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I have a trip tomorrow to see my surgeon and found out there is a whole foods store there ( 2 hour drive to Dr) -I am very excited about going to the whole foods store that I maybe overwhelmed when I get there - I hear everyone speak so highly of this store and thought perhaps you could list your favorites so I know where to start! So please list your favorite items that whole foods carry.

Also, should I take a cooler?

thanks!

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DEfinetly take a cooler!!! You never know what you're going to end up buying!!!

I have heard GREAT things about their bakery products...especially their bread!

This is their website and you can type in the zip for the one you're going to...to pre shop and maybe make a list of things you want!

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/

Good Luck!

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I have a trip tomorrow to see my surgeon and found out there is a whole foods store there ( 2 hour drive to Dr) -I am very excited about going to the whole foods store that I maybe overwhelmed when I get there - I hear everyone speak so highly of this store and thought perhaps you could list your favorites so I know where to start! So please list your favorite items that whole foods carry.

Also, should I take a cooler?

thanks!

My Whole Foods store just explanded their gluten free section. The Enjoy Life chocolate chips are fantastic (no dairy or soy either). Friday at my regular trip I found some Pamela's ginger cookies. YUM YUM YUM. I haven't been able to find many store bought sweets because of no eggs, dairy or vanilla. Even the dairy free and egg free sweets usually have vanilla. These dont. They're soft and they don't fall apart. Tastes like old fashion ginger bread. If you don't have sensitivities besides gluten, they have a good selection of breakfast bars and sweet items. If your local store doesn't have Tinkyada brown rice pasta, that's great too. They have a great selection of flours too. They have a good size freezer section with gluten free waffles, breads, desserts...I haven't tried most because of other ingredients, so I cant recommend any particular ones, but definitely take the time to look and yes, you'd need a cooler for these. Their butcher shop has lots of hormone free meat too. If this one is like mine, feel free to ask the staff at Whole Foods for help...they are great :-)

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are you a salty potato chip person? the sea salt and black pepper potato chips are soooo good and salty. they are addicting. i like their italian sodas since i don't drink real pop i buy the tangerine every so often. the big jug organic apple juice is good (whole foods brand). the gluten free apple pie by the whole foods bakery is okay. i haven't had the bread yet. hmmm..what else..... lots of nut butter to choose from and then the whole foods frozen fruit bars are good too. if i had to choose one thing it would be the potato chips. hmmm my mouth is watering..... :)

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Whole Foods has a wonderful line of gluten-free baked goods called The Gluten Free Bakeshop". Unfortunately, I can't eat them anymore due to additional food intolerances.

Some of the things I loved are--Sandwich Bread, Cinnamon Raisin Bread, Molassas Cookies and Pecan Pie.

In the aisles, Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips, The Gluten Free Pantry Mixes (french bread, cornbread, muffin, cake and cookie, pancake mixes are all excellent), Tinkyada Pasta, Enjoy Life Cookies and Snack Bars (Snickerdoodles are delish), and Lundberg rice cakes and hot rice cereal.

I also like to pick up a copy of Living Without magazine :)

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I absolutely love their pizza crusts. I use them to make pizza, cheese sticks, appetizers (i.e., ones that call for crescent roll dough to be used as the base, etc).

Also love their little apple pies, and their biscuits. (These are all gluten free bakehouse products, which are usually all together, in a freezer section). Their pb cookies are yummy, too!

They carry lots of Tinkyada pastas, if you like those.

Most normal sodas are gluten free, but they have delicious store brand (365) sodas that are gluten and corn free, and caffeine free. I love the black cherry flavor.

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Whole Foods !!! the white sandwich bread makes good grilled cheese. Cinnamon & raisin is pretty good too. BUt when I get them home I alway wrap wax paper between the slices before freezing as they tend to harden together like a brick...In the past I've had to take a knife & hammer to separate them....

Amy's tomato bisque soup, her gluten-free mac& cheese in freezer. Gillian's bread crumbs, Nature Path H'oneyed' corn flakes, wf apple juice, Bell & Evans chicken nuggets, Foods by george pizza shells & pizzas. gluten-free glutino pretzels. Fresh wild salmon. Larabars & Boomi Bars, cliff nectar bars.

If you ask at the service desk they have a booklet for gluten-free so you can see everything they sell that is gluten-free...

I did not care for their fruit pies or cookies. Pizza shells are okay.

enjoy!

