Dating with Food Allergies 101, What You Need to Know
You’re not alone. There are millions of people out there like you and millions of people struggling to find balance between dating and keeping allergic reactions at bay. Unfortunately, for many of us with food allergies, even just a kiss can send us into a whirlwind of reactions. It’s no secret that dating with food allergies can be a never ending challenge. Here are some tips to help you get by.
1. Researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies. This is probably the single most important fact you should always remember about dating with a food allergy when you’re single. Don’t get discouraged! You are NOT alone and you CAN find someone that understands your dietary requirements and your much needed environment free of certain foods. Maybe they will even have the same food allergies as you!
2. The number of people with a food allergy is growing according to the CDC. While they aren’t quite sure why, our numbers are growing rapidly. This in a way is sad news, however, we are becoming more mainstream and our needs are more catered to than ever at restaurants. This makes going out on dates even easier when we have gluten-free menus or warning symbols for peanut, shellfish, soy allergies and others. A safer date is always the best way to go!
3. Every 3 minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room. This tells us that we STILL have a long way to go in helping people like us. Far too many are effected each day and our lives are still very hindered by what we don’t realize we are coming into contact with. So, when you’re suiting up for that first date with someone who doesn’t understand your food allergy lifestyle, make sure you are always prepared for what could happen. Let them know you have food allergies from the get-go. It may save you a lot of pain and suffering.
4. 8 foods account for the majority of all reactions: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. Unfortunately, even just trace amounts can cause a sever allergic reaction. So whether you are the one with the food allergy or your date is, please please always take extra precautions. If you aren’t the one with the food allergies, you may not be completely aware of how dangerous it could be for your date. Do your research and work with your partner to make sure they are always safe.