Sunday, March 25, 2012

Feingold Shopping Lists 2012

Shopping Lists (March, 2012)


These are just my own personal shopping lists for our family, not a complete Feingold shopping guide.  That’s a book.  Please use as a guide and not a Bible!  (I listed my shopping lists a few years ago.  I haven’t even looked at that one recently, but these are my lists as of today.)  If you are exploring the Feingold Diet for your child, this will give you an idea of what kinds of foods are acceptable.  I don’t have these listed as stage 1 or stage 2, so just eating off these lists, will not be the same as doing the diet, as you would need to understand the concept of salycilates.  But, I would hope this helps some families make better food choices, and for other families, give them the encouragement and help they need to start the diet. 





I did not cross check to make sure everything on here is in the Feingold shopping guide.  One reason being: There are some manufacturers who will not fill out forms for Feingold, so they could be totally fine, but they are not listed in the FG guide.  Lay’s, for example, just stopped filling out forms but last year, they were approved, so we still eat them.  The ingredients listed on the packaging have not changed either, so I feel they are safe.  Or, there may be some new products that have not been researched yet by Feingold. 


I’ve listed our GFCF products separately too.  If you have a child with allergies, please do further research on these products to make sure they are safe for your child.  Some of these products will have cross contamination (CC) issues, like Lay’s products, but we seem to be OK with the small amount of gluten that is them. 


If you are not GFCF, don’t skip past the GFCF lists.  There are some very basic foods in there that your kids will probably eat, that happen to be GFCF.  Some of the GFCF foods are better than the non-GFCF foods in my opinion.  I think the GFCF Ian’s products are pretty good.  If you buy Ian’s, make sure you cut out the UPC’s on the boxes.  You can send in 15 of them to get a coupon for a free Ian’s product (worth $6). 


We try to avoid soy with the GFCF products, but you’ll see some products listed with soy (I’ve listed if I know they have soy in them).  That’s because those are products that I eat, or we eat very seldom.  I listed a few items that I know are stage 1 Feingold.  The lists below are for 5 different people in our house, with different intolerances.  My youngest daughter and I for example, can do stage 2 fruits and some soy.  The rest do limited stage 2.


We try to avoid corn syrup for my son on the Feingold Diet, so I list if any have corn syrup that I know.  We also try to avoid MSG.  Feingold considers foods with corn syrup and MSG as approved, but they list if it contains those things, which is really nice, because they are often hidden under different names.  We also do limited chocolate and dairy for my Feingold only son, so if you can do dairy and chocolate, there are a lot more choices out there for you that I do not have listed. 


If you don’t have a Whole Foods near you…my deepest condolences.  Whole Foods is Feingold heaven.  Most foods there are acceptable.  I just watch out for corn syrup and MSG mostly.  You can find a limited selection of the same foods at Whole Foods at your local health food store if you have one.  We have Woodman’s here, which carries a huge selection of organics and healthier foods, in two aisles called “Organic/Natural.” 


My health food store will order things for me as well.  Not everything, but you can ask.  I had them order Rudi’s Honey Sweet Whole Wheat bread b/c I could only find it at Whole Foods and I only go there once a month.  I had to order a case (8 loaves), which was fine b/c I freeze them.  Now, they have started carrying these. 


If you go to a regular grocery store chain, they will either have a separate aisle for natural foods (usually combined with the allergy friendly/GFCF foods, or they will have them mixed in with the other foods.  Our Dominick’s recently changed their stores to incorporate all the health food in with the junk.  I stopped shopping there.  What a pain.  Now, instead of shopping in one aisle, I have to go down every aisle and search for what I need. 


And, as a last resort, you can always order online, mostly on Amazon.  I do this if it’s cheaper or if the weather is bad, and I don’t want to be running to the store as much.  I almost never pay shipping.  But, you sometimes need to order in bulk, which could be a problem if you haven’t tried the product yet.  At the end of these lists, I’ll list what I typically order online.


The biggest challenge I have personally, is having to shop at so many different stores! If I had a Whole Foods closer, it would be a lot easier (mine is 25 minutes away, which isn’t too bad).  But, I try to go to one store once a week and get what I need for a month.  That’s the plan anyway.  Having a meal plan helps and always make a list.  My grocery lists have a few different stores listed on it!     


Hope this helps! 


On my next post I will answer the question I get most often:  Is it really worth it to buy the Feingold program?  My short answer/opinion:  Absolutely!  

Disclaimer (So Feingold can stop leaving the same comments over and over all over my blog): This is not the same as doing the Feingold Diet. If you want to do the Feingold Diet, please purchase their program. 

Costco


Pretzel Crisps - Classic


Gluten and Dairy Free (GFCF):


Jones All Natural Sausage Patties (for breakfast)


I’m Skinny Baked Onion Rings (like Funyons)


Ruffles Potato Chips


Lay’s Classic Potato Chips


Fritos


Tostitos (soy)


Angie’s Kettle Corn Popcorn – Original (we don’t like the Light or Caramel)


Kirkland sliced peaches in glass jars


Hunt’s or Contadina Tomato Sauce and Puree (Large cans for spaghetti sauce)


Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Cane Sugar (Any sugar is fine, but I like organic.  If you buy regular, CandH is a decent brand b/c they use cane sugar instead of beet sugar.)


