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Be sure to check out this video, "Food Allergies and Dating," from Anaphylaxis Canada.

The Dating Game

It’s so important for the people you date to know about food allergies, but what’s the easiest way to tell them? Here is some advice on how to conduct Food Allergy 101.

Make a list .

What aspects of your food allergy does your date need to know about? Identifying these before you talk to your date will keep you from forgetting points you wanted to make.

Practice makes perfect.

If you are nervous about how you might sound (especially if you want to ask your date to brush his or her teeth before you go out!), practice what you will say and how you will say it so that it comes across as casual, but serious (see “Lay down the rules” below).

Presentation is key.

If you are nervous about how you might sound (especially if you want to ask your date to brush his or her teeth before you go out!), practice what you will say and how you will say it so that it comes across as casual, but serious (see “Lay down the rules” below).

Keep it simple.

You don’t need to give your date your entire medical history; however, your date should understand that an allergic reaction could be serious enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room.

Lay down the rules.

Let your date know what limits your food allergies might place on your outing (for example, “I can’t eat in a seafood restaurant”) and what you will need (a simple “I’m allergic to peanuts. Please avoid eating peanuts before our date, and please brush your teeth and wash your hands before you pick me up so that I don’t have a reaction.” will do).

We hope that these tips will help when you find yourself getting ready for a first date with someone. The important thing is to clue your date in early about your food allergies—you don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you are too embarrassed to speak up for yourself!

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