Meet my freak of a husband!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

First of all, let me say that I love my husband with all of my heart. He is the sweetest, funniest, most athletic and caring person I have ever met, and I thank God each and everyday for bringing him into my life. Now, with that being said, I also knew when I married him that he did not have the best eating habits around. However, that does not change the fact that I am determined to increase his intake of nutritiously delicious food and attempt to decrease the amount of sugar he consumes. I know this will be one of those times I have to stay focused on winning the war and not necessarily every battle. Hopefully, by sharing these experience with you, I can try and keep my sanity, and who knows maybe you will have a few pointers for me.

Let me start this story, by telling you what Eric eats in a typical day. You should probably be sitting down for this!

Breakfast: Frosted Flakes and whole milk (not too bad yet)

Morning Snack: Cinnamon Sugar Pop Tarts (420 calories and 32 grams of sugar!)

Lunch: 2 peanut butter and honey sandwiches (yes 2) on white bread, 2 Quaker oatmeal chewy bars, 2 welches fruit snacks and 1 bag of Frito chili cheese corn chips (these have over 10 grams of fat by themselves)

Afternoon snack: 1 snickers bar

Dinner: This is probably the healthiest meal of the day because it's the only one I can somewhat control. This is also the only meal that he actually intakes any fruits or vegetables!! For dinner tonight, he ate 2 cheeseburgers and a baked potato with butter and cheese.

I'll give you a second to pick your jaw up off the floor! And yes, I really am talking about the person in the picture to the left!

So here's my game plan.... I am going to attempt to remove one unhealthy item each week and replace it with a more nutritious option.

Week one: After much begging and pointing at nutrition labels, I have convinced Eric to replace his Chili Cheese Fritos with either pretzels, wheat thins, or another Lauren approved snack of his choice. We go to the grocery store each Sunday, so we have agreed to come to a mutual decision on this item.

Next week, I plan to tackle those dang Frosted Flakes!

The most challenging part of this transformation, is the fact that somehow Eric can eat all of this crap and still remain one of the leanest people I know. Its as if his body doesn't absorb fat!! I know, you are all thinking that is soooo unfair. His mom (who is one of my favorite people in the world) and I say the same thing all the time!! So since he sees no adverse affects from his terrible eating habits, it is very had to convince him to change. But I am determined to try just the same

Today, I explained to him how sugar turns into glucose in your body, and this signals to your pancreas to make insulin. This much sugar pumps so much glucose into your blood so fast that the pancreas has to pump out extra insulin in order to drive glucose into cells. Eventually, blood sugar levels will drop even lower than they were in the first place and you are left once again starving. After this quick science lesson, he agreed to one small change a week. I think he might have agreed just so I would stop talking like I was reading out of a nutrition textbook!

So please wish me luck, and I am open to any and all suggestions you might have!!

Remember, Fitness is Fun and it makes you feel Fabulous!

Yours truly,

Lauren G

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3 Responses to “Meet my freak of a husband!”

  1. You already made me give up eating the 8 chocolate chip cookies that I had every night before bed! That was a huge sacrifice, and now you want more! This is not cool!

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  3. Don't worry, in a few years Eric will learn the errors of his ways. My fiance is a fast food junkie at heart, but he can see that it's started to catch up to him! Good luck you two!!


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