My older sister died one year ago at 46 to a heart attack. My DH is next of kin of four siblings at 44 and has become very concerned about his health as he ages so this has been a great conversation starter for us. He comes from Burma where apparently they fry everything (for taste); salt everything (for taste) and don’t know what fruits or vegetables are (can’t afford). So it’s been an extreme learning curve for him to come up with healthy meals.The only other thing I will say on this (because it’s OT) is that food seems to be one of those things that is very emotionally loaded: I am not one to eat emotionally nor do I care for food except that it provides sustanents; whereas DH is wrapped up in providing to the family via food -because he grew up in a 3rd world country where “good” food was non-existent so “good” food became extremely important to him and remains to this day.
(from 185 to now 130lbs) and I have an 11 month old and a 3o month old.I did it through increased exercise — walking through the neighborhood primarily; Then I changed my eating habits — no more fried food, no more heavy food for dinner; went to soups and salads and lunch is now my “main” meal of the day. I work full time and both kids are in daycare and spouse has long commute so this is how we are adapting; may not work for everyone, especially if you have kids in sports, etc. but thought I’d share my experience at least and give you some ideas.
Basically it’s freeing ourselves from being paupers as a result of all the various “clutters” in our life to become the royalty we were meant to be.