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I was wondering, for those of you who can't eat gluten, or corn, oats, or any grains at al and are very sensitive maybe even to any other ingredientsl, what are some of your favorite store products?  I am trying so hard to get things right.  I was doing better for a while, but now seem to be making mistakes here and there.  I had one brand of instant mashed potato, and it didn't bother me at all.  Tried another one (that tastes better and I like the texture better, no gluten), and I think it bothers me.  Are there any prepackaged, quick, easy foods you love?  Or any condiments, snack, items, etc. that are your go-to staples?  I am thinking of heading to the recipe section here too and asking about go-to meal staples.  Even ice cream. I tried one and it bothered me.  Had some others that seemed okay.  It starts getting confusing when you definitely are avoiding gluten, but some other things seem hit or miss. 

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Your BEST bet is to eat only foods that are Whole and not processed.  At least until you are feeling better.  That means just shopping the outer walls of the grocery store.  Eat fruit, veggies, meats, and dairy (plain yogurt, cheese and milk), nuts in shells, etc.   Do not eat out.  

Once you see improvement, experiment with gluten-free  processed foods.  

Not everyone needs to do this, but it can help a Newbie.  It is hard to get this diet down, but eventually, you will get it!  

Potaoes are easy.  You can quickly microwave one.  Pure and simple!  Nature’s fast food.  Grab a banana and peel.   How easy is that?  

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For on-the-go, I eat nuts, Kind bars, yogurt, fruit, veggies with hummus.  Costco has a lot of gluten free snacks - like trail mixes, granola bars etc

And nuts.com has a good selection of gluten free items as well. 

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I use Julian Vegan and Peagan bars often, seeds from GERBS, almonds from my wholesale supplier, for on the go stuff. My meal staples are omlettes, veggie stir frys, I sometimes make nachos with protes vegan protein chips and non dairy cheese, califlour plant based pizza crust with my own toppings, homemade vegan sugar free iceceam and smoothies with like 2-3 scoops of protein powder make up at least 1 meal a day. Hot nut meal and almond butter porridge with extracts to make htem taste like anythign you can imagine. Miracle noodle rice and pasta I can make up mexican rice, taco, pasta, etc. I make vegan cheese sauces at least 2 times a month and do all kinds of slathering stuff in them noodles, and cassaroles. I make my own grain free breads for my bakery and eat them all the time. Coconut wraps with veggies and eggs.

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Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. Bananas and eggs have been something I've had a lot. They've been really mild and gentle on my stomach as it's been healing .  Although I read to not eat green bananas, which is no problem because I don't like them unless they are ripe anyway.  I guess the greener ones are more harsh on the stomach, apparently.  And potatoes, I  have those a lot - mashed, roasted, baked with some butter and sour cream.  I almost got sweet potatoes today, but got squash instead.  I never heard of miracle noodles and just looked that up.  I need to try those.   I  just finally found white rice flour today to try making some things with, like I saw a recipe for flat tortilla breads.  I have never been to Costco because there is not one in town, but maybe it'd be worth taking a drive to stock up on some of their gluten free stuff.  Is that one of the stores you need a membership to?  Do they sell in bulk or have good deals?  I have tried making cloud bread and that is pretty good.  I've had BLT's on those.  My stomach had started doing a little better, but I've seemed to make a couple mistakes the past week which caused some bloat and pain.  But it's getting there.  It sure is a learning process.  This message board helps a lot. 

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On 10/12/2017 at 1:55 PM, LilyR said:

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. Bananas and eggs have been something I've had a lot. They've been really mild and gentle on my stomach as it's been healing .  Although I read to not eat green bananas, which is no problem because I don't like them unless they are ripe anyway.  I guess the greener ones are more harsh on the stomach, apparently.  And potatoes, I  have those a lot - mashed, roasted, baked with some butter and sour cream.  I almost got sweet potatoes today, but got squash instead.  I never heard of miracle noodles and just looked that up.  I need to try those.   I  just finally found white rice flour today to try making some things with, like I saw a recipe for flat tortilla breads.  I have never been to Costco because there is not one in town, but maybe it'd be worth taking a drive to stock up on some of their gluten free stuff.  Is that one of the stores you need a membership to?  Do they sell in bulk or have good deals?  I have tried making cloud bread and that is pretty good.  I've had BLT's on those.  My stomach had started doing a little better, but I've seemed to make a couple mistakes the past week which caused some bloat and pain.  But it's getting there.  It sure is a learning process.  This message board helps a lot. 

