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The one topic Bantock, who was then 18, stayed away from that evening was her food allergies.“When I meet somebody, it’s not the first thing I bring up.
“There will be a natural opening in a conversation to bring up your needs in a chill way,” says Miller, who is severely allergic to tree nuts and salmon, and also has allergies to several fruits and vegetables.She stopped him and explained the potential danger of cross-contact, since the local grocery store has open bins of nuts, which people sample from and then touch the fruits and vegetables.Miller saw it as a chance to teach her partner more about allergies and how to keep her safe.Since women’s makeup and creams often contain these ingredients too, Koop prefers that women he dates avoid such products, in case of a contact reaction.“You have to tell them what’s up before you even go on a date,” says Koop, who lives in Pryor Creek, Oklahoma.“Especially in the beginning of a relationship, when you’re getting to know someone, and there are so many different elements.
You don’t want to just be defined by your allergies – but it can feel like that sometimes.” That feeling is one that Randall Koop, 53, has struggled with since being diagnosed with a severe alpha-gal (or red meat) allergy that is acquired through a tick’s bite.
He met his current girlfriend through friends and during their first date, he asked her to share a personal “fun fact,” knowing that she would then ask him the same question – and he had his food allergy answer ready.
“I like to bring it up as a conversation piece early on rather than just mentioning it, because then you can educate without overwhelming the person,” he says.
Bantock’s experience speaks to the common fear that food allergies or celiac disease will be a dating deal-breaker.
“Dating is hard for everyone, and when you have food allergies it adds another layer,” says social worker and food allergy counselor Samara Carroll.
After splitting from his wife of 25 years, Koop ventured back into the dating world last year with a new diagnosis and a completely altered lifestyle.