My main goal for this website may be to guide locals and tourists toward the best gluten-free food Charleston has to offer, but I also want to use this platform to help educate people about living without gluten through gluten-free resources.
(As always, I only suggest things I genuinely love myself. To help keep Gluten Free Near Me running, I do set up many suggestions as affiliate links, which means I can get a small commission off these suggestions at NO extra cost to you. Learn more on my disclaimer page.)
Websites For Buying Cheaper Gluten-Free Products
While it is not too difficult to find delicious replacements for breads, pastas, crackers, etc. – it can be incredibly expensive.
One of my top tools for combatting those costs has been Vitacost. I buy all sorts of vitamins, supplements, health and beauty products, and gluten-free food items through this website. The shipping is fast, and the costs are MUCH LOWER.
Of course, Amazon is another great resource for finding inexpensive gluten-free items. **See my favs below**
My GF Product List
Here is a list of some of my grocery favorites from Amazon. I try to not only choose gluten-free items, but also fairly healthy items. I mostly eat “whole foods” (meat, produce, nuts, etc.). But here are some other items you can find in my kitchen:
** NOTE: I don’t really buy gluten-free bread to use at home, but in the past I always used Udi’s (Udi’s Gluten Free Whole Grain Bread 2 pack) over Rudi’s. I recently tried the BFree brand, and it was really good. When I was living in Europe, I ate Schar – which was pretty dang fabulous.
Books For Understanding Gluten
Yes, there is a ton of information on gluten, wheat, Celiac, and gluten intolerance online – but if you are anything like me, you want a book you can hold in your hands. Here are two options I’ve enjoyed.
This was the first book I read the week before I got off the gluten. It was incredibly helpful, informative, and easy to understand. I still consider this a great resource for those who are a tad overwhelmed by getting rid of gluten. However, if you’ve already gone gluten-free, feel free to skip this one!
This is not a book about Celiac or gluten intolerance, but it is a fascinating look at what wheat can do to the body… and how wheat has changed over the years.
Figuring how to cook gluten-free can be a little intimidating at first (but no worries, friends, it becomes second nature in no time.)
Confession: I’m not much of a cook, probably one of the many reasons why I’m a restaurant foodie! Though I’m lucky enough to have a guy who loves being our head chef, I still have to prepare food from time to time. These cookbooks make great companions – especially for the gluten-free newbie who isn’t quite as comfortable adjusting regular recipes yet
Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain Celebrations: A Year of Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes for Every Occasion
Simply beautiful. The photos, the recipes, the layout. Gorgeous. Plus it’s great for any of you who don’t eat dairy as well.
If you are anything like me, you don’t want your gluten-free recipes to take 10 years to make and clean up (ain’t nobody got time for that!). This is filled with healthy, easy, simple recipes to make cooking a breeze.
This gluten-free cookbook was created by a mom who wanted to find tasty GF (and dairy-free!) recipes for her young son. You can find a bunch of “family favorites” – pizza, burgers, desserts.
This book was written by Emeril Lagasse’s two daughters who found out they couldn’t eat gluten later in life. You can find twists on their family recipes – everything from chicken drumsticks to cornbread.
Other Top Gluten-Free Resources
- The Celiac Disease Foundation
- Celiac language cards (If you are traveling abroad and don’t speak the language, eating out can be scary. You can purchase these language cards to give to each server, so they can understand the severity of your condition.)
- Gluten-Free Living magazine
- Hidden gluten ingredients (Packaged food ingredients that may sound safe, but actually aren’t)
- “How To Go Gluten-Free Without Crying” post (by yours truly)
- Gluten-free alcohol list
- Is Celiac An Allergy?
Gluten-Free Eating By City
- Charleston, SC
- Keene, NH (coming soon…)
- Las Vegas, NV (coming soon…)
- Savannah, GA (coming soon…)
- Florence, Italy
What are your favorite gluten-free resources? Has any book/blogger/website made a difference in your journey? Comment below to share your top tips with me!