When I was growing up my idea of high school was so influenced by what I saw on TV. After having some not so fun times in middle school, I anticipated high school to be this great change in my life. A time with new freedoms, and opportunities. However, when I most often think back to my young teenage brain, my ‘dreams of high school’ were far from what my reality was.
I anticipated that I would have a boyfriend, be in a serious relationship, and thought about how one day he would ask me to prom….well, that ideal quickly changed, and a boyfriend was no where on my radar because I was more concerned with just getting thru each day.
Fast Forward: After my diagnosis. While I was so thankful I finally had answers to why I was so sick, I also had new anxieties that arose. Now, the thought of being in a relationship seemed too challenging, and even too complex. Because in my mind what guy would accept me now that I am on a gluten-free diet?
Of course, this thought now seems ridiculous as there are so many people who have celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity, but it was seriously my first thought when I got diagnosed. In my mind it seemed like a daunting situation to handle. It’s not like it’s something you can hide… let’s be honest, most dates revolve around food!
Fast Forward Almost Five Years Later: While I have yet to go on my ‘first date’ the thought of having this experience for the first time, is a little less intimidating. Of course, when that time comes I’m sure there will be those awkward moments, but overall the biggest difference, is I’m a lot more comfortable with this aspect of my life. However, now in addition to being tall, humorous, and handsome, my ‘dream date’ would include someone who gets the importance of me being on a restricted diet, who is supportive, and who every once in a while orders something ‘safe’ so we can share and not worry about cross contamination.
A girl can dream right?
As the world is changing, so is dating. This being a conversation that I’m not going to get into. However, one of the dating options that many consider is on-line dating. E-Harmony, Christian Mingle, and Match.com are just a few sites which one can often see commercials for. However, for those of us that have celiac, or gluten-sensitivity there is now a brand new site just for us! GlutenFreeSingles.com.
It’s a site that is just for gluten-free singles. How cool? Although we are not defined by having to follow a gluten-free diet, this site can allow individuals that are gluten-free to have a “normal” dating experience, while not having to worry about the issue of food, since there is a common understanding.
Gluten-Free Singles was founded by two friends (one with celiac disease, the other with a gluten sensitivity) with a passion for fitness, nutrition and an overall healthy lifestyle.
Marcella Romaya, co-founder GlutenFreeSingles.com, stated, “Being diagnosed with celiac disease myself, I know that there can be a host of embarrassing situations that arise when dealing with special dietary needs on a date – especially when you are meeting someone new and going out to restaurants often. GlutenFreeSingles.com is a unique place where you can socialize and find gluten-free dating partners – or friends who share the same health goals. We know that relationships last longer when partners have similar lifestyle needs and common interests, so we built this site to help the entire gluten-free community connect and develop happy fulfilled, long-term connections…and of course, love!”