If your guy is strictly a meat-and-potato type and barely touches anything green, there are ways to change those habits. By the time we reach adulthood, our eating habits and behaviors are usually well-entrenched. But, there’s still hope for change when you know the secrets to getting your man to eat healthier.
Here are 9 tried-and-true ways to convince your guy (without him knowing it) to add in foods he normally would shy away from
Much of the advice revolves around getting him to be involved with cooking and making food decisions. Most men, when given the chance, find learning about and actually doing hands-on cooking of food, sparks an interest in nutrition they didn’t realize they had. And that’s when the real magic happens…he’s making better food choices and likes it!
- Purge your house of junk food
Be honest – what junk food is currently occupying your pantry shelves or stored in your refrigerator and freezer? Chips, soda, crackers, cookies, energy drinks, and so on, are bad influences on your man’s health. The mantra to follow to get junk food out of the house is to remember this rule: Out of sight, out of mind. If the food’s not there, he can’t eat it. Replace junk foods with cut-up fruit and veggies, whole-grain crackers, cheese cubes, low-fat Greek yogurt, and sparkling water. Once he starts snacking on healthier fare, he’ll be hooked and won’t want to go back to junk food again.
2. Sneakily add in more veggies
Don’t think of sneaking in veggies as bad – if you do it right, he’ll never know and will actually like what he’s eating. Here are some ideas on how: Having meatloaf? Throw in shredded carrots, onions, spinach, and peppers. Bulk up hamburgers with chopped mushrooms or even smashed black beans. Puree cauliflower with milk and add as a thickener to mac-and-cheese. Fix him a smoothie blended with Greek yogurt, frozen blueberries or strawberries and flax seed. Fixing scrambled eggs or an omelet for breakfast? Sneak in diced tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms or broccoli for add-ins he’ll love.
3. Get him involved in planning meals
Men like to be in charge and here’s a way to tie this in with healthy eating: Each week, together plan your weekday dinner meals. Browse through cookbooks or the internet of healthy recipes to be inspired. Let him tell you what sounds good to him. If the recipe uses high sugar or high fat ingredients, make substitutions such as using one percent milk in place of whole milk. Ask him for his ideas for vegetables he will try or healthy protein options.
4. Set a good example
Probably the single most effective way to help him eat healthier is be a healthy-eating role model yourself. Eat three meals a day, refrain from drinking soda or other sugary beverages, have healthy snacks, are excellent ways to influence his eating habits for the better.
- Nurture instead of nagging
If you want to convince a man to do something, do not nag. Nagging only leads to hard feelings and making him more stubborn. Besides, men respond poorly to criticism. Men like to feel powerful and competent. To nurture this innate hard-wired part of being a man, try showing your appreciation for him. Lavish praise on his abilities, share your feelings about how you want him to be healthy for the future. Show care and concern for his health. Trust me; this type of nurturing will get you farther in getting him to eat healthy in no time.
Dr. David Samadi is the Director of Men’s Health and Urologic Oncology at St. Francis Hospital in Long Island. He’s a renowned and highly successful board certified Urologic Oncologist Expert and Robotic Surgeon in New York City, regarded as one of the leading prostate surgeons in the U.S., with a vast expertise in prostate cancer treatment and Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy. Dr. Samadi is a medical contributor to NewsMax TV and is also the author of The Ultimate MANual, Dr. Samadi’s Guide to Men’s Health and Wellness, available online both on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Visit Dr. Samadi’s websites at robotic oncology and prostate cancer 911.