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Cooking Tips for Healthy Couples

Couples who eat at home and cook together have less bodyfat, feel more energetic, and tend to be healthier overall. In fact, studies have shown people who eat out often consume 40 percent more calories than they would if they ate at home. Besides saving on calories, eating in will save money, bring yourselves closer together, and improve your communication...may be :) So let me help you get started with some tips below.

Tip 1: Plan Meals

If you fail to plan, plan to fail is what I used to hear from coaches growing up. So create balanced meals by starting with a lean protein source, hopefully from a grass-fed or wild source. Then add a few vegetables for high-fiber carbs, and include some healthy fats from organic products whenever possible. This combination will help you build lean muscle, stabilize blood sugar levels, keep you energized, and make sure you’re getting your vitamins and minerals. For you guys, if your goal is to put on some weight, add in some quality starches in the form of potatoes (sweet, russet), brown rice, pasta (whole wheat, brown rice), bread (rye, Ezekiel, whole wheat), or quinoa.

Tip 2: Go Grocery Shopping Together

Once you figure out the menu, cruise on over to your local grocer to stock up on the necessary ingredients. Look for your nearest Farmer’s market, I try to shop local whenever I can, plus the Farmer’s market tends to be cheaper. Remember to eat a healthy meal or snack before going so as to avoid shopping on an empty stomach, or you’ll end up buying things you don’t need. Oh yeah, stay together, I tend to stray from my girl when we shop, checking out the meats on sale or beers, sake, etc. But I find that if I stay close to my girl, I focus on the task at hand. May be I have ADD or something. Also, shop with a list, by doing that you’ll spend less time in the grocery store and be less likely to grab non-essential things off the shelves.

Tip 3: Prep on a certain day

An hour of cooking on your least busiest day can yield enough healthy food at your convenience for the entire week.

Tip 4: Grind B-Fast together

Schedules permitting, I recommend starting your day off with your significant other eating breakfast . A protein-packed breakfast revs up your metabolism, increases energy, and helps you eat less throughout the day. I usually makes the eggs (organic) and my partner tends to the oatmeal. I gotta have my coffee, YEAH!

Tip 5: Cook enough for at least 2-3 days

When I cook I tend to make enough food that will last me and my partner at least 2 days, 3 max. One of my favorites is organic grass-fed beef (OGFB) chili. That recipe will be in a future blog.  

Tip 6: Know Thyself 

Guys/Husbands/Boyfriends, etc. will usually eat more than their partner so this is where you have to know yourself and the portions that are right for you. Just because your spouse, partner, or boyfriend is eating a bigger portion, that doesn’t mean you have to also. To help you control your portions, use a smaller plate than your partner, or serve yourself with a smaller serving utensil.

Tip 7: Share the cooking duties

Sometimes after a hard day’s work the last thing you want to do is cook. Work out a way that you help each other out. In our house, I try to communicate, I’m still working on this by the way, that if I have time I’ll ask my girl if there’s anything I can do to help her out, cook rice, make some chicken, etc. We try to split the responsibility. 

Tip 8: Talk during the meal 

Turn off the phone, TV, computer, etc. and engage in any conversation, meaningful or not. Just talk to each other, find out what’s going in each other’s mind, world. I must say I tend to forget about this sometimes but I do my best to communicate with my significant other. After all, just because people who look good together seem like they have healthy relationship, doesn’t necessarily mean they do. Initial physical attraction only last so long, don’t forget to build the emotional attraction also.

 

 

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