Recommendation Needed | Dieting Question

I've been married for 8 years, and in that time I have gained about 30 pounds. I'm really not happy about it. I love to cook and do so almost every night. I think I cook pretty healthfully for me and my "meat and potatoes" husband. I cook lots of veggies, low fat meats and grains. (Oh, and I work out too). When I lived alone (before I was married), I never had a problem dropping a few pounds, but now that I cook for someone else, who has no need to diet, I KNOW I over eat. My problem isn't really what I'm eating, it's how much. I'm starting to feel resentful that I have to cook for him at all. Am I destined to cook 2 meals every night? Honestly, if it were up to me I would almost rarely eat meat.  How can I satisfy my "meat and potatoes" husband without savaging my diet? Any suggestions? Fat & Frustrated, Ann

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YOWZAlicious said…
It sounds like the only meal you and your husband share together is dinner. If that's true, you have a few options:

1) You could focus on making your first 2 meals of the day super healthy and light - that way, you could still enjoy eating the same dinner as your husband (maybe just a smaller portion).

2) You could have 2 larger (but still healthy) meals during the day, and at night, drink a Green Smoothie or have a bowl of low-sodium broth while your husband has his regular dinner.

3) You could slowly start to introduce even more veggies into your dinner meals while SLOWLY weaning down the meat portions. If it's done slowly, most people don't even notice. The key is to start making "all-in-one" dishes (instead of only serving veggies as sides). That way, you can more easily (and sneakily) start shifting the proportions of veggies vs meat.

Beyond that, I would focus on reducing grains as much as possible. Stick with quinoa primarily. You could try eating more beans & lentils. And MOST IMPORTANTLY, cut out *all* processed foods. There are hidden sugars in almost every single processed food out there! And fake sugars are the worst for your body, so don't eat those either. If you're a "sweet tooth" person, cut out ALL processed sweets and start eating LOTS AND LOTS OF FRUIT. It will curb your sweet tooth.

Lastly, if you aren't already, be sure to take a walk at least once a day. If you haven't been active in a while - no big deal. It doesn't even have to be a powerwalk at first! Simply stroll casually around the block for 5 minutes. Just do it EVERY DAY. You will naturally, over time, start to go faster and longer without even doing it intentionally.
YOWZAlicious said…
Also, you can visit my Pinterest board for some really great healthy meal inspiration (sorted by SEASON). Best of luck to you!

www.pinterest.com/yowzalicious
Becky Sanders Ann said…
I eat mostly vegan while my hubby "has to have meat" at every meal! So I make stuff that can satisfy both of us. Lettuce wraps for example.. All veggies for me and I always cook a small side of meat for him. It doesn't add but a few minutes. Same thing with salad. I keep a kale &spinach salad in the fridge and remake it every week. I can add a ton of fresh veggies and fruits for me anytime, I'll grill a chicken breast for the hubby to add. There's lots of creative delicious recipes that can satisfy both needs. Also use a smaller plate for your portions, it will help you from over-eating! The more fiber you eat the fuller you will be.(Fruit and veggies). Eat slow and chew your food good. When you slow down its amazing how little you'll eat. You seem to get fuller quicker because you are taking the time to listen to your body! feel free to email with any other questions becky@runnergirlnutrition.com
Anonymous said…
Thank you so much for the advice! I will try some of your suggestions! Best, Ann

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