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Help me write a gluten-free shopping list

After a month of increasing intestinal distress and no diagnosis despite 4 different doctors, I am going to eat gluten-free this week and see if that makes a difference. I wouldn't have thought that was so difficult, since I don't eat a lot of bread anyway, but I picked up my soy sauce to put in my omelet this morning and realized that the second ingredient was wheat! Yikes!

I am an ovo-lacto vegetarian, eat a lot of fresh veggies; I'm interested largely in sauces and seasonings, and maybe prepared soups & things like that which I could get at Whole Paycheck and which are gluten-free.


Mon. May 5, 9:09am

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I have a friend with Celiac's Disease (gluten allergy) and she says that grocery stores (most) have a hotline where you can call and find out if a product is gluten free. I'll check with her on brands because I know that there are certain foods she can eat by one brand but not with another. Also, most chain restaurants will have a gluten free menu, all you have to do is ask the waiter for it. Outback has one, I know for sure.

Monday, May 05, 2008, 9:14 AM

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I think Pacific Coast Organic Tomato and butternut squash soups are gluten free. (They don't have any gluten containing ingredients listed) Knorr Simply broths don't have wheat as an ingredient. With the packaged broth, add some veggies and you have soup. (Fried onions to the beef broth makes great french onion soup)

Brown rice pasta should be easy to find at a health food store. Braggs Liquid Soy is wheat free. I think most Wizard Brand sauces are wheat free (and vegan). Hellman's Mayo is wheat free.

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Monday, May 05, 2008, 10:03 AM

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I have a gluten intollerence and feel SO much better since I started eating gluten free. I tend to eat low carb, but keep up on my fruits and veggies. I do eat rice once in a while. I can tell you the weight is dropping off, my skin looks amazing, I no longer have stomach cramps all the time, my BMs are very normal and not fowl smelling, I don't have brain fog or headaches.

I love the gluten free isle in your grocery store, the pizza dough is good, Walmart clearly marks everything on their products gluten free. Their alfredo sauce is amazing, you can buy the gluten free noodles there, etc.

Also, trader joe's has lots of gluten free foods.

Monday, May 05, 2008, 10:40 AM

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OP here -- thanks for the great suggestions!

I discovered that if you go to the Whole Foods website, and then find your local store, they provide a whole list of gluten-free foods that are carried in that particular store. How cool is that?

Monday, May 05, 2008, 5:58 PM

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try tamari-it's soy sauce that is gluten free.

Monday, May 05, 2008, 9:29 PM

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actually, tamari isn't always gluten free.

Monday, May 05, 2008, 11:30 PM

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I don't personally eat gluten free but have a good friend who must. I have to say it was a terrific and eye-opening experience to learn to shop and cook with her in mind. I am much more mindful of how much gluten I eat over the course of the day and how many foods it's added to - really it's quite disconcerting for those us who thought we didn't eat much of it. A few personal faves are:

- brown rice flour makes the smoothest gravy ever. Yeah I know we're all dieting, but I had a gluten free thanksgiving and I needed some gravy - this rocked. I don't even want to use wheat flour for gravy anymore.

- Quinoa pasta is my absolute fave. Not only does it hold up well in cooking (brown rice pasta is good but clumps really easily and disintegrates at the merest hint of being in water too long), but it's really filling and doesn't cause the 'carb crash' associated with wheat pasta. Whole Foods carries this.

- Amy's organics makes some delish frozen dinners because hey - gluten-free gals need some convenience now and again as well. Love the brown rice bowl.

- my Cuisinart hand blender makes perfectly emulsified dressings. There's nothing I can buy in the store that beats what I can make on my own - no gluten or sugar needed. Just made a wicked batch of tzatziki sauce with it as well (which is good on grilled veggies).

- Canning is pretty easy. You can can your own pasta sauce and not need to worry about how it was processed and what ingredients were thrown in to satisfy someone's idea of texture/color/flavor.

A big shocker for me? Bullion cubes! Seriously?! yep - seriously. Also, that is quite cool about Whole Foods - never knew that.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008, 2:18 AM

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OP here -- well, I went to WP last night, list in hand, but they didn't have everything in stock that was on the list. I'm still hoping to find some rice flour tortillas.

Thanks for all the great ideas!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008, 10:34 AM

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Where I live we also have an Allergy Bakery that specializes in gluten free baking. Definitely worth checking into whether there is something like that in your city. There are lots of "ancient grains" like spelt and kamut that are made into flour and that can be tolerated by gluten allergies.

also, health food and whole food stores will probably have a lot more items for you than a regular supermarket.

If you are having trouble finding what you need, try contacting a local dietician to see where they recommend their celiac patients shop.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008, 11:24 AM

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Actually 11:30, "Tamari" is wheat/gluten free. People often confuse Shoya Tamari with real Tamari, and Shoya Tamari is fermented with wheat. You have to scrutinize labels to make sure you are buying tamari. Shoya tamari will list wheat in the ingredients and usuallyincludes the word tamari somewhere on the label (this is a US thing). True Tamari does NOT contain wheat, and is not fermented with wheat.

Not trying to start an argument. My nephew has been on a gluten-free diet for about a decade so I had to learn the difference between the two quickly. Stay away from Shoya and you're good.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008, 10:21 PM

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