“On the big traditional sites, I maybe got one date in a year who understood my gluten-free lifestyle,” says Ms Romaya, 48.
“You run into so many issues – choosing the restaurant, ordering the right meal….
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That would have been a worry rather than a hobby if we weren’t on the same diet.For Ms Strobel, a hairdresser, using a specialist site was a huge success.Within two years, she had moved from Connecticut to Montana to live with Mr Graff, 46, a land surveyor.It was on Gluten Free that she met Dale Graff, one of 25,000 members on the site who not only look for love but also share information on health and wellness, recipes and resources for the gluten-free lifestyle.While Ashley Madison, the niche dating site catering to the seven-year-itch, may have attracted all the recent headlines, there’s a growing number of more respectable matchmakers, focused on meeting very specific needs from dietary requirements to a weakness for a British accent.While awareness of the gluten-free lifestyle is growing, many people are finding that their level of adherence to a gluten-free diet is heavily influenced by social interactions.Researchers have found that people suffer higher rates of anxiety and fear related to following a gluten-free diet, and that it is hard for those who are gluten-free to strictly adhere to their diet in social situations.“Being diagnosed with gluten intolerance myself, I know there can be various social limitations when someone is dealing with special dietary restrictions on a date, especially when you are meeting someone new and going out to restaurants often,” said , Founder.“Now, My Gluten Free is the perfect place where people can socialize and find dating partners or friends who understand, share and support the same health views.” My Gluten Free is driven by a desire to make life easier for gluten-free singles.“For a niche site to be successful, it must be about quality over quantity.It’s not about competing with the big guys and should go beyond a matching algorithm.