Erin Smith has been writing her gluten-free lifestyle blog Gluten-Free Fun since 2007.In 2011, she launched Gluten-Free Globetrotter, a website that encourages those with celiac disease to travel the world and not be scared about eating gluten-free domestically and abroad.Erin Smith Santa Cruz, CA - California, United States Erin Smith was diagnosed with celiac disease in the early 1980s, so she’s been eating gluten-free almost her entire life.Erin has a unique perspective of growing up in the gluten-free community and blogs about living — and enjoying — a gluten-free lifestyle.A boy asked her to go to a restaurant with him, but she had trouble finding a place where she felt safe eating gluten free.“He got frustrated, said he just couldn’t do it and canceled on me,” Rowand recalls. I just didn’t want to get sick, and he called it off.” She says it “was a heck of an introduction to gluten-free dating” and it gave her a shock.
Navigating life as a celiac is complicated, especially in the United States where the FDA is three years late issuing even minimal guidelines to manufacturers on safe limits for “gluten-free” products.
With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) shares these 5 tips for navigating the dating scene while staying gluten-free. Suggest a few restaurants that you trust will serve safe gluten-free food.
Do some research to find a few different options so your date can have a choice, too.
Celiac is an autoimmune condition triggered by even the most minute amount of gluten.
Gluten is a protein found in barley, rye, (most) oats, and wheat.