Mexican Coca-Cola (These are Coke bottles, made with sugar instead of corn syrup.)


(I haven’t been to Sam’s in a while so I can’t remember what they have.  Sorry!)


Whole Foods J


Rudi’s Honey Sweet Whole Wheat Bread


Rudi’s Wheat Hamburger and Hot Dog buns


Bell & Evans Chicken Patties


365 brand 3 Cheese Mini Pizzas


365 brand organic potato shoestring fries, tater tots, hash browns


WF has a few brands of chicken nuggets but my son didn’t like any of them, but he’s picky.  There’s Earth’s Best, Applegate, Ian’s, etc.  I make them homemade too.


Annie’s Macaroni and Cheese (We like the Velveeta type where you just add the creamy cheese, but there are a few to choose from, including microwavable packets.)


Whole Catch frozen popcorn shrimp (my son likes these)


Breyers All Natural Vanilla Ice Cream (or chocolate or strawberry)


Hagendaz Ice cream – vanilla, chocolate


Julie’s ice cream products (chocolate ice cream bars, ice cream sandwiches, etc.)


New Morning Graham Crackers and Graham Sticks


Nature’s Path granola bars – Peanut Choco, Berry Strawberry


Back to Nature Wheat Crackers (like Wheat Thins)


Back to Nature Cheddar Crackers (like Cheese Nibs)


Annie’s Crackers – Sour Cream & Onion Bunnies, Cheddar Bunnies, etc. (these have MSG though so we avoid b/c they give my son a headache)


Pretzel Crisps - Classic


365 brand organic peanut butter


365 brand saltine crackers


Edward and Sons Italian breadcrumbs


San-J Wheat Free Soy Sauce


Sunspire Chocolate Pieces (like M&M’s)


Ghiradelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips


King Arthur Unbleached Flour (or any flour but I like to use unbleached)


Rumford Aluminum Free Baking Powder (or any regular but I like to use aluminum free)


If You Care Unbleached Parchment Paper (or order online)


If You Care Unbleached Muffin Cups


Stacy’s Pita Chips – Original, Cinnamon, or Parmesan, Garlic, and Herb


Stacy’s Bagel Chips – Everything


Indiana Popcorn Black & White (Chocolate drizzled)


Horizon Organic butter sticks or 365 brand butter


Natural by Nature Whipped Cream (in a can)


Any whole milk (not skim).  If I buy milk, I usually buy organic or Oberweis.


We don’t do yogurt, but Whole Foods has a few brands that are approved.  I would think any organic brand would be fine. 


The bakery has a lot of good stuff, but a lot of it has corn syrup.  You have to read the labels.  They can make b-day cakes to your specifications. 


My son loves the Lacey’s choc and macadamia nut toffee wafers.  We’ve also tried the mini cinnamon rolls, donuts holes, danishes, etc. My kids LOVE going to Whole Foods with me.  Their ice cream is good.  Their gelato is good but has corn syrup, and they give free samples. They make individual slices of cake and cupcakes that are good but very expensive.  They have some GFCF and egg free cupcakes that are really good but they have soy.


We like the fries from their restaurant, and the strawberry lemonade.  The pizza is pretty good too.


GFCF:


Applegate Farms Beef Hot Dogs Organic ($1 cheaper at Meijers.  Freeze these.)


Bell and Evans Gluten Free Chicken Tenders (soy)


Ian’s GF Chicken Nuggets ($1 cheaper at health food store)


Ian’s GF Chicken Patties


Ian’s GF Mini Turkey Corn Dogs


Ian’s GF French Toast Sticks


Ian’s GFCF French Bread Pizza (soy)


Applegate Farms Wheat Free Corn Dogs (soy, may have gluten)


Amy’s GFCF Baked Ziti (soy)


Applegate Farms Sunday Bacon (cheapest at Woodman’s)


Amy’s GFCF and Soy free Rice Macaroni and Cheese (frozen section)


Ian’s GF Onion Rings (we don’t like the non-GF ones)


Food for Life Brown Rice bread (can e-mail them for coupons once a month)


Food for Life Brown Rice Tortillas (for GFCF quesadillas - keep frozen, then microwave or heat up)


Shelton’s Turkey Breakfast Sausage


Bubbies brand pickles (I use the one for hamburgers)


So Delicious Coconut Milk Original (in a red box) (These are cheapest at Woodman’s - $2, but sometimes go on sale at Whole Foods).


Tillen Farms Marrachino Cherries (No corn syrup! LOVE this with Sierra Mist Natural.)


GF Ice Cream Cones.  They have regular ones too.


Santa Cruz Organic chocolate syrup


So Delicious Coconut Milk Ice Cream – Vanilla


So Delicious Coconut Milk Ice Cream – Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl (peanuts)


So Delicious Coconut Milk Ice Cream – Turtle Trails (peanuts)


So Delicious Chocolate Covered Ice Cream Bars (soy)


Ciao Bella Sorbet (no corn syrup) – Lemon Ice or Mango (FG stage 1)


Ciao Bella Sorbet (no corn syrup) – Raspberry, Blood Orange


Tempt Hemp Vanilla Ice Cream


Tempt Hemp Vanilla and Fudge Ice Cream Bars


Rice Dream Dibs (soy & Rice Dream is not truly GF)


Zen Soy Chocolate Pudding (Soy. My kids get really hyper from these, but I like them.)


