Exclusive! Joy Bauer's Ingredients For A Healthy Relationship

Joy Bauer

We spoke to the TODAY show nutritionist about what makes her marriage work.

YT: How does healthy living play a role in your marriage?
JB: It's a dictatorship: I shop and cook …. Ian and the kids eat what I buy and prepare.

YT: When it comes to romantic relationships, what is the biggest difference between men and women?
JB: In general, I think women like special attention, such as getting flowers and love notes, or being taken out to a nice restaurant. On the other hand, men are happy to be left alone with full clicker control and a plate of Buffalo wings. In my marriage, we're both pretty laid back and quick to accommodate. Ian humors my exercise obsession with hikes and bike rides … and I plop on the couch next to him and enable his Big Bang Theory addiction.

YT: If you could tell your younger self something you've since learned about love, sex, and/or relationships, what would that be?
JB: It's not the end of the world, REALLY. Family matters most. Create Facebook and invest in Apple.


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