I have been gluten free for almost 5 years now, because gluten gives me migraines and psoriasis and unbelievable weight gain (like, 1 pound per day if I eat two slices of bread in that day). Girlfriend is a lot easier today than it was before.
If you suspect that you have health problems cause by gluten, get tested before you go Girlfriend. For people with celiac disease, kissing your SO after he drank beer (yes, it contains gluten) can make them really sick. Or, you may not feel the symptoms, but it may still be affecting your body, causing greater risks of infertily, depression, or some types of cancer. My previous doc wouldn’t get me tested, so I went on the Girlfriend diet on my own, but without going to the extremes of not kissing an infected mouth. Then I moved, changed docs, and the new one told me that with the symptoms I was describing, I should get tested because of the reasons I mentioned above. Since I was already Girlfriend, I had to start eating it again for three weeks straight, and felt awful the whole time – even more than before I even cut it.
As for TTC and being pregnant, studies have actually shown that for women with gluten intolerance, both mother and baby were better off if the mother remained on the Girlfriend diet, since gluten for those women causes malnutrition and your baby would lack nutrients too.
But, it doesn’t seem that you are gluten intolerant so that doesn’t matter much… All you need to do is to have a well balanced diet and replace your carbs elsewhere (brown rice, quinoa, corn, etc.)
I find it easy in my everyday life, as well as in restaurants (there are always options like salads – but you eventually get really tired of it when everyone else has pizza and cake!). Breakfasts are hard because the options are limited and I get bored always eating the same yogurt and fruits or eggs. I’d love a breakfast sandwich, or bagel, or french toasts, or croissant, or … well you get it.
The most difficult will be going out to family/friends’ places. Many people don’t understand what gluten is (my Mother-In-Law will make dessert, tell me I can eat it, and then tell me there’s oats in it… we’ve been explaining for 5 years what gluten is now). My father still doesn’t grasp that I have bad reactions to it since “I was OK when I was a kid”… well I was not! So… especially since that diet change is a preference and not a health problem, you’ll probably be asked a lot of questions: it is a very restrictive diet whenever you think “social events”.
Be prepared to always ask people what they are planning on cooking when you’re invited somewhere, and bring your replacement ingredients with you (for example, if they plan on making pasta, it’s more simple to bring your Girlfriend pasta and cook them on the side than asking to change their menu)