SoyaToo Rice Whip Cream (you have to run this under warm water before using)


Earth Balance Soy Free Buttery Spread (in a red tub)


Purity Farms Ghee (This is expensive, so we use mostly Earth Balance.  Cheapest at Whole Foods.  I use this is some recipes.  It’s a dairy free butter.)


Pure Maple Syrup


Organic Honey – 365 brand (or any should be fine)


Daiya Cheddar Cheese shreds (for chili, grilled cheese, etc.)


Daiya Mozzarella cheese shreds (for GFCF pizza & quesadillas)


Rice Vegan American Flavor cheese slices (this is the only one w/o soy & only at WF)


Real Sea Salt or Redmond’s Sea Salt (most regular table salt has corn syrup – dextrose)


Spectrum Shortening


All Natural Desserts Strawberry or Orange Jel Desserts (like Jell-O)


Namaste Gluten Free All Purpose Flour


Namaste GFCF Pizza Crust Mix


Namaste GFCF Waffle and Pancake Mix


Namaste GFCF Chocolate Cake Mix


Breads from Anna bread mix, banana muffin mix, apple muffin mix


Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips (no soy)


Sunspire GFCF Chocolate Chips (soy)


Annie’s Fruit Snack Bunnies (My kids get crazy hyper with these, but these are good for school snacks for the class.)  I think Costco has these too.


Glenny’s Marshmallow Rice Krispy Bars


Annie’s French Dressing


Organic popcorn kernels – Arrowhead Mills, etc.


Sunbutter


Enjoy Life Snicker Doodle cookies


Enjoy Life Lemon cookies, Chocolate Chip, Brownie, etc. (all stage 2 b/c of the dates)


Kinnitoos Cookies (Like Oreos.  They have choc and vanilla. Contain soy.)


Tinkyada GF rice spaghetti noodles (I get the organic)


Glutino crackers (eggs and soy)


Glutino table crackers (just has soy, no eggs)


Glutino Apple Cinnamon O’s (like Cheerios)


Pop:  Whole Foods has a lot of options, all without corn syrup.  There’s a 365 brand, Izze (sold at Chipotle too), Oogave, Blue Sky.  My favorite is 365 Raspberry but I think they discontinued it!  Can’t find it anymore.  Root Beer is OK too.  Dr. Snap is one my kids like, and Key Lime.  They make Root Beer floats out of them.  


Seventh Generation – Dishwashing detergent, laundry detergent (Tide Free is OK too)


Wal-Mart (Super Wal-Mart will have more food choices):


Parent’s Choice Unscented Baby Wipes


Ghiradelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips


Rold Gold Honey Wheat pretzel braids


Ruffles Potato Chips


Lay’s Potato Chips


Fritos


Tostitos (soy)


Uncle Ben’s 5-Minute Rice


Dole or Del Monte sliced peaches, pineapples, etc. in a can.  Just read labels for corn syrup.  I usually get the “in 100 % juice” ones.


Mott’s Natural Applesauce cups


Dole fruit cups in 100% juice (read labels for corn syrup)


Aunt Jemima Original Pancake Mix (not the Complete where you just add water)


Kellogg’s Crispix cereal (we use this to make Puppy Chow too)


JIF All Natural peanut butter


Hellman’s Real Mayonnaise


Land O’Lakes Butter sticks


Marzetti’s Creamy Italian Dressing


Marzetti’s Lite Honey French Dressing  (soy – not sure if this is approved or not but looks OK.  I use it.)


Sierra Mist Natural (No corn syrup!)


Eggland’s Best Organic Cage Free Eggs (any regular eggs are fine too)


Simply Lemonade (st 1)


Simply Raspberry Lemonade

Simply Apple Juice


Simply Orange Juice (My kids get hyper from this though.  Some orange growers add dyes to the skin of the oranges.  California orchards do not.)


(My Super Wal-Mart does not carry Hormel deli meats for some reason.)


GFCF:


Hunt’s No High Fructose Corn Syrup Ketchup ($1 at some Wal-Marts)


French’s 100% Natural Mustard


Super Target


Targets will have about the same foods as Wal-Mart and regular grocery stores, so I won’t list them again.  There are just a few items that I can only find at Super Target, or are cheapest here, so I have listed those below.  Big chain grocery stores also often have other items found at Whole Foods, but it varies greatly, so you’ll just have to see what your stores have. 


Einstein Bagels (We like blueberry, but they have corn syrup.  In the bakery.)


GFCF:


Health Valley Gluten Free Chicken Noodle Soup (about $2.69 here - cheap)


Meijer


Same things as Wal-Mart.  My Meijer carries So Delicious Coconut Milk $1 cheaper than anywhere else ($4.99), and Applegate Hot Dogs for $1 cheaper too ($5.99), so that’s about the only thing I get specifically from here, and produce.


Trader Joe’s


I don’t get much from Trader Joe’s, but I like their selection of organic produce. 


Trader Joe’s Honey Nut O’s (like Cheerios)


Rudi’s Wheat Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns


Trader Joe’s breakfast bars – This Blueberry Walks Into a Bar, etc.


