I leaned over the kitchen sink and spit out the strawberry sangria. My girlfriend had passed me the sangria, and I, being slightly drunk off whatever cheap liquor we were drinking that night, mindlessly took a sip. In this case, she was wrong, but I got her point—my allergies are numerous and serious enough that such a scenario was not implausible. There are roughly 15 million food-allergy sufferers in the United States alone.
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Neither my parents nor my allergist warned me about how dating could be more difficult for me than for others. No one called ahead to the restaurant to ask if they could accommodate a food allergy. For me, dating in my teen years was always in a pretty controlled setting, and I always kept it pretty casual. By some stroke of luck, I was never exposed to tree nuts when kissing a boy or when eating out at a restaurant. However, heading off to college completely shifted this paradigm.