I have to admit that I am probably one of those "special dieters" that irks those with celiac disease and food allergies. Basically as a result of a number of stomach issues my doctor put me on a dairy-free and gluten-free diet while issues were sorted, tests were run.
I have no specific diagnosis and the diet is largely "use this as long as it helps/until things are back to normal". The diet has truly helped - especially the dairy-free aspect - but I have never followed either aspect of the diet to true allergy level attentiveness. At home I'm probably like 99% there - but in a restaurant I don't ask about gluten free soy sauce or always ask for nothing to be cooked in butter. I am now also in a place where I can usually handle a "cheat meal" once a week.
Basically instead of having an diagnosis that comes with necessary care steps - I have just become an incredibly picky/fussy eater (that does impact my physical health - but not in a life/death way). And as someone who never was before, this now kind of embarrasses me and makes me uncomfortable when meeting new people. I hate having to over discuss these things, but I am also coming to terms that I can't just be a "go with the flow" girl. Cause while I can handle a cheat meal occasionally - even that has limits. And in a situation like being invited over to dinner, having a meal with new colleagues, going on a first date.....I know I need to disclose some of this, but I'm not sure how to without getting overly medical or presenting myself as having true allergies (which I don't).
Sorry for the long winded explanation - but any advice on this would be fantastic.