My husban has Celiac's disease. He was first diagnosed 4 years ago. It is a life style. It requires lots & lots of label reading! As others commented, the GF products have come a long way! Our local Walmart has a GF specific product area. Wegman's also has a GF food area and the Wegman brand foods that are GF are clearly marked. One thing that helped me out the most with grocery shopping when he was diagnosed is a book called "Gluten-Free Grocery Shopping Guide", It lists food items and then various brands of that item that are GF. I took it shopping with me weekly for a long time. You can find it at www.ceceliasmarketplace.com . I have researched food items online for their GF status. I have even called the manufacturer's toll-free number at the grocery store to ask them! Be aware of hidden gluten in many items. Many that I never thought of because they were not the obvious bread, pasta items. Salad dressing is one that I never would have thought of. But any foods that would have flour thickener in it would contain gluten. Many restaurants now offer GF menus. You will need to ask for them. Everyone's level of Celiac's will vary. Some people cannot tolerate any gluten at all eeven cross contamination. Be cautious when using peanut butter, butters, etc as to not leave bread crumbs in the container. Some people even need to use their own designated toaster or have their own jars of peanut butter, etc. Look in your area for a local celiac's support group. It was a big help to us when he was first diagnosed. Chex cereal brand has many types that are gluten free. Fresh fruits, vegies, salads are good options. Search the internet for ingredients, recipes, suggestions and label read, label read & label read! Good luck!View Thread
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