Medical Minute: Gluten free shopping

MINOT, N.D. - Reading labels, scanning barcodes with your phone, just some of the tasks that go into grocery shopping when you are gluten free.

For grocery shoppers with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, buying food can seem near impossible.

Trinity's dietitian recognized this and created a gluten free grocery store tour.

Any diagnosis can change a person's life forever.

For Thomas Martin this meant adopting a gluten free lifestyle when his wife was diagnosed with celiac disease, and it's not been an easy road.

"It's frustrating. Really frustrating. Especially going out to eat. It's real hard trying to find places. You have to make sure they know you can't cross contaminate stuff. It makes it difficult,” says Thomas Martin, grocery store tour attendee.

That's why Trinity health Dietitian Kayla Cole hosted a grocery store tour.

"Navigating the aisles and talking about gluten free products and things that maybe they like, haven't been able to find. And navigating resources apps ingredients searching and trying to figure out what we can and can't have,” said Cole.

Celiac disease affects one out of everyone 100 people according to the celiac disease foundation, and Cole says she's one of them.

"I think the biggest misconception that people feel about celiac disease or gluten intolerance is that it's okay if we have a little. We really can't have any. You can't just put a crouton on my salad and take it off I will get sick off of that,” said Cole.

Martin says that attending the grocery store tour with others lets him know he's not alone.

"She can't talk to anybody at the house. Nobody else has this issue. Gluten don't make them sick. So, we have no clue what she is actually going through she has nobody to really just talk to,” said Thomas Martin.

Helping those learn to live with what they have, one gluten free bite at a time.

If you think you are suffering from celiac or a gluten sensitivity you can contact Cole at Kayla.Cole@trinityhealth.org.