Allergy members - how do you shop for food?

Can you talk me through how you go about food shopping for yourself or a member of your family that has a food allergy. Do you go to the local supermarket or specialist store? If a supermarket, do you buy from the health food aisle or regular aisles? Do you have to check every ingredient label or do products advertise themselves well enough? Do you have to buy specific foods? Is your food bill more expensive as a result? And finally does your household all eat the same meals, or does the person with the food allergy eat separate food?

Last reply: 10th Jun 2017 / 83 replies / Post by looklively



Posted by: jjdrer
Posted on: 4th Jun 2014

jjdrer says: My nephew's extensive tests in diagnosing Coelic Disease followed the results of gluten intolerance. It is hereditary. We are anxious his son may develop it. A friend of mine's husband has it. Their baby son has been tested and he is negative at this stage, but they were told by the specialist he could develop it later. I had lactose intolerance. Unfortunately my Mum was unable to breastfeed me as she produced no milk at all and formula didn't exist them.(I am in my 60s) My milk had to be boiled, left to cool and all the cream removed, then diluted and re-boiled etc.
Eventually I managed to tolerate milk in cooking. I now use Devondale UHT Semi-skim milk in cooking and can eat low fat yoghurt..(gluten free and gelatin free).....Do you make Gluten Free bread from scratch ? My niece tried it out wasn't very successful. (technically he is may nephew by marriage).
You are fortunate it isn't all types of sugar. I am supposed to choose vegetables that are low in sugar. Yes, that was a shock and eye opener. I spent hours on google doing research. The first few times I went shopping after I was diagnosed with Insulin Resistance I spent a long time reading labels. Even some breads have sugar in them. I buy fresh vegetables with the exception of peas and beans. I find fresh ones very hard to find. They are snap frozen so have more nutrition than not-so-fresh ones. I know a now retired truck driver who at one stage was picking up and delivering freshly picked peas from the gardens and taking them only a few miles to a factory that processes them. A few times they were waiting for the next truckloads to arrive. He reckoned it was like driving in convoys. I agree that you can't put a price on health. I still have a teaspoon of sugar in a big mug of tea but I don't drink it very often. Sometimes I may not have one for a few weeks, then when I visit somebody that drinks it or they visit me I might have 2 over the space of a few hours.
Here's another shocker for you. On doing some research I found out that some vegetables (raw) actually contain salt. I was recently told by the Dr. that my blood pressure was higher than it was previously. I have to have it checked again next week......I know my high cholestoral is genetic. It runs in both my parents families, especially Mum's. There was a long record of heart problems in at least 2 generations. My Grandma and Mum were excpeptions to the rule.
The bad behaviour is interesting. There is a girl in one of our families that are causing a lot of frustration for the parents, school and grandparents (and me) at the moment. However she has partially admitted some of it is deliberate.

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