Are you and your partner suffering from the occasional food fight? Well, it turns out that you are not alone. Whether you're in a new relationship or a long-standing one, food issues are going to come up and not only concerning what to eat but when and even why (ethical reasons). Remember the days when the only statement to make with food was by becoming a vegetarian...now we hear of vegans, locavores, low-carbers, the health conscious and even couples with different cultural food preferences.
I thought that my partner and I had it made. It seemed like we were eating on a similar wavelength but after a while we realized that we had very different dietary requirements. The reasons seemed insignificant at first (timing and flexibility) but grew proportionately with the amount of time we spent together. Since we live apart these issues presented themselves when we spent extended periods of time together or ate in restaurants. However, I am happy to announce that after a period of mutual food independence where we would eat mostly alone, we are now much more accepting of each other's food preferences and are grateful for the times when we do share a meal together; and they are happening more frequently again.
Unfortunately, I don't have an across the board solution for resolving dining differences. It is certainly a personal journey that most couples may have to take. This article in the New York Times does show, though, how with some patience, understanding and compromise couples with different diet perspectives can and do get along.
I Love You but You Love Meat
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