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: 6th Jun 2014

jjdrer says: We don't have an Aldi in Adelaide yet. The first one is going to be built way down south at Seaford about an hour drive of Adelaide CBD. Lots of things at Aldi in Melbourne are lot cheaper than the supermarkets here. My niece and nephew went over there for a few days and came home with some bargains- food, nappy wipes and nappies. There is a large block of land a few km from my niece and nephew labelled to be a supermarket. They were hoping it is going to be a Coles but that before it was announced at Aldi is coming to SA. Apparently Costco is too according to a report on one of our TV "current affairs" programs a few weeks ago. It was announced that both their Distribution Centres are going to be in the same suburb at Regency Park which is mostly industrial. It is going to be very interesting if they are in the same or adjoining road. Apparently in USA at Costco you have to bulk e.g. by the carton. You also have to be a financial member. It is tough if your children can't eat natural red coloured foods. Yellow tomatoes are also less acidic too. You can reduce the acidity of cooked tomatoes by adding some milk if you can use dairy. Some people have severe peanut allergies when people who have eaten peanut in any form go near them. The school my great niece goes to has signs everywhere "Nut Free School". Unfortunately your children could develop a peanut allergy later. Coles have Gluten Free Cornflour. I haven't noticed gluten free custard powder at all. I shall check Woolworths out next time I go there. I have on about 20 minutes away. I shall have to go for a walk up there one day when the weather is nice and taking my pull-along shopping trolley with me. I am glad you can get Primo bacon. You can freeze it for a short time if you want to. It freezes very well. You can also buy Primo Deli Ham but preservatives could be an issue. The only problem is supermarkets won't guarantee it because of cutting other smallgoods on the same slicers. How big do yellow tomatoes grow ? I could try growing one in a medium size pot. I only have a very small backyard - one room wide and two rooms long. My clothesline is on one side and the HWS and Air Conditioner on the House wall. I would have to put it under a verandah but plenty of sun goes in there, otherwise next to an iron fence next to the HWS and it would get too hot and burn. Some years we have bad frosts so I wouldn't be able to plant one until about Sept. A few years ago we had bad frosts for about a week. Mum had a huge succulent plant that was supposed to be frost tolerant.
It went all black, slimy and smelt terrible. It hadn't been afffected at all. A friend of ours brought in his chainsaw and cut it up for us. The plant had a fairy thick trunk and was so full of moisture that it to be cut up in pieces about 10 -15 cm long otherwise it was too heavy for my Mum and I to lift. It was in well drained soil too. That year my brother was employed as a small truck driver and sometimes brought it home overnight. We had bring put cold water from insde to toss on the windscreen on the to thaw the thick ice. All our hoses were frozen, including the one under the verandah. We had a huge backyard back them so we grew most of our vegetables. Dad never planted tomatoes until about the 3rd week in Sept. as it was just too cold. With you family having so many allergies are you aware that cauliflowers and cabbages (especially) contain sulphur. To release the "gas" in them Mum was told to lift the lid a few times while cooking them. She used to steam a lot of our vegetables so the nutriment didn't go in the water and be wasted. Brussel Sprouts and Brocolli are in the same family so the same may apply to them. None of my family likes Brussell Sprouts. I will eat them if they are put on my plate but I don't really like them. I have to avoid vegetables in the "onion" family as I get severe reflux from them-often vomitting.

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