I get a lot of emails from people with questions that were just diagnosed as having Celiac disease. The most common question I get is, "What are some good internet sites for buying gluten free products?"
Oh boy! Wahoo! A question about shopping! Yes, I admit I love to shop for anything, including gluten free products. If we lived 20 years ago, being gluten intolerant would've been much more difficult because the internet was not commonly used to make shopping so easy. But not now! It's so simple to find great sites with all the gluten free products you could possibly want or need from beer to bread to cakes.
Being an avid shopper, I've created a list of my favorite shopping sites. When people call me and ask about internet sites that sell trustworthy gluten free products, I whip out my trusty list and provide the following web addresses.
1. Gifts of Nature sells gluten free flour and baking mixes that make great breads and cakes.
2. Glutino & The Gluten Free Pantry sells gluten free gourmet baking mixes (I wasn't about to go without desserts just because I'm gluten intolerant).
3. The Gluten Free Mall has a huge list of gluten free products for sale. They also sell products for lactose and casein free diets.
4. The Gluten Free Café sells select gluten free products that are freeze-dried, dehydrated and ready-to-eat meals. If you do a lot of outdoor activities such as camping you can find take-along food that are gluten free. That's great news for Celiacs who sometimes spend hours preparing food ahead of time. They don't sell directly from the website, but you can use the store locator feature to find a store near you.
5. Gluten Solutions sells a variety of gluten free products from baking mixes to soups to crackers.
6. Amazon.com sells...practically everything can think of gluten free related (including most of the brands listed above) . And if you buy a certain amount shipping is usually free.
I'm sure there are many other great product sites out there, but these are the ones I have frequented most often over the years. Although I have to say that Amazon.com has become my 'go-to' store in recent years simply for its selection, price, and customer service.
Here's a great tip for you - when you plan on visiting family or friends, have a food box of gluten-free items sent to their address before you arrive. I do that when I visit my grandmother out-of-state and plan to stay overnight for one or more nights. I confess I always make sure gluten free chocolate brownies are in it too! I don't like feeling left out when it's time to eat dessert.
By the way, when someone you know is diagnosed with Celiac disease, a great comfort gift to start them on their new life is a gift box of gluten free food. This will greatly encourage that person and at the same time it is a great excuse to Go Shopping!
Let us know what YOUR favorite gluten free shopping sites are - just leave a comment below. Sharing what you know with everyone out there makes this big wide world seem a little more manageable!