I have been trying to get back into good shape and am reading lots of health articles. My husband is a police officer and spends most of his time eating fast food and sitting in a car all day — it’s not the most active lifestyle. And while the Offbeat Empire promotes beauty in all its forms, I am concerned for our health.
I recently watched a really informative documentary called Forks Over Knives, which promotes whole food diets with little to no dairy or meats to avert and even in some cases reverse heart disease and some cancers.
My question is: how can I stealthily convert my husband’s diet and my teenaged picky sister’s diet to get them to eat healthy without knowing. You know… baby steps. AND! what are some good whole food protein substitutes aside from tofu?
Normally I’m not about tricking people into things, but in this case I think it is a valid, non-manipulative answer. I’m going to assume you’ve had some discussion with Mr. Dakoma about your concerns and he’s just not down with an improvement plan, for whatever reason.
My advice is: go ahead and start making changes for yourself if you haven’t already. Going from crap food to healthier food is hard, but make it easier by allowing yourself patience in changing your habits. Set a single goal at a time — “I’ll have an apple instead of candy for one snack today” or “I’ll take a walk at lunch time” and then, once you get those changes cemented you can add in harder ones like “I’mma cut out high fructose corn syrup in my non-snack foods.” And then “I’m going to focus on eating whole foods instead of processed foods as much as is humanely possible.”
I know; you didn’t ask about how to change your diet! The truth is this: If you change your diet, your family likely will, too. In the years since I moved in with my husband, we’ve leap-frogged each other over and over in diet adjustments — and we eat a loooooooot more healthfully than we did in the beginning of our relationship. When you live together, you’ve got to adapt to your partner’s diet. It’s so much easier.
If you can be successful in improving your habits for yourself, your family will come along somehow. Whether it’s because you are the main grocery shopper, or the main cook, or because you get pulled into research on nutrition and share what you find because you feel it’s interesting — people who are close to you will be influenced, and may decide to make their own changes as well.
If nothing else, frame it for yourself like this: you are absolutely a role model for your sister. Eat more better for her.
Oh, and non-tofu proteins? EGGS, baby. Vegan? Beans. Make it a treat with edemame. It’s like popcorn, but nicer to you!