So - my obese, statinated, type 2 diabetic husband, now 60 (much older than me, but we have young children) finally, last summer, started listening to me and going along with my suggestion he pay attention to what he eats. He lost a few kilos straight up on a Joel Furman type way of eating before I saw the paleo light... Since last summer we have mostly meat and fish with veggies, and I have allowed some potatoes and rice, maybe each one once a week.
He has (reluctantly, but he HAS done it, which is amazing) gone along with most of this, although eats the way he wants to if out... His blood sugars are much better. I haven't yet persuaded him off statins. But we are having a few issues currently - and I would really appreciate your suggestions:
His weight loss has stalled so I am paying close attention and realise he eats a HUGE bowl of fruit for breakfast maybe 4 or 5 times a week. I have come to think maybe all this fructose is not good - he thinks I am mad and flatly refuses to accept that there could be anything remotely unhealthy about fruit. As far as he is concerned, the more fruit, the better.
He IS prepared to try and modify this in the short term but is really unhappy at breakfast times when I feed him bacon and eggs; he wants his fruit back, and feels his system isn't right without it.
I'm very aware that we are all different - but after all these months of persuasion/cajoling/having to be super organised to keep him on track, I am getting tired and he is not seeing results.
I am not even sure if I should post this, as of course it is all REALLY complicated, and everyone is different... but I just wondered if any of you bright folks at PH might throw out a thought that helps us.
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He's diabetic and eating a huge bowl of fruit? If he knows that he processes sugar poorly, he should be aware that a big dose of fructose is not a great idea. That doesn't mean he has to have bacon and eggs-maybe he doesn't love that, but there are plenty of other choices. Maybe something with sweet potatoes, or with more veggies? He might be reacting to the huge dose of protein w/o produce attached.
But if he just wants what he wants, and you are confident it is bad for his health, I'd just stop buying it. If he wants it, he'll have to get it outside the house.
What about get him to reduce his fruit to one small serving a day for 30 days and see how that effects his blood sugar and weight. He might be willing to try it for a short period, then at the end, he may be happy with the results?
What about replacing some of that fruit with yogurt? That could be acceptable compromise for both of you.
Or some omelette with fruit could be ok with him. Like:
You should ask him to read Dr. Kurt Harris on the subject of fruit