Going Gluten-Free Means Changing Your Diet ... & Who You Date

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breadIt's been about a decade since my college roommate, my future brother-in-law, and my now-husband's grandmother were diagnosed with Celiac disease. Docs were just getting a grasp on gluten intolerance and gluten-free foods were just taking off. For the most part, people who had to go gluten-free were miserable about it, and who could blame 'em being that they were pretty much living on rice cakes and veggies?!

Now, it's a whole new world out there. So much so that a new dating site called GlutenfreeSingles.com launched last month and already has 3,000 members in search of a soul mate with a compatible diet ... and lifestyle. The site has been the butt of plenty of jokes, but I feel like the people making fun of it kinda have no clue what they're talking about.

I definitely see a need for a site like this! After all, people who are committed to a particular diet -- be it gluten-free, vegan, Kosher, organic, etc. -- need to be with someone who can be immensely supportive, if not 100 percent on the same page.

If my husband hadn't taken to the organic/whole foods, anti-fast/processed food lifestyle I adopted after having my mind blown and eyes opened by Food, Inc. and Jillian Michaels' Master Your Metabolism, we'd be in trouble. If he insisted on eating drive-through hamburgers and drinking soda, we'd have a serious problem -- especially once we have children. Thankfully, we very much see eye-to-eye on what's okay. If I insist on organic only chicken because I won't tolerate the antibiotics, hormones, and heavy metals in conventional meat, he's okay with us spending on that, even if it is $2-$3 more a pound.

And in our case, I'm not even talking about a serious allergy! People who are intolerant to gluten are dealing with a whole different kind of beast. With Celiac, you could land yourself in the hospital if you -- or your partner -- isn't careful about what you're eating. My sister-in-law doesn't have Celiac herself, but she's made sure to keep the home she shares with my brother-in-law and nieces gluten-free, because his well-being depends on it. That's no joke! And neither is a site catering to people whose diet is so serious that it's a lifestyle.

What are your thoughts on diet-specific dating sites -- silly or makes total sense?

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Histo... HistoryMamaX3

It does make sense... if my husband didn't support me 100%- a complete diet change would be impossibly difficult. I couldn't imagine trying to live a completely separate lifestyle from that of my family. As it is, it is difficult!

Marcela Blunck Bowidowicz

I don't know though, I think you can be supportive of your partner and still have a different diet. My husband went Paleo for a year, but I didn't. I still supported his choices and never tried to get him to eat what I was eating. This extended to when we went out for dinner or did family meals. To me it would be silly if he decided that we couldn't be together because I wasn't paleo. 

Lenor... Lenore411

I think it depends.  If it's a lifestyle choice that can always change, then what?  If it's for health reasons then it's great to be able to share.  When I was pregnant I not only had hyperemesis, but also became severly allergic to gluten and it was a pretty lonely, difficult time (no pizza, no chinese food, no cookies!)  I found comfort on gluten free boards so could understand wanting to find a partner with similar needs. 

nonmember avatar blh

I think you can be supportive but still eat what you want. I know I'd never stop eating what I like BC someone else couldn't especially if it was their choice and not a choice. I wouldn't wanna limit myself on who I could date either

nonmember avatar Jenn

I'm not certain it is completely necessary to have a 100% compatible diet. My roommate is a vegetarian and I am not. We coexist quite happily, and often share meals.

ashjo85 ashjo85

I was already married with kids when I was diagnosed Celiac, so no choice there! I didn't enforce it on my family, so I have my own butter tray, my own peanut butter jar, and dinners are always prepared gluten free. Lunches aren't, I just eat separate on the weekends, and we use gluten free flour for cooking and baking. You do what you gotta do.

nekoy... nekoyukidoll

I think your partner should be supportive if you change your diet and if eating that said diet is one way then they should do it. I know a couple where he is gluten free and she also eats it. By contrast, there should be no pressure on either side to eat or not eat something, especially if it's a matter of health

Modern Casanova

Nice, another "new" and "revolutionary" sites (sarcasm included of course). A lot of new sites promising a lot of dates or hookups and at the end they are all same and "don't work". I am for some time on http://how2getlaid.us/ which is "old school" type for landing fast one night stands, and quite satisfied, but spent some more on new 'stars' like this with gluten and similar, so again I am bit tired of all those "new" dating sites...

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