What isn’t wrong with this on a date? Spaghetti and linguine can be quite messy, and the last thing you want is to get food on yourself (or the guy sitting across from you). While plain pasta shouldn’t make you feel too lethargic, heavy pasta sauces like alfredo and Bolognese will weigh you down. Not convinced? Moore has one more reason to skip pasta on a date: “When we eat out, pasta is served on a huge plate, so we may have a tendency to overeat.” (And don’t even think about asking for a doggie bag. When you’re just getting to know your date, that’s plain tacky.)
Can’t get enough cheese? You might want to pass – at least if you’re early in the dating game. Aside from the fact that fatty cheeses can be heavy, the dairy product won’t do any favors for your breath. “Some cheeses just have a stronger odor, like bleu or aged parmesan,” Moore notes. That odor can leave a bad taste in your mouth. Santa Cruz-based food blogger Damaris of kitchencorners.com recommends skipping dairy in general on dates. “Dairy is something that people should definitely stay away from,” Damaris says. “You wouldn’t be able to notice it offhand unless you’re kissing someone, but since a lot of dates end up with a smooch, I would recommend staying away from dairy for sure.”
A lot of these rules fly out the window once you’re in a serious relationship (who wants to avoid fettucine alfredo forever?), but when it’s still early in the dating game, it’s best to save these foods for solo meals.
In the meantime, there are a few ways you can avoid the pitfalls of heavy or bloat-inducing foods. “Make sure that you stay hydrated – it keeps you feeling alert,” Moore says. “It can [also] keep your tummy full so you don’t eat so much food.” And what if you notice your breath feeling less-than-fresh after a meal? You don’t necessarily need to chomp on gum or mints. “You can always finish the meal with a hot tea,” Moore says. “And a wedge of lemon or lime will also help to get rid of bad breath.”
Other than that, she suggests you stay within your culinary comfort zone while you’re on a date. “Try to stick with foods that you’re familiar with – you just don’t know how your body will react to foods [you aren’t accustomed to eating],” Moore says. But most importantly, eat! Make sure you’re actually eating enough to keep you going –fainting from lack of nourishment would be a terrible dating disaster.
Kathryn H. Cusimano is an assistant editor at BettyConfidential.