Well, I’ve taken the easy way out. If you haven’t heard yet, I’m now a food and nutrition blogger for WebMD – yay! The easy way out? I have to write a weekly post to their new blog called, “Real Life Nutrition: A Fresh Take on “Good for You”.” So, as soon as the post is up, I will feature the beginning of the article with a link to the blog site for the remainder of the article. I hope you like it – my posts are all from the “guyatitian’s” perspective. Hit me up in the comments – I’d really like to know what you think. Enjoy!
Why do I refer to myself as the Guyatitian? For starters, I’m a male in the predominately female profession of dietetics who’s also outflanked at home by estrogen from my wife, three daughters, two female cats and two female dogs. But when it comes to eating, I’m just a regular guy. I enjoy all sorts of foods but don’t always make choices based on whether a food is “good” for me or not. Admittedly, for me, taste and satisfaction trumps nutrition.
Over the years, I’ve found that my food philosophy is not that different from other guys. So when it comes to approaching guys about changing their eating habits for health’s sake, not surprisingly, they are the most challenging.
Guys aren’t always driven to make lifestyle changes simply based on a diagnosis or a set of bad lab tests. Unless there is compromised physical, mental or sexual performance at stake, most guys won’t budge on their daily routine. If there is the slightest hint of deprivation or feeling that they’re being sentenced to lifelong dietary boredom, any hopes of adopting healthy habits will come crashing down like a house of cards.
Salient advice for the caretakers of men. Taste and satisfaction must come first.
Don’t come out of the gate with “Honey, try this…it’s good for you!” That’s certain death for any hope of change. I find the easiest thing to do is to start with dishes guys like and make simple and delicious, yet meaningful, modifications.
- Swap out/reduce saturated fats like butter for healthier fats such as olive, canola, or soy oil, avocado and nut butters
- Swap out fatty meats for lean cuts of beef, turkey, chicken or vegetarian meat substitutes, beans or mushrooms.
- Overload his plate with lots of salad, veggies, and fruit and make traditional center-of-the-plate items side dishes. For a visual of his, check out the MyPlate icon at www.MyPlate.gov .
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