If you’ve checked out the dating scene recently, you know how difficult it’s become; especially if you live in a big city. With the multitude of dating apps that judge you based only on an image, and others with a few images and well-written lines of personal ideology on life, it’s important to break through and really connect when you do meet someone. Luckily, there’s some simple dietary dos and dont’s to improve your odds of making a great first (in-person) impression.
Here are three foods you SHOULD NOT eat before going on a date, and why:
1. Ditch the Lettuce. While this is a go-to staple, especially for women before or during a date, please just say no and find another option. Many types of lettuce contain compounds that cool you down, decrease libido and decrease your desire to be open and communicate effectively. There are some types of lettuce that have the opposite effect, but it gets tricky because it depends on how much of what type you eat, so it’s best to just stay clear of salad and focus on foods that help stimulate connection and conversation.
2. Ditch the Dairy. Foods containing dairy also contain tryptophan, the sleep inducing compound turkey is known for. Eating dairy can cause sluggishness, dull your mental processes and make you less energetic: all things you should avoid when making a good first impression.
3. Say No to Hummus. Hummus is another tryptophan containing food that can cool you down and make you drowsy. Just say no and find another option.
Let’s look at the foods you SHOULD eat before a date, and here’s why:
1. Celery. Celery is truly a magical food. It’s extremely low in calories and a well-known aphrodisiac that opens your ability to connect and communicate with a potential new partner. It is said to stimulate the pituitary gland and release sex hormones. It also boosts digestion and reduces bloating, making it a win-win food for a first date.
2. Turmeric. Turmeric is possibly one of the best foods ever to have as part of your daily routine, for a myriad of reasons. But when it comes to dating and putting forth your best self, it’s a necessity. Turmeric reduces inflammation in the body, which has been shown to be the primary cause of depression. It also alleviates anxiety and helps you connect more deeply to yourself. In addition to getting rid of those pesky aches and pains, turmeric supports positive emotions, making you feel happier, calmer and more in the moment.
3. Ginger. Ginger has a host of health benefits including boosting memory, attention and concentration, making you more alert and responsive. It also calms the nerves and settles the stomach, getting rid of those pesky butterflies that inevitably show up at the worst possible time. Ginger also boosts immunity and vitality, and when combined with its positive mental effects, is great for engaging your potential new partner in conversation.
Now that you’re equipped with the best food to eat and the ones not to, give it a go. Try adding the last three foods into your diet before a date, and see how it goes. You’ll no doubt find yourself more alert, charismatic, confident, and ready to bring your A-game.
Author: Jaya Jaya Myra is internationally acclaimed author, speaker, trainer and lifestyle coach teaching people how to cultivate excellent physical, mental and emotional health based on their unique type. Her approach to health incorporates mind-body-spirit balance, spirituality, successful lifestyle practices, and shows why one-size-fits-all solutions don’t work for everyone. She teaches people how to find what works for them based on an individual’s unique energy type and elemental body composition. Her debut book, Vibrational Healing: Attain Balance & Wholeness. Understand Your Energetic Type is published in 9 languages and is available worldwide. Learn more about Jaya Jaya at www.jayajayamyra.com.