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This week I’ll be sharing the excerpt I contributed, which is titled “Grocery Shopping” and is all about what a difference the foods you eat can make with your relationship. A lot of people have asked me about the diet I follow, so if you’re interested in that, make sure you head over and sign up for my free diet ebook, too.
Grocery Shopping: Feeding Your Relationship
Most people wouldn’t think that grocery shopping or the foods you buy have much impact on your relationship. While you don’t hear much about an apple a day keeping the divorce attorney away, eating the right food can give you more energy, feel less stressed, and even improve intimacy. The wrong foods can result in weight gain, stress, lack of energy, decreased libido, and a number of other physical and emotional effects that can strain your relationship. Think about it:
When you’re in a bad mood, have no energy, and feel sick, how loving do you feel towards your partner?
Everything we eat affects our body and our mind. Foods high in sugar for example change our blood glucose level, which can cause sugar cravings, energy crashes, and crankiness as our body fights to get it back in check. Our brains depend on fat to function properly, but most of us don’t get enough “good fat” – only lots of bad hydrogenated fat that is bad for your brain and your heart. Our body also depends on many different vitamins and minerals to perform at its best, which most of us are lacking.
All of us know we should try to eat healthier—but that’s not always what we do. Temptation is everywhere, and to make it even more difficult, we don’t always get the support we need to make healthy food choices. It’s not uncommon for one partner wanting to make the change for a healthier and happier lifestyle, while the other partner may not.
Where can you start if you want to eat healthier? It’s not as hard as it seems. Often just eating fruits and veggies at every meal and switching to organic and preservative-free foods can make a huge difference. Go for variety, make it fun— before you know it you might just lose those extra pounds, and you’ll definitely feel great.
Here are 5 ideas to help feed your relationship:
1. Go to a New Store: There’s no rule stating you need to go to the same store every week. Go on an adventure! If your relationship is stuck in the same routine, doing the same thing isn’t going to change anything! A farmer’s market or specialty shop might just be the ticket.
2. Take a Break: Getting a quick coffee or juice together before shopping is a great way for two busy people to take a break and talk.
3. Leave the Kids at Home: Make it a “productive date” rather than another chore or errand. You’ll be less rushed and more focused, too.
4. Make it Sensual: Grocery shopping is full of tastes, sights, and smells. Stop to smell the produce, taste samples, and enjoy it.
5. Cook Together: After you have everything and are back at home, try cooking dinner together for a change. If your cooking skills aren’t the greatest, consider taking a class together to learn something new.
If you want to have a better relationship, you’ve got to take care of yourself. Marriage is between the mind, body, and souls of two people. Take care of your bodies, and the rest often naturally falls into place. A healthier and happier relationship might be no farther than your local grocery store.