One of my roommates this summer doesn't really eat dairy. I doubt very much that she'll ever convince me to stop eating eggs and cheese, but she did turn me on to the delicious taste of almond milk.
As I poured almond milk into my cereal this morning, I started wondering about relationships and diets.
My parents are both huge foodies, come from very different cultures, and love to travel. From a young age, they instilled in me a deep appreciation of exotic foods. Case in point? When I was 10, one of my favorite meals was a rabbit dish from a local French restaurant in Tokyo, where we lived at the time.
I live in New York now, which I love partially because of the culinary variety this city offers. But New York's variety of diets also can be extremely restrictive. Kosher, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, pescatarian - there's just too many to count. And then there's the people who are simply unadventurous eaters.
Food can be a huge issue in relationships, simply because you have to have it every day.
I appreciate the different reasons that people choose a particular kind of diet. But I like meat, and fish, and dairy, and I'm thankfully not allergic to anything. And I don't plan to give these foods up anytime soon.
I think it would be tough to date someone with a diet very different from mine. Obviously, this depends on several factors. But for example, a person who went vegetarian for moral reasons and I, a meat-lover, would have different ideas about food that could cause a lot of stress in the relationship.
I also hate dating really picky eaters. One of my greatest pleasures is trying new restaurants and cuisines and sharing my finds with other people. I would be upset if I wasn't able to do that with someone super-important to me.
Another fact to consider that my mother is Japanese, so Japanese food is a huge part of both my cultural heritage and my diet. And while Japanese food can be friendly to non-meat-eaters, it's quite tough to consume when you don't eat fish. And I would be really upset if I couldn't share Japanese food with my boyfriend.
I'm lucky, though, because I live in New York, where it's possible to find food to suit any taste. And of course, I have friends who are of various restricted diets and we find restaurants that suit both of us just fine.
But having a S/O whose diet is incompatible with mine is different. We'd be spending far more time together, eating the same food and (possibly) eventually building a life together. And if I ever have children, I'd like them to be just as passionate about food as I am.Do you and your S/O lead very different diets? How does this affect your relationship?Image Source