IBS and Dating 2017 Edition
Dating already seems complicated in 2017, am I right? But IBS and dating, what is this insanity!?
Throw IBS into the mix and it becomes interesting to say the least (bowel habits and first impressions…whoa).
Do I just spill out on my Tinder profile my digestive illness and that I might poop a lot…LOL!!!
That sounds a bit like social suicide.
Introducing IBS To Your Relationship
First off, are you just dating or is this something serious?
Don’t feel like you need to spill the beans on the first date!
Think about it, most people don’t leak all of the details of their life troubles on date number one.
If you’re afraid of IBS symptoms getting in the way of those first few dates, I have several recommendations.
Date Options For IBS Folks!
Worried about trigger foods and embarrassment? Ditch the classic dinner and a movie and go on a date that’s food-free.
I’d also work in a low FODMAP diet for yourself in general, this will cut down on symptoms overall and can certainly improve your IBS and dating situation.
The diet will also be helpful if you’re into the dating scene. Less symptoms means more successful dates!
Who said you have to eat on a date? Take a walk in the park and get to know each other!
Other first-date options that are IBS-friendly:
- Art Projects (can be done at home or you can take a class and even visit a business that allows you to make art creations!)
- Food Option: picnic (choose IBS-friendly foods)
- Catch a show! (local plays and theater productions)
- Watch the sunrise/sunset together.
- Visit a tea room (herbal teas are amazing for IBS, or host your own tea date!)
- Take things old-school at the arcade!
Low FODMAP Cookbook For Your Dating Lifestyle
I have a couple reasons for mentioning this awesome low FODMAP diet book.
The low FODMAP diet for IBS is life-changing, in a very very good way.
If you’re dealing with some major, nasty IBS symptoms, seriously, give this diet a try.
You’ll still have tons of food options on this diet, and this cook book right here, it’s full of deliciousness!
This cookbook stands out to me from the any other low FODMAP book because it’s helpful, informative and the recipes are actually amazing.
Having the Dreaded Conversation…
If you’ve gotten to the point where you want your partner to know that you have IBS and how if affects you, they should be understanding.
If I ever had a conversation like this go south because of the other person feeling weird, we were not meant to be.
A truly serious partner that cares about you will not have an issue with your illness and would gladly be there for you in the good and the bad.
Why do you think they say ‘in sickness and in health’ at wedding ceremonies?? Because we cannot predict life’s plans and IBS or any other illness should not turn someone special away.
My Dating and IBS Journey
I’ve been out with plenty of dates over the years, most of them unknowing of my diagnosis.
Every serious partner I had knew all about me and IBS and how it affected my day-to-day life.
NOT ONE of those partners walked away when I told them I had IBS and explained what it was.
So please, if that ever happens to you, don’t chase them or feel sorry.
Shallow folks don’t belong in your life and they can’t handle this lifestyle…and that’s okay.
I’ve always believed that what is meant to be will happen.
My boyfriend of three years knew from early on that I had IBS and it takes a toll on my life daily, whether in big or small ways.
IBS and dating doesn’t have to be rocket science.
I believe dating with IBS is a blessing in disguise.
Your dating and relationships will be tested in more ways than usual, which is great in an age where divorce prevails.
Top Quick IBS Relievers For Tonight’s Date!
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Out of my nine years of having IBS, I’ve used these products for the last eight!!
These are great options to help you through your IBS and dating lifestyle!
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The teas and capsules are great for multiple IBS symptoms, especially bloating and cramping!
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