Exclusive! Joy Bauer's Ingredients For A Healthy Relationship

Joy Bauer

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

In honor of World Health Day today, we're celebrating all the things that get our romantic relationships into tip, top shape (health-conscious dates, anyone?). And who better to seek advice from other than America's favorite nutritionist?

We spoke to Joy Bauer, nutrition & health expert for NBC's TODAY show and New York Times bestselling author about her nearly 20-year marriage, love at first sight and the couple she admires most.

YourTango: What are you currently working on right now? Have any exciting news to share?
Joy Bauer: I'm currently in negotiations for my own TV show — exciting! I'm also brainstorming on topics for my next book and in the midst of creating a food line … think slimming, scrumptious and 100% good-for-you!

YT: Do you believe in love at first sight?
JB: For sure. This guy named Ian, who I didn't know personally, called me several times on the phone and asked me out. I wanted nothing to do with a blind date and consistently said no. One year later, I randomly met Ian face-to-face and immediately fell in love. Married him a year later and we're about to celebrate our 20-year anniversary!

YT: Fill in the blanks: My favorite romantic movie is: ______ and my favorite love song is:______
JB: The Notebook and "You Send Me".

YT: What couple do you most admire?
JB: My parents, Ellen and Artie Schloss. They started dating in high school and have been happily married for almost 50 years. When I grow up I'd like to be just like them!

YT: You have a huge Facebook/Twitter following! What is your #1 suggestion or pet peeve when it comes to social/digital media?
JB: Be yourself. Social media is fun, strategic, and rewarding all at the same time. Yes, it's exhausting too, but the payback is well worth the effort.

YT: What's the best relationship advice you've ever received? 
JB: From my dad: "Joy, only give advice to people who want to hear it. Otherwise you're a nag"

YT: What are your top requirements for a successful romantic relationship?
JB: Honesty, support, communication, a high-fiber diet … and occasional alcohol.  Keep Reading ...

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