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OPERATION OBSERVATION – PART 1

Before you begin this plan, spend a few days observing your husband's eating habits, food intake, and snack techniques. Note how much he eats, how often he eats, and why you think he's eating. In my assessment of Mike, I discovered:

  • He has very bad table habits, probably learned in childhood. This is not to say that he doesn't put his napkin in his lap, but I've seen him stand behind his chair and serve his plate before he sits down. He reaches across the table without asking for something to be passed. He'll read the paper while eating breakfast, unless I tell him it's tacky. He'll not only clean his plate but will finish off any one- or two-bite leftovers that are on the serving platters. He eats fast and always wants more.
  • He snacks twice a day—a 10:00 a.m. coffee break and a bedtime treat.
  • He doesn't understand enough about nutrition and calories to see that he consistendy chooses the wrong foods while patting himself on the back for watching his weight. For example, he'll order a chef's salad in a restaurant rather than an entree (a nice start, but . . .), then he hits the bread basket, eats the whole salad, and tops it off with blue cheese dressing. (Blue cheese has a high percent of fat and should be avoided!) I promise you, he has not saved one calorie nor done his body one bit of good with this meal. But he thinks that he's been a martyr to his health.

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