New to gluten free living

by Amie Harvey
(Artesia, NM)

I am a 37 year old single mother of 2 and was just told that I can no longer have gluten or diary products. I am frustrated to say the least. I don't even know where to start. I have to learn how to cook all over again and I live in a small town. I spent over an hour at our local walmart and only found 4 things that are gluten free. I need help in the worse way. I am hungry and want to eat. I also have a limited budget so can anyone help me on where to start? Thank you in advance
Sincerely,
Amie

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finding gluten free items
by: cindiluhoo

Hi Amie,
I have found Bob's Red Mill products to be a lifesaver for me. I'm not sure if you can find the products in Walmart but I found them by accident in Ocean State Job Lot in Connecticut. They also sell these products at Amazon. I've put a link below if you want to take a look. The Raisin Cinnamon Bread is delicious and saved me because I really missed toast in the morning with my coffee. I hope this helps you.

Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread Mix


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Where to find gluten free foods
by: Tina

You can eat rice, white and brown. Quinoa also. Bread you can make or buy, but it's pricey.

Fresh meats, ham, chicken (watch out for self basting) hamburger, steak are all ok. All veggies potatoes milk, eggs are ok.

Same with beans, watch the ingredients or make yourself.

Progresso soup has some gluten free, and their broth is too. You can get pasta gluten free an have it with tomatoes and ground beef and veggies or sauce.

Chex has several gluten free cereals, and same with fruity pebbles.

There are books you can buy that tells you what is ok for you.

It does feel difficult, but if you cook at home anyways, you can do fine.

Good luck to you

If you have an Asian market near you, you can buy rice flour, sweet rice flour, potato starch and tapioca starch very cheaply as well.

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Amie Harvey
by: Shirl- Hello from The Great Northwest

Aw Amie, that breaks my heart; but believe me I know how you're feeling.

Now I'm no expert on food. But I've experienced a few good things.
First, you can eat your proteins: Fresh meats, from your butcher.

You know, Chicken, fish, beef, etc. You can also eat your fresh fruits & Vegetables. Larger stores may have more gluten-free products, but you'll just have to read your labels very carefully.

Mostly you'll have to stay away from pasta, breads, sweets and anything prepared with your regular white flour. I CAN eat Dave's Bread, because his company doesn't mess around with changing the way that natural wheat grows from God's earth.

I can't do dairy either; so I use olive oils, soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, and they all taste pretty good. But make sure that you check with your doctor about other ways to get your calcium, that's really important.

Buying organic foods are a pretty good way to stay away from food additives and preservatives. But make sure that you still read all food labels. I bought organic hotdogs, just the other day.

They are all beef with no artificial junk and gluten-free. I bought them at Trader's Joe and they are delicious. The name is: All Natural Uncured Beef.

Anyway you have found this wonderful web-site, and folks don't mind being helpful to others when they can. Read everything you can get your hands on about eating gluten-free and getting your health back.

A very nice person, on the web-site directed me to a gal with a gluten free cookbook. The person signed off as "Q"...please read that article.

So go ahead, and have some scrambled eggs, hash brown potatoes and organic bacon; seasoned with sea salt/pepper for breakfast.

Girl you just can't walk around being hungry! Blessings ~ Shirl for the Great Northwest.

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