Men and a Plant Based Diet
Recently, several of my friends asked me if I would talk to their husbands about switching their diets around to be more plant-based. One said her hubby had gained a lot of weight recently, another has had a health scare and my friend wants to try to get him to eat less meat, and the other one has been diagnosed with cancer and she wants his treatments to be as successful as possible. All of them have said that they've tried to get their husbands to agree to try to eat more plant-based, but it's just not happening. They eat meat, dairy, and more meat and very little fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Here's the deal. Men can be stubborn. No news flash. Just the facts. If you are a dude reading this, you’re probably like, yep, that’s me. If your hubby is like mine, he needs stats, and the delivery must be brief to prevent early tune out. The stats I put forth are "well researched and published by well known doctor stats", not "I read 'em in Men's Fitness stats." It worked on my husband who is now almost fully plant based, and very happy to eat this way. I find my hubsnd will make whatever I make if it tastes good.
The men are cavemen argument which my guys used holds no water so when used against me, we started with full-on no more meat, but in retrospect baby steps might have been better. 2 days a week of meatless meals, then 3, then 4 etc. It is a huge adjustment if you are used to eating meat at all of your meals. Another way to go, is plant based breakfast, let them eat whatever (hopefully not too bad) for lunch and make plant based dinner. Come up with yummy breakfasts that are meat free and make some yummy dinners. Feeling full and nourished can never go wrong. I think that is the way to go, unless you are both on board and ready to make it happen. If so, then lose the meat and GO for it!!!
Here are some stats, facts and tips to help get your guy on board, and some links to studies/info that is hard to ignore….
** Here’s a bonus idea to get him eating plants... Get naked and cover yourself in kale. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to keep her guy healthy. In all seriousness, being healthy is sexy! Set a good example, and he'll come around.
I am Chrissy Roth, a mom, wife, Physical Therapist, Spin Instructor, and Wellness Coach with a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition. I've had a passion for health and nutrition my whole life and have always been drawn towards prevention. Why wait until your fat or sick or both to do something about your health? I'm looking to be the healthiest me NOW and am always sharing what I know. I love a challenge... 2 boys who think they are cavemen and a husband who wants to go veggie but hates beans, tofu, legumes, and most nuts.... I WILL make this happen cause that's how I roll (whole grain of course)...