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Hubby's Addiction

May 15th, 2010 at 07:10 am

My husband is an addict. Itís often not pretty and the ramifications are serious.

Dear husband went to the doctor for his physical. The whole ball of wax. Including blood tests and the ďglove.Ē Iím sure all men are cringing at the last part. Believe me, woman have their own trials. Anyway, I digress.

A few years ago when hubby went, his sugar was high and his cholesterol was really too high. The doctor gave him a glucose test and fortunately he wasnít diabetic. You see my husband has an addiction and itís a bad one. Itís ice cream. Creamy, smooth, sweet ice cream that melts on your tongue and slides down your throat making your tummy happy. And serving suggestions on sizes mean nothing to him. He usually uses a big soup bowl and piles it up and sits there enjoying himself. And, did I mention heís thin? Besides the fact it isnít fair he can be an eating machine and not gain weight, he thought he was safe from cholesterol and such. Well, that year he wasnít.
As with all things, ice cream has to be eaten in moderation. So, weíve looked for alternatives that he can enjoy in place of two gallons of the creamy goodness. Plus, he continues to walk five days a week. He always walked when he was working during his lunch time. Now that heís retired he can walk longer and he averages around 5 miles a day. And, our dinners have been filled with lots of fruit and vegetables. I havenít truly achieved the Mediterranean diet which is considered to be very healthy, but we are getting close. The Mediterranean diet emphasizes eating foods like fish, fruits, vegetables, beans, high-fiber grains and breads, and olive oils. Meat, cheese, and sweets are very limited. These recommended foods are rich with monounsaturated fats, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Although the price of fruits and vegetables are more expensive than many of the cheaper filler foods, I feel we are saving money by not having to spend money on medicines and more health care. Apparently the doctorís tests agree Ė his cholesterol was 167 and his good cholesterol was at a good number as was his bad cholesterol. And his sugar was in the normal range. So, I feel our eating well has paid off.
As for his addiction, although itís not illegal or immoral, he has used moderation as a guide. And Iím proud of him!

9 Responses to “Hubby's Addiction”

  1. crazyliblady Says:

    My hubby is overweight and I was always trying to think of stuff to help him lose weight. He hates veggies and is definitely a meat-eating person. A friend of ours was also looking to lose weight and be more healthy. She and her hubby gave up all high-fructose corn syrup. She felt so much better that she said she could actually think more clearly. My real weakness there is Pepsi, but we have successfully given up all other HFCS. Would you believe that Heinz makes HFCS free organic ketchup and it's not expensive? It also tastes a lot better than regular ketchup. We have both also started drinking more water. He has lost some weight and we both feel a lot better. I don't need to lose weight, but who can't do with more health, right? I think the key for us is that it's not about giving up anything. It's about feeling food. Good luck with helping your hubby on a quest for health.

  2. whitestripe Says:

    yoghurt with honey is a good alternative to icecream Smile it is what i usually eat if i want dessert

  3. rob62521 Says:

    crazyliblady: I had read how bad high fructose corn syrup is...I wonder if it has anything to do with the higher diabetes rate in American. And Whitestripe, I just started eating Greek yogurt with honey and it is wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

  4. crazyliblady Says:

    You are correct about the link between HFCS and diabetes. Here is a news letter about that.

    I tried to type in the address of the story, but the system won't let me. Go to naturalnews dot com and type in high fructose corn syrup in the box.

    I also think that yogurt is delicious, but I have a milk allergy, so my deserts are organic oranges, apples, and a cup of tea with stevia.

    Oh, yea, stevia is something you might want to try to stave off the desire for sugar. There are several different brands, but I use Sweet Leaf and buy it in the health food aisle of my grocery store. It is great to use in coffee, hot tea, and other foods, but you have to be sure to stir it enough. I buy in a box of 50 packets for the convenience of taking it with me anywhere, but it also comes in a container. It has no sugar, no glycmeic index, and no chemicals. It is so worth it to keep me away from sodas.

  5. rob62521 Says:

    crazyliblady:Thanks for the info on the high fructose and the site. Glad I didn't make it up or think I'm losing my mind.

    I was reading your blog and you said you live in the Midwest. So do I.

    Thanks for the info on stevia as well. I think sodas are addicting. I gave them up a few years ago when I first read about the high fructose corn syrup and diabetes.

  6. Sally Says:

    how ironic... I was just catching up on your blog... and eating a pint of Ben & Jerry's. In my defense, I only eat B&J about 2x a month, I'd say... probably not at all in the winter. My other addiction (there are many) is Culver's chocolate malt. I'm a connissoeur (sp?) of chocolate malts. (Why can't I ever spell that word?)

  7. crazyliblady Says:

    I live in Kansas.

  8. rob62521 Says:

    Do you work at a library in Kansas?

  9. crazyliblady Says:

    Yes, I do work in a library.

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