Trader Joe’s Orange Gummy Vitamin C’s


TJ’s brand peanut butter sandwich crackers


TJ’s brand cheese sandwich crackers


GFCF:


Trader Joe’s brand Baked Onion Rings (like Funyons)


Freeze Dried Mangoes


Banana Chips


Trader Joe’s brand lemonade juice boxes 


Organic: russet potatoes, red potatoes, onions, garlic, Fuji apples, bananas, lemons, limes, Romaine lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, asparagus, carrots, celery, watermelon, cantelope, honey dew, berries, etc.


Frozen:  Organic green beans, peas.


Woodman’s (Has a mix of things from Whole Foods and a regular grocery store)


Rold Gold Honey Wheat pretzel braids


Pretzel Crisps - Classic


Kellogg’s Crispix cereal (we use this to make Puppy Chow too)


JIF All Natural peanut butter


Natural Cheetos (corn syrup)


Back to Nature pop tarts (Corn syrup.  My son reacts to these.)


Hellman’s Real Mayonnaise


Aunt Jemima Original Pancake Mix (not the Complete where you just add water)


Hunt’s No High Fructose Corn Syrup Ketchup ($1 at some Wal-Marts)


French’s 100% Natural Mustard


Ghiradelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips


Rold Gold Honey Wheat pretzel braids


Land O’Lakes Butter sticks or Horizon Organic


Sierra Mist Natural (No corn syrup! - not approved but seems OK)


Seventh Generation Diapers ($2 cheaper at Woodman’s than Whole Foods)


GFCF:


Organic Smart Chicken brand chicken breasts (see my note on chicken at the bottom)


Organic Smart Chicken rotisserie chicken and ground chicken


Applegate Farms Beef Hot Dogs Organic (freeze these)


So Delicious Coconut Milk Original (in a red box) (These are cheapest at Woodman’s - $2).


Pacific Rice Milk Original (Woodman’s is the only store I can find these at.  They’re $2  here, or you can order online at Amazon.)


Pacific Organic Chicken Broth (I wait till they go on sale for 2 for $5)


Imagine Beef Broth (often goes on sale)


Imagine Creamy Tomato Soup (often goes on sale)


Envirokids Gorilla Munch cereal (watch for sales)


Envirokids Amazon Corn Flakes cereal


Erewhon Original Rice Krispy cereal (these are sometimes 2 for $6 at Whole Foods)


Lundberg Organic Long Grain White Rice


Xochitl corn chips (I wait till they go on sale for 2 for $7 at Woodman’s)


Tings (My kids get hyper from these but they’re good.  Similar to Cheetos.)  I can only find these at Woodman’s or from Amazon.


Gluten Freeda’s Instant Oatmeal packets – Apple Cinnamon


Hormel deli meat slices (in a brown box) – Turkey, ham, roast beef (can only find the roast beef at Woodman’s), salami.  These are the cheapest here - $2.79)


Applegate Farms Sunday Bacon (cheapest at Woodman’s)


Ruffles Potato Chips


Lay’s Potato Chips


Fritos


Tostitos (soy)


Uncle Ben’s 5-Minute Rice


Angie’s Kettle Corn Popcorn – Original


Eggland’s Best Organic Cage Free Eggs (any regular eggs are fine too)


Simply Lemonade (st 1)


Simply Raspberry Lemonade


Simply Orange Juice (My kids get hyper from this though.  Some orange growers add dyes to the skin of the oranges.  California orchards do not.)


Health Valley Gluten Free Chicken Noodle Soup (about $3.69 here – very high)


Muir Glen Chicken and Wild Rice Soup (soy)

Pacific chicken and wild rice soup (in a small box)


Health Food Store (here in the Chicago area we have Fruitful Yields):


HFS’s products will vary greatly.  They will have similar things as Whole Foods, on a smaller scale.  You can ask them to order you products, but you may have to buy a case.  Sometimes not though.  Great place to get vitamins and products for when you’re sick.


U.S. Wellness Meats  (www.grasslandbeef.com)


I order my grass fed beef from here about once every month or two.  Whole Foods sells grass fed beef, but I didn’t care for it.  It just didn’t taste good/fresh to me for some reason but some people like it.  My health food store sells some that is local that is pretty good.  It’s about $5 a pound.  From here, it is closer to $7 a pound, but I know it is high quality and that’s more important to me.  I’ve tried Trader Joe’s Organic beef (Sommer’s brand), but many times I would open it, and the meat smelled very bad so I had to throw it out or return it, so I stopped buying from them.  Below is what we typically order from them and have liked.  You will end up spending a lot if you buy grass fed beef, but knowing what I know now about the meat industry, it’s the only meat I will feed my family.  Also, I compare it to eating out.  I spend about the same as if we had gone out to eat at a restaurant (which we rarely do).


I’ve tried Tropical Traditions meat before too and it was OK, but I prefer U.S. Wellness’s meat, and they have a much bigger selection.   Going vegetarian is an even better option, but not practical when you live in an area like the Midwest and have multiple other food allergies. 


Also, you need to order by Wednesday morning to get your meat the following day, otherwise, you’ll wait until the following week for your order.  They offer “free” shipping, but charge a $7.50 processing fee per order (for the dry ice and overnight service).  Grass fed beef does taste slightly different from regular beef but you quickly get used to it.  The biggest mistake people make (and I did this too), is to not cook it long enough.  You need to cook grass fed meat a little longer.  They say to cook it on high/medium for a short time to sear it and seal the juices, then turn it down lower and cook for a while until done.  I cook all our meat in a skillet on the stove with a tsp or so of oil.  I stopped using the grill completely for health reasons.  I use a hamburger seasoning that I make.  The recipe is in my cookbooks. 


