Being in a marriage or relationship can influence the way you live your life. One of the aspects that your relationship can affect is your eating habits. Couples tend to share eating habits so if you or your partner have unhealthy eating habits, it won’t be long before the other one develops these habits too. Here are some ways that can help you encourage healthy eating in your marriage or relationship.
Eat Breakfast Together
Breakfast is an essential part of any healthy diet. However, if you and your partner are both leading hectic lifestyles then chances are you tend to skip breakfast in the morning. Skipping breakfast not only disrupts your metabolism but also increases chances that you will pick up unhealthy snacks later on in the day. Take the time to eat breakfast together. Setting aside 15 to 30 minutes of your time each morning is enough to eat a well-balanced breakfast. Not only will having breakfast together improve your eating habits but it also gives you the chance to bond together as a couple.
Evaluate Your Snacks
Another way that you can encourage healthy eating in your relationship is by evaluating your snacks. Since men require more calories a day than women, don’t be surprised if your partner tends to snack more frequently than you do. Before you join him for a snack, ask yourself if you are really hungry or you are just tempted to eat. It’s also a good idea to make the decision to replace your snacks with healthier options. Have a talk with your partner and agree on snack foods that are healthy and that you can both enjoy. For instance, if you both like potato chips, perhaps you can buy baked potato chips that have lower fat content. Instead of ice cream, stock your freezer with low-fat frozen yogurt.
Look For New Places Where You Can Dine Out
If your date nights usually involve eating a large greasy pizza or digging into cheeseburgers with a side of fries then you and your partner might want to look for new places where you can dine. Instead of the usual fast food joints that serve overly processed food, do some research and scope out restaurants that serve healthier dishes. Make sure that the ambiance of the place is pleasant so you and your partner can eat healthily and enjoy your date at the same time.
Plan Your Meals Together
Another good way to incorporate healthy eating into your relationship is to plan your meals together. This might also mean shopping for groceries together. As you hit the grocery aisles with your partner, skip the frozen TV dinners and head for the fresh produce instead. Fruits, vegetables, lean cuts of meat, nuts and whole wheat bread are examples of healthy ingredients that should be part of your shopping list. Next, plan your menu for the next several days or so and prepare the meals together. If you’re both too busy to cook everyday, make large batches of food so you can heat it up for the next meals.