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Juicing

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

DH asked for, and received from yours truly, a juicer for Christmas. Both of us had watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead and were impressed by the results attained with juicing as far as weight loss and general health improvements. DH is juicing just about every day now and has kindly offered his frothy concoctions to me if I'd like to partake. I continue to say, thanks, but no thanks, because I just am not interested in drinking my nutrition. Unless it's in beer form, oh, wait, that's not really nutrition :-o

Whereas I am in total support of anything that impacts his health in a positive way, I'm concerned about a few things. Firstly, the juicing has not *replaced* anything in his diet, only augmented his regular eating habits. Granted, it's only been a month, and perhaps as the juicing becomes more habitual, other bad habits will be replaced by it - one can hope. Meanwhile, it appears the pounds are creeping :-(

Secondly, I wonder how sustainable a juicing regimen will be for him. I'm sure there are plenty of people that juice regularly for years, but DH is kind of a "oooh, shiny object!" type of faddist. Which, again, is not a big deal, the juicer wasn't that expensive, I just wonder what kind of rebound eating will happen afterward, if his belly isn't all full of beets and kale...

But the hardest thing for me so far is I haven't found a way to discuss these concerns that I feel confident won't be taken the wrong way. I worry that it will seem like I'm poo-pooing his efforts and decisions, or that I will come across as self-righteous because my health choices have worked pretty well for me. Actually, we haven't talked about his weight issues much at all because I just don't know how to do it gently enough that I won't hurt his feelings.

Anybody have any suggestions? Talk about it, ignore it, side-step it, play cheerleader? It's hard to know the right thing to do!
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BLITZEN40 1/23/2013 7:12PM

    Well, as the saying goes: The only time a woman can change a man is when he's a baby! I've had many a good discussion with my DH about dieting and weight loss and he is just not interested. And to be fair, it IS one of those things that is your own personal journey and you cannot get the motivation from anywhere other than from within yourself. So, IMO, talk or no talk, if he's not ready he won't work to improve his health through weight loss. If he is, he will. On the bright side, I've heard great things about juicing. So whether he sticks to it or not, he's at least getting a temporary big dose of concentrated vitamins and enzymes that are very healthy. The added weight is undesirable, I know, but again, that's totally up to him and has to be his decision to keep or lose.

Regarding your drink of choice, when is someone going to invent a slimfast beer? emoticon

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