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Must-Have Gluten-Free Diet Resource Guide (Win Stuff Wednesday!)

Posted on April 6th, 2011 by Alison Read 30 Comments - Add Your Own »

Whether you are new to the gluten-free diet, or you’ve been at it a while, Shelley Case’s Gluten-Free Diet A Comprehensive Resource Guide is an essential book to have at your fingertips. Gluten Free Diet by Shelley CaseIt is truly a comprehensive guide, including detailed ingredient explanations, nutritional concerns and nutrient analysis of gluten-free food, strategies and meal planning for healthy eating, cooking tips and recipes, and gluten-free product and company lists. No matter what your level of gluten-free awareness, you will learn from this book! It might even become your best friend! 🙂

Shelley Case is a registered dietitian, is on the Medical Advisory Boards of both the Celiac Disease Foundation and the Gluten Intolerance Group, and is recognized as the nutrition expert on the gluten-free diet. She has authored many articles in addition to her book and is an excellent speaker on the topic (I just got the chance to hear her last month), and she is also a really nice and generous person!

win-stuff-wednesday1Shelley is giving away copies of her book to TWO winners for this week’s Win Stuff Wednesday. Win it for yourself or for someone you know. Just leave a comment telling what you or your loved one or friend find the most challenging about the gluten-free diet. The giveway ends on Friday, April 8 at midnight PST. I will randomly choose two winners and announce them in the comments.

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  1. Eating out and my boyfriend that thinks I’m crazy.

  2. I never thought I’d have to cook gluten-free. My husband started to have really bad cold symptoms that wouldn’t go away. He eventually did an elimination diet and it turns out all his problems were linked to his gluten consumption. He loves bread and not being able to eat gluten filled bread has been very hard on him. This is a guy who’s comfort food was soft bread cubes with milk.


  3. This book would answer so many questions my Omi ( grandma) has when we are trying to plan out our meals. She use to love to cook but after being diagnose with Celiac cooking has become more of a chore.

  4. My son was diagnosed with ADHD four years ago and has since then been taking medication to help with attention. I was never told that his diet maybe a factor in increasing his symptoms. After doing some of my own research, I learned that he may be sensitive to foods like gluten. We have not been living gluten free for very long and I will admit that I have not been the very strict with it either but I am making the change today to completely remove all gluten from our diet to do all that I can to help my son. I know that it is not going to be easy but the physical and mental benefits that my family will have will be worth it! Thank you so much for all the support and resources that you offer those who are seeking non medicated ways of healing!

  5. The most challenging thing for me is eating out. Whether it’s in a restaurant or a friend’s house, it can be frustating to ensure everything I eat is gluten free.

  6. Variety. I would love a resource like this book to help me incorporate some variety into my diet and also to find new products thatboth my husband (who is not gluten free) and I can enjoy together. I believe this book would also help me to continue to help others who are gluten free and alsoeducate those who are not. Thanks!

  7. I am gluten free for my breastfeeding baby who shows signs of gluten sensitivity. The hardest thing for me has been giving up whole wheat — and finding gluten free baked goods that taste good to me. I haven’t had a sandwich since last July and I really miss it!

  8. Just found out last week that my 12 yo daughter is gluten sensitive. Went gluten free on Monday. It is so overwhelming!

  9. My daughter is gluten-free and the biggest challenge is that she is a college student. We have managed to educate the dining-hall staff but it is not second nature to them yet. She constantly finds her cereal mixed with others that aren’t gluten-free. She does have an i-phone app that helps her determine a products “safe-ness” but this book would be amazing for her to have at college.

  10. The most challenging thing for me is that I live in a rural area and finding the products I want locally is nearly impossible. I have ordered online from Kinnikinnick and a few others, but that gets expensive. The nearest Whole Foods Market is 3 1/2 hours away, for example. I can find some stuff in a store 35 miles away, but it’s hit or miss as to whether they will have my favorites.

  11. Having two kids plus myself with a wheat/gluten allergy is tough. Sending them to friends parties with their own foods is harder and makes them feel singled out because they can’t eat the same pizza n cake like the other kids.

    I’ve learned to adjust but I hate seeing them feel left out because of this.

  12. I have been gluten free for about 10 months ,and the most challenging thing for me is when I go to my grandmother’s house. She is a wonderful cook, but now I can’t eat the delicious goodies that she has made.

  13. I think the hardest thing is that most things do not taste the same , especially pasta !

  14. I had three doctors tell me they could nothing wrong with me. I was suffering with nausea, stomach pains, bloating and diarrhea. I was a phycical wreck but now the mental wear and tear was setting in.

    Finally about a year and a half ago, one doctor called me on the phone and said “Tom, this is a long shot but it may be Gluten causing the problem. I admit I did not know what he was talking about. I spent the next day on the computer trying to find anything about the “Gluten thing”

    The following was shopping for GF products. Thank heavens for Wegmans. They had a small but sufficant area with GF products. I was on the “Diet” for about 4 days when i notices that the bloating and Diarrhea was gone. I couldn’t believe it. this gluten thing had been bothering me for years.

