Love Bites—When Eating Differences Hurt a Relationship

  “My husband is so fat from eating junk food that his jeans fit him like compression shorts. I hoped that he would notice how much weight he’s gained—or at least buy some pants that fit.” “My girlfriend’s new diet is driving me crazy—she makes so many special requests that I’m embarrassed to eat in a restaurant with her.” “I lose my appetite just watching him eat meat.  I’m not sure a meat eater and vegetarian can make it.” Remarks like these make me question whether my nutritional practice is more like couples therapy.  What do couples do when they click over everything but food? Read more

Why I refuse to believe the break up rumors about Jay Z and Beyoncé

This isn’t my first time admitting to you guys that I’m gaga for celeb gossip. It’s not my proudest passion. But, I always have been into celebrity lifestyles and probably always will be. That doesn’t mean I’m a sucker who believes everything she reads in the tabloids. Trust me, I know they can be very, very wrong. There have been insane things they’ve written about me! Still, I just can’t quit them. Recent buzz in the gossip world is that Jay Z and Beyoncé are on the fast train to Splitsville. I think the tabloids have this all wrong. Here’s why. Read more

Why Does Everyone I Meet Suck?

Hello and welcome to Relationship Rules with Dr. Rodman.  You can consider me your friendly neighborhood psychologist.  I like helping people with their love lives, watching reality TV, and cooking things that my toddlers refuse to eat.  I was raised in Brooklyn New York and now I’m in private practice outside Washington DC.  Now, you’re thinking, “I read enough biographical crap like this on the tons of dating sites I belong to.  I thought I was clicking on something that was going to tell me why everyone I meet is terrible.  And why it appears I am going to die alone, despite being extremely intelligent, successful, attractive, and modest.”  See, I told you I was a psychologist.  I totally got into your head there.  So let’s tackle your questions, and fix up your depressing excuse for a love life, all in this one column. Read more

An Interview with Whitney English

Finding a balance between dating and living a healthy lifestyle isn't always easy. Some of us are so committed to our diet and exercise routines that we turn down romantic dinner dates in lieu of eating chicken and broccoli out of a tupperware, while others completely throw any semblance of healthy living out the window when dating, choosing instead to eat, drink and binge watch Netflix on the couch in a new relationship love cocoon. So what's a girl to do when she wants to make the most out of being single without sacrificing her health and fitness goals? I asked Whitney English, celebrity journalist, host and author of the website “To Live and Diet In LA” for her tips and insight on dating while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Check out her answers below! 

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Understanding The Shy Guy

I’m going to introduce you to a lovely guy. You probably see him all the time, but you’ve never met him because he won’t introduce himself to you. That’s right, I’m going to introduce you to Mr. Shy Guy so you can understand dating from his perspective, and so you know how to bring this potentially amazing boyfriend out of himself. This guy is a mystery to you. When you see him out with his friends, he’s always laughing and joking. He seems like he’s always having such a great time. The weird thing is, whenever you go to talk to him or make conversation he starts getting really nervous and edgy. I mean this man changes completely. Read more

Love advice from Zoe Saldana that I love

I’ve been told that my obsession with celebrity culture is a big fat waste of time by some not so supportive people in my life. And I’m not going to say that celebrity gossip is the best thing to ever happen to humanity, but I really don’t think it’s a waste at all. I love what I love and the glitz and glam of famous people is something I can’t help but love. It’s not just about fame and fortune gawking, though. I’ve learned some important lessons from celebrities about life, money and especially about love. Recently, I was reading coverage of newly pregnant Zoe Saldana’s interview in Marie Claire and absolutely loved the advice she had about dealing with break ups. She was pretty classy and didn’t mention any names, but if you follow her love life (which I obviously do), you can make an educated guess that some of this was based on her experiences with exes Bradley Cooper and Keith Britton. Here’s what I learned. Read more