Sams club and Costco never seem to have any good deals when I've gone. We do walmart and food lion usually and their prices are better. You've got to really know your prices by the ounce to shop there! The giant sizes fool you a bit.

 Our wm has a decent gluten-free section but the only thing I buy there is noodles. 

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I'm still very predominantly whole foods post challenge 2016. I still struggle and am sensitive and awaiting healing.

I eat eggs, apples, bananas, pears, chicken, beef, ground turkey, ground bison regularly. I just only introduced potato back recently, I struggled to digest complex carbs for almost a year as the challenge knocked my Gallbladder and pancreas "offline" for a bit. Oh heck to be blunt most of my organ and organ systems were totally messed up, but that just sounds like complaining. LOL

Yes -still whole foods like others said perimeter of store.

Processed wise I can manage very minimal ingredients for Kalamata olives, tuna, Kirkland peanut butter, almonds, chickpeas &  Pepperwood tahini, Udi's bread in moderation, Lara bars, and one brand of Kirkland chips in sunflower oil (as my bad treat). I am just adding in rice noodles Thai kitchen brand. Most of my spices (as my spice garden is saying bye soon-Midwest it does not always like coming inside for the fall/winter) are Badia brand. I use Anthony's Cocoa to make chocolate and Enjoy life chips to make treats.

I make my own condiments for mayo, mustard, or just go without. I make my own almond milk, pickles, hummus. I make many of  of my cleaning products, personal care products etc. using Dr. Bronner's Castile soap as my base.

4 decades of misdiagnosis as IBS (yikes) but being a celiac has some massive autoimmune pay back.  I am fortunate my spouse was supportive of my leaving employment to heal, actually my employer at one point told me to go home because I looked so bad, ahhh the memories of the past year.

I spend most days trying to appease the immune system and oblige its demands, profusely apologizing to my body, and learning how to bake for myself and my son's celiac, corn , and milk issues and visiting this forum.

Good luck and thanks for the question it helps us all find some brands to try.

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" I have never been to Costco because there is not one in town, but maybe it'd be worth taking a drive to stock up on some of their gluten free stuff.  Is that one of the stores you need a membership to?  Do they sell in bulk or have good deals?  I have tried making cloud bread and that is pretty good.  I've had BLT's on those.  My stomach had started doing a little better, but I've seemed to make a couple mistakes the past week which caused some bloat and pain.  But it's getting there.  It sure is a learning process.  This message board helps a lot.  "

We do have a Costco membership and get many frozen meats from there. Ground turkey, ground bison, frozen chicken breast, bottled water, La Croix, Udi's bread, peanut butter, and almonds, and our paper towel/toilet paper. Stock items for pantry. Our particular location I can not do some items due to the corn. I saw you said BLT-be careful with bacon many brands have corn. We found one bacon at  stores Mariano's or Fresh Thyme in the Midwest that is gluten and corn free it is by a company called Applegate farms. You must visit their site because not all of their products are corn free. I also use Amazon to shop for gluten-free flours etc. I also shop at a local store called Valli Produce for my produce or sometimes Trader Joe's.

