Fire up the oven, boos!
For our first date, my boyfriend and I cooked together. It was some kind of stir-fry that we never had again. But cooking together was a great ice-breaker and I learned a lot about him. I recommend having a partner who cooks or one who will at least be your sous chef, as there's nothing as romantic as being in the kitchen together.
1. It helps relieve stress.
"Cooking is great destresser because it serves as a creative outlet," sys Debbie Mandel, author of Addicted to Stress in an interview with The New York Daily News. "And while stress can numb your senses, cooking activates them. It's a sensory experience with [an] aroma, taste, touch, visual delight, and even sizzling sound."
2. It increases your attractiveness.
One Reddit user wrote, "What he doesn't know is that by the time the meal is ready, after watching him be so competent and not self-conscious and focused on making the food, I want to rip his clothes off, and have my way with him first and eat dinner later."
3. It leads to more sex.
According to a Washington Post article, couples who split the housework (and that includes cooking) are the happiest between the sheets. They have the most sex, are the most satisfied with their sex lives, and express the highest level of sexual intimacy.
4. It makes you healthier.
A study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that people who cooked at home on a regular basis ate healthier and consumed fewer calories than those who did not.
"When people cook most of their meals at home, they consume fewer carbohydrates, less sugar and less fat than those who cook less or not at all — even if they are not trying to lose weight," said Julia A. Wolfson, lead author of the study.
5. It improves communication.
Research from the Gottman Institute suggests that couples who don't communicate well with each other won't last. When you cook with a partner, you have so many things to talk about, from different techniques to a co-worker who's driving you insane.
6. It can be considered another form of foreplay.
When you cook together, you can flirt and use your senses. Cooking can be a very sensuous activity and one where you share a part of yourself.
Cooking is good for your health and your relationship. It's fun, creative, challenging, and something that will always result in something delicious.