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Urgently need advice on where to shop for Gluten free food.

Post by hillview2006 » Wed, 29 Nov 2006 12:14 am

My mother in-law is coming to singapore tomorrow to visit us. I need to find out where I can shop ‘gluten free food’ for her. Please advise.

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Post by seasider » Wed, 29 Nov 2006 10:24 pm

A lot of food is naturally gluten free. If you cook her a nice, plain and healthy meal for her first dinner, such as grilled/steamed fish and veg with potatoes, not pasta or bread, she'll be fine. It's often hidden ingredients in the sauces we put on such food that cause problems.

Gluten can be in lots of foods you wouldn't imagine it to be in - chocolate and ice-cream, for instance. I would recommend asking her what she usually eats, and maybe having a trip together to somewhere like Brown Rice Paradise in Tanglin Mall if she needs special ingredients.

(I had a fortnight in a hotel in a third word country with a teenager with Celiac Disease and we coped. :) )

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Post by hillview2006 » Wed, 29 Nov 2006 11:05 pm

Thanks for your response. Back in Finland she easily can buy gluten free food such as milk, bread, etc etc. I think these two things are a must to have for her. Tanglin Mall probably a good place to visit and also I read about Jansson place or marketplace? Thanks again.

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Post by seasider » Thu, 30 Nov 2006 7:32 am

There is a Marketplace (part of the Cold Storage group) in the basement of Tanglin Mall; it has a small organic/health section. I find the one in Raffles City slightly better.

There is also a new shop, Naturally Marketplace, in Vivo City - which has more organic and natural produce. It brings in a lot of Waitrose products, which you may find are well-labelled.

Have a look on the internet for gluten-free, wheat intolerance, and celiac disease, then you will have a rough understanding of her allergy and what to look out for.

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Post by micknlea » Thu, 30 Nov 2006 9:33 am

There is also the shop upstairs in Tanglin mall that sells all the organic stuff etc. They have a range of gluten free things as well.
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Post by seasider » Fri, 01 Dec 2006 6:25 pm

Yep that's the first one I mentioned - Brown Rice Paradise.

(I have a lot of food allergies, gluten not being one of them. :D )

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bukit timah ntuc has loads of gluten free cereals

Post by kaurikid » Fri, 08 Dec 2006 8:57 pm

NTUC Bukit Timah plaza has gluten free
cake mix
pasta
cereals
all sorts of millks
plus a load of fruit, fish etc
You can also search internet there is a singaporean woman who makes gluten free breads and treats

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Post by EADG » Sun, 10 Dec 2006 11:09 am

something related you might want to consider is eating right for your type, as in the famous book of the same name

a new shop which just opened near UOB (or is it OUB? I always mix those up) Plaza on French Road in Kitchener Complex sells suppliments and food supplies that follow the Blood Type Diet, i.e. suppliments which are in tune with your particular blood type

although I'm in no way affiliated with the shop I have been on this diet for almost 3 years now and I can attest to it being quite worthwhile

just keep in mind when I use the word "diet" I mean it in the health sense not not the loose-weight sense, though I understand it is good for that as well

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Post by hillview2006 » Fri, 15 Dec 2006 12:04 pm

Hi all, thanks for all the input.. my Mother in law managed well here during her visit. i've found 'gluten free flour & bread and lactose free milk, butter, yogurt except cheese from jansson market place.

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Post by EADG » Sat, 16 Dec 2006 11:35 pm

this won't do much for my credibilty of not being affiliated with these nice folks, but for those who may be interested and more so to benefit from it

here's more info:
http://www.healthyharvest.com.sg/

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Post by seasider » Sat, 16 Dec 2006 11:39 pm

Interesting but absolutely nothing to do with the original query. :lol:

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Post by EADG » Sun, 17 Dec 2006 1:10 am

hey bud, long time no beers.....

actually it is related, at least in my mind, according to the study my blood type is supposedly resistant to wheat-based foods, actually anything in the grain / rice / bread variety, and I too have tried (and failed) to attempt a wheat- or gluten-free diet, which is actually pretty difficult - but, the less I eat of it the better I feel

by observing the blood type diet (for type Os, anyway) you get some of the same benefits of being gluten-free, and, that store has some gluten-free foods and suppliments, and, advice

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Post by seasider » Sun, 17 Dec 2006 10:21 am

I've looked into this too - I am an A and should be a vegetarian, or at least eat fish rather than meat. I'm currently trying to follow a low GL diet (for health reasons as much as weight loss) with the help of Patrick Holford and the two theories definitely overlap considerably. Thankfully I am not much of a meat eater.

If you are an O, you should be a meat eater, right?

I'm not gluten-intolerant but I am trying to avoid it. Problem is, I do have a lot of food intolerances and my diet is becoming very restricted. One can only follow these regimes so far without eating becoming real chore, eh.

edit: BTW just glanced at your site. Some of the supplements seem very expensive. I get mine from Essential Living (or if I'm feeling lazy, from my osteopath who gets them from Essential Living!).

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Post by EADG » Sun, 17 Dec 2006 12:02 pm

you're right, O Types are meat eaters; before I knew that and went on the Type diet I had given up red meat and pork for 2.5 years

Since then, I began eating beef again, never went back on the pork. But it was easy, living in Japan, where good fish is easy to find - here, I have more trouble finding good fish, so I end up eating more meat than I'd really like to.

But....having an Italian heritage, I grew up eating regular and considerable amounts of pasta and bread, and for O Types this is a big no-no, so I too tried to avoid them.

Now my pasta and bread intake is way down, and I think as a result, so are my insulin crashes from that. Instead of huge weekly pasta fests I now have it monthly and in moderation; instead of something bread-y for breakfast I now have only fruit.

So that's part of my initial attemp to be gluten-free or at least gluten-reduced. Long way to go though. Plus like you I think I have other intolerances, so am always experimenting with this, it's really a lifelong assignment

and yes, unfortunately the suppliments at the new shop are pricey, I'm going to take the plunge for a season to see how I fare, but if they have a big effect I wouldn't mind the price

thanks for the info on Essential, I'm going to look into it, we need better and more choices than GNC and the like
seasider wrote:I've looked into this too - I am an A and should be a vegetarian, or at least eat fish rather than meat. I'm currently trying to follow a low GL diet (for health reasons as much as weight loss) with the help of Patrick Holford and the two theories definitely overlap considerably. Thankfully I am not much of a meat eater.

If you are an O, you should be a meat eater, right?

I'm not gluten-intolerant but I am trying to avoid it. Problem is, I do have a lot of food intolerances and my diet is becoming very restricted. One can only follow these regimes so far without eating becoming real chore, eh.

edit: BTW just glanced at your site. Some of the supplements seem very expensive. I get mine from Essential Living (or if I'm feeling lazy, from my osteopath who gets them from Essential Living!).

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Post by seasider » Sun, 17 Dec 2006 4:33 pm

Essential Living sells Solgar, which have a good reputation although it is now being cheapened by the fact that you can get it in Guardian. Now they're also selling Bioharmony/Holford products too (they arranged his recent seminars). I'm trying a few of these. BTW you can order online and they do free delivery over a certain amount.

Looks like we should have had our own thread for all this. :)

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