Gluten Free - La Grange,IL

Updated on November 21, 2012
M.H. asks from La Grange, IL
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My doc recomeneded that we try Gluten Free for my son for a while and see if some of his un-desired behaviors change.

Those on this diet.
1. Where do you shop?
2. Where is the gluten, that you were suprised to find it? What foods suprised you.

Have you put your child on it? Was there any noticible changes?

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Thanks for the ideas so far.
Yes, this is for sernsory/add/adhd issues.

I found a website that will send me a recipie daily, the first recipie was make my own bread.. very excited about that one since the bread is like $5.00 a loaf (more like a 1/2 loaf).. yeesh.

I do cook out of the box Mostly (I am so not perfect). I make things from scratch as much as I can. I will try trader joes that is not far from me.

My next step is to get veggies in my son. He will not eat carrots, Celery etc.. broccoli, zuccini, califlour..etc.. No matter what "dipping saucse" we try. He does not like them. I am fresh out of idea for that battle.

More info that I now know.. I need to update my kitchen to differnt pans and utentisels, to go gluten Free.. apparently gluten is like a super bug and you have to keep it away from everything gluten.. We will do that.

90 days I can do that... and I guess it is all or nothing I am being told. I will do it to see if it helps my kiddo.

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answers from Chicago on

Soy sauce! Most soy sauce has wheat in it. There are GF versions - LaChoy makes one, San-J......

Gluten is found in wheat, rye and barley. Not just wheat. Barley is most commonly labeled as "malt" or barley malt (sweetner). Especially in cereals.

You can find GF products almost every where these days. We order in bulk a lot from or has good deals too.

I made these chicken nuggets and both of my kids loved them - even my non veggie eater! Next time though I would make a double batch on a Sunday when my hubby could entertain the kids - it was sorta messy but worth it!

Good luck!

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answers from Fort Myers on

Is this for ADHD? I've read that Omega 3 supplements may help as well. If you're trying to go gluten free the best thing to do is avoid processed foods. Focus on meats, fruits, and vegetables. Obviously bread, and pasta have gluten, but they make gluten free versions. Most grocery stores have a "health food" aisle where you can find gluten free crackers, cookies, pasta, etc., but be careful they can be expensive. Rice and potatoes are gluten free, so it's really not so bad. Just focus on "real food" and you'll be fine. It's really a healthier diet for everyone because you have to cut down on processed foods.

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answers from Dallas on

If you have a hard time finding Gluten Free products in your local stores, Vita Cost carries lots of Gluten Free products and often cheaper.

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answers from Fargo on

My daughter has Aspergers and we went gluten free almost 6 years ago. When she was first diagnosed, the doctor wanted to medicate. I took some time and did some research and found a link between Gluten/caesin and aspergers/add/adhd. So I gave it a shot. You may want to check on removing caesin as well (dairy).

It can take up to 3 months to notice a difference - so please be prepared for that. Almost immediately, her daily headaches and stomachaches were gone. Within in 3 weeks my daughter said she felt "happy" for no reason - something we hadn't experienced before. And here we are almost 6 years later. She's 110% better - it's really amazing. If she happens to get some gluten, she will have a "meltdown".

We eat very natually. Meat (unprocessed), veggies, eggs, fruits, potatoes, rice - do not contain gluten. If you buy processed foods, like hash browns or tator tots - you have to read the label as it sometimes contains gluten. Stick to name brands.

Bread - I make in bread machine or I buy UDI's (tastes most like real). I do not make from scratch as it's ridiculous!! I buy a box for the bread machine. We use little bread it's expensive and doesn't go far. My daughter is almost 16 and eats a lot of salads for lunch vs sandwiches. But when she was younger it was a lot of peanut butter and jelly - she preferred over meat.

I shop at Walmart and then go to a grocery store for what I can't get (Udi's bread, for example). But like I said, I don't buy a lot of processed foods (gluten free or otherwise). Cereal, we stick to Chex vs other gluten free ones (cheaper).

I found a website that listed all the ingredients that are "gluten". I laminated it and brought it with me to the grocery stores. But I will say it's much easier now than it was when I started.

Gluten is in everything - soaps, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, laundry detergent, chap stick, make up, stickers, play dough, stamps, etc. I don't know how old your son is and how much product he uses. But I just called the companies of everything she used to find out.

If you want more information - please PM me . . . I could go on for days!!

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answers from Houston on

I can't say that I was surprised, but I was disappointed that the burger patties at work are packed with flour. I just thought about it and decided to ask one day.

Wheat, rye, barley, and oats. I love oatmeal, but it wreaks havoc on my intestines! Don't use oatmeal skin or hair products.

I go to HEB and Whole Foods for my pastas and cereals. I buy Udi bread from Jason's Deli, by the loaf.

My toddler is kinda on it because I am. I allow him tastes of certain things sometimes, but I don't plan to dunk him in the gluten tank until he is old enough to tell me if it hurts.

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answers from New York on

Do you have Trader Joes by you? They care gluten free breads, waffles, pancake & cake mixes...

I didn't put my kid on it - but we have tried to reduce gluten for other reasons.

