For the Fitness Singles
Dinner and drinks are a thing of the past. For those who think bonding over a run or in tree pose is more appealing, Fitness Singles may be more your speed. Free to sign up, the site claims it has over a hundred searchable categories, from bodybuilding to rock climbing. Talk about a date with a nice (rear) view!
For Gluten-Free Dating
If you're more concerned about whether your dinner contains wheat than whether the conversation is crashing, you might have more peace of mind starting here. Developed by two friends sharing gluten sensitivities (one with celiac disease, the other with gluten intolerance) and free to sign up, Gluten Free Singles is an online dating and networking site where you'll never feel awkward trying to navigate around the menu. Bonus: Even if you don't find love, you may find someone with whom to trade recipes.
For Long-Distance Runners
Early morning milers who have a tough time finding a running partner (or a partner, period) may find a match at Running Singles, billed the site for runners and triathletes. Free to sign up, the site aims to link people willing to go the distance — literally, and perhaps figuratively, too!
For Vegetarian Dating
You have lacto vegetarians, ovo vegetarians, pescatarians, semi-vegetarian, and then you distill even further into yoga vegetarians, Jewish vegetarians, and raw vegans. Score one for variety: Veggie Date has some of the most niche subcategories for vegetarian dating of any of the plant-based sites we've seen. Filter through the options to pick your produce particulars and find someone who feels the same — might just be love at first crunch.
For Foodie Lovers
Bona fide foodies, this site was made with you (or your stomach) in mind. Same Plate is a place where singles can find others simply based on shared palates. Skip the pick-up lines and hours judging grainy selfies and instead start a conversation about something you know — food! Paleo lovers, wine-and-cheese aficionados — this is the place to start.
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If you not only avoid meat, but also milk and eggs, finding someone who shares your stance can seem beyond daunting. A 2012 Gallup Poll showed that only 2 percent of Americans consider themselves vegan. Luckily, Vegan Dating Service caters specifically to the cruelty-free crowd where singles are looking to share meals — and possibly your heart.
For Food Allergies
If shellfish is as much a dating don't as guys who wear turtlenecks, click on over to Singles With Food Allergies, which is as straightforward as it sounds. Rather than having to ask waiters twice if the Pad Thai really has no nuts in it, finding someone who shares your dining concerns may save you from a lot of hassle (and hell, maybe an embarrassing inhaler incident).
House keys, cell phone, wallet and...insulin pen? If you have concerns about going out with a non-diabetic, Diabetic Date may help you find someone who understands the situation you're in. There's a modest monthly fee to use the site, but perhaps that's the trade-off for finding a guy who doesn't mind splitting a sugar-free dessert at the end of the night?
Originally published on FitnessMagazine.com, January 2014.