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Book review – The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide

May 12th, 2010

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, co-host of The View, tells her story of Celiac diagnosis after participating in Survivor and coming back to the states seriously ill.

The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide is more of a memoir than a non-fiction book about the disease. Hasselbeck speaks of her personal experience, and spends less time discussing research about Celiac.

Being a newbie in the G-Free world, I can’t really tell you much about the inaccuracies that are contained in this book, but I can state that I was really turned off by the chapter, “G-Free and Slim as Can Be!” Throughout the book Hasselbeck attempts to reach out to Celiacs and Gluten Sensitives, along with Parents of children with Autism/ADHD, and those looking for another fad diet to help with weight loss. Judge a book by its cover and this is just another fad diet book.

Although there is controversy about exposure to cosmetics and skin care products with gluten actually causing harm to the body, I have found that my skin has improved by avoiding products with wheat protein in them. I have suffered from a skin rash, but maybe it is related to allergies or skin sensitivity. Regardless, there is a good section in the book on beauty products called, “Gorgeously G-Free.”

This book definitely wouldn’t be my first pick as a resource for someone newly diagnosed with Celiac to read. While it is an easy read, it lacks the support of detailed research and contains misinformation. Pick up a book by Peter Green instead, the doctor that wrote the forward.

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Gluten-Free Girl Book Review

March 29th, 2010

Gluten-Free Girl (Amazon) is an inspiration to those of us that will never eat wheat bread again. Shauna James Ahern focuses on the foods that we can eat, and the whole new world of tastes that are available to those of us that have been trying to live on processed foods. I had the best hamburger I have ever eaten thanks to Shauna. I call her by her first name, because I get the sense that I have met her and that she has become my friend just through reading her book.

Although at times the book can be a bit self indulgent, Gluten-Free Girl is inspiring. Thanks to her I tried and fell in love with fennel, a vegetable I had never even heard of before. Shauna meanders through the world of food, and sometimes she can seem to ramble on a little too long, but mostly she inspires the reader to slow down and enjoy life while experiencing new foods. This book that is upheld as the Gluten-Free Bible is definitely worth a look to the newly diagnosed.

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Healthier Without Wheat

March 29th, 2010

Healthier without Wheat (Amazon)

The world would be a better place if all the doctors were as well educated about gluten as Dr. Stephen Wangen. Unfortunately many of us suffering from Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have had to take matters into our own hands to figure out what is making us sick. Dr. Wangen goes into great detail about how to get a proper diagnosis of Celiacs or Gluten Intolerance, and then gives tips on how to proceed with treatment. Many additional resources are provided in the appendix and the book is supported by a 45 page bibliography, meaning the good doctor did his research.

Initially I set this book aside because I was turned off by the cover, thinking the information was as outdated as the lame graphic. It just goes to show, never judge a book by its cover! This is the most informative book that I have read thus far about gluten sensitivity. The research is current and so are the resources. I must say that the author does shamelessly plug his own website and other book a few times, but it doesn’t seem to distort the overall message. I would like to have read more research relating gluten sensitivity, Celiac Disease, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue.

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