Dating for the celiac

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Everyone handles their food allergy, sensitivity or celiac disease differently (some people are very shy about it, others use it as a conversation starter).

It's not like you want to tell a guy, ' Hey, I have this disease," so you have to handle it in a way that makes you personally comfortable and confident.' "How to be honest about it: "For me, I haven't gone out with anyone who didn't already know that I couldn't eat gluten - it's part of their getting to know me.

A recent study by the NPD Group found that almost one-third of Americans are avoiding gluten or have eliminated it from their diet completely.

While awareness of the gluten-free lifestyle is growing, many people are finding that their level of adherence to a gluten-free diet is heavily influenced by social interactions.

Gluten intolerance and sensitivity have been proven to negatively influence social behavior in areas such as travel, work, dating, parties, group meals and sharing traditional ethnic cuisine.

When members of the Canadian Celiac Association were surveyed, it was found that 81% avoided restaurants, 38% avoided travel and 91% brought their own gluten-free food with them when traveling due to the difficulties of maintaining a gluten-free diet.

Order a light meal and spend time focusing on your date, rather than your appetite. It's also a great way for your date to learn something new and important about you!

Be positive about it, but make sure not to over-discuss the topic. Don't be afraid to take matters into your own hands and suggest YOUR favorite restaurant or bar for the date.

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