I'm On A Diet, My Boyfriend Loves Bacon: How We Deal

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We're two compatible people with incompatible eating habits.

In January of this year, I began my love affair with vegetables.

It started as a weight-loss mission; I was overweight and looking to dig myself out of the hole of shame that extra helpings of spaghetti and pints of ice cream had buried me in. So I swapped my Ben & Jerry's Peach Cobbler for real peaches and got friendly with greens. It took a little while, but with a little bit of creativity, veggies became delicious. You might be skeptical, and I understand. But the trick is to pair and/or swap them with foods you already enjoy: kale chips with sea salt rather than potato chips; pasta tossed with steamed broccoli and sauteed tomatoes rather than a jarred sauce; sprinkle Parmesan cheese or balsamic vinegar on pretty much any food you don't already like.

Once I became a veggie master, I started eating them all of the time, and my weight melted off. By mid-April, I had lost about 30 pounds. Success on all accounts.

Then, as April came to a close, I began another love affair. Eric and I played on the same kickball team and hit it off immediately. As our relationship grew and developed, I learned that I was crazy about him — and that he was crazy about all things meaty and greasy (and lucky enough to have a metabolism fit to handle them).

My boyfriend loves bacon and I love kale chips. Luckily, we also love each other.

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