My husband and I are polar opposites when it comes to eating.  He was born and raised in South Africa - he’s only been in the US about 10 years and did not grow up eating much besides meat and potatoes.  I grew up in Michigan and practically ate 24/7 out of the garden my Grandfather grew.  When I talked about naked eating with him and about changing our lifestyle to reflect it, this was the response I got - “I’ll do it but I’m not eating yucky food and I’m not gonna start munching on broccoli.”  Ok then!

He’s quite the sport though.  He watched as I cleaned our whole house and got rid of any food that wasn’t healthy and didn’t make a peep.  He tried every meal I put out for dinner - granted he doesn’t ask what’s in it - and he never said a word about going back to our old eating ways.  He’s lost more than 20 pounds, has gone from borderline diabetic to normal readings and feels better about himself than he ever has.

He normally works from home but on the days he is at a client site he takes his cooler bag with him that contains all his meals.  I actually write out a menu on a small sheet of paper so he knows when to have what.  Here is a sample of the types of things he eats during the day…

Breakfast:

My husband is a creature of habit.  He loves starting his day with cookies.  Yes, cookies!  These breakfast cookies contain cinnamon (great for lowering blood sugar levels), raisins and cranberries (full of antioxidants) and chopped walnuts (a healthy nut!).  He’ll usually have a fruit smoothie or glass of fresh orange juice with his cookies.  On chilly mornings he’ll start the day with a bowl of oatmeal or even whole grain toast with peanut butter.

Lunch:

Did I mention my husband was a creature of habit?  He seriously eats the same stuff everyday.  It’s boring but it works for him!  For lunch he usually has a hamburger and some potato chips.  On colder days he likes to have Cheesy Taco Bake or Lentil Shepard’s Pie.  I keep a supply of his meals in the freezer so all he has to do each day it pull one out and warm it up.

Snacks:

Grapes are probably one of his favorite snacks.  He’s also a fan of pineapple, bananas and apples.  If he’s not reaching for a piece of fruit he usually goes for some nuts.  I always have some Naked Trail Mix on hand and in a pinch he’ll gladly grab a handful of almonds.  He’s also a fan of Kristy’s Peanut Butter Protein Bars.  They are perfect for those afternoons when he’s lacking energy and needs a pick me up!  Surprisingly, my veggie hating husband loves edamame.  He’ll often have some for a snack if he hasn’t already had some for his lunch.

Dinners:

Some of my husbands favorite dinner meals are Asian Corn Fritters, Enchiladas, Quinoa Loaf, spaghetti and of course our favorite tacos.  We usually have pizza once a week and even though he has burgers for lunch almost everyday, we still usually have burgers once every week or so.  Most of the time our dinner meals are whatever recipes we are working on at the time.  Since every recipe we feature on this site is taste tested it usually ends up being our dinner for the week.

Exercise:

Every night we walk about 3 miles outside.  Weekends we tend to walk more, about 5-6 miles a day.  We also like to bike with our children around the trails by our house.  Our nightly walks are some of the most enjoyable time of our day.  No phones, no emails - just fresh air and nature.  Our goal is never to finish in a certain time or reach a specific heart rate level.  We try to keep exercising from becoming something that is a chore - something you HAVE to do.  Because we keep the time so enjoyable we rarely miss a night (when we do it’s because of rain or bad weather - not because we didn’t want to go).

Beverage:

I never thought I would see the day when my husband went from drinking 8-10 cans of diet soda to drinking water.  But cold turkey he stopped!  Like myself, he’s not a fan of water.  I like to add lemon to mine but he’s not a lemon kind of guy.  He actually mixes a small amount of organic grape juice to his water.  We both drink more than the recommended amount of water per day and it’s one of the areas of our diet that we notice the change in the most.

Extras:

Because of the lack of veggies in my husband’s diet he does take a raw food vitamin daily.  It ends up bringing his total vegetable intake up to the recommended amount.  Although we don’t count calories he usually takes in about 1800-2200 calories a day.  He eats 6 times per day, about every 2 hours.  We also take a b-12 vitamin daily since we eat a strict plant based diet.

One of the questions my husband gets asked the most is how he gets enough protein eating only a plant based diet.  My husband needs about 70 grams of protein per day.  He easily hits that number each day.  He eats 6 meals a day and each meal contains one or more of the following:  sprouted grains, quinoa, tofu, lentils or other legumes.

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10 Comments

 
  1. susan says:

    Wow how did your husband manage to give up the diet coke? That’s my downfall, I drink way too many cans a day. I’ve given up for a few days and sometimes a few weeks but I always go back to drinking it.

    • Sarah says:

      My husband and I were complete Diet Coke junkies. We could go through a 24 pack of cans in no time. When we made the decision to change our eating lifestyle we did so cold turkey. We threw out ALL the food in our house that wasn’t clean - including our beloved Diet Coke. The first thing we did was find a replacement beverage that we LIKED. With neither of us being fans of water, we got creative. I put lemon in my water which works great for me. My husband loves grape juice so he flavors his water with 100% pure organic grape juice. Finding something that you like to drink makes it much easier to resist temptation. And if you just can’t go cold turkey then start with baby steps - eliminate 1 or 2 cans a day from your diet, then increase the amount until you’ve eliminated them all!

      ~Sarah

  2. susan says:

    Great thanks Sarah for the tips, I’ll cut down on the diet coke to 2 cans a day and try and find a healthy replacement drink. Thanks

  3. Jeni Mac says:

    Looking forward to seeing the recipes you mentioned - especially the cookies!

  4. Brian says:

    Sodas were hard for me too. I slip and have one about once every week, but the urge to have one has lessened sooo much

    • Sarah says:

      It’s been years now and I don’t miss or crave soda at all but in the beginning I never thought I’d see this day! LOL!

      ~Sarah

  5. Darlene says:

    I am sure this is in your blog somewhere but I figured this would be a good place to ask….so what about artificial sweeteners? I know alot of people poo poo on them but are there any out there that are okay? Stevia? I saw some
    sort of “raw sugar” in the grocery store today. Truvia I think
    Is the name of one. Personally I love Splenda. Just not shre how this all fits into the clean eating.. I have recently made the commitment to clean eating and I think it will be a process but mh husband especially likes those ice tea mixes with splenda in it. I could definitely survive on lemon
    or cucumber in my water If i had to. I am committing to the clean eating but also learning as I go too. We never ate “bad” but I know we need to tweak some stuff like all the white stuff (potatoes, flour,rice). I am such a sugar-holic it’s rediculous. I am just buying new stuff as we go and hopefully doing the right thing. I know throwing out everything and starting fresh is ideal but there is so much I think to learn! Am I making it way more complicated than it needs to be? Sorry for the long comment! But as you can see I need help!

  6. gillian says:

    I have never drank sodas as my parents didn’t allow them. I love herbal and fruit teas and will drink a 12 cup about every 2 hours. I have to admit though I do have the occasional alcoholic beverage.

  7. Webster says:

    I know your husband, even though we have never met in person. He and I have almost all the same food likes. I am also a creature of habit and could the same food 5 meals a day and never complain.

    I used to drink 24 cans of regular coke a day! I am surprised I have teeth and a stomach. But I do like to drink water and drink water and 100% red grape juice (when I can find it) almost exclusively.

    • Sarah says:

      So glad to hear you kick the soda habit Carl! Cliff and I were quite the addicts back in the day. Cliff used to add a bit of pure grape juice to his water for some flavor but has since gone on to plain water. I still like a splash of lemon every now and then.

      ~Sarah

 
 

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