In This Chapter
Developing strategies before you head for the shops
Working out what you want to buy
Finding your best source of supplies
Getting the most for your gluten-free dollar
H eading home the day she was told she was a coeliac, Margaret stopped off for a coffee to collect her thoughts. ‘I knew I had to give up gluten but decided to have one last, ceremonial treat before I started the diet. My favourite treats with coffee at the time were jam doughnuts — those large, sugar-coated numbers with a dollop of raspberry jam in the middle that floods the palate when you bite into the first mouthful. I sat down with my coffee and doughnut, shut my eyes and savoured that first bite. The shop was busy and I was sharing a table with another shopper. I felt the need to mark this occasion in some way, so I turned to the lady beside me and announced, “This is the very last doughnut I will ever eat!” Now I had lost a lot of weight and was looking decidedly skeletal and maybe she thought I was going to die — soon. Maybe in front of her eyes! ...