85% ground beef (1 lb packages).  I order a lot of this b/c I use it for spaghetti sauce, meatballs, chili, tacos, hamburgers, meat loaf, etc. 


Filet Mignon – 6 oz.  I cut these in half, length wise to get two small steaks out of them.  My kids get one each, then I make other sides for dinner.  They love these, but they are expensive.  I often make these for them for holidays.


New York Strip Steaks – these are good but sometimes have too much fat on them, so now I just get the filet mignons b/c we like those so much better. 


Beef Stew meat


Pot Roast (if I get the plain one, I have a recipe I use)


Pot Roast with Gravy/Seasonings and Pre-Cooked – my kids like this one, and I like it b/c it’s so easy to make.  Just thaw out, then cook in the bag, in a big pot of boiling water for 20-30 minutes.  Oila, dinner is served. 


BBQ sauce – they make their own sauce that is REALLY good.  You do have to pay for shipping, so I ordered a few bottles.  My daughter uses it for her steak, shredded BBQ beef,  BBQ chicken, etc. 


Shredded Beef – they make a regular one that you can add your own BBQ to, or they have one that is a little more expensive that has the sauce already on it.  Since we have their BBQ sauce, I just order the plain one and add our own.  This is really good.  It’s a little fatty, but still worth it.  Only makes about 3 servings though. 


Summer Sausage – this is really good.  We put them on Glutino crackers.  I sometimes put these in my daughter’s lunch, or take along to theme parks in the summer.


Beef Snack Sticks - these are like big Slim Jim’s.  My daughter likes these, but my older son doesn’t. 


Bacon – we’ve tried their pork bacon, and it’s really good.  They give you a really big package which is nice, b/c in our family, we go through a lot of bacon.  We tried the beef bacon, and I thought it was nasty, but my older son said it was alright.  If you have bacon left over, you can save it in the fridge or freezer for bacon, lettuce, tomato sandwiches, or as a topping on a baked potato. 


Baked Ham – We got their organic baked ham for Easter one year.  It was alright.  I’m not a big fan of eating pork. 


Blackwing Chicken (www.blackwing.com)


I occasionally order my organic chicken from this web site.  I really like the organic chicken from Woodman’s (Smart Chicken brand), but sometimes they run out (before I can get there and clear the shelves).  I like these b/c I hardly have to cut off any fat and they taste far and away better than any other chicken breasts.  If they run out of organic, I’ll occasionally buy their non-organic chicken breasts, which are also pretty good.  I cut these in half, length wise so I get 4 chicken breasts out of a 1lb package.


But, on occasion, I’ll order from Blackwing if Woodman’s is continually out.  I don’t trust any other chicken sources.  Perdue claims to be all natural, but my guess is that’s more of a marketing gimic then reality.  I’ve heard bad things about Tyson.  One of our DAN doctor’s told me that if he were only going to buy one thing that was organic, it would be chicken.  Chickens are typically fed feed that is laced with arsenic.  Arsenic is a poison that tricks the chickens into thinking they are hungrier than they are, so they’ll eat more.  The chickens get bigger and the chicken growers make more money.  They also have very poor growing conditions (crowded coops with no room to walk around) so the chickens are often extremely sickly.  Then they give them to us to eat.  No thank you.  Not for my babies.   I just order the chicken breasts from here. 





On a Budget?


Here’s a few cost saving tips.  If you haven’t already, also read my post on “All Natural Couponing” for more ideas.  But here are just a few tips.


Before going to Whole Foods, go to their web site and print out any coupons you might be able to use.  You can print as many as you want.  These change every month or two.  When you get to the store, go to the front of the store near the doors or at the customer service desk and get a copy of their store flyer which has coupons.  See if you can use any of them.  If I can, I grab a couple more copies. 


Sign up for www.moneysavingmom.com and sign up for e-mail alerts to all the stores you shop at.  She will e-mail you about once a week with the deals and coupons available for products at those stores.  I’ve gotten some great deals this way.


E-mail Ian’s and request coupons.  They’ll mail you one coupon for $1 off.  Woo hoo!  Have your friends and family request them too.  Save all your UPC’s from the boxes.  When you have at least 15, you can mail them in to get a coupon for a free Ian’s product up to $5.99. 


If you are GFCF: Go to Food for Life’s web site and request coupons.  They’ll mail you about 5 coupons for 55 cents off. You can request coupons from them once a month.





A Few Things I Typically Order Online:


Suzanne’s Ricemellow Crème  (www.veganessentials.com)  Whole Foods stopped carrying this so I have to order online now.  It does contain soy though.  I use it on Chocolate S’More Pancakes and in a recipe for chocolate peanut butter rice krispies.  Yum!


Shampoo – Desert Essence Unscented shampoo, conditioner, and body wash.  For girls with thick hair, I now use Mineral Fusion Curl Care. It works much better than Desert Essence but is more expensive.  The Curl Care has the least smell to it. If you get the other varieties, they smell like oranges. I order online b/c it’s so much cheaper.  I get from www.swansonvitamins.com or www.vitacost.com for about $5.  They're about $8 in the store.  I use the Ivory bars. For my baby, I used California Baby unscented shampoo and body wash or Rainbow Unscented Shampoo from Whole Foods. 



