In our tech-driven society, almost everything we do has shifted into a mobile or digital process — including dating. Tinder, Hinge, The League are just a few of many dating apps that will help match you with people who share similar interests or are just plain attractive. But what about matching with people based on food and diet preferences? You may match with someone who is, albeit attractive, kind, and funny, but their eating preferences could completely change your connection and your own lifestyle.
Of course, there is the beauty of the compromise, but when you are dating people regularly, typically eating out is a go-to destination. Not only are you spending money — assuming you go dutch and split the bill — but you’ll also probably be consuming unhealthy food, or healthy food drenched in unhealthy seasonings and dressings. Let’s be real, no one is going to Snappy Salads on the first date.
So how do we crack the algorithm of successfully dating while sticking to our diet choices? I’ve compiled a few tips I consider to be helpful— but you’ll be the judges of that!
1. State your diet preferences when picking a place to eat
We all know that communication is crucial to successful relationships, even when it comes to telling your date what you prefer to not eat. Be honest and upfront, but don’t limit yourself too much. However, if you are a strict vegan/vegetarian/pescatarian, it’s probably best to say that right off the bat before you end up at a BBQ restaurant.
2. Look at the menu ahead of time
Going out to eat but worried about healthy choices being limited? Plan ahead and browse the restaurant’s menu in advance. You can pin point a salad or fish dish to order. In the event that nothing seems proving of being healthy, you can always compromise and pick a different restaurant.
3. Balance it out
Perhaps you don’t want to do the whole song-and-dance of deciding where to eat. Instead, compensate for your maybe not-so-healthy meal with a cardio or strength workout either the morning of or the morning after. Your body will thank you for not only filling it with yummy food, but also for balancing out your indulgences with discipline and a healthy mindset.
It may constitute at little extra work, but you can successfully date and sustain your diet choices at the same time! It just takes a little extra planning ahead, and some self-discipline! Good luck out there, 2biters!
I’m an avid writer who enjoys the simple things in life: a good Netflix original, walking my dog, and a delicious scoop of Jamoca ice cream from Baskin Robbins. I strive to always improve my writing and seek improvement beyond the surface, and hope to translate my love of food into flavorful words!