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My goal this year has been to clean up my eating and get into a better exercise regimen so I can be healthier and more confident. I’ve done pretty well so far (yay!), but it made me realize how much my husband struggles with it.
I mean, he actually enjoys vegetables, and he’ll eat pretty much whatever I make for dinner (even if it’s hours later), so pickiness isn’t an issue: the issue is time.
And it’s not uncommon. That whole donut-eating-cop stereotype has a lot to do with police officers not really having time to sit and have a relaxed mealtime. They’re usually downing energy drinks and whatever food they can eat in a hurry before they’re needed again.
Naturally, this means they tend to eat a lot more pre-packaged, processed, and/or drive-through food.
So, what are some ways you can help your husband to eat healthier, even when they have a crazy schedule?
While fresh fruits and vegetables are ideal, it’s just not going to happen all the time. So make use of easy to pack/eat things your husband can have on hand, like:
Also, don’t underestimate canned soups/chilis. My husband has been known to eat them straight from the can, and while I know someone’s going to comment about how they’re high sodium and “so bad” for you, if it’s between that and the drive-through, I can guarantee the can of soup will be at least a little healthier (and cheaper!) 🙂
Meal replacement shakes are popular for dieters, but they can be used even if you’re not concerned about losing weight to help get nutrients you need more easily. After all, it’s just a matter of mixing it with water/milk in a shaker bottle.
I actually just ordered Orgain Organic Meal from Amazon through Subscribe and Save – I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve heard it’s fairly comparable to Shakeology, but only about $1.50 per serving versus $4.33 (though it’s missing all the superfoods Shakeology boasts). It’s packed with nutrients and has enough calories to be considered a true meal replacement shake (about 220 by itself – plus whatever kind of milk you add to it, and fruits or vegetables if you have access to a blender!)
My husband tends to like the Carnation Instant Breakfast packets, but my only beef with them is how much sugar they contain. I chose the Orgain because it only has 1 g of sugar, which I like.
To make meal replacement shakes even more convenient, you could also purchase something like Boost or Slimfast that are pre-mixed. They’re easy to keep in the car (depending on the weather) to be prepared for whenever a shift gets too crazy to sit down and eat!
Sometimes going to the drive-through will be inevitable, so recognizing what choices are better than others will help.
I found a list of healthy fast food options from popular fast food places a few weeks ago because I needed some help while we were traveling. I was surprised to see so many options, and this is a great resource for your husband or for yourself for those nights when cooking is just out of the question 😉
If your husband is anything like mine, there’s a good chance he doesn’t eat much apart from meals at home because he just gets too busy. So make those meals count! Try to make them as healthy as you can (but make them good, too) . Make sure to include fruits and vegetables as much as possible. Some of my favorite easy healthy recipes:
Some of my husband’s favorite easy healthy recipes are:
And, of course, if you’re short on time, don’t forget about freezer meals – they’re a great way to have a healthy meal on the table without spending a lot of time.
If you work on being as healthy as you can, you can bet it’ll motivate your husband to do the same. Try to make exercise a priority, and try to eat better. The added bonus of this is if you’re the primary grocery shopper and you have better eating habits, it’ll naturally help clear out your pantry of crap. Which will help him be healthier anyway!
Of course, you can’t make your husband’s decisions for him – nor should you. But there are definitely ways to help encourage your husband to be a little healthier 🙂
I’m a twenty-something LEO wife and stay-at-home mom to a one-year-old little boy. I enjoy writing, reading, taking my son for walks and runs in the stroller, and crafting. My goal is for Love and Blues to be a resource for first responders and their families. I write about marriage and family topics, as well as about the quirks that come with being married to a man in law enforcement, firefighting, or emergency medical services.
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