Toothpaste – Right now, the kids use Tom’s of Maine without fluoride, Strawberry b/c there’s nothing better.  It does contain sodium laurel sulfate which I don’t like.  I use Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil and Neem toothpaste.   I order online as well b/c it’s cheaper.  Same places as the shampoo usually or wherever’s the cheapest.


Seventh Generation Diapers – these are the same price online as at Woodman’s and free shipping.  We use mostly cloth diapers though (Fuzzi Bunz).


Candy – Lemon balls, lemon candy canes, lemon sticks, and peppermint candy canes from www.giambriscandy.com. All stage 1 but may have corn syrup.


www.squirrels-nest.com has an assortment of natural candy.  Some of it I find cheaper elsewhere or can find at Whole Foods to avoid shipping.


(We really don’t do candy much anymore.  I bake treats for parties.)


Coconut Oil and Palm Oil Shortening – from www.tropicaltraditions.com.   They have a lot of sales if you sign up for their e-mails.


Vitamins :  If your child can swallow pills, Pure Encapsulation makes a good multivitamin called Pedianutrients.  They are supposed to take 4 per day though.  If you can’t find them online anywhere, I order from my DAN dr’s web site which is www.elementalsliving.com.  Thorne has a good one too but they need to take 6 a day.  Freeda makes an unflavored chewable tablet multi.  We used to use them but then all of sudden my kids said they didn’t like them and wouldn’t take them anymore.  For other supplements, see my post entitled, “All About Supplements.”


Epsom Salt – I order the 10 lb bags from San Francisco Salt Company, www.sfbsc.com.  I watch for free shipping sales.  If you sign up for their newsletters, you’ll get e-mails to watch for them. 


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40 comments:

Lisa said...

OK, what is the Epsom Salts for? I just started researching the Feingold program so I just copied your lists to read up and such. thanks for this info Lisa

Sheri Davis said...

Hi Lisa. Epsom salts are for baths. It's basically just magnesium. It helps to detox the body and for some kids, it helps them to calm down. I actually order the 20 lb. bag. I made a misprint. Anyways, I usually add about 1/2 cup to my kids' bath. You can start with less then that and work up to about 1-2 cups if you want. If a child on Feingold accidentally has something with red dye or some high salycilate fruit, epsom salt baths are usually helpful. I can't say it helps my kids to calm down but I know it's beneficial b/c it's bringing out toxins. You can also add a little baking soda to the bath to bind to the toxins. If your child at first gets a little hyper from epsom salt baths that usually means that they are detoxing too fast or just have a lot to detox. Just use less the next time and you will see less hyperness and more calm with each bath. It also helps with constipation.

Sheri

Heidi said...

Wow this list is amazing!! As a very new "Feingolder" I find it very helpful, thank you so much!!! I was googling Feingold and baby wipes and found your blog. I didn't see anything mentioned...do you know if most baby wipes are safe?

Sheri Davis said...

Hi Heidi. Under Wal-Mart, I have Parents Choice Unscented baby wipes. We use these as do many FG families, without a problem, even though they're not in the Feingold shopping guide. My first baby had very sensitive skin. I only found one diaper he could wear without getting a rash (it was White Cloud from Wal-Mart), and he had no problem with these wipes. Huggies Natural baby wipes people seem to be OK with too. Seventh Generation wipes are approved. I just don't use them b/c they're too expensive.

Marcia said...

People exploring the Feingold diet can get their info from teh support group: www.feingold.org

There is also a good Yahoo group: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Feingold-Program4us/

Heidi said...

Just found the support group - thanks!

Heidi said...

Thank you Sheri! We are also in the Chicago area, are there any local supports I should know about?

Julie Russell-Steuart said...

Sheri,
You have gone to a lot of trouble to put some of the food list here for those of us who are trying to consider Feingold diet. I really appreciate it. After we see the Dr. this week, he may recommend trying it. Would rather do this than the medicine, which was tried for a week and a half with a bad rebound effect (Ritalin.)

elizabeth said...

Our local Super Walmart carries the Earth Balance Soy Free for only $2.98! It is the only reason I set foot in that place-lol!

Jessi said...

I don't have the Feingold program currently (yet) but have started dietary changes for my son by eliminating artificial colors and flavors, and preservatives at the recommendation of the neurologist. I have Stop & Shop supermarkets by me that have their OWN line of all natural and (some) organic foods called Nature's Promise. So far we have found great granola bars, hot dogs, organic ground meat, etc that is not breaking the bank

Anonymous said...

Is Coconut milk OK to have? What about Vanilla Coconut milk?

Sheri Davis said...

Yes, we use So Delicious. Vanilla is OK too.

sanderson said...

I am considering the feingold diet for my 7 and 4 yr old. They have so many "issues". Do you think its best to join the association? Its $100 and my husband says I could get all the info online but I am already confused. Will it help clear things up? Is it worth it? I have two books. One by Feingold and another on Why won't my child behave..i think.I really think I need to do something. My 7 yr old still wets the bed every night and my 4 yr old still has accidents every day. Plus they are loud, unfocused, hyper etc. My 7 yr old struggles in school focusing and with peers. I am worried because school starts in 2 weeks and I want them to be happy. I can handle them but I also worry for them. Don't have much help/support tho.