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answers from Chicago on

GF changed mine and my daughters life! We are not allergic but she is sensory, speech delayed, ADHD (as am I) We also did casein free. I had horrendous withdrawal headaches for two weeks when I quit so be prepared. I no longer get PMS and my daughter's focus improved. It's like a fog lifted from her brain and she started talking like someone put a quarter in her. Her speech doubled on a weekly basis.

The food that surprised me was soy sauce, it's made with wheat - go figure

First, purge everything not GF from the house - my neighbors were thrilled with the give aways! It's not fair for you or a sibling to eat oreos and not him. I found buying UDI's bread at Dominick's ($4.49 a loaf) is cheaper than buying all the ingredients and different flours to make it. (once he gets used to the diet you can buy less expensive regular bread again for the rest of the family)

Lot's of places have GF pizza now, father and son, Pronto za, Homemade pizza and lou malnatis. IF you are ever in evanston stock up on GF pitas from Rose's, they make awesome mini pizzas and treats.

Go to Amazon and buy the bulk size of Pamelas baking mix and use it like bisquick - for everything! biscuits, cookies, pancakes, quick breads. It's delicious. DOn't buy corn based gf noodles - they are awful. The best are quinoa based.

Not sure how old he is, my daughter was 7 or 8 - she is now 12. WE made her part of it - it was a diet to help our brains and our bodies and our moods work better. The only time we have trouble is when we go out to eat and the bread basket shows up. We usually try to catch it before it arrives.

Re: veggies: Try green beans with butter and salt and have a 1, 2, 3, 4, I declare a bean war sword fight, then race to see who can eat it fastest. (Horrendous table manners I know but desperate times...) Pureed squash with lots of brown sugar. brussel sprouts the are halved or quartered and tossed in olive oil and salt and pepper then oven roasted are favorites - no idea why.

Brands - anything by Pamela's Udi's, Glutino or Schaar is bound to be good. Kinnikinnik is good. And if you shop at Trader Joe's their rolls/buns are good. Heat them up in the oven in foil prior to eating. We buy chex cereals when they are on sale and make GF chex mix and muddie buddies by the score.

Good luck!

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answers from Portland on

gluten is found in wheat products. Just staying away from anything made with wheat flour will eliminate most gluten in the diet. That's a good start.

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answers from Chicago on

I don't have much time to write but I will say for 3 months we had my son on it. I was overwhelmed at first but learned it was MUCH easier to shop/cook than I thought it would be. Gluten can be found in nearly EVERYTHING! And it's not listed on the ingredients as 'gluten' - look up the ways the ingredients list it and make sure you read labels closely. After a few weeks or so of shopping you'll learn which regular things you buy are the ones that are ok.

I shopped at Trader Joes and, at the one near me, they had everything labeled on the shelf which was gluten free. Whole Foods is another option, but to be honest much more expensive. Woodmans was another great store - they had a whole aisle for gluten free foods. The Jewel near me also had a section of Gluten free options.

We did not see any major changes in my sons behavior but I have read that many have seen great success. Best of luck!

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answers from Chicago on

B-R-O-W: Barley, Rye, Oats, Wheat -- are all gluten grains

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answers from Chicago on

Actually oats do NOT contain gluten, however, they're often contaminated with gluten because the combines used to harvest them also harvest wheat, etc. You can buy gluten free oats at Trader Joe's and online. I do alot of my GF shopping on Amazon (mostly flours) but I have a good amount of storage space in the basement for overage. Beware--alot of prepackaged GF stuff still has cross contamination. Manufacturers don't have to list anything under I think 20 ppm which stilll causes alot of people issues. Try to do as much from scratch as possible. I stick to a protein (meat, beans, eggs) and a variety of vegetables. Don't give up on trying to serve those to him. Just keep offering. I do puree veggies sometimes to put in tomato sauces, meatloaf, muffins, etc. Then there isn't as much complaining!

As far the as the sensory thing, I feel it's really helped my son being on the diet. He's not as sensitive and complaining about "this bothers me" and "that hurts", etc. He and I are both on the diet because our blood and stool tests showed a major problem with gluten. Good luck!

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answers from Portland on

I was gluten free for half a day today, until my lovely neighbor brought over a freshly baked homemade loaf of bread. :) I couldn't say no of course! So, we had it for dinner. Thanks for the question. I'm working on cutting out gluten here too. Let's hope my neighbor's homemade bread kick is short-lived.



answers from Chicago on

Most grocery stores carry gluten free products. I have bought pasta, crackers, cereal bars, bagels, pizza etc at Jewel, Meijer, Trader Joes's, Walmart and Dominicks. Fruitful Yeild also has a ton of gluten free products, food and health alike. My advice is to read every label and try to buy only foods with recognizable ingredients. Stay away from chemicals and processed food as much as possible. Push natural foods-rice, potatoes, fruits, veggies, meats. If your son is not a fan of veggies, try steaming and pureeing and adding to sauces (pasta, lasagna) and such. Jessica Seinfeld has a cookbook out there that I love to use: Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food.

Here are a few sites to check out for recipes and tips:

We also avoid MSG, just another thought. Places that I was surprised to find gluten when I was first learning-packaged sauce mixes, canned soups, regular doritos and frozen veggies with sauce.

Also, Pinterestt is another place to look for gluten free recipes.

I was told when we were exploring this to go gluten free for 90 days, I would highly recommend following that suggestion.

Hope this helps. There is a ton of info out there but I know it can be a bit overwhelming at first.

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