Gluten allergy, meet diabetes.

I am diabetic, she has a gluten allergy, a perfect match.  I have started dating someone with a gluten allergy, mix that in with my diet and dinner conversations turn into “well what CAN you eat?”  I invited her over for dinner on Friday night and knew chicken was safe but did not know what to serve as a side.  So I held off on that decision until she arrived.

I will admit, I am rather ignorant to the world of gluten allergies, but I am trying to learn.  I know she has done the same with diabetes.  I do not want her getting sick because I made something she cannot eat.  I would prefer she not get sick at all, that will kill my amateur chef ego.   I know she is safe with most meats and I am learning what to look for on labels.

I swear I never looked at labels so much in life before getting serious about my disease.  In fact I love any ingredient that either sounds like it is out of sci-fi or is something made up.  We seem to have fun with our individual restrictions.  The conversations often involve laughter and fake plotting about what we can sneak into the other’s dish if we get mad at each other.

All in all it is not that big of a deal.  I have as many questions as she does, we are both willing to learn about each other which is healthy and a good lesson in communication.  There is the promise of salmon this week, I am already won over.

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Tags: diabetes, diabetic, type 1, type 2

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