A Very Husband Breakfast

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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Good morning! 😎

I woke up bright and early this morning and cooked my sleeping husband a breakfast fit for a king. I made all of his favorites: garlic homefries, scrambled eggs with sun-dried tomato and basil chicken sausage, and toast with lots of butter. He was a happy guy when he woke up and smelled the deliciousness cooking in the kitchen! 😀

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I used a fancy-schmancy garlic oil (from my tip to ) for the homefries. It gave them a nice, subtle garlic flavor.

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I also enjoyed some iced coffee with breakfast.

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This morning’s breakfast wasn’t the healthiest, but my husband sure liked it! Of course, I don’t always eat this way, but I think enjoying a meal like this every once in awhile is totally fine.

I get a lot of questions from readers about dealing with a spouse/partner who does not embrace a similar healthy lifestyle as them. A number of readers have also written about their partners bringing not-so-healthy foods into the house– like ice cream, cookies, and tortilla chips– and have asked for my advice about how to avoid these temptations.

A few months ago, I wrote a post for Health called 5 Ways to Keep Your Marriage from Making You Fat in which I give five simple strategies for inspiring you and your partner to slim down– and stay that way. I love all of these ideas and keep them in mind often.

In addition to these tips, what really works for me is keeping Mal’s unhealthy foods separate from mine. (There’s no way he’s giving up his favorite foods!) Mal has his own shelf in the pantry where he keeps all of his junk food. It’s actually sort of high and hard to reach, so, in my mind, this shelf is “off limits” to me. In fact, I usually forget that his snacks are even there. Plus, I have my own shelf where I keep my healthy stuff. I go there first when I am feeling snacky.

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(Here’s what my shelf usually looks like when I’m not taking a photo of it for the blog! 😉 )

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I enjoy eating the same foods as my husband (BBQ chips, M&Ms, Blizzards, etc.), but I eat a much smaller portion than he does. Check out the difference in our plates this morning.

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Question of the Day

Does your partner (or someone else in your life) help or hinder your healthy living efforts? How do you deal?

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112 Comments

  1. My husband supports me to the fullest degree possible. I began getting healthier December 8, 2009 and have since lost 20 pounds. Not only have I lost weight but I have gained a new lease on life! I LOVE eating healthy and still indulging time to time- which is why your blog has become my favorite!

    My husband always cheers me on. He is so proud of my changes. He is also willing to eat anything I make- I just make him extra.

  2. My husband eats very, very differently from me. He’s only semi-interested in healthy eating and would eat junk every meal if I didn’t cook. But he is the most supportive person ever. I’m actually getting ready to write a post about this!

  3. Portions are huge for me. I serve mine and Hunni usually eats double that. But he is about 60 pounds heavier so that is understandable.

    And we have a shelf for his snacks too. In my mind I can’t even touch that stuff so I’m okay.

    But he is really good. He will try all my crazy new recipes and if he doesn’t like it he will make pasta or something. I told him when we got married this wasn’t a restaurant. I would take his dislikes into consideration but I wasn’t changing my eating habits.

  4. I wish that I had read your suggestions when my husband and I started dating! I gained 40 pounds in the first 4 years that we have known eachother. Now I have taken charge of our meal plans and shopping. We are eating a lot healthier and I am eating half of the portion that my husband eats. My weight is beginning to drop and so is his. 🙂

  5. The thing I find most inspiring about this is that you do eat with Mal when foods like this are on offer – you don’t make anything “off limits”. Thank you for being such a balanced and relatable woman 🙂

  6. Totally hinders my best efforts! Right now I am not dealing with it well. It’s really hard when your partner is constantly eating bad food and requests bad food when it comes time to go shopping. I don’t buy it but it does not help. He goes to the store and gets it anyway.

  7. My boyfriend has actually helped my eating habits. He is a vegetarian, and I am an omnivore…but since we started dating well over a year ago, he’s opened my eyes to much healthier foods that taste even better than the meat dishes I was used to. He’s also the one that inspired me to get in the kitchen and cook more!

  8. My boyfriend, whom I live with, is very picky when it comes to vegetables — there are very few of them he will eat — and he always likes to have meat with his meals. I never think of it as an issue, but I’ve noticed lately (like last night when he was at the Bruins game) that if he’s not around, I’ll load up on fruits and veggies and usually forego any sort of meat. I made an awesome spinach salad with strawberries, raspberries, roasted beets, oranges, and such last night. I think my body is trying to tell me something. It’s not really a hindrance accommodating his eating style, but it’s nice when I can make something that I really enjoy for myself too. 🙂

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