GF Books For The Newly Diagnosed

January 3, 2011

This Episode: It’s a Gluten Free Book Review of:

1) Celiac Disease: Safe/Unsafe Food List and Essential Information by Jaqui Karr From Naked Food

Pros: This book is for those just getting started. If you need a little support and a go-to list of safe/unsafe ingredients for your gluten free shopping, this book is for you. It’s short (you can read through the whole book in an hour), simple, light, and gives you a general overview/tips of what you need to be aware of early in your diagnoses while offering some much needed encouragement.

Cons: I would love for the safe/unsafe list to be published alone in a really small pocket book size. I think it would be a huge hit. While it is small and light at this time, I still think it’s too big carry around as a go-to list.

2) Mommy, What is Celiac Disease?   By Katie Chalmers

Pros: This book is great for a newly diagnosed child with Celiac Disease, or for a sibling or friend of a diagnosed child. It’s informative, lovely and colorful.  It teaches CD children that they are special, after all, books are written about them! How cool is that?!

Cons: Like I’m going to list any cons when it comes to helping precious children? Yeah, totally not happening. =)

3) The Gluten Effect by Dr. Vikki Petersen from The Health Now Clinic

Pros:  It’s an incredible in depth look at what gluten can do to your body.  It’s for those who are looking beyond gluten free foods to the core of how gluten can manifest itself. It’s a fabulous read for those who are looking to take the next step in their education about gluten, packed with incredible information that will resonate with you, your symptoms, your journey, and your story.

Cons: It’s almost like reading a science book, lol.  Please be aware of one confusing aspect of this book: the word “gluten sensetivity” is often used in place of “celiac disease” or “gluten intolerance.” “Gluten sensetivity” is any ailment where the root cause is gluten. We don’t hear this term used too frequently. And while I consider it an opportunity to broaden our awareness of gluten causing ailments and terminology,  I think readers will find it confusing.