Sheri Davis said...

I think it's $82.50 unless it went up. You really can't do the Feingold diet correctly just from info online. You'll drive yourself nuts. If he thinks you can, ask him to find all the info and let you know. I do post stuff here to help people who can't afford the program or who want to make healthier choices, but when you have kids who have serious issues and it's affecting their daily life and school, then you really should buy the program and do it 100%. Some people on the program say if you're not doing FG 100%, then you're not doing FG. True, and not true. I did a post on whether the diet is worth the $83. I think it definitely is worth it. You're right. You will get confused. Even when you buy the program, it takes weeks to really understand and comprehend the whole program. With my daughter, wetting was caused by stage 2 fruits. Read my low oxalate diet post to read about that. I also have a Facebook page that might be helpful to you. It's All Natural Mom. There's a link up top. Hope you figure out what's causing your kids issues. FG is a great place to start. Wetting is also sometimes caused by food allergies or yeast overgrowth.

Sheri Davis said...

I don't know of any. Sorry.

Anonymous said...

thank you for this post! i have decided get the feingold program for my son but not till next month, today i went to my local market store and felt so overwhelmed almost changing my mind then i found your post thank you again :) !

Anonymous said...

I have a question for the types of medicine that you use on the FG diet. I don't know what type of cough and cold medicine to give my son.

Sheri Davis said...

We use a variety of things. For cough medicine, we've used B&T brand from Whole Foods or the health food store. It's cherry flavored I think. I think everything we use is stage 2, but when they're sick, what are you gonna do? I also use Sambucus elderberry syrup for general cold or flu symptoms. They have a few different varieties. Umcka cold care we've used. Oscillococcinum Kids for flu and Hyland's Cough and Cold Nighttime for Kids (both homeopathic). Zinc, vitamin C, oil of oregano gelcaps (before food), lysine, vitamin D to boost the immune system. Stay away from sugar and drink lots of fluids. I give my kids a cough tea that my midwife made for them. Basically, hit up your local health food store. Most of what they have there is going to be OK. To stay FG stage 1, you can go with the homeopathic medicines. Hope he feels better! My daughter is sick too right now.

Trigirl2009 said...

Thank you SO much for taking the time to share ALL this information! I am getting ready to start the FG diet and your info is very encouraging!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi I am a student and I have just begun researching the Feingold Diet. Can anyone answer a few questions for me? What are some barriers you have found to buying foods that follow the diet? Are there other diets or solutions you have tried that just haven't worked? What would you suggest to someone just beginning the diet with their child? Is it expensive to use this diet? What has your pediatrician said about this diet? Does he or she agree with the diet? Thank you!

Christine

Sheri Davis said...

Hi Christine. I've answered a lot of those ?'s on an e-book I am almost finished writing. You can e-mail me directly if you'd like to read it. sheridavis27@comcast.net. For trying other solutions: I was reading a lot of disciplining books and nothing they said worked until we also added in Feingold. As far as what our pediatrician said, you can read my recent post, "All Natural Cold and Flu Care". At the bottom I explain what one of our ped's said about it. :) Our regular ped didn't say much. Kind of like, oh, that's nice. We were never seeking their help for ADHD though. If so, they are usually against diet, though some as of late are starting to get on board the diet train. Is it expensive? - chapter in my e-book. Barriers to following the diet? - in my e-book under "Is It Hard?" chapter. We've done other diets after Feingold, that have just added to our Feingold Diet, not taken the place of. So, now we do both FG and GFCF.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much...this has been very helpful!!!
Michele

Anonymous said...

Hi, I wanted to know if you have had any triggers from the Mineral Fusion's products. I having a fun time of finding anything on the findgold list for shampoo, conditioner, body wash or lotion that my boys can use. LOve your 3 day diet list. I stretched it 2 weeks and saw results. Thanks
Morgan

Sheri Davis said...

Hi Morgan. Glad to hear! I've not noticed any reactions from the Mineral Fusion. I did notice that the Fortified one has a pretty strong orange smell to it. We use the Curl Care one now and that one does not have a strong smell. My daughter happens to have curly hair so it works for us. I order from www.vitacost.com sometimes. They have it there for $6.99 which is expensive but it works so much better than Desert Essence that we were using before. DE is fine for boys but not for girls with thick curly hair. The conditioner dried out her hair and it was impossible to comb. We still use DE's body wash or we use Ivory soap bars. We use the Mineral Fusion lotion unscented. Used to use DE but it's not high qualty. I think Feingold hasn't researched many shampoos, etc.

Anonymous said...

HI, I was going thru th FG shopping guide, selection of jelly in San Diego is almost as bad as the shampoos. I was wondering what you use for jelly or jam. I hate to keep asking but I can't find things listed on the list in my area. I am trying to get kids completely on diet.
Thanks
Morgan

Sheri Davis said...

Hi. My 86 year old grandma makes me jelly every year! Are you trying to stay stage one or two? Target used to have a pear jelly that we used. It was the store brand - Archer Farms or something. It's not in the book but it looked OK. www.squirrels-nest.com sells some st 1 jellies. We used the watermelon before and they liked it but it was VERY expensive with shipping. I'd love to learn how to make my own watermelon jelly but haven't yet. Whole Foods' 365 brand is OK. Otherwise, I just try to stick to an organic jelly b/c we also avoid corn syrup. After a while, I just used homemade strawberry jelly for my son's PB&J's but I only used a very small amount of jelly and he seemed OK with it.

