his favorites into something healthier. Like instead of fries make sweet potato fries/wedges.


You can't change his mind, he has to do that on his own.
  37379302
March 19, 2013 3:03 PM
The ex and I had an agreement, to cook and eat healthy. What ever was made by which one of us was dinner. If ya didn't want it then PB and J's are made over there, lol.
  31076245
March 19, 2013 3:03 PM
Mine's coming around because I don't say anything anymore...i just serve it. He did mention the other day "I'm noticing I have more energy" Lol

He still gets to keep his pringles though...I have no interest those
Edited by Blown_Away1 On March 19, 2013 3:07 PM
March 19, 2013 3:05 PM
I'm cooking and eating healthier, husband isn't on bored. He buys and prepares his own food, or he does take out. We both work 45 hours a week, so I'm not cooking 2 meals every day. I prepare most my meals in crockpot over night, and take to work for 2 -3 days. When I have to I always have healthier frozen meals to fall back on, abou 2 nights a week, but mostly I eat my left overs till gone.
  33721667
March 19, 2013 3:06 PM
You're the boss in the kitchen, so he eats what you cook or he cooks his own crap food. Marriage, yay!
  6623076
March 19, 2013 3:06 PM
Mine took awhile too. He had no problem supporting me and helping me out but when it came to his choices he was hard to win over. Now he is a bit better about it. For some reason the guy who never ate sweets was all of a sudden buying the candy by the registers. I mean, really dude? He finally realized that he wasn't eating enough during the day and he'd binge at night. He was in a 30 day nutrition challenge group that opened his eyes. He's even been asking me to join another one.
  15625942
March 19, 2013 3:07 PM
If you are the one who cooks and he doesn't want to eat what you cook than he can go make his own food.

I only make my husband something different if I am making me something I know he hates.... like a few days ago, I had sushi, he hates sushi so I made him a pizza.

Your husband clearly doesn't want to eat healthy or change his habits right now.
March 19, 2013 3:07 PM
Just because I make a decision to eat differently doesn't mean everyone else who eats my cooking has to as well. I tend to make meals that I know everyone will like. If I want a side that someone doesn't like, I'll make another side in addition that I know they like.

Also, there are ways to make low-cal/healthy dinner options yummy and appealing to everyone. You just have to find them. Talk about what you both like and use ingredients that will make the dinner fit better into your day.
  12837362
March 19, 2013 3:08 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

If he doesnt want vegetables, get him to make his own fries. Atleast then its not extra work for you


this...If i make a meal and he doesn't like it he can make his own...same goes for me when he is cooking


This. If I were willing to eat spinach, eggs and morning star sausage every morning, he would make breakfast for me. Since I prefer my eggs scrambled with different veggies, and even then won't eat them every morning, I make my own breakfast. He gets to make suggestions for dinner only in so far as he requests a certain dish or prefers different veggies. And he knows darn well that if he were to hate everything, he would be getting his own dinners.
  6560859
March 19, 2013 3:08 PM
You should sleep around.

That'll teach him not to eat the broccoli.
Edited by Cr01502 On March 19, 2013 3:08 PM
March 19, 2013 3:08 PM
Agree - whomever is cooking is king. If you don't like it, cook! But really, we've come up with lots of tasty, healthy meals the whole family loves.
March 19, 2013 3:09 PM
QUOTE:

My husband and I both vowed at the beginning of the year to be more healthy. I took it a lot more serious than him. He will go to the gym with my every once in a while, but that's about the extent of it. I am not only trying to be more active but also be a lot more healthy in the kitchen.

I am alright with having steamed broccoli instead of fries, but him on the other hand wants nothing to do with it. So whenever I make a veggie for myself, I have to make him something for dinner also to make him happy usually fries or something equally as tempting for me to snag some off of his plate. I obviously could work on the will-power, but any other advice?


There's a lot of middle ground between steamed broccoli and fries! My husband started at the "fries, fries and only fries" point and now will happily eat whole plates of vegetables.

How did I get from one extreme to the other?

I started small. First white potatoes with oil spray and spices roasted in the oven instead of fries, then sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes, then sweet potatoes and butternut squash, then adding peppers, carrots, courgettes and onions.

I added plenty of flavourful spices and went easy on the salt.

I got him hooked on chilli. Seriously, he'll now eat ANYTHING if there's chilli on it.
  3239266
March 19, 2013 3:09 PM
Communication works. I told my wife I wasn't going to eat certain things. Maybe he can get his fill of junk at lunch and eat what you cook. Maybe some recipes he'd like. I wouldn't be cooking two meals.

For me, I had a heart attack, so I get to use that as an excuse.
  8504197
March 19, 2013 3:09 PM
As suggested, if he does not want what you provide, then cook his own

I am bloke BTW and TBH would be utterly p1ssed off if my spouse did this, just saying, nothing personal, but do not expect or anticipate compliance, or in longer term feeling, by him, of being nagged, again
  27682097
March 19, 2013 3:10 PM
My old man knows, if he don't want to cook, he can eat whatever the H*** I cook. If he still don't want it, there's PB&J in the cabinet.
  24172382
March 19, 2013 3:10 PM
Same goes in my house, it you don't like what I have cooked then tough - cook your own..

Fortunately my partner isn't stupid enough to say anythting if he isn't 100% loving what I made, and for the most part he does like the healthy food I make.. pity he is losing weight much faster than me without even trying though... oh well
Edited by GiddyNZ On March 19, 2013 3:14 PM
March 19, 2013 3:11 PM
Ya'll obviously aren't Southern. Neither am I for that matter. But, if you feel like it's your role to cook, allot yourself the calories to have a few french fries and make healthy choices for the rest of your meal.

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