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I've been gluten free for three weeks now and i'm having the hardest time finding gluten free food in a grocery store that mostly sales gluten products. 

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I've been gluten free for three weeks now and i'm having the hardest time finding gluten free food in a grocery store that mostly sales gluten products. 

It really isn't that hard unless you're trying to depend on processed packaged stuff. These are all gluten free: meat, vegetables, fruit, potatoes, rice, beans, legumes, cheese, eggs, yogurt (read the label of course...ones with fiber may not be gluten free), other grains (quinoa, for example), chocolate (an important food group ;)  ). You can make an awful lot of meals with any combination of those things.

 

Then, of the already-packaged but not specialty gluten free things, several come to my mind immediately: many Progresso soups, those ready-to-eat Hormel stews, many canned beans, canned vegetables, tuna, other canned meats (salmon, etc.), lunch meat, peanut butter, jelly...

 

Throw in a loaf of gluten free Udi's bread (most mainline grocery stores have this in their frozen section) and that should get you meals for awhile.

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thanks so much it has

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If you ate a lot of processed foods before this could be a great opportunity to have a better diet, wholesome healthy foods instead of processed junk.

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