Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A New Grocery Deal

Now that I know I have all of these lovely allergies, grocery shopping is going to be interesting.

Since I had the test done in Utah (for those that asked, I used the BioMeridian method at Dr. Dennis Remington's office in Provo--I've been a patient there for many years, and it was just easier), I pretty much ignored the allergies for the rest of my vacation.  Way too difficult to think about, and what's one more week when I've been ignoring them for years anyway?

Well, we got home from vacation late Sunday night, and understandably, we didn't have much food in the house.  Especially not suitable for me.  So, it got put off to Monday.  Joel ended up being the one to go shopping and after trying to figure out what to have him buy, it became painfully clear that I was going to have to go to the Co-op, and so that got pushed even further to today.

We don't have a Trader Joes or a Whole Foods, but our little Co-op definitely does the trick!  Sophia and I went this afternoon, and $85.00 later, this is what I brought home:

Lifestyle change

A box of spelt rotini
Brown rice fettucine
Terra chips (available at WalMart, and a bit cheaper, but I bought them at the Co-op anyway.)
Spelt bread (the bread was difficult!  Most of the alternative flour breads used pineapple juice for sweetener, so I couldn't get those.)
More brown rice pasta
7th Generation free & clear organic laundry detergent (I also had Bria retested while in Utah, due to her eczema outbreaks of late and she is very allergic to detergents, among other things.  They recommended we try this.)
Rice puff cereal
Two jars of spaghetti sauce (these have citric acid in them, but I couldn't find any pasta sauces without it.  I'm hoping it's okay.  If not, I'll have to resort to pesto only it looks like.)
Organic buckwheat flour
Spelt flour
Brown rice flour (going to need to find some bread/muffin/pancake recipes for these flours.)
1 lb. Quinoa
2 lbs. Steel cut oats
Organic zucchini (Sophia put them in the cart without my knowledge, and I was too lazy to return them, so we bought them.  We like zucchini.)
A small bag of sulfured apricots
4 Larabars (These things have saved my life since I've been off sugar.  Not only do they have an awesome name, they are really good.  And thank heavens I'm not allergic to nuts, although my citrus allergy does mean I now can't have my favorite Larabar flavor: Key Lime Pie.)

So, not quite the wonderful grocery deal I am used to getting, but I figure money  is just money and health is much more important.  Even at the Co-op it was very difficult to find things without wheat, corn, and soy, although it was much easier than the local grocery store.

Now begins the crazy eating, and hopefully I will find I feel better very soon.  Wish me luck!
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. Good luck a thousand times over! I've been trying really hard as of late to cut out high fructose corn syrup and any and all nitrates... even that can be tough. I can't imagine the changes you are having to make. It will be worth it though... I'm sure!

  2. Good luck! I can't wait to hear about how much better you are feeling!

  3. Wow, not much of a bargain, but I hope you will feel a difference with this food! Good luck!

  4. Good heavens....I'm so sorry that you have so many allergies, and some that really make you have to be creative about how you shop!! Good luck! If anyone can do it, YOU can--you are brilliant.

  5. Wow! I hope it all works better for you.

  6. I've often thought how much easier it would be to eat healthy if all the good stuff wasn't so darn expensive. And fortunately, or unfortunately, I don't have any allergies that demand it.

  7. That first trip really does take a lot out of you, but you did it! I can't wait to hear how it goes over. I hope you notice little improvements in your health each and every day!

  8. You are amazing. Best of luck with your new diet!

  9. Braver than I would ever be, I don't know that I would ever be able to give up sugar, that has got to be hard. Good luck, and a few blogs of how to make this work, and how it has worked for you, would be great help to us all that really should eat better.

  10. It is very frustrating to know how expensive it is to feed your family healthfully. Aargh! Good luck to you!

  11. Eating glueten free is an expensive life. Did I tell you my mom is a celiac?
    Anway, fyi -- spelt sill has gluten in it, she can't have it. NOt sure if it's cool for you.
    Couldn't you make your own marinara sauce? Also, isn't citric acid just vitamin c? Ok, maybe I'm wrong. But I would think you'd be fine.

  12. Welcome to my world. I can't eat gluten either.

    Be sure to visit Against The Grain in Taylorville if you can.

    A portion of your gluten-free food can be deducted on your taxes by the way.

  13. Good luck, good luck and good luck!!!!

  14. Well, if you feel better it IS worth it. I'd highly recommend looking into a good grain grinder of your own. Then you can buy the grains that are safe for you whole and in bulk. You'll learn to use them, you'll store them, and you'll be accomplishing much all at once. Food storage. Allergy control. Budget. Good luck with all of it, keep us posted on the results.

  15. I really need to move more to organic foods. I just can't give up my processed food!

    Good on you!

  16. I remember that sticker shock. Everything is so much cheaper if you can possibly make it yourself. Check out the Blue Chip Group (google it) for cheap flours. Read Carol Fenster's cookbooks. Also read Annalise Robert's cookbook. Eat as much fresh fruits and veggies as your allergies and pocketbook allow. Tinkyada pasta is as good as you're gonna get. Also, Udi's bread is amazing, for being wheat-free. You're going to spend a lot of time rotating between the fridge and the pantry, wondering what to eat, and ending up walking away with a sigh...and nothing in your tummy! Hang in there, babe!

  17. I can't even begin to imagine how difficult this must be and will be for you. I wouldn't even know where to start! Keep us informed Lara. :)

  18. I hope you are able to feel better soon!! I've heard of those Larabars. I will have to try them:)
    I just read your post on all you are allergic too! I am so sorry. I have a feeling you will be feeling a world of difference now that you know. After getting my gallbladder removed the weight just fell off because of all the junk I was no longer eating. I have a feeling that once you get into a comfortable routine of foods that you love within what you can still eat, that this will actually be very freeing for you. It is so nice to not feel like a slave to some of these foods anymore because I know it's not that I don't want to eat them, but that I can't. I wish you the best!!

  19. Wow, it seems like Co-op posts are everywhere all of a sudden. I just wrote a crazy long one myself. I'm glad you were able to find at least some things that will work for you, and that you have access to a local Co-op! Wishing you all the best for your new habits.

    Oh, and the verification word is "foingl," which cracked me up.

  20. Our co-op is very different, just fresh fruits and veggies that we pick up at the city building on a Saturday morning. I am going to have to look for one like yours. And I really want to try one of those Larabars - they sound pretty good!

  21. "Sophie Safe Cooking" is a good resource for allergy cooking...you can get it on FAAN.org

  22. That stuff can add up so fast! I have a great recipe for bread made with spelt if your interested. I have made it with half whole wheat flour and spelt and I have done it with all spelt. I throw in some ground flax and it turns out great! The best part is I make it all in my kitchen-aid- super ease!

  23. Co-ops are super awesome. I had some friends years ago and we all got together & organized our butts to do one. It was great!

  24. You can search for recipes based on type (i.e. gluten free) at the Bob's Red Mill website: http://www.bobsredmill.com/recipes.php

    I also got a fantastic book for Christmas called Healthy Bread in 5 minutes a Day- you make the dough and keep it in your fridge and then pull out dough to bake each day. They have a whole section with gluten-free bread recipes. There is also a whole gluten-free menu at PF Chang's.

  25. I just saw this recipe for Quinoa...


    I'd have to alter it because I'm allergic to eggs but it just makes you think outside the box and quinoa is pretty yummy!

    Good luck!