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My husband was recently diagnosed with high cholesterol and some mild heart problems. His doctor ran a full battery of tests, prescribed medication, and gave specific recommendations for changes in diet and exercise.

Everything but the diet and exercise component is going well. DH takes his medication regularly, but exercises sporadically. I can't put him on the treadmill and press "start," but I've really tried to shop and cook in the recommended way. DH still prefers the "regular" food that the kids eat (we have 7 young children), and the kids complain when I try to cut out their favorites so DH won't have temptation around. Never mind the fast-food stops when he's on the road or the junk at office luncheons. I've offered to pack him healthy lunches, which he's declined (too much trouble, hassle lugging it around, can just come home for lunch - maybe, etc.) Same with breakfast (not enough time, not hungry in the morning, don't need it).

I'd greatly appreciate advice on what you or family members have found to be helpful and supportive in encouraging compliance with dietary restrictions. I seriously don't want to be put in the position of being the "food police" and don't want to turn into a nag, but I also don't want to be a young widow or too-soon caretaker of someone who didn't care to make healthy choices for himself. These are things I've discussed with him a number of times, and ultimately it's his decision, I know, but I'm incredibly frustrated. I'd like to hear from anyone who has found a way to be supportive without being turned into the bad guy in the kitchen. In December he had a heart scare, which should have been enough of a wake-up call; what does it take for a person to take this stuff seriously?

Thank you very, very much for any direction you can give me. As you can probably tell, I'm more than a little aggrevated by this. I've seen this same thing play out between other of my family members, and it's a game I really don't care to play.
[QUOTE=tumbino]My husband was recently diagnosed with high cholesterol and some mild heart problems. His doctor ran a full battery of tests, prescribed medication, and gave specific recommendations for changes in diet and exercise.

Everything but the diet and exercise component is going well. DH takes his medication regularly, but exercises sporadically. I can't put him on the treadmill and press "start," but I've really tried to shop and cook in the recommended way. DH still prefers the "regular" food that the kids eat (we have 7 young children), and the kids complain when I try to cut out their favorites so DH won't have temptation around. Never mind the fast-food stops when he's on the road or the junk at office luncheons. I've offered to pack him healthy lunches, which he's declined (too much trouble, hassle lugging it around, can just come home for lunch - maybe, etc.) Same with breakfast (not enough time, not hungry in the morning, don't need it).

I'd greatly appreciate advice on what you or family members have found to be helpful and supportive in encouraging compliance with dietary restrictions. I seriously don't want to be put in the position of being the "food police" and don't want to turn into a nag, but I also don't want to be a young widow or too-soon caretaker of someone who didn't care to make healthy choices for himself. These are things I've discussed with him a number of times, and ultimately it's his decision, I know, but I'm incredibly frustrated. I'd like to hear from anyone who has found a way to be supportive without being turned into the bad guy in the kitchen. In December he had a heart scare, which should have been enough of a wake-up call; what does it take for a person to take this stuff seriously?

Thank you very, very much for any direction you can give me. As you can probably tell, I'm more than a little aggrevated by this. I've seen this same thing play out between other of my family members, and it's a game I really don't care to play.[/QUOTE]

It sure sounds like U are doing everything possible to get him to eat properly, but guess he isn't willing to help himself. I feel for you and understand your frustration, but, like they say, U can't help anyone who doesn't want to help themselves. Hopefully he will get it thru his head he needs to do something to keep himself healthy. Sounds to me like he feels taking meds. is going to cure everything and let him off the hook. JMHO

Have U talked with his dr.? At one time my hubby was being a lil stubborn about his diet and I knew he was sneaking stuff into his diet that he shouldn't, and like U, felt like a nag. I finally told him.."fine, eat as you please, just don't expect me to be your keeper if anything happens because U won't try"! After that he started doing alot better, plus at his next drs. appt. I took the day off from work and went too, and told the dr. he wasn't exactly being a very "good boy". Dr. had a chat with him and explained he didn't have to completely stop all the things he liked, just had to cut back, and after that, things went fine. Guess some folks need a lil shove.

Good luck, and best wishes....... :wave:





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