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I eat twice a week at the Whole Foods cafeteria/buffet. Is this just too risky for Celiacs? I don't seem to be extremely sensitive since its been 4 years since my dx, but still, I don't want to be getting too much gluten exposure.  I try to find the safest items such as rotisserie chicken, rice, and steamed veggies and or salads.

 

anyone eat there, or is it just not safe due to cc?

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HiQuincy,

 

I don't eat there myself.  But I imagine it is worth trying.  You can call them and ask about their gluten-free status and CC.  Whole Foods has a good gluten-free bakery so they are aware of gluten-free eating issues at the corporate level at least.  Checking with your local store is the thing to do  IMHO.

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I would  certainly check out  the  rot.chicken  as  not  all rot. chik.  is gluten-free....te  only  thing  I'/we  have  eaten there  is  the  chicken  salad  in a bowl.. We  buy a  bad  of   food  for life  gluten-free  chips  to  dip ...  I  do know  at our  WF  it is gluten-free....

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The rotisserie chickens at the Whole Foods I go to are perfectly safe to eat but I always get the plain, unsalted ones.  I am extremely sensitive and have never gotten sick or even remotely so from their chicken.  I also eat from their salad bar but only if I get there early enough that others haven't messed the whole thing up and cc'd everything.  The hot foods buffet I generally stay away from because there are too many gluten containing foods surrounding the rest of the food that I maybe could eat.  What I like about WF is that they list all ingredients on everything they sell so it makes it a lot easier than many grocery stores.

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It may be helpful to talk with the kitchen staff, like GFinDC said.  If they put out gluten-free food next to gluten food on the hot line, they maybe could get you some from the back, or you can call in your order ahead of time and have them get it from the main container before they put it out on the line.  You can also ask them to change their policy to where gluten-free foods are together on the line away from gluten foods.  I would think your chances of success would be better there than some other places.  Also, form a friendly talking relationship with one of the head staff, and go talk to them periodically to make sure nothing has changed.

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It may be helpful to talk with the kitchen staff, like GFinDC said.  If they put out gluten-free food next to gluten food on the hot line, they maybe could get you some from the back, or you can call in your order ahead of time and have them get it from the main container before they put it out on the line.  You can also ask them to change their policy to where gluten-free foods are together on the line away from gluten foods.  I would think your chances of success would be better there than some other places.  Also, form a friendly talking relationship with one of the head staff, and go talk to them periodically to make sure nothing has changed.

yes, thanks for the tips. I usually read all the ingredients cards and stick with plain chicken, steamed rice/veggies and salads, nothing too fancy and I try to avoid anything that is close to gluten items. 

 

I will be doing bloodwoork soon, its been awhile, so I will see where my antibodies are, hopefully close or at zero readings....

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