Trim Healthy Mama and your husband can go hand in hand (without having to cook multiple meals)!
Thanks for joining today from the Trim Healthy Mama A to Z series! Today we are on letter “H” and it is all about your sweet husband.
I get it. Trim Healthy Mama doesn’t sound real manly. Your husband might not be jumping to join your new plan. And that is ok.
We will discover ways to make progress on Trim Healthy Mama and your husband won’t go hungry either!
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What If He Isn’t Interested In THM?
He might not be interested in Trim Healthy Mama and that is totally okay. He may not even be super supportive on the front end due to fear of his dinners turning into “diet” food.
We Trim Healthy Mama’s get it! We don’t want to eat small plates of diet food either.
Thankfully my husband is always open to my crazy ideas. When I first told him about THM, I called it just that T-H-M. I didn’t want to say Trim Healthy Mama because it sounds like it is just for women and I thought it would turn off his listening ears.
If he doesn’t want to join you on the journey, I personally wouldn’t push the issue. I bet after a few weeks of seeing what you eat, he might have a different opinion. And a lot of meals can do double duty and serve on and off plan family members during his decision phase.
What If My Husband Or Family Won’t Eat THM Meals?
Are you having nightmares about cooking multiple meals before you even start because your family is not on board? No worries! There are so many ways that you can make this work by making just slight modifications to meal times.
Although my husband is generally on board with my THM dinners, there are certain things that he just will not eat (hello cauliflower).
Also, we have two young children in the house that need crossovers more regularly. And quite frankly, my husband also needs some crossovers even when he is trying to shed a few pounds.
So here are several different ideas that I implement to make dinner time work for our whole household.
I usually feel like breakfast is the easiest because THM or not, we often eat different meals at breakfast. So I don’t mind making a bowl of cereal for one kid and a boiled egg for another. But if you want some easy ways to streamline the meal, here are some ideas.
* Server family member’s preferred cereal for non-THM, Power O’s or Ezekeial for THM
Bacon & Eggs
*No adaptation needed! For my husband, I might add a couple of pieces of sprouted toast which would create a XO but I would not eat the toast.
Supper is the one meal that I pretty much refuse to make different meals for individual family members. I’m tired after working all day and taking care of kids. Getting dinner on the table is my win and I can’t make 5 different choices!
Sometimes it will mean having one extra dish to clean but it does keep us all having the same main meal.
Here is how I make it work.
*Serve Dreamfields pasta for everyone or regular pasta for non-THM and spaghetti squash or zoodles for THM.
*Serve regular taco shells for non-THM, eat a taco salad or use a low carb tortilla for THM.
Grilled Chicken and Baked Potato
* White Potato for non-THM and sweet potato for THM
* Stir fry the vegetables and protein. Serve white rice with the non-THM meals, serve THM plates with brown rice or cauli rice.
Keeping Hubby Happy On THM
My husband has been eating on plan with me for a couple of years now on and off. I have a few tips for success that may help you help your husband.
They Need More XO’s
So my husband doesn’t have any significant amount of weight to lose. He wants to lose 10 lbs or so. But in order to keep him full and prevent hangry episodes, he needs occasional XO’s.
Many times creating that S Helper or crossover is just a slice or two of sprouted bread to the S meal plate.
I don’t know about your husband, but mine loves to snack. I try to make sure that I have easy snacks that he can grab and go.
I also make sure to provide things that he will like. Pork rinds, nuts, jerky and cheese are favorites of his.
Yes, a big handful of mini peppers would be great at snack time but I know he won’t do that. So I just don’t push it.
Nuts and cheese is better than a snack cake or a big bag of chips!
I hope these tips help you with Trim Healthy Mama and your husband. Keep up with the THM A to Z series to see all of questions answered.