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Kale Me, Maybe? Food Box HQ Says #HipNJ Singles Least Likely to Date Vegans

Are you vegan and stuck home alone on date night? Food Box HQ may have the reason why.

‘Going Vegan’ may be the hottest global food trend right now, but it turns out a plant-based diet isn’t the food of love… New research from Food Box HQ has revealed that 31% of New Jerseyites would not consider dating a vegan. This compares to a national average of 28.2%.

The popular mail delivery review service polled 2,500 people, and found that overall men are more bothered by prospective partners’ culinary preferences than women, with a huge 33.5% stating they wouldn’t date a vegan. This is compared to the 23.3% of women who would say no to a date. Almost a third of men would try to persuade their vegan/veggie partner to eat meat!

Interestingly, it’s the older generation who consider eating habits more of a deal breaker, with 31.9% of 45-54 year olds saying they wouldn’t swipe right for a vegan. Millennials were more accepting of the lifestyle choice however, with a lower 25.9% of 18-24 year olds stating they would consider veganism off-putting.

But how do vegans feel about dating meat-eaters? Well, it turns out they’re not as strict with who they date as they are with their food – a huge 89.5% of vegans said they would consider starting a relationship with a meat-eater.

When asked if they would consider giving up meat and go vegan for a partner, 70.1% of Americans said they would not. And while 12.2% of Americans said they would cut down on their meat intake for a partner, they also admitted they would still eat it while their partner was away!

But though the majority of carnivores refuse to give up chicken wings or a juicy steak for love – only 16.4% of them would try to persuade their vegan partner to eat meat. This varied hugely between the sexes however, with almost a third of men (31.6%) saying they’d try to persuade their vegan/vegetarian partner to eat meat, compared to just 2.4% of women.

When asked about the most unattractive diet habit in a partner, respondents said that the most off-putting thing is ‘obsessing over healthy eating’. This was closely followed by ‘overeating fast food’, ‘overindulging in alcohol’ and ‘always dieting’.

It was mainly women who thought being health obsessed was unappealing, whereas men felt that ‘overeating fast food’ was the most unattractive diet habit in a partner.

Finally, Food Box HQ’s survey revealed that poor table manners and dinner date decorum may be costing singles their chance of a second date. Respondents said that ‘talking with your mouth full’ was the worst thing a date could do, followed by ‘chewing too loudly’ and ‘eating with fingers instead of cutlery’.

Dan Scalco of Food Box HQ, says: “Dating tends to revolve around eating out, whether it’s a romantic meal out or breakfast in bed, so finding a partner who respects or shares your values toward food is really important. America is certainly becoming more accepting of healthy and ethical dietary choices, but our survey has shown that more than a quarter of people still wouldn’t date a vegan. We expect this percentage to decrease as veganism continues to trend in 2018, and more restaurants start offering plant-based options.”

Americans say ‘obsessing over healthy eating’, ‘overeating fast food’ and ‘overindulging in alcohol’ is unattractive. But like the old saying (kind of) goes; “If you can’t handle me at my preferred diet, you don’t deserve me at all!”

Mompreneurs Talk About Business Ownership With Maria Falzo for Mommy Monday

Maria Falzo talks with Mallika Malhotra in the #HipNJ studio about her new book The Brand Photography Playbook and some of the “Mompreneurs” she covers in its pages. Mallika helps business women distinguish their identity through images and bring their brands to life. The book outlines the process she utilizes to assist those struggling to find brand identity on this installment of #MommyMonday.

Jennifer Brosnick is a therapist, social worker and mom coach who works with mothers struggling with post-partum depression and anxiety. Jennifer uses a holistic approach to treating anxiety-associated symptoms of the women she handles. She finds many of her clients through the mid-wife practice she works with, guiding the mothers from the early stages of pregnancy and being there after the birthing process.

Betty Galvan of “My Friend Betty” is a digital marketing consultant and social media manager who works with small businesses in New Jersey – primarily those owned by women. Betty is skilled in developing digital marketing plans for business owners who either do not have the time or expertise to handle it themselves.

Maggie Zakhery is an independent consultant with “Beauty Counter”, a California based company, focused on educating users on the ingredients in their skincare products. Maggie is passionate about reducing exposure to the harsh chemicals present in most make-up and skin care routines that are a result of lax industry regulation.

Mallika and the “Mompreneurs” admirably manage to balance motherhood and business-ownership by being creative, allowing them the freedom to create their own schedules that accommodate both full-time responsibilities. 

You can check out Mallika Maholtra or any of the moms in this segment through their websites or by visiting their social media pages.

Hudson Yoga Project Announces Teacher Training Scholarship for Wellness Wednesday

The Hudson Yoga Project located in Hoboken is enthusiastic to inform #HipNJ of their first donated scholarship for the upcoming 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training for this weeks #WellnessWednesday. The scholarship is for the March 2018 session and is made possible by a $3500 donation from Jennifer Deare – a recent graduate from the 2017 Yoga Teacher Training Summer Intensive course.

Deare is a Hoboken resident and the Founder and CEO of D3 NYC, a Marketing Communications company. Deare’s motivation for her benevolent deed is her own positive experience within the Hudson Yoga Project community. She was moved by the dedication of her peers who scraped together the necessary tuition for the program. Ultimately, she wanted to help a potential student realize their dreams.

The Hudson Yoga Project was opened by business partners Patrick Franco and Curtis Berger who wanted to create a more genuine yoga community. Their belief is that the Asana practice, along with an intimate group of yogis, makes for a welcoming atmosphere. The mission is an attempt to reject the current climate of anger and protest – the most likely common denominator between people today.

The studio offers over 40 Vinyasa style classes per week ranging from beginner to advanced and including prenatal yoga classes. Novices will find that the studio is a friendly and supportive environment since all classes are light-hearted and inspirational by nature.

For more information about the upcoming 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training and the Hudson Yoga Project in general, there will be an information session at the HYP studio lead by Patrick Franco on Sunday, February 11 at 6:15 p.m. You can apply for the HYP Jennifer Deare Teacher Training Scholarship by completing the application on their website.