I know exactly what exactly what you mean. Social events are definitely hard, and dating is nearly impossible without a disclaimer. My last serious girlfriend was one of my main motivators to go gluten free, she was very encouraging but still didn't take the time to know all the little details. ( I remember her once trying to use hand sanitizer after eating some bread) One thing I would suggest is find yourself a vegan! They understand all the concepts of celiac disease and many resturaunts that offer vegan food also offer gluten free (at least in my area). Glad to hear you are in an area where more options are available. I moved to Cleveland from an extremely small town in Arkansas and had to drive 45 minutes for anything gluten free so I can definitely relate. Here, I even have different stores to pick from and a few resturaunts that I feel comfortable going to.
Going back to social events, would you say your friends understand your disease and how it affects your ability to enjoy yourself in social situations? Sometimes I think mine get it, and other times it's like explaining the disease all over again.
Looks like between the two of us we are going to have the next great american novel... I wish we were getting paid by the word haha
I actually just moved back to Oklahoma like 2 weeks ago....sadly. I really don't like to socialize because it's so hard, but if I do I usually eat before attending. Usually before dating someone I tell them flat out and upfront about it, and if they even flinch I wont even consider dating them. When I first found out that I had it I was engaged, and once he found out he decided it "was too much trouble and not worth his time". Where I live there are absolutely no restaurants that are gluten free, not many stores carry the foods here, and theres no vegetarian places around here. I don't even think I've ever met a vegan in my entire life.
I would say that absolutely no one understands and everytime I go to a social event I feel completely out of place. I don't ever really enjoy myself. The nicest thing someone has done for me was at a birthday party, they knew I couldn't eat the cake so they bought me a bowl of fruit to eat instead. I usually eat before I leave the house to ensure I dont get cross contaminated or worse.
Lol maybe the novel will hit the bestsellers list and make millions. Then I would buy my own gluten free company and there would never be any problems again.