Top 10 Foods I wish I could easily buy at the Grocery Store
I’ve been on the FODMAP diet for over a year now, with amazing results, and I think that one of the few things that is still a thorn in my side is the list of foods I wish I could easily buy at the grocery store.
I shop at two places on a regular basis – a nation-wide mainstream grocery store and a local, natural foods grocery store.
The national chain store is getting better at providing foods for those of us with more selective dietary needs. There is a ‘gluten free’ section, sitting beside a ‘dairy alternative’ area. I’ve been able to hunt and peck a few safe prepared products from the main shelves of the store as well, so as a result I do the majority of my shopping here for me and my family.
However, I’m very grateful for having a local natural foods store a short drive a way. I keep a list on fridge of the things I buy there regularly, and circle the items as I run out of them during the week. As soon as I’m out of 2 or 3 things, I’m off!
As wonderful as it is to have access to both styles of selection, there are some things that I really miss.
Here are the Top 10 foods I wish I could easily buy at the grocery store:
- Salad dressing – I make some very good ones from scratch, but it would be nice just to pick up a FODMAP free dressing at the store, or be able to tell my mom that it’s the one I can have. As a bonus, I would like it to do double duty as a marinade for chicken, pork or fish (no, I don’t ask for much from my condiments, do I?)
- Barbeque sauce – I have attempted a few recipes for FODMAP free barbeque sauces, but I haven’t come up with a really good one yet.
- Canned soup – this winter, when The Family was laid low with colds and flu, I would have paid dearly for a prepared soup that was guaranteed FODMAP free. Too many have dairy, or use the nebular ‘seasonings’ in their ingredient list. If I can’t breathe with a head cold, the last thing I want is to be running to the bathroom because I accidentally ingested garlic or onion!
- A bigger selection of dairy alternatives. I am completely off dairy milk and try to limit my intake of goat and soy products. I miss my old recipes that called for mozzarella or cream cheese or ice cream and that sort of thing. Something like ice cream often has egg product added to it, and eggs give me a terrible reaction… so I just stay away now.
- Chocolate bar – I never really used to be tempted by the selection of chocolate bars by the checkout stands, but that was when I could eat any of them without having a gut reaction. Now that I can’t have any, I really want one!! There are more organic options now, but I find that plain dark chocolate is too… chocolately? (how is that possible?). And they often have bits of fruit or nuts that are verboten on the FODMAP list. I could risk it, but I don’t think a small treat should punish you THAT badly.
- Gum. I really miss gum. I’ve tried the natural options and they just aren’t a good substitute for a minty chew. One stuck so badly to my fillings that it took me a week of intensive brushing and flossing just to get it all out of my mouth!
- Chinese Sauces. Yes, I know I could make something from scratch. But sometimes I’m lazy and just want to sauté some chicken and broccoli and throw on a prepared sauce and call it dinner.
- East Indian Sauces. Ditto.
- Italian Sauces. Ditto.
- Watermelon. Apples. Peaches. Pears. Apples (yes, it needs to be in there twice)
So, perhaps my list isn’t the most ultra-health conscious list out there and I’m sure the marathon running, wheatgrass drinking folks out there will tell me I’m better off without these items. But I miss them, and being able to tell my mom (or friends or other family members) that a product easily available is fine for me to have would be a real bonus. The constant label-reading is exhausting, and I won’t ask my family and friends to start doing it for me.
What do you miss?