One of the other many, many, many questions I'm asked on a regular basis when it comes to our "weird" eating habits is "What does Brian think about all this?"
Honestly, it's usually said with an air of derision. I guess some of the questions stem from the fact that these people (mostly women) can't fathom making this kind of lifestyle change themselves, so they're stunned a guy is doing it? Others, maybe, don't have as supportive a spouse, so it boggles their mind that B would jump on board so willingly? For whatever the reasons, I'm asked this question a lot. So I've decided to take you straight to the source. Read on for a Q&A with the world's most incredible (and incredibly patient) husband to find out why he's eating clean and what he thinks about it all.
*I asked questions and typed up his answers. Stylistic changes have been made to enhance the readability of this post, but the content is solely his - no editor's discretion.
E & B
Q // So what did you think when Emily first told you about all this functional nutrition stuff?
A // That she was off her rocker. And then, after hearing more, it made more sense with more information. I also felt that it was an opportunity for a new adventure together, and felt that in order for us both to succeed, we both needed to be dedicated and committed to doing it.
Q // What made you decide to get on board?
A // It sounded like a big change and would not be fun doing it by yourself. Plus, I felt that I could get healthier as well, so I figured, why not?
Q // What's been the hardest part so far?
A // The hardest part is no alcohol when I have to put up with Emily. ::laughter:: But seriously, the hardest part is traveling [for work]. Inconsistent schedules, unknown bathroom locations, and trying to "not be the weirdo" when eating out with coworkers.
Q // What's been the biggest change you've seen?
A // The biggest change for me has been weight loss. But the most surprising was that I don't necessarily feel deprived eating this way.
Q // What advice do you have for other men looking to make a health change?
A // Don't do it alone. Have a partner or someone else, a partner in crime, just to keep each other accountable. Overall, it's not that bad. It takes some effort, but the results make it worth it.
Q // Anything else?
A // The worst part has been fungal flushes [editor's note - just don't ask]. I've had a case of excessive yeast buildup in my body, and trying different solutions to get it expelled from my system. The first remedy was baking soda and lime juice in the morning. The first time taking it, it didn't taste that bad, but I got a big surprise an hour after. Consider this your warning.
Otherwise, we have fun cooking together and looking for recipes. I've still been able to try new recipes and make things taste good and flavorful without processed grains and sugar and all those good-tasting carbs. We have new comfort foods now, which are good, but we try and branch out and expand upon them and aren't afraid to try new foods or recipes that previously seemed a bit weird.