That is true! When my boyfriend and I started dating, he had noticed right away that the food I was getting wasn’t a normal dinner. So, I tried to keep it simple and said my body can’t process a lot of protein, and then went on to explain phenylalanine. Of course he asked questions. I didn’t mind though, it’s a great conversation starter. Most restaurants have vegetables as side dishes, so I take advantage of those, and most of the time I’ll order fries and split the order with him. In my experience, I have not come across a lot of people who think it’s weird, most people are just curious about it. Plus, my boyfriend was happy about how low the bill was.