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Reality Check at the Grocery Store

Posted on: January 30, 2011


Armed with shopping list and an overwhelming sense of I can do it. I found myself wandering around the store lost as a traveler in a foreign country.

Objective:

In and out in 15 minutes, with food I can eat. Shopping list has 45 items on it, and all from a Gluten Free cookbook and items I can either pre-cook or take to work to eat.

Easy! Generally shopping takes 15-20 minute speed shopping.

Actual Results!

I knew I was in trouble the moment I walked in and head started swimming, the smell of fresh baked bread covered the entire store.

Veggies went great, the only problems, lots of fresh veggies.

On to Frozen food section, found out I was in trouble. EVERY bag of frozen veggies, fruit, taters, etc had warning labels  of may contain Wheat! I swear almost got frost bite searching for frozen fruit to care to work, along with the rice soups, all of them called for frozen veggies.  Finally found them all!

Now on to other items, nuts, corn tortillas, juices, chickpeas!

Baking supplies: This is the area I started getting upset, the store I was in has a very limited types of flour. Who would have thought cornmeal has wheat! Over half the recipes I pulled called for “cornmeal”, no place where I read did it list that cornmeal was a concern for gluten. I know the poor employees thought I had a few too many drinks. I almost unloaded the shelves to see if the different brands, if any were gluten free. Finally found a small bag of cornmeal, which is fully gluten free cornmeal.

At this point I am wondering around with tears in my eyes, texting my best friend for moral support. She is awesome.  I am so glad I have an awesome person outside the family to talk to!

After an hour and half long shopping trip, I stumble out of the grocery store.

I guess my problem is after living a Low Carb diet for years, I was excited I could try and find items to add to my diet, but in reality found out I have to remove even more.

In short: my dinner night after hour and half shopping spree:

Toasted Corn tortillas: with naked pan seared Chicken & Portabella Mushrooms, topped with Fresh baby Spinach, dried cranberries, soy nuts and GF Vinaigrette dressing.  Just hope it was Gluten Free.

The family at the same, except they had pasta instead of the Corn Tortillas, both girls tried the tortillas but they hated it.  I don’t know what we are going to do, if the kids are positive.

PS: as a side note. My 9 year old just kicked me out of the kitchen to make dessert. She keeps running in here with packages for me to read the labels.  I guess it is going to be ok.

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4 Responses to "Reality Check at the Grocery Store"

It’ll be fine… like any shift of live, there’s an adjustment period. Just know we all support you and are here for those moments… and don’t ever hesitate to call or text

OK babe.. It will get better. Do you have Whole Foods or Trader Joes? They have great selections of flour.

I just think I’m going to go to a “No Carb” and Naked Food. Tomorrow’s menu:

Breakfast: Low Fat Yogurt w/pineapple & Flax
Snack: Cheese Stick & Soy nuts
Lunch: Taco Bell: 1 Crunchy Taco
Snack: Baby Spinach w/Cranberries
Dinner: Seared Scallops and Green Beans….or whatever Dan wants to make

[…] Armed with shopping list and an overwhelming sense of I can do it. I found myself wandering around the store lost as a traveler in a foreign country. Objective: In and out in 15 minutes, with food I can eat. Shopping list has 45 items on it, and all from a Gluten Free cookbook and items I can either pre-cook or take to work to eat. Easy! Generally shopping takes 15-20 minute speed shopping. Actual Results! I knew I was in trouble the moment I wal … Read More […]

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