Dear Gluten Dude,
First off, and I know you get this a lot, I like your blog. I don’t know what else to say……it helps me a bunch though.
Anyway, I am a college student now and I’ve had celiac for the past few years. I know you had a post about dating a while back and now you are doing the celiac love story thing. We all know dating is so hard with celiac. However, it seems most of the stories are from ladies with celiac who found a guy who is great and does everything. I have yet to find a story online about a guy openly dating with celiac…..a lot of the guys with celiac seem to have been married before.
Now, I really hope this doesn’t sound sexist at all, but I just feel from a guy’s perspective, it’s different. It’s not a fun feeling to be on a date with a girl and looking for a place you can actually eat at with her on the spot.
I was wondering how you would address the issue of a guy with celiac dating. It’s just a tough issue for me, especially when I am a college student and get to meet some amazing girls. Thanks a bunch!
Oh boy…the dating scene. I was god-awful at it.
I’d like to think that it wouldn’t matter where you went; if the girl likes you, she’ll be happy to go anywhere with you.
But I know that’s not reality…especially when it’s one of the first dates where you want everything to be just so.
You want to come across as cool and confident, but I know that can be a battle when you have to worry about every morsel of food that goes into your body.
I know that if I was single again, I would struggle with it a bit; but not nearly as much as I would have when I was in college. Yes…age does have some benefits. Not giving a crap about what others think quite as much is one of those benefits.
You’ll need to do some planning ahead of time. You will need your safe go-to places and go-to menu items so you can keep the focus on the two of you and not so much on the food.
And when she asks why you’re not having any of the pizza, just confidently say “I have celiac disease. That sh*t would kill me.”
But I will open this up to the females out there.
Is there a certain approach he should take in dealing with his celiac disease when he is out on a date?