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Husband's healthy diet...not!

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Nadateturbe Mon 30-Nov-20 16:40:29

My husband passed me the shopping list to double check before we place the order.
His sweet treats for the week as follows:

Lemon drizzle cake
9 snack size Snickers (will only eat 7 )
6 mince pies
Tub of vanilla ice cream
12 bottles of Peroni beer

I might have a small slice of cake. The rest is his. How could anyone consume all that as well as their three meals?

Artaylar Mon 30-Nov-20 16:47:47

That's a heck lot of sugar Nadateturbe.

His Nibs has also developed a very sweet tooth in older age.

As far as his meals goes, he is like the little boy who won't eat his greens. He'll have a few peas now and again and one sprout a year on Christmas Day.


Luckygirl Mon 30-Nov-20 16:53:13

Many moons ago we were all sitting at the dining table and my OH stood up and said: "I am sick of all this healthy food; come on girls!" - and he bundled the children into the car, took them to Tescos, gave them a trolley each and told them to get what they liked - which they did!

He never did it again, but they behaved so beautifully for him from then on just in case he might repeat it!

V3ra Mon 30-Nov-20 17:04:09

My husband will go to Morrisons for milk and salad.
He always comes back with three boxes of full-size Magnums as well.
"Well they were on offer..."

Kate1949 Mon 30-Nov-20 17:20:19

Mine used to eat cream cakes, puddings, chocolate and was known to eat three or four donuts at a time. He never put an ounce of weight on. He is very slim, the same weight now as when we married 51 years ago. However, being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes put a stop to his shenanigans.

Jaxjacky Mon 30-Nov-20 17:42:09

My DH used to have really sweet tooth, he used to have a special ‘place’ in the fridge, in the last three years, it’s nearly gone. His last GP MOT was faultless, suits me as I rarely eat sweet things, my children used to get yoghurt or fruit. And I wonder why my daughter bakes!

EllanVannin Mon 30-Nov-20 17:52:27

Hollow legs grin I used to eat like that once upon a time and still not doing too bad at 80.

M0nica Tue 01-Dec-20 09:55:43

I do not, should say, have not, bought DH's treats, which could best be summarised as cheese, bananas and wine.

His 'indulgences' have contributed to the fact that he is currently in hospital recovering from a triple bypass operation.

Let that be a warning to others.

mumofmadboys Tue 01-Dec-20 10:09:39

Hope DH makes a good recovery Monica.

Nadateturbe Tue 01-Dec-20 23:46:44

Oh dear Monica I hope your husband is recovering well.
I can assure you my husband got only the mince pies. The rest of his treats were deleted.

Hetty58 Wed 02-Dec-20 00:23:24

M0nica, are bananas bad? That's news to me. I can see that cheese would be dodgy, with all that saturated animal fat.

I tend to avoid 'bad' fats rather than sugar - easier, as I have to eat something.

Still, I do exercise a lot and won't be giving up my daily bar of vegan chocolate anytime soon!

Loislovesstewie Wed 02-Dec-20 08:15:18

Actually cheese isn't bad for you, bananas are mostly carbs and that is why people with diabetes often don't eat them. We have been told that full fat dairy is bad for us but low fat dairy products often have other substances in them to thicken etc which often makes them more unhealthy.

JackyB Wed 02-Dec-20 08:29:20

Mine is the opposite. Terribly health conscious. I love it when he's off cycling with his friends and I can eat sweets and steaks.

He will eat a biscuit occasionally and his beloved poppy seed stollen, but otherwise I am expected to cook meat-free and we never have a pudding.

Carenza123 Wed 02-Dec-20 08:30:15

My husband has repeatedly been told to lose weight over the years without success and was down for a knee operation just before covid struck. He didn’t lose the required weight anyway. He has now come to the conclusion himself that he needs to lose weight as his knee has got much worse. Problem is, I don’t think he has the willpower to do this. Again, he has a sweet tooth and has treats and anxiety.

MrsThreadgoode Wed 02-Dec-20 09:14:36

Sounds like my ideal shopping list, substitute the beer for Rose wine though.
Sadly common sense means I won’t buy it all in the same week.

travelsafar Wed 02-Dec-20 09:21:27

I was always very aware of what i was eating but since this second lock down my diet has gone to pot. It doesnt help that my DH keeps saying 'what does it matter at your age!! I know it does, healthwise but cant seem to stop finding my way to the biscuit tin!!!

elleks Wed 02-Dec-20 09:54:30


My husband passed me the shopping list to double check before we place the order.
His sweet treats for the week as follows:

Lemon drizzle cake
9 snack size Snickers (will only eat 7 )
6 mince pies
Tub of vanilla ice cream
12 bottles of Peroni beer

I might have a small slice of cake. The rest is his. How could anyone consume all that as well as their three meals?

Sounds like you should go on Eat Well For Less!

Quizzer Wed 02-Dec-20 10:03:30

Mine has no sweet tooth whatsoever so I don't buy or make cakes etc. Good for me as I am not tempted. If we have cake left over from visitors (pre Covid!) I feel compelled to eat it so as it doesn't go to waste.

25Avalon Wed 02-Dec-20 10:06:16

Diabetes looms

Bbbface Wed 02-Dec-20 10:14:09

Basically the diet of someone (presumably not a spring chicken) heading for a heart attack.

Bbbface Wed 02-Dec-20 10:15:29

Baffled that he can be aware of increased vulnerability to covid re weight and have a diet like this

Theoddbird Wed 02-Dec-20 10:24:42

He is an adult. He can eat what he wants. You are treating him like a child. How would you feel if he was listing things you eat on an open forum by the way?

Marg75 Wed 02-Dec-20 10:30:57

I used to worry about my husband's eating habits, and have now come to the conclusion that I can't change anything. He has Type 2 diabetes, and is overweight. I have told him that if I had Type 2 diabetes I would never touch another sweet thing in my life, and I would try to lose weight, but to no avail. The thing is to understand I think is, that it is his life, and he must take responsibility for it. I know this sounds as though perhaps I don't care, I do very much, but some things in life you cannot change and have to come to terms with it.

icanhandthemback Wed 02-Dec-20 10:51:50

Marg75, it is much harder when you have insulin resistance which goes on to be diabetes to eat the right things. Your body craves sugar and research shows that the way you taste food may actually downplay the sweetness of food. I have been diabetic for a long time now and find that once I get "in the zone" with my blood sugars at the right level, it is relatively easy to stay on track but once they start to creep up, I'm lost. I liken it to being an alcoholic. If I fall off the wagon, I'm done for. Most diabetics know they are committing slow suicide if they don't get their blood sugars down so it shows how difficult it is, despite having that knowledge, when they continue to eat the wrong stuff.
It is always the people who don't have a problem with sugars who can be sure they would do things the "right way" if they had diabetes but can't really understand because they have never suffered from the problems and are never likely to get it!

GrannyHaggis Wed 02-Dec-20 10:53:52

If that lasts him a week, then I don't see what's wrong with it. If he's getting through it in a day, then he does have a problem.