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My husband and I are making progress. DD read my blog and Chanur’s comment. She e-mailed recipes and helpful suggestions. The theme of her e-mail was “Take care of my Dad, I want him to be healthy.”
One night he apologized for his bad attitude. He said, “If I have to choose between good taste and good health, then good health is a slam dunk.”
If you want to know the truth, I’m sympathetic to his plight. First of all, he has no sense of smell. Maybe it is genetic, or maybe it is because he has had sinus trouble most of his life. But most food has no flavor for him. That is why he likes pepper and vinegar, even though they are avoid. He can taste them. That is why he would rather have cheddar cheese than tofu. Unless a food has a strong or distinct flavor, to him it “tastes like cardboard.”
I’m also sympathetic because I’m the one who has changed – not him. When he married me I knew nothing about nutrition and could have cared less. I was a typical American cooking lots of desserts and serving white bread at every meal…you get the picture. Just before our first anniversary, I read my first health food book, and changed our way of eating overnight. Then five years ago I found the BTD and changed everything all over again.
It’s sort of like when two secular people get married, then one of them accepts Christ as savior. While I will pray fervently along with the new Christian that his/her spouse will also receive Christ - I do sympathize (just a little) with the spouse. He (or she) was content being a heathen. He married someone like him – who liked to party, or sleep late on Sunday, or whatever. Now he is under pressure to change, to give up bad habits, to surrender his life to God, to go to Bible study instead of clubs. I know he will be better off, both now and in eternity, if he becomes a Christian, but I can see that from his perspective it’s not fair that his marriage has been upended.
When HH & I married we were both unhealthy Christians. I changed, and I’ve been dragging him along ever since. I can’t blame him when occasionally he rebels or digs in his heels.
Here is the new plan. I’m going to set things up so that he can make his own casseroles. I’m going to fix a grain or a noodle dish (which I usually won’t eat). I’m also going to fix a meat (fish or turkey) and several vegetables. He is going to mix what he wants in a bowl. I’ll have some kind of beneficial or neutral sauce to go on top. He thinks this will work. I think it will work too.
There's a tofu cheese that my son loves (and so do I, admittedly): Follow Your Heart Monterey Jack. It has an avoid or two down the list (for As, more avoids for Os), but compared to everything else on the market, it's pretty clean, and yummy. The mac and cheese doesn't quite look the same but it tastes as good or better than the original cheddar version. Using Tinkyada pasta opens up a lot of pasta options. I make a lot of cream sauces for rice and pasta with sweet rice flour, it works just like wheat flour, and the results are great. (If it gets lumpy, don't give up, just keep stirring and adding liquid and it will smooth out, unlike wheat cream sauce which stays lumpy)
I think you can have both, healthy food, and tasty casseroles.
Thanks for sharing this aspect of your life. It has given me some new insight and I am glad to know someone else shares the same dilemas I do!
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