When I saw a news article about the site's opening earlier this week, I chuckled and shrugged it off. Anytime I need a new funny story to tell, I always describe the dating site for farmers I learned about, so you could say I'm not the target audience for dating sites. The more I thought about it, though, the more interested I became.
A couple of keyboard clicks later and my attitude started to shift. According to their front page, Glutenfreesingles is a "dating, networking, and informative website where you never have to feel alone, awkward or a burden because you are gluten free." Even better, two women, one with celiac disease and another gluten intolerance, formed the site.
|Love and good food? Heaven!|
Not to mention that sometimes dating while gluten-free does, um, suck. I had the lucky fortune of experiencing my first date a few weeks after diagnosis and it was definitely an experience. I thought ordering popcorn to share at the movie theater would be romantic. The whole accidental-purposeful-touching-hand scenario. It was lucky I didn't see him until a week later because I doubt he'd have found my post-glutened routine of dying on the couch, reviving, and dying again very attractive. My addiction to my phone to look up the gluten-free ice creams at Basket Robins probably broke some dating rules too.
Does this mean my profile will be floating around in Cupid cyberspace? Unless it's for a dare, probably not.
|Love doesn't have to be Gluten Free|
I consider celiac disease and my gluten free diet as a large part of my identity. When it controls such a large portion of my life, how can I not? I like to think of myself as a much more complex being than my food, though, and I hope whoever I fall in love with is too.
After all, what's a clearer sign of true love than choking down a slice of gluten free bread for the first time?
What do you guys think? Would you ever use a gluten free only dating site? Do you consider diet when dating? Comment below!