As originally seen in Cosmopolitan :
Avoid these menu items to beat bloat (and every other bodily function that makes you feel unsexy) on your next date.
ON A BRUNCH DATE:
When it comes to breads, bagels are about the densest you can get. So many people have trouble digesting wheat as it is, regardless of gluten allergies, according to Dr. Chey. Smother it with an inch-high filling of heavy cream-cheese, and you can bank on even feeling full forever as your body struggles to digest the hefty serving of fat and protein — two nutrients that take longer to process than straight-up carbs.
Instead, eat: Toast, and go easy on the spread. (When your goal is to digest your food quickly, a tablespoon of cream cheese is plenty — particularly if you’re sensitive to dairy.)
2. Breakfast Meats
Instead, eat: Scrambled eggs — or better yet, egg whites. As long as they’re not uber greasy, they’ll provide you with high-quality protein without the grease that makes you feel gross.
Instead, drink: Tea. It has less caffeine than coffee. Bye, jitters!
ON A DINNER DATE:
Instead, eat: Fish or chicken — they’re generally less dense and easier to digest.
5, 6, 7. Broccoli/Cauliflower/Brussels Sprouts
Instead, eat: Salad greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms — they’re all quite a bit safer.
While it’s cabbage that gives coleslaw that satisfying crunch, the ingredient is bad news when it reaches the gut, where fermentation causes gas galore. The mayo-based dressing only makes things worse, leading you to feel bloated for even longer.
Instead, eat: Green salad dressed lightly with oil and vinegar. You’ll get your leaves in without suffering major side effects.
9. French Fries
Instead, eat: A baked potato — and make it a sweet potato for extra nutrients.
ON A DATE AT A MEXICAN RESTAURANT:
Instead, eat: Plain tortilla chips. “Corn bran is not fermentable,” Dr. Chey explains, which means any corn fiber you can’t digest just passes through your system without creating gas in the gut.
Instead, eat: Tacos. A chicken- or fish-topped corn tortilla is your safest bet because (1) corn is easier on the stomach than wheat; (2) chicken and fish are lighter and easiest to digest than meats; and (3) small tacos hold less food than burrito wraps, so they automatically reduce your risk of overeating (the biggest bloater, TBH). Just lay off the side of 🚨beans!🚨 and stick with rice.
Instead, drink: Tequila straight up, or wine (a safer bet). This way, you’re only up against naturally occurring sugars.
ON A DATE AT AN ITALIAN RESTAURANT:
Instead, eat: Pasta lightly dressed in red sauce — and hold the cheese. Pasta goes down more easily than dense pizza dough, according to Dr. Chey, so you’re less likely to have problems.
14. Garlic Knots
15. Cream Sauce
Instead: Red sauce. Just avoid any dish that’s uber garlicky or spicy, which can trigger uncomfortable heartburn.
ON A MOVIE DATE:
Instead, eat: Unbuttered popcorn.
ON A NETFLIX-AND-CHILL DATE:
Instead: Brush your teeth or swish with mouthwash to freshen up. Or brew a cup of minty tea. (Same difference.)
Instead, eat: Baked potato-, rice- or corn-based snacks. If you’re prone to (or worried about) gas, these ingredients are the easiest for your intestines to break down and absorb, Dr. Chey says.
Instead: Skip the dip. Or branch out and try a Greek yogurt-based dip, which should be free of beans and legumes and contain less lactose than other dairy-based dips.