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Love Me, Love My Diet

Filed Under: Sexual Health at 9:03 am | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
Couple CookingYou’re attractive, funny, smart and employed. You tell witty jokes, have amazing stories and listen attentively. You’ve never had a problem with body odor or bad breath, and you’ve been told, by people other than your mother, that you’ll make someone very happy someday. But you can’t seem to hold onto a potential mate. You go on a first date, have dinner, share some laughs and enjoy yourself tremendously. You think the feeling is mutual, but at the end of the night, there’s no promise of a call, no let’s do this again. There’s a peck on the cheek and a door in the face.

What’s the problem? No idea? Well, I have one: your eating habits.

In today’s society, we are defined by what we eat.  Our lives revolve around the restrictions, or lack there of, in our diets. Some of us are vegans; some are vegetarians; and some are unabashed carnivores. Some of us refuse dairy; some avoid gluten; and some shun vegetables. Whatever our preference, what we will and will not put into our stomachs is a mirror of who we are. If that image is unappealing to the man or woman we are dating, the relationship seems doomed, and so we date accordingly. Vegans refuse anyone who has ever looked the wrong way at a living being. Carnivores shy away from the animal activists. Celiacs are dumped by the bread-loving, and the bland are tossed aside by the adventurous. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We can overcome our food obstacles, with a little bit of experimentation.

If you are open to trying new things, sampling different dishes and making a few sacrifices, your diet won’t be the downfall of your relationship. Anything from gluten-free food to an all-vegan dinner can taste delicious if cooked properly. You’d be surprised how satisfying a three-bean chili can be when there’s no sirloin mixed in. And who knows, maybe tofu does taste just like chicken. You’ll never know if you don’t get into the kitchen and experiment. So use your differences to come together. Create dishes as a couple that you both can eat. If in the end you truly can’t find meals that meet both of your needs . . . you have separate closets why not separate cabinets?

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