Tips to make grocery shopping with celiac easy

This post is sponsored by Sifter.

When I went gluten-free, grocery shopping became one of the most stressful time-consuming things for me. On one hand, I was excited to see if the store had any new things for me to try, on the other hand, I dreaded spending time in the aisles trying to decipher food labels.

I even came up with a word for it a few years later when I started helping others in the grocery store, I call it “Label Reading Fatigue“.

To avoid it, I’m sharing my tips to make shopping with celiac easy!

Label-Reading Fatigue

Food label-reading fatigue: when you simply can’t read another food label.

Symptoms include:

  • Ending your grocery trip early
  • Leaning on gluten-free certifications more heavily
  • Avoiding foods with food labels
  • Avoidance of grocery stores
  • The words are just all merging together…

Treatment:

  • Follow the tips below to make grocery shopping with celiac easy!

Tips to Make Grocery Shopping with Celiac Easy

So you’ve been struggling with label reading fatigue? Or maybe you’re just fed up with grocery store trips taking a century. Follow these 3 steps to make grocery shopping a breeze:

  1. Make a Plan
  2. Stick to the Plan
  3. Take advantage of grocery delivery and pick-up programs.

Make a Plan

My first tips is to make a plan. This usually comes in the form of:

  1. Jotting down rough ideas for meals for the week
  2. Making a grocery list based on the ideas written down
  3. Doing any additional research to make sure you’re selecting safe options.

This is where Sifter comes in. Sifter is a new free online grocery shopping site that helps make grocery shopping easier. Explore thousands of grocery store products for suitability to your needs at the click of a button (or as they call it, “SiftTags”).

Essentially, you sign up for a Sifter account, make your dietary profile (I chose “no gluten” and excluded and ingredients with oats), and then start exploring your options!

For example, say you’re looking for a gluten-free and oat-free pancake mix at target. You’d make sure your dietary profile says no gluten, and excludes oat ingredients, and then you’d search “pancake mix” in the search bar, select target, and boom! There are your options.

Check out this video for a walk through!

Stick to the Plan

Once you have a plan, stick to it. Decision fatigue is real, and when you start adding on to a list you’ve already made, and start trying to make more decisions around your food, the fatigue can start to compound.

So once you’ve made your list, selected the options you’ll be looking for from Sifter, stick to it!

Take Advantage of Grocery Delivery and Pick-Up Programs

The biggest game changer for me (thanks to the storm that was 2020), has been grocery pick-up.

My local Kroger stores now offer free pick-up for your grocery orders on-top of if you have an Amazon prime account, you can get free deliveries from Amazon Fresh on orders of $35 or more.

I can’t tell you how much this has been a life saver. So definitely take advantage of these options. It will save you time, money, and energy.

Now it’s your turn! Share your grocery shopping with celiac tips with me!