The Result of Being Sweet and NOT Nagging
I've been trying to transition my family to a "caveman" diet (no sugar, no grain/legumes/pulses, no dairy) since last spring. My husband has been stubbornly resisting. He loves his bread, his pasta, his sweet tea, his cheese (cheese is my downfall also). But I've been calmly limiting bread to the occassional loaf, serving pasta only once or twice a month, etc, being patient and considerate and listening to his desires and accomdating them as best I can without completely ruining the transition process.
Lo and behold, last night, husband told me he would like the whole family to g caveman for a year. He's so enthusiastic that he's actually said himself that he thinks we'll probably never go back to anything else.
Turns out, a decade ago, he got an earful from a doctor who told him his cholesterol levels were so high, he should be dead. I knew that part of the story but not what came after; the doctor told him he should look into the paleo diet as a way to bring his cholesterol levels down. Since he didn't know what that was, it went in one ear and out the other. Last night, I bought two "paleo" cookbooks. Husband leafed through, got excited about all the yummy food he would actually like to eat, and decided to jump on board.
Lesson learned: Nagging doesn't accomplish anything. Calmly, gently, and sweetly proceeding with one's plan does work. :-)