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Jun 23, 2008 12:54 PM

GFCF in Sacramento

I was recently diagnosed with Candida, and I'm now on a strict diet (no yeast, no grains except oatmeal, no vinegar, no sugars of any kind, no fruit, no mushrooms, no dairy). I'm very sad since I'm used to planning my vacations around where I'm going to eat.

After I'm done with the strict diet, I'll probably have to eat GFCF (gluten free, dairy free). I know that there are many options now since many autistic kids are now on this diet.

After 18 years, I'm moving from Santa Cruz where there are tons of options for buying organic foods and specialty items (gluten free flours, coconut oil, etc.). Our regular grocery stores carry natural meats. I'll be moving to Elk Grove, where the Natural Food Co-op wasn't able to survive.

Does anyone have any recommendations of where to shop that's reasonably priced and not too far away? I think I'm going to have to do much of my shopping at Trader Joe's since they carry natural meats and many gluten-free products (the brown rice pasta is actually decent!). The Costco in Santa Cruz carries organic chicken, so I'm hoping I'll be able to find things at the Costco in Sac. I'm also planning on hitting the freeway farmer's market.

One place I'm going to really miss is a place here where you can buy herbs in bulk. It's a great deal (you don't pay for packaging) and organic. Is there anywhere you can buy herbs in bulk in Sac?

Thanks for your help!

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  1. WinCo has dry herbs in bulk, but I don't know if they are organic or not. It's where I buy my steelcut oaks in bulk.

    1. It's a bit of a drive from Elk Grove but the Natural Foods Co-Op on Alhambra and S would probably be your best bet. I don't like the prices on the fresh produce but they do have a wide selection of the foods you are looking for.

      1. Midori, welcome to the Sacramento area. I work in Elk Grove and was very sad that the Natural Foods Co-op wasn't able to make it. But there is a new Nugget market that has opened on Elk Grove Blvd. I shop at the one in Sacramento near where I live and know that there are lots of organic vegetables at Nugget. They also sell organic chicken and they have bulk foods but I don't know if it is organic. I love the Sunday farmers market under the freeway. You'll find some great stuff there.

        I second the Natural Foods co-op on Alhambra that gmk mentioned. I have a friend who buys mostly organic and she likes to shop at Whole Foods. There isn't a Whole Foods in Elk Grove. I think the nearest one is in the Arden area (north Sac) but someone else may know better.

        I have been creating recipes for my friend with her dietary restrictions. Email me off the board if you want some ideas ( Good luck with your new way of eating. And again, welcome to the community.

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        1. re: dimsumgirl

          Thanks to you both for tips on produce. In Santa Cruz, I also buy organic produce at a regular grocery store (Shopper's Corner) since it costs much more at the natural foods stores. Dimsumgirl, you must live by my dad! I grew up in that area but still haven't been inside the new Nugget. I've heard that it's a good store. That'll be convenient since it's by family. I was also going to check out Taylor's and see if they have natural meats and things.

          My friend calls Whole Foods "Whole Paycheck" since it costs so much. I'm also bitter because SC has many independent natural foods stores, and now two Whole Foods are being built. Grr...


        2. Gluten Free Specialty is a new little store in Downtown, Sacramento. Everything in the store is gluten-free certified or gluten-free company assured. The store is at 2612 J Street, Suite 4, Sacramento, CA 95816. The store is next to Starbucks and tucked behind Brie's Boutique. 916-442-5241 or 916-441-5199.

          1. If you want a place to eat out, try the Farmers Kitchen Cafe in Davis. They have awesome food and even offer a subscription meal service!