Two are better than one.

A few months ago after an annual health evaluation, my husband discovered he has hypertension and high cholesterol. He’s been working with our family doctor to lower these numbers and for several weeks he made a half-hearted attempt at eating better to avoid going on medication. It didn’t work. He is now on medication for both high blood pressure and high cholesterol…and he is not a happy camper about this.

To look at my husband you wouldn’t think he would suffer from these issues, even though I realize someone can look healthy without actually being healthy. He certainly thought he was healthy enough, but according to the numbers, he’s not exactly the picture of health. I can see why he thought he didn’t have to worry: he’s very active and even though he might be a few pounds overweight (15 -20 maybe?) he wears it well.

The problem is in his diet. He eats out for lunch every day – burgers, bbq, fried chicken, Mexican food…the typical American diet. He also has an addiction  fondness for sunflower seeds and sweet tea. In the past when I had suggested that we need to clean up our eating, he honestly thought we were doing okay. He didn’t see anything wrong with the things we were eating.

That is, until he got a good look at those health evaluation numbers.

Since he’s been put on the medication, he has become interested in eating better, which HALLELUJAH it’s about time!

Suddenly he’s Googling things like “foods that lower high blood pressure” and “what to eat to lower cholesterol”. He’s doing research on statins (that one scared him, and for good reason) and becoming very interested in the nutrient content of the cereal I buy. He’s reading labels and asking me to buy more nuts and steam more vegetables at dinner. He’s eschewing his favorite desserts (Oreo cookies) in favor of a juicy piece of fruit after dinner.

I’m not happy that he has to take medications, but can I just tell you what a relief it is to have him on the same page as me????  The burden on my shoulders to try and convince my family to eat better has been lifted and I finally know what it means to have total support. Not that he didn’t support me before, but I don’t think he understood WHY I wanted us to eat better. He understands now. So much so that he’s taken to lecturing our kids about how they need to take care of their bodies now or else it will catch up to them later.

He’s had slip-ups, like the rest of us, but he’s making an honest effort and I love that. I’m so proud of him.

My hope is that he’ll keep up with this healthy lifestyle and that maybe it will be easier for me to get healthy as well, knowing we are in this together.

*fingers crossed*

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9 thoughts on “Two are better than one.

  1. Its good to hear you so hopeful in these last two blogs! And kinda funny (in a good way!) that your husband is lecturing your kids on eating healthy.

  2. YAY! I like that he’s onboard, and hopefully all sorts of healthy stuff will follow. It’s a lot easier to embrace a healthy lifestyle when you’re not fighting everyone else’s. :)

  3. My husband is also only a few kilograms overweight, exercises for about an hour and a half every day (he rides his bike to work) and yet has high blood pressure and had to go on medication. High blood pressure is really scary, worse than obesity. We blame his on his very high pressure high stress job which he is trying to get away from.

    When we found out, I cut just about all added salt out of his diet, but I don’t know what else to do since he isn’t really overweight and has a fairly good diet. Much better than mine.

  4. Many years ago my Dad had heart problems, it was time in Poland noone heard about eating healthy. Fortunatelly my Parents got interested in eating well in order to avoid additional health problems. I was a child and thanks to that eating healthy is what I like – it didn`t stop problems of binge eating but sweets are a separate chapter to me. I mean if you both with your Husband will change your eating routine – your children will benefit – eating healthy is fun. I love when I serve a cake to my family which they like and then they hear it`s made of beans and bananas without sugar or flour :-) Regards

  5. Hi Jill, I hope you hubby’s health will be better soon. Anyway, not all wives are able to support their husbands all the way so your husband is lucky to have you as his wife. Continue posting lovely topics on this blog because I’m sure there are lots of readers following you.

  6. I am NOT a doctor, but I’ve read a bunch about how a low carb, high fat diet can lower cholesterol. I KNOW it sounds crazy, but there is a lot of research to prove that fat doesn’t cause high cholesterol. Following a doctor’s advice is smart, but reading on your own and looking at other opinions is even smarter. Doctors might be wrong sometimes. Yes, unsolicited advice, but I had to get it off my chest :). Whatever method, I hope he gets healthy!

  7. I’m sorry that your husband has joined the high blood pressure and cholesterol club. It’s not the healthiest club to join. But, there is hope to get off meds (or at least minimize them).

    Once I joined the club, I started strength training, and even at 62, it helped reduce the numbers. Also, I use a low sugar/low carb eating plan for two reasons: I feel better and it keep my sugar level stable.

    Hope he listens to you. My partner is FINALLY getting the message!

  8. I hate to be the one to tell you this, but I think we may be sharing a husband! I’m kidding of course, but they sure sound alike, although my husband has been on the meds for years now and doesn’t seem to realize that his habit of eating lunch out every day isn’t helping matters. I need to make more of an effort to make sure everything we’re eating at home is better all around.

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