Find a Partner Who Eats Healthy
After three years together, Lyuda and I both know each other's tastes when it come to food. We’re cooking nearly all of our meals at home (including lunch, which we bring with us in a container on-the-go), and therefore a lot of the time we spend together is in the kitchen, the dining room, or in the supermarket shopping to replenish the fridge supply.
It’s not easy to prepare the bulk of your meals by yourself at home, but if you plan ahead of time, you’ll have a better chance to do so. If I’m stopping off at the supermarket on the way home, I’ll have already made a mental note of what’s in the fridge and then pick up what we need. Always keep tabs on what you have and what you don't. My favorite vegetables are red chard and bok choy, and Lyuda’s are carrots and cauliflower. These are the "essential four," so I always make sure to throw them in my cart regardless of what's back at the house.
Lyuda does the same: whenever she’s at the store, she knows what we need and gets it. Operating our home kitchen together makes things a lot more manageable because we can share the burden. We trade off the shopping responsibilities as well as the cooking. If I prepare the meal on a given night, Lyuda will clean up and do the dishes – and the following evening we’ll reverse roles. A change up always works wonders for keeping you sane -- especially when you're cooking every day.
It’s both convenient and fun to share the same passion for eating healthy food. Not only do we trade-off the preparation and shopping tasks, but we also appreciate the meal together once it’s been cooked. We can savor the final product knowing that much thought and energy went into getting it there.
When you’ve built up momentum eating healthy food, you won’t have cravings for the bad options. That’s why it’s so important to stick to your routine. Having a partner alongside you doing the same healthy eating plan keeps you on track, as each person encourages and motivates the other to keep honest.