Experience is everything in life, so this applies to shopping for gluten-free too. It might be hard at first, but it will become easier with time. Many foods are naturally gluten-free, so you will not have to change anything there.
Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and Wegmans are treasure troves for gluten-free products. If you live not too far from any one of those, consider yourself lucky. Otherwise, don't fret too much, because more and more stores are adding gluten-free products and even creating specialized sections. If your grocery store hasn't caught on this trend yet, try talking to the managers and telling them that it would be a good idea.
We made a list of supermarkets that have their gluten-free products listed on their websites for your convenience. If your favorite grocer does not do that, you can always get everything you need online. Not only that, everything will be delivered directly to your door. We'll include some of those mail-order companies here, but there are dozens of places to purchase gluten-free diet staples.
Hannaford - there is a list of gluten-free products on the website. Hannaford is located in the Northeastern part of the country.
The Kroger Company - Kroger owns a huge number of individual chains all across the country. All of their websites have a section for gluten-free. Try Fred Meyer, Ralphs, Baker's, Fry's Food, Dillons, Pay Less Supermarkets, Food 4 Less, Owen's Market, and Gerbes.
Harris Teeter - it is also owned by Kroger, but does not have the same expansive gluten-free list online. The physical stores do have a section for those foods.
Publix - no gluten-free online lists, but the store does carry many safe options.
Shoprite - you can find gluten-free selections online.
Stop and Shop - you can find multiple choices on their website.
Trader Joe's - this retailer does not only have a list online, but lets you download it and bring it to the store.
Wegmans - some options are listed online, but you will find many more choices in the store. There is an entire isle dedicated to gluten-free packaged goods. They even have freshly baked gluten-free products and frozen isle with safe options. Additionally, all the in-store made sushi is gluten free, complete with gluten-free soy sauce.
Whole Foods - you can find gluten-free product information online.
Those include pre-packaged foods that can be kept in the freezer and used when needed. You can find many of them in your local grocery stores, but if something is not available where you live, check out these websites:
Dietary Specialties - you can find gluten-free pasta, pie crusts, and pizza.
Everybody Eats, Inc. - this NY based restaurant specializes in gluten-free cuisine. They deliver locally and ship nationwide. You can order gluten-free entries, breads, desserts, pastas, and sweets. Some of their products can be found on their website, but the list is not complete.
Amazon - this giant sells lots of packaged gluten-free products. They are not grouped in any way, so you will have to search for individual foods. Read all the labels carefully and decide if the ingredient list is suitable for you. Amazon definitely has plenty of choices, as long as they pass your due diligence test.
The Gluten-Free Mall - the merchant specializes in gluten-free, wheat-free, casein-free, and lots of other allergy-related foods that would be hard to find somewhere else.
Kinnikinnick Foods - this manufacturer makes gluten-free and casein-free foods in its own facility that is dedicated to that, so there is no contamination danger. The selection is huge, especially when it comes to breads, muffins, buns, rolls, breakfast staples, and donuts.
Shopping for gluten-free is easier than it used to be, but can still be frustrating. To save you from suffering, read labels carefully and shop at designated supermarket gluten-free areas. You are the best judge of the products you are buying, so don't always trust the labeling as it might be incorrect and inconsistent.