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tea_and_crumpets

Member Since 08 Oct 2010
Offline Last Active Jul 26 2011 07:40 PM
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#685624 Is There An App For That?

Posted by tea_and_crumpets on 21 March 2011 - 08:40 PM

I was in Safeway today grocery shopping and noticed they have color coded a lot of items that are gluten free!!! I was so excited, because I was actually able to buy items that I didn't realize were gluten free!! But it made me wonder...... since there APPS out there for the smart phones for almost everything..... Does anyone know if there is an APP out there to assist with selecting gluten free foods?


I've seen a couple, but I have had much better luck just using my iphone to google 'product name' gluten free when I'm in the store. And I don't have to pay anything extra to do it! What I pay is already more than enough.
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#658634 Need Advice

Posted by tea_and_crumpets on 06 December 2010 - 06:10 AM

I am a bit worried about this for Christmas with my in laws, too. Tell her that you will only eat your own cooking. Frame it that you're making things easier on her -- now she doesn't have to worry if something is gluten free or not! That might be a relief to her.

I understand what it's like to want to try and keep the peace, but this is your health. Are the risk of hurt feelings worth spending days in the bathroom or in bed, and putting yourself at further risk of things like cancer? Frankly, your mother in law should feel bad for making you sick and not being careful and she shouldn't put that back on you. Setting boundaries, especially about something as emotionally fraught as food, is hard, especially when you haven't had to do it before, but your priority is your own health. It's like how on airplanes, you're supposed to put your own mask on first and then you can help someone else.
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#658397 Talking To Companies Does Make A Difference

Posted by tea_and_crumpets on 05 December 2010 - 12:05 AM

When I first went gluten-free, I went to a Target that was pretty out-of-the-way for me. It was a Greatland Target, which means only a few grocery cases, etc, but they had a TON of gluten-free stuff -- several shelves in the freezer case, almost a quarter of a shelf (top to bottom) in the dry goods. Later, I went to my normal Target, a Super Target with a full grocery section, expecting to find just as much gluten-free packaged stuff. And they had... nothing. A couple of bottles of Tamari, at best.

Because I was busy that day, I didn't stop to talk to anyone who worked in the grocery department. It's worth saying that it's tough to find employees at that store. Anyway, I went home and sent a letter on the website, saying that I really wanted to keep shopping at their store but since I had celiac disease I really needed certain gluten-free foods, and that I didn't want to shop at the Whole Foods that was twice as far away. (Which is true. Whole Foods is way more expensive and really far for me.) I got a canned email back saying that different stores have different needs, blah blah. Nothing more than I expected, but at least I made my voice heard. And then! I was at that Target today and they had a bunch of the Glutino ritz-like crackers. It's not much but it's a start.

So if there's a store that you want to shop at, but they don't carry the stuff you're looking for? Don't be afraid to ask! In this case I knew Target was going to be able to carry these things, because the other store had them. Now if I could just get Costco to carry the big boxes of Bell and Evans chicken again...
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