It is possible, and we'll help you get there.
Bread is like everything — everything that's deliciously wonderful in life. It pairs perfectly with wine and cheese. It's heavenly smothered with Nutella*. Fresh out of the oven and lathered in butter? We're drooling.
But what if your partner is ALLERGIC to bread? We're not talking about being hip and following the latest "gluten-free" diet craze. We're talking your man gets violently ill when he eats bread (or anything containing gluten).
Gluten intolerance — and Celiac Disease — is becoming more prevalent in the U.S. Some say this is due to contamination in the American food supply. It’s cross-contamination nation in American food processing factories.
At 6'2, my boyfriend is a big guy. His kryptonite is gluten. It's ill-rendering. Yet so delicious. He is constantly faced with a dilemma: try something 'gluten-y' and suffer the consequences or avoid it and feel great. Most of the time, he avoids it. I try to be as supportive as I can (despite my love for all things bread).
Here are 6 Tips for how to be a supportive girlfriend to a gluten-intolerant boyfriend:
1. Don't tempt him.
2. Read and know your food labels.
This is tricky but oh-so-important. Food companies love to just sneak in a little gluten here and there.
3. Also, watch out when you're dining out!
Restaurants bread things without noting it on the menu. For instance, Shake Shack in NYC now breads their French fries, thereby rendering them NOT gluten-free. The menu calls them "fresh cut", which sounds like they're fresh cut and immediately dropped in the fryer. Not so.
Once you know the ingredients, spotting gluten will become second nature. It can be a little overwhelming at first, but Celiac.org has great resources.
4. Find the closest gluten-free bakery, and go there. Often.
6. Love him even more!
Not only is your honey no longer suffering from debilitating stomach pain, but your waistline is slimmer from eating less bread! Yipee!
*Nutella is gluten-free!