Watch out for corn it is everywhere, it has many chemical nomenclature names in the food industry, you may not be as sensitive as I am though. Some people like the founder of a company I once worked for are allergic/sensitive to just corn starch and corn proteins, but not derivatives of the grain. When I started working there they believed all corn allergy & corn sensitive food intolerant people could have things derived from corn since the proteins were removed in the process and didn't understand why I asked such detailed questions to the corn allergy customers that called. I would ask the degree as to which type of sensitivity, IgE etc did they have. The allergy customers enjoyed a straight shooter who knew how to ask and communicate about starting materials/derivatives vs. starch, proteins, fillers etc. In terms of food labeling regulation corn is (currently) not required to be listed on labels as it is not considered a top 8 allergen in the industry. A few weeks ago despite reading a label I got "corned" unlabeled corn maltodextrin is use to derive a flavor from. Not required to be on the label not a top 8.

This is why we on the forum say stick to whole foods and go slow on processed foods if your sensitivities are outside the required Top 8 allergen labeling regulations in addition to potential CC of gluten. 

Good luck!

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I am a fan of Grainless Baker products. Their French bread loaves are great for subs or just eating with cheese and pepperoni. They are tapioca based.  I use Pamelas baking mix for things like muffins and Tom Sawyer is a fave for scalloped potatoes.

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On 10/14/2017 at 12:11 PM, Victoria1234 said:

Sams club and Costco never seem to have any good deals when I've gone. We do walmart and food lion usually and their prices are better. You've got to really know your prices by the ounce to shop there! The giant sizes fool you a bit.

 Our wm has a decent gluten-free section but the only thing I buy there is noodles. 

Thanks for that info.  I need to check out  more local stores.  I heard too, to look at the unit price (on the orange labels) in stores to see what is actually cheaper.   Not sure if that is true.  Sometimes they don't show the orange label though.  

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On 10/14/2017 at 5:01 PM, Awol cast iron stomach said:

I'm still very predominantly whole foods post challenge 2016. I still struggle and am sensitive and awaiting healing.

I eat eggs, apples, bananas, pears, chicken, beef, ground turkey, ground bison regularly. I just only introduced potato back recently, I struggled to digest complex carbs for almost a year as the challenge knocked my Gallbladder and pancreas "offline" for a bit. Oh heck to be blunt most of my organ and organ systems were totally messed up, but that just sounds like complaining. LOL

Yes -still whole foods like others said perimeter of store.

Processed wise I can manage very minimal ingredients for Kalamata olives, tuna, Kirkland peanut butter, almonds, chickpeas &  Pepperwood tahini, Udi's bread in moderation, Lara bars, and one brand of Kirkland chips in sunflower oil (as my bad treat). I am just adding in rice noodles Thai kitchen brand. Most of my spices (as my spice garden is saying bye soon-Midwest it does not always like coming inside for the fall/winter) are Badia brand. I use Anthony's Cocoa to make chocolate and Enjoy life chips to make treats.

I make my own condiments for mayo, mustard, or just go without. I make my own almond milk, pickles, hummus. I make many of  of my cleaning products, personal care products etc. using Dr. Bronner's Castile soap as my base.

4 decades of misdiagnosis as IBS (yikes) but being a celiac has some massive autoimmune pay back.  I am fortunate my spouse was supportive of my leaving employment to heal, actually my employer at one point told me to go home because I looked so bad, ahhh the memories of the past year.

I spend most days trying to appease the immune system and oblige its demands, profusely apologizing to my body, and learning how to bake for myself and my son's celiac, corn , and milk issues and visiting this forum.

Good luck and thanks for the question it helps us all find some brands to try.

Edit:

" I have never been to Costco because there is not one in town, but maybe it'd be worth taking a drive to stock up on some of their gluten free stuff.  Is that one of the stores you need a membership to?  Do they sell in bulk or have good deals?  I have tried making cloud bread and that is pretty good.  I've had BLT's on those.  My stomach had started doing a little better, but I've seemed to make a couple mistakes the past week which caused some bloat and pain.  But it's getting there.  It sure is a learning process.  This message board helps a lot.  "

We do have a Costco membership and get many frozen meats from there. Ground turkey, ground bison, frozen chicken breast, bottled water, La Croix, Udi's bread, peanut butter, and almonds, and our paper towel/toilet paper. Stock items for pantry. Our particular location I can not do some items due to the corn. I saw you said BLT-be careful with bacon many brands have corn. We found one bacon at  stores Mariano's or Fresh Thyme in the Midwest that is gluten and corn free it is by a company called Applegate farms. You must visit their site because not all of their products are corn free. I also use Amazon to shop for gluten-free flours etc. I also shop at a local store called Valli Produce for my produce or sometimes Trader Joe's.

