Originally Posted by mamaofthree
as for your dh, he needs to be on board to make any sort of diet change. i would say cut out all the sweets and soda and eat more whole foods. but he has to want to do that.
Unfortunately, if he's not willing to make the changes, any little things you do aren't really going to make much of an impact. I feel you on the soda problem... it took me years to wean my DH off soda.
Honestly, I'd sit down with your DH and ask him if he wants to tackle the problem or not. If he doesn't, there's nothing you can do about it - you can change the food you keep in the house and that you prepare for him, but if he's willing to go out and buy other stuff, that doesn't really help.
The first step I took with *my* DH was to go low carb (this was before I'd heard of TF). The thing about LC is that it can really appeal to men - all the bacon and steak and pork, etc. that they want. But it gives you the opportunity to remove the sugar, the junk food, and the grains from his diet (and it's not incompatible with TF at all). I definitely always recommend that the whole family make the change, though. And you have to play your part - that may mean meal planning and keeping plenty of snacks on hand, and packing his lunch every day (this is what I had to do). While we no longer LC, my DH got conditioned so that now when he's hungry he doesn't go for junk food, he reaches for cheese, and we haven't been LC in years.
You say he doesn't care for veggies - does he eat ANY? While I would have said the same thing about my guy years ago, I discovered that what he didn't like was poorly prepared veggies. If they're well done, he actually loves (most of) them. But in the beginning, we were limited to broccoli and peas. So I went with it. I tried different ways of preparing them so *I* didn't get bored and just made sure he got at least 1 serving of veg/day. Now he gets probably 3 servings/day (voluntarily).
For the soda problem - how about 100% juice with club soda? Will he drink that? At least then it's not full of artificial flavoring/coloring and there's no HFCS, and far less sugar... and over time you can reduce the amount of juice in the mix. I always made the drinks for my DH - so I could adjust it as I saw fit.
OK - the baby just woke up. Those are my suggestions of where to start. HTH.