Eating takes up a large amount of time every day. Think about it, eating is one of the main things we must do to live. Think of all the time spent planning, thinking about, actually eating, cleaning up after eating, planning some more, and then doing it all again the next day. That’s a lot of time spent for each meal and snack every day! This is an important topic. I demand it be included in premarital counseling programs across the world!
So, what exactly am I talking about? Well, picture Mr. Converse Sneakers, a wonderful man who loves to eat. He wakes up, thinks about food, eats breakfast, thinks about lunch, goes to work where he cooks food, comes home, thinks about dinner . . . I think you get the point. This man lives and breathes food. He even has a blog if you would like to check it out that is mostly about food, fittingly called Obviously Cheddar. He likes to cook every meal, and he likes the food to be good. He loves hearty comfort foods and man foods like burgers, potatoes, flavorful hotdishes (yeah, that’s what we call casseroles here in the land of 10,000 lakes), and steak.
Case in point:
He wouldn’t be as adorable eating a salad every day. It wouldn’t be right.
Then you have me, who spent my senior year of college eating fruity flaxseed shakes for breakfast, a healthy veggie-packed sandwich for lunch, and lean cuisines or small bowls of pasta for dinner. I love the same foods as Mr. CS but I also like eating healthy, balanced meals. This was my favorite dinner of the summer:
Grilled Caesar-Vinaigrette Salad. Insane.
Getting married has put a strain on both of our eating habits. As much as we would both like to be healthy all the time, Mr. CS needs his manly burger-y foods in order to feel manly, or something. I don’t understand men, but I’m sure there’s a good reason for it. He loves the flavor. He is willing to work out harder if it means he can have a delicious dinner. He is less willing to sacrifice for healthy food like I am. I would rather eat something semi-tasty with little splurges here and there and make my workouts count for more.
What does this mean for me? Well, considering he has taken on the role of head chef here at our happy casa, he wins the food battle most of the time. I no longer eat meals like this every other day:
Instead, we’re whipping up hotdishes, grilling pizza, and doing not-so-belly-friendly-things with our diet.
But, we’re working on it. We are trying to introduce a lot healthier foods like brown rice, whole wheat pasta, lighter dressings, ground turkey breast, and other healthier alternatives to our favorite foods.
I’ll keep you posted on how it goes down the road. It’s been a struggle changing my eating habits, but food makes my hubby smile, so I’m willing to pack a few more calories into each meal for that.
How did your eating habits change when you got married?