|Diane displays some of her gluten-free staples that she purchases.|
When I first found out about my trio of allergies – gluten, dairy and soy, I headed straight for the health food store and received a lot of welcome help. The smaller size of the store and the fact that 30% of it is directed to foods without dairy, soy or gluten makes it easy. In many supermarkets, gluten-free food is “segregated,” while in the health food store, shopping for gluten, dairy and soy free food is the norm. Emotionally, it is a more supportive place to shop where half the people are purchasing the same foods as you are regardless of their food allergies. When you shop at the supermarket, the food is labeled, as health foods, it is limited and the employees are not as knowledgeable or helpful. But it is less expensive and certainly the supermarket chains are becoming more aware of the available products. I recommend to start shopping at the health food store for help and variety and then once you have established some products you like and have experimented a bit, head over to the supermarket or join a co-op to purchase your items at a reduced price. It takes some time to find the substitutes for your gluten filled life style, that you once enjoyed, but they are out there.
Good luck with your shopping. Products are out there and console yourself by knowing that you are eating healthier than a diet filled with wheat and gluten. Next time, I will cover shopping with a dairy allergy.
1) Four Seasons on Phila Street in Saratoga has good quality, good selection and good help.
2) Price Chopper on route 50 is increasing their stock and has pastas, crackers, cereals, flour, and cookies. Employees don't really know the products but the manager is willing to listen.
3) Hannaford I understand has a very good selection but is less convenient for me.
4) Odd job lot has good prices on a variety of flours, mixes and pastas.