    I never had the scope test and I’m staying away from it. In order to take the test I would have to g0 back to eating gluten enriched breat…No Thanks!!!!!

    I’m 72 and enjoying life even with an installed D-Fib, PAD and a few other things that go along with old age.
    My wife of 47 years, Fran has been wonderful ….cooking all GF meals, We check everything,

    What I miss most is going out to a Pizza Parlor and having some of the best Pizza in the world.
    I have been eating Udi’s products and really enjoy them.
    The only thing that bothers be is being invited to the homes of family members and feeling that I am forcing them to cook Gluten free, I’ve solved that problem to some extent..I take my own bread and dessert.
    Thanks for reading all this rambeling..BTW…My weight is maintined at 173 and I belong to a Ciliac support group.
    I enjoy reading anything about Gluten Free eating

    Thank you

    Tom Woods, Wilkes-barre Pas.

  15. The most challenging for me has been finding different “comfort” foods that are gluten free. I don’t do it often but when you really have a craving for something that you can’t find a quick gf replacement for it can be tough. 🙂

  16. most challenging…I would say labeling!! We read an ingredient list and everything looks ok,eat it and bang! Sick again! So we look at the label again… was it the list that is in parenthesis after an ingredient? Was that artificial flavor the culprit?….. and what is that long poly whatsitssomethingmine that they use>> We are so confused!! This would really be so useful to figure things out!!

  17. The hardest thing for us is cooking for a husband who loves all things bad for me. Its a challenge and sometimes we just eat diifferent meals. Alas we persist 🙂

  18. It’s having a snack or small meal when we’re out and about. I can manage in a restaurant, but grabbing a quick snack is hard. If I can, I end up going into the grocery store and buying hummus and rice crackers or cheese or sushi. There is virtually nothing in fast food places that doesn’t make me ill. Even salads are horrible – I get dumping syndrome every time I eat one. So that’s my biggest challenge! Thanks.

  19. Like a few others said one of the most challenging things is eating out. And variety. I had celiac for over 30 years before I found out what was causing all my problems. I need to get a better variety of foods but I would also love to eat out without being worried. I can go to the same place four times, get the same thing each time and not have a problem and then the 5th time I have pains before we even get the check. Hopefully they will find something to help us. Even if I never go back to eating gluten I would love to be able to take something in case of accidental ingestion. Thanks!

  20. I think the hardest thing is always having to plan ahead with the kids, whether it’s school, youth group, birthday parties, or just needing to grab a snack if we’ve been out longer than anticipated. I dream of having a GF drive-thru!

  21. Denise I agree with you on that one!! I don’t have kids, but it’s still a pain to pack foods for the day, or like you said, if something happens and you are gone longer than you thought. It would be wonderful to have more places to get things when you are out. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve left the house to go somewhere and have to turn back because I forgot to bring my food!

  22. My daughter is gluten free. I think the hardest thing is to find a restaurant but now they are getting on to the fact that there are alot of us out there and they are doing more gluten free items.

  23. I think dining out is the biggest challenge. I can read a label at the store and figure out if it’s ok or not, but it’s a little unnerving having to trust that the waitress/waiter is communicating properly with the kitchen staff and that the kitchen staff actually know what they are doing.

  24. I was diagnosed with Celiac’s in February, and I would have to say the hardest part for me has been eating out. I worry about restaurants that don’t already have GF menus so we have been pretty limited in options and eat at home most of the time.

  25. My four kids and I went gluten free about three months ago for suspected gluten intolerance (Hubby is still holding out) and since we’ve all shown improvement we’ll stick with it. The hardest thing is replacing baked goods from scratch. I actually miss kneading bread dough. I’ve never been one for boxed mixes but the list of safe flours is so daunting and nothing subs 1:1 with wheat so I’ve been slow to branch out into GF scratch baking.

  26. Like so many others I struggled with not knowing that I was gluten intolerant for most of my life. They seem to put it in everything and I’m very sensitive to even the smallest amounts. Like a lot of people, going out to eat presents a challenge. It’s nice to find people that share the same difficulties and can help with solutions.

  27. Thank you for all your comments. I’ve been gluten-free for many years, but I still vividly remember the feeling of being overwhelmed by the new diet and the frustration of not being able to freely eat out. Things are getting better as more products are on the market and more restaurants are becoming aware of the gluten issue, but it’s still hard. Hang in there everyone!!

    And now, winners of the book, chosen at random are:
    Bobbie – Good luck to you – I hope you see positive results in your son.
    Laura – I agree – eating out is the most difficult, but restaurants are catching on!

  28. THE GIVEAWAY IS OVER, but you can still comment on the book or the question I asked!

  29. Most people believe that gluten intolerance and the leaky gut syndrome are just a temporary issue which will not persist for long. However, these people are absolutely wrong, because once the gut lining is damaged; it takes a long time for it to recuperate. The only thing you can do to speed up the recovery is by following a fibre rich vegetable and fruit diet and prevent any other type of damage to your digestive system.

  30. My blog provides gluten-free recipes for those who would like a treat and can’t get to my Los Angeles allergen-free bakery Sweet Debbie’s Organic Cupcakes.

    Hope this helps.

    Debbie Adler

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