Love Me, Love My Meat

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Culinary preferences (and restrictions) can make or break your love life.

food, diet, vegan, vegetarian, meat, cooking, culinary, wheatAccording to a recent New York Times article, finding a perfect match in the bedroom can often be overshadowed by a perfect match in the kitchen. In a time when passions run high for meat, against it, pro-wheat, or anti-animal-anything, dating someone who does not share one’s view can strain the relationship. When an omnivore and a herbivore unite, battle lines could be drawn.

Says the piece:
“Food has a strong subconscious link to love, said Kathryn Zerbe, a psychiatrist who specializes in eating disorders at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. That is why refusing a partner’s food ‘can feel like rejection,’ she said.

“As with other differences couples face, tolerance and compromise are essential at the dinner table, marital therapists said. ‘If you can’t allow your partner to have latitude in what he or she eats, then maybe your problem isn’t about food,’ said Susan Jaffe, a psychiatrist in Manhattan.”

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