Dating tips for sensitive guts
by Colm O'Sullivan, on 23/04/21 15:36
Valentine’s Day is supposed to be the most romantic day of the year. Roses and chocolates are exchanged and couples go out for rich, lavish meals…but for some this is not a treat. People with a sensitive gut can dread being asked out on a dinner date and it can cause more stress and worry than just your regular pre-date jitters. If you are someone with digestive issues, you may have experienced some of the following on a date:
- Getting dressed up but ending up wishing you’d worn sweatpants because of your bloating,
- Excusing yourself to nip quickly to the loo and not coming back for over half an hour, or
- Cancelling a date because your stomach is so uncomfortable and painful.
If any of this sounds familiar, take a look at our dating tips for sensitive guts and reclaim your love life.
1. The date doesn’t have to be in a restaurant
For many people with digestive issues, going out to a restaurant can be a nightmare. Take some control back and create a fun date that doesn’t involve food. Plan to eat before you go out and then do something you’re comfortable with like going for a walk, to the cinema, the beach, or a gig.
2. Choose your outfit wisely
Bloating shouldn’t stop you looking good but if you want to feel comfortable it may be best not to wear anything too tight fitting, which can exacerbate the feeling of abdominal discomfort. The internet is full of bloat-friendly style inspiration, so get creative and find an outfit that helps you feel more comfortable as well as look great.
3. Be honest
It can be difficult to talk about your digestive health on a date but trying to keep it a secret can cause more stress, which often leads to a flare up of symptoms. Honesty is often the best policy. Even if you don’t feel like you want to put it all out there on the first date, consider broaching the subject once you start to feel more comfortable. If your date isn’t supportive, it may be better to find that out sooner rather than later.
4. Be prepared
If you are going to a restaurant, pick somewhere you know has food you are able to eat. If you don’t know the restaurant, look up their menu online or call ahead and ask if they can cater to your dietary requirements.
5. Time the date
If you always get a flare up in the evening, plan the date for the afternoon. Try to keep your regular routine by planning the date around it. Your sensitive gut won’t have a chance to disrupt the date if you keep it short. Plan an activity that lasts an hour if that’s what you are comfortable with.
6. Involve your date in the planning
Planning your date around your gut might not feel very romantic but asking for help can have unexpectedly positive results. It might push you both to come up with different, exciting activities that you wouldn’t normally do.
7. Prime your gut
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