Anonymous said...

Hi, We are still in stage one. I will look at target. I make freeze jam to by pass the pectin. I have all the berry jams in the freezer. I just have never made any from the list of fruit that is permitted. I did check www.squirrels-nest.com they have none listed at this time.
Morgan

Sheri Davis said...

Hmm...they must've stopped selling it. I don't see it either. I'm definitely going to have to make my own next summer. No good watermelons right now. I'm just afraid of that whole canning process. Looks complicated.

Terri Jones said...

Hi, I googled Feingold diet and came across your blog. Considering this for my 5 year old son. He has Sensory Processing disorder and is about to undergo psychological testing for possible Aspergers and other issues. And probably ADHD, but I'm not medicating. I'm curious about this "diet" and a bit skeptical too. But if it can really calm him down, then why not try? My question is about lunch. He goes to public school (kindergarten) and I assume that he couldnt eat the school lunch or community snacks. What are some suggestions that would make for a good packed lunch? He's rather picky about veggies. And do you know if the organic Jammy Sammy's (Target) would be okay?

thanks for the information.

Anonymous said...

WOw/ My brain hurts. Thanks for all the info! Our ped recommended the Feingold diet for my 4 yr old to help w/ ADHD symptoms... which means I need to have other 4 eat like this or he will FLIP out:/ I'm a bit overwhelmed by it all and have been searching internet for ideas. I don't want to buy the plan and then find it didn't help:/ I home school too, which I know is helpful...Anyway, thanks.

Sheri Davis said...

Hi Terri. No, he will not be able to get hot lunch or snacks. He'll have to bring his own. I'm not sure what the Jammy Sammy's are. Are you on my Facebook page? I've posted a few of my son's lunches and have discussed a little bit about lunches there. I will do a post soon on lunches and snacks. But basically he still have some of the same things, it will just be different brands. I just posted a list of what my kids typically eat, although we are mostly GFCF. Look under "C"'s meals. He is not GFCF but does limited dairy. Sorry I'm not much help but it really just depends what he likes and then you take it from there.

Sheri Davis said...

Hi. Yes, it is a lot of information! You could try the 3-Day trial of the diet that I have posted here on my blog first if you'd like. It's easier when you have the materials but that will give you an idea. Also, check out my Facebook page. I find I take in info easier when it comes at me in smaller chunks. :) Good luck.

Ellen K. said...

Thank you Sheri! I am just beginning this journey, your list is life saving! and awesome you are here in Chicagoland for stores near us!
God Bless you and your family! Ellen

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness I found this!!!! I just ordered the Feingold Diet a few hours ago and want to start asap! This has given me some great ideas until my package arrives.
My son started having some tics a few weeks ago. My Dr. thinks it may be due to seasonal allergies. I don't think so. I have not stopped crying for days. The hope that this diet might help him is just about all that is getting me through the night. Thank you for all of the info!
One question, are veggies fine? Broccoli, spinach, raw carrots, sugar snap peas?
Thank you again!

Not Just Arthritis said...

My son has been on this diet for 7 months and he is doing great. We are about to take a family vacation and I am worried about what my son will be able to eat. I know I can bring snacks, which are Feingold approved, but I could use any tips that anyone can provide. I want to make this a fun trip for everyone.

Not Just Arthritis said...

I could use tips on how to keep my son on his Feingold diet while we are on vacation.

Thanks so much!

Sheri Davis said...

http://www.allnaturalmomof4.com/2012/01/feingold-vacation-menu-planning.html

Here's a post I did with our meal plans for the week when we had a full kitchen. How long will you be gone for? Are you driving or flying? Are you staying at a place with a kitchen or just a microwave/mini fridge? How long of a drive to your vacation destination? I've done vacations without a kitchen but it was for only two nights so I loaded up a cooler with some stuff - fruit, lemonade, water, muffins, dried fruit, cookies, brownies,sandwiches for that day, etc. Make sure your room has at least a mini fridge or request one. Sometimes you have to ask. We are dairy free so I bring a box of rice milk for cereal, then oatmeal packets or Annie's mac-n-cheese packets. You can eat at McDonald's, Chipotle, Papa John's pizza, Five Guys. If eating at a restaurant, we stick to hamburgers, steak, veggies, fruit, baked potatoes, water. I don't worry about staying stage 1 as much on vacation but it depends how bad your kids react if you choose to or not. If staying for a week, I always make sure we stay somewhere with a full kitchen. We have food allergies so it's a must and well worth it. We did a Disney Cruise last year and my kids were awful the entire trip b/c Disney's food (for allergies) and service was awful. I said never again will I travel without being able to bring my own food.

Sheri Davis said...

Most veggies are fine. You can download the Blue Book for free on Feingold's web site. It has a list of what is stage one and stage two. Here's the link. Good luck! Stage two foods and too much sugar cause tics in our house. http://www.fgshop.org/bluepdf.aspx

CiCi Brown said...

I am considering the diet and your blog is awesome and such an inspiration. I have an 8 yr old son and 3 yr old daughter and they both are bouncing off the walls. I want to personally thank you for taking the time to put this information out. Thank you.

Sheri Davis said...

Thanks Cici! I remember having trampolines for walls at one time too. ;)