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Posted 29 August 2011 - 12:46 AM

Dear all,

I will be visiting the US soon (Ohio, West Virginia and Texas) and this will be my first visit since going gluten-free.

I'd be grateful for any advice on easily available/mainstream foods which are reliably gluten-free. I cook from scratch as often as possible and I'll take some kitchenware with me but I can't rely on being able to cook much.

I also can't tolerate corn/soy and I follow a FODMAPs diet, so I can't eat too many foods based on fruit or beans.

Could you please recommend...?
- brands (inc supermarket brands) which reliably label their food as gluten-free
- stores which sell a good range of gluten-free foods
- any suggestions for food I can grab and eat (snacks, candy, microwave dinners - not my favourites, but in case of a hunger emergency!)

Grateful for any suggestions!

(Looking forward to those gluten-free Rice Krispies I've heard about...)
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Posted 29 August 2011 - 09:52 AM

I don't know if they are in the places you are going but if a Wegmans is near they label all their gluten free store brand items with a Circle G and I have never had an issue with any of their stuff.
Thai Kitchen noodles are a staple at my house. You can find them in the Oriental foods section in a lot of places. Kraft and Unilever products are well labeled. Finding gluten free stuff is getting much easier as time goes on.
I hope you have a great trip.
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Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis
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Some residual nerve damage remains as of 2006- this has continued to resolve after eliminating soy in 2007

Mother died of celiac related cancer at 56
Twin brother died as a result of autoimmune liver destruction at age 15

Children 2 with Ulcers, GERD, Depression, , 1 with DH, 1 with severe growth stunting (male adult 5 feet)both finally diagnosed Celiac through blood testing and 1 with endo 6 months after Mom

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HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0303

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 11:32 AM

You need to find a Whole Foods Market (grocery chain), or Trader Joe's (grocery chain). You'll find Whole Foods in TX - they are based in Austin.

Eat at more upscale restaurants - they tend to cook with whole food, so they can alter the meals.

Also, therese be celiac support groups in the areas you're visiting, google it. Locals can help alot.
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Posted 29 August 2011 - 11:43 AM

What part of Ohio? I am in the Greater CLeveland area and can give you a few places to shop at if you are going to be anywhere near here.
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