Can a vegetarian and an omnivore have a lasting relationship? And what happens if one person has a gluten allergy and the other subsists on pasta? A Chicago Tribune article considers how people with eating issues fare in relationships. It seems, as with everything, that there aren’t any major trends (i.e., vegetarians have higher divorce rates!), and it just depends on the people involved. Some are willing to change, adapt, or look the other way when a bloody steak goes on the grill, while others won’t budge. Kathryn Zerbe, a psychiatrist who specializes in eating disorders, told the Tribune that food has a strong subconscious link to love. Turning your nose up at a partner’s food can feel like rejection, she said. I don’t eat meat. I just don’t like it, and I hope that meat-eating men don’t think I’m rejecting them when I say, “Thank you, but I think I’ll pass on the rib-eye.” When people say, “Mmm, I could really go for a big, juicy steak right now,” I don’t understand what they mean because I have never felt that way. And I try eating meat from time to time, crossing my fingers that I’ve developed a taste for it, but I just haven’t. I think there’s something wrong with my taste buds.
That being said, I don’t like telling people I don’t eat meat, especially guys, which I realize is totally lame because you shouldn’t care what other people think of you, but we all do. I think it makes me seem less appealing and more difficult. And I hate seeming like a pain, because I’m not and can find something to eat anywhere. The butter-soaked peas at Ruth’s Chris Steak House are pretty freakin’ tasty. [Chicago Tribune]