Over-the-top eating habits through November and December inspire many adults to add eating-related goals to our list of New Year’s resolutions. Yet, it’s not just the aggressive holiday cookie jar plundering that pushes us to make a change. Most of us appreciate the power that food choice has on our waistlines and wallets.
However, eating well comes at a price. It requires conscious decision making, planning, and, at times, tough choices. It’s no wonder so few people can make healthy eating stick.
By stocking the cabinets, fridge, and freezer with better options, you can remove these roadblocks by making all choices good choices. If an extreme fridge makeover sounds too intimidating, consider this intermediate step. We call it your Go-To 2.
The Go-To 2
The Go-To 2 is a simple concept, which we like because simple means easy to do. It involves picking two power-packed foods that will provide you with the energy you need and the satisfaction you crave. Follow these simple guidelines to find the Go-To 2 that’s right for you.
Choose what you love.
Pick two foods to have on hand that are healthy and delicious. That’s right; find things that love you back as much as you love them. If you look forward to eating the food, you are more likely to stick to eating healthy. For instance, if you hate greens, don’t try to make spinach one of your Go-To foods. You’ll just end up with sad-looking wilted leafy greens in the back of your fridge whose removal induces nose-pinching and guilt.
Opt for snacks.
People tend to make better eating decisions when they are full. This is why nutritionists suggest doing the grocery shopping while contentedly sated and vending machines continue to carry those mini chocolate-covered donuts that otherwise health-conscious office workers crave once the clock hits 3PM. If your Go-To 2 are snack foods and (as mentioned above) things you love, you’ll be more likely to make a good decision when doing so is the hardest.
Make it a 2-minute drill.
If it takes more than 2 minutes to heat, assemble, chill, spread, slice, or stack, your two foods, it’s too long. Time-consuming options are excuse-making opportunities. You don’t want to find yourself saying, “I don’t’ have time right now” or “it would just be easier to grab [insert junk food].” Bonus points if your two snacks go from thought to mouth in 30 seconds.
Keep it close.
There’s no point in having a great Go-To 2 if getting to them takes an inordinate amount of effort. Loving guanábana but living in Helena might not make your desired dish practical to eat on a regular basis. In addition to regional availability, consider how difficult your two foods would be to stock in quantity and their shelf needs. If you can keep a stockpile of your Go-To 2 in your office desk, backpack, or glove compartment, eating them will be easier to stick to.
Go-To 2 Resources
One of Moji’s nutritional experts Allegra Burton lists out the best items for your fridge, pantry, and kitchen counter.
To find the food trifecta (delicious, healthy and affordable), check out this article by Stephanie Romine to find 25 great choices.
A great website to find healthy ingredients and how to combine them into delicious recipes is eatbetteramerica.com.