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I also give a thumbs up to the Whole Foods Gluten Free Bakehouse items :)

I have lots of other food allergies/intolerances so I can't eat most of the items, but my favorites are:

morning glory muffins, blueberry muffins, and the cherry streusel muffins, the prairie bread and the sun dried tomato garlic bread, the almond scones and the biscuits, all of the cookies (chocolate chip, nutmeal raisin, peanut butter, and molasses ginger), and the brownies.

In my WF store, these are kept frozen in the freezer section to preserve the freshness and keep these baked goods from spoiling so quickly so taking a cooler along is a good idea.

I keep mine frozen at home too until I use them (letting them defrost ahead of time on or just popping them in the oven until heated through).

Of course the produce selection is great, and they have excellent meat and fish markets, as well as lots of other items that are naturally free of gluten like dried beans and raw nuts.

In all the aisles with packaged bottled items (i.e. cookies and snack, condiments) some brands they carry are really good at labeling the item as gluten free like Amy's products and Pamela's products. I buy Amy's salsa, ketchup, mustard, and marinara sauce, Spectrum mayonaise and Pamela's cookies and baking mixes.

Oh, and also Food For Life Rice Tortillas, found in the refrigerated section.

Enjoy your first shopping trip to Whole Foods :)

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Hormone and antibiotic free meats. I ALWAYS take a cooler, especially in the summer, because there's no preservatives in the meat and they have to stay cold. I'll buy frozen sausage to act as a cold pak.

The gluten-free frozen ice cream substitutes.

Paul Newman's sweet dark chocolate and orange dark chocolate bars.

The grilled chicken at the cold food counter. I always ask them to get me some from the back that haven't yet been put out to eliminate the CC issue. I cut these in half, wrap in waxed paper, and freeze. They're my "fast food" for when I need something for lunch but don't have any leftovers, or when I need to pack food to go.

I'll also get the roasted chicken (it's packaged separately) and any gluten-free cooked foods that are packaged separately in the refrigerator case, such as the grilled potatoes and the green beans. These are other foods that make a no-cook meal. It's no more expensive than a meal at a moderately priced restaurant.

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Thanks to everyone that posted!!!!!

I was definately overwhelmed, thank heavens I did take a cooler, thanks again for your help.

Well, it was awesome, I didn't know where to start.

It took me a while because I have to have gluten free, milk light, and my daughter needs gluten free, soy free, and corn light - but we managed to find sooooo much.

juliem - I did get the morning glory muffins - we all had one in the car afterwards, they were fantastic! We kept going mmmm while we were eating them - My first muffin since January! My husband wanted the pizza shells, and we also got the carrot cake to cut into slices and freeze for a treat for Labor Day. My little girl picked out some of Pamela's cookies for her lunches at school. I wanted the biscuts, and the raisin bread, but thought maybe I would save them for next time. Forgot all about the rice tortilla's and I really wanted to try those - but I know there will be a next time!!!

So excited to get whole fresh pressed cranberry juice, the WF organic apple juice, and mineral water. My daughter loves Amy's light tomato bisque soup - we'll put it her thermos for school.

alamaz - my daughter found those salty potato chips, didn't even tell her about them in advance - she is a salt craving nut! I only let her eat chips once a week because she does better with her thyroid without them - The doc says it is fine to eat anytime, but I think she does better with a light diet of corn.

I got some great raw nuts, Tinkyada pastas, and rice crackers for snacks, BBQ sauce and KETCHUP without high fuctose corn syrup!

Now the best part of the foods that I got - oh my they had the COHO salmon, a bit expensive, but it was on sale!!! A great flank steak, I wanted the buffalo flank, but hubby was watchiing and I couldn't sneak it in, some kind of gluten-free sausage, I even got fresh cornish hens - I have never seen those fresh anywhere, ours are always frozen.

I even found goats milk in the refigerated section - Guilty, I did buy some.

I saw the gluten-free corn dogs....my daughter and I wanted those so bad, but thought those would not be good for either of us and we put them back, but who knows maybe next time we might treat ourselves.

Forgot all about the rice tortilla's and I really wanted to try those - but I know there will be a next time!!!

I did get organic fruits, but ran out of time (and money) to get some vegetables....but I can get those here.

Thanks again to everyone for your help!!

P.S. By the way - GREAT report from my surgeon - still cancer free!! - no more every 4 month visit - up'ed it to 6 months now :D ! He did tell me I will probably always still have pain because of the size of the tumor and the surrounding muscle/tissue removed, but all in all FANTASTIC news!

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