Watch out for corn it is everywhere, it has many chemical nomenclature names in the food industry, you may not be as sensitive as I am though. Some people like the founder of a company I once worked for are allergic/sensitive to just corn starch and corn proteins, but not derivatives of the grain. When I started working there they believed all corn allergy & corn sensitive food intolerant people could have things derived from corn since the proteins were removed in the process and didn't understand why I asked such detailed questions to the corn allergy customers that called. I would ask the degree as to which type of sensitivity, IgE etc did they have. The allergy customers enjoyed a straight shooter who knew how to ask and communicate about starting materials/derivatives vs. starch, proteins, fillers etc. In terms of food labeling regulation corn is (currently) not required to be listed on labels as it is not considered a top 8 allergen in the industry. A few weeks ago despite reading a label I got "corned" unlabeled corn maltodextrin is use to derive a flavor from. Not required to be on the label not a top 8.

This is why we on the forum say stick to whole foods and go slow on processed foods if your sensitivities are outside the required Top 8 allergen labeling regulations in addition to potential CC of gluten. 

Good luck!

Sounds like it's been a long, rough road for you.  I too try not to complain, but really, this is such a process to learn. And the pain and discomfort was also (and is) very hard to deal with on a day to day basis.  It's no picnic, that's for sure. But I just keep working hard to stay positive.  But some days really, I could just cry.  This past winter everything got so bad, it was really hard.  Stress might have triggered it.  I went through a very busy and emotional month and that was when things started crashing down.  I am not working right now either.  It is very hard financially, but I've been so sick. The past few years I went from full time to a p/t job, but then also started getting very busy helping my elderly mother and still having all these chronic health issues, I no longer even work p/t right now.  I'd really like to get back to working sometime though. I need to feel better.  It is very stressful to have health issues and then add financial issues because of the health issues.  Such fun!  I struggled with fatigue, muscle weakness, on and off fevers, aches, etc. all my adult life.  Then this past winter the fever started up (and has not gone away since) and the stomach issues started in.  That was a new symptom for me.   It was severe for many months.  Now that I am gluten free, it's slowly improving (or rather, was), but I seem to be making more mistakes lately.  

It helps a lot to hear what people are eating here and what brands and products they are having good results with too. 

The corn ingredient is interesting because it does seem I can have some products, but not others.  I am not sure yet.  Lately I am getting really confused and have stomach troubles again.  So, back to the drawing board.  I am trying to have just what I was eating the days I started feeling better (which I am so glad I have been keeping a food journal).  Because right now I can't even tell - did apple cider bother me this weekend, or was it the Tylenol?  I don't know.  What else could it have been?  - I've been having those sorts of days a lot lately.  Which is feeling discouraging because my stomach had been starting to feel better.   Patience sure is key here.  And information.  

 

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On 10/14/2017 at 6:32 PM, ravenwoodglass said:

I am a fan of Grainless Baker products. Their French bread loaves are great for subs or just eating with cheese and pepperoni. They are tapioca based.  I use Pamelas baking mix for things like muffins and Tom Sawyer is a fave for scalloped potatoes.

I've not seen Grainless Baker products yet.  So would that mean no corn ingredient in them either?  That would be wonderful.  Do you get the products in stores or do you have to order them? 

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18 hours ago, LilyR said:

I've not seen Grainless Baker products yet.  So would that mean no corn ingredient in them either?  That would be wonderful.  Do you get the products in stores or do you have to order them? 

No corn or grains of any kind in their items that I have found. I get them at my local Wegmans and don't know if they are available where you are. Chebe mixes are also grain free. I used them a lot when first diagnosed. They are also tapioca based.

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