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The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  996 ratings  ·  199 reviews
For years, Elisabeth Hasselbeck couldn't figure out what was making her sick. She asked doctors and consulted nutritionists, but no one seemed to have any answers. It wasn't until spending time in the Australian Outback, living off the land on the grueling Survivor TV show, that, ironically, her symptoms vanished. Returning home, she pinpointed the food that made her sick...more
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Published January 5th 2011 by Center Street (first published January 1st 2009)
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Polly
OK, I know she's terrible, but I will read ANYTHING about gluten-free diets. And this book proves it.

So here's what I thought. Overall, it averages out to 3 stars. Let's remember that this woman isn't a doctor, a nutritionist, or frankly anyone with even five seconds of experience working in healthcare, so she isn't entirely accurate in her use of terms like "allergy." But she is doing an OK job making celiac disease accessible to folks who maybe received a diagnosis but an inadequate education...more
Betsy
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Laurie Carlson
This book is exactly as the title states, a gluten-free survival guide. An allergy to gluten can be life altering in many ways. An allergy to gluten can also be life threatening without a person even knowing it. Gluten is a hidden source of many terrible health conditions, from arthritis, to GI troubles, to even ADHD. There are studies that even Autism may have Gluten to blame for it.
This book is a must-have if you are following a gluten-free diet.
This book makes heads and tales of following an...more
Ashley mcd
I would actually give this a 3.5 if that was available.
The book was pretty decent. I won this book in contest and was glad to add it to my GF shelf.

The only thing that bothered me was that she talks about "cheating" so much. Cheating on the GF diet? Are you kidding- I thought as I was reading this-- even a small amount of gluten affects my whole body for weeks- and I worry when I rarely do get glutened about the future effects it will have on my health (colon cancer, reproductive issues etc......more
Fyreball Reed
Beginning with a basic point, this book has too much questionable advice for it to be used as a survival guide. For example, as any celiac or gluten sensitive person will tell you, we usually GAIN weight once we go gluten free. This is because gluten damages our digestive system, making it hard for us to absorb nutrients. Once we remove gluten, our intestines return to health, we are able to absorb nutrients and we put weight back on. Many undiagnosed celiacs are underweight for this reason. If...more
Angela
This was a really helpful book! Hasselbeck has become a real spokesperson and source of information for the many gluten-intolerant people who an undiagnosed, not adequately educated about their condition, and unaware of the many options for living a gluten-free life. Written in a very accessible style and language, the author covers the roots and effects of the spectrum of gluten intolerance from the medically recognized celiac disease to the idiopathic undiagnosed cases of gluten intolerance th...more
Tosha Sisler
So much of the information in this book is inaccurate. Medical authorities also agree that you should not begin a gluten-free diet prior to testing as it eliminates the ability to test for celiac; there is also no benefit and possible detriment to assuming a gluten-free diet if you do not have celiac or are gluten-sensitive, yet the resounding message of this book harkening from just about every page is that everybody should be on a gluten-free diet. To her credit, some of the information about...more
Rhonda
Sep 12, 2009 Rhonda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Recommended to Rhonda by: Mindee
I enjoyed this book very much...it was very informative and I learned a lot from it...in fact I suffered a reaction this week because I did one of her nono's...
the only thing i found questionable is that she tells you to make sure you have your house stocked with gluten free quickie meals and snacks, but everyone cannot afford to do that...gluten free food is very expensive...even just buying fresh fruits and veggies is expensive...in the end though she does say that one of the goals of celiacs...more
Hilary Roberts
I read lots of g-free books in the past two weeks, and this was one of my favorites. The first thing that I really appreciated with her book was how she made everything real. Instead of just talking about what you need to eat or not, she gave examples of things she enjoys (which will be a great place to start in a world of growing options)! The second thing I loved was the reference section in the back. She gives helpful websites and information about lots of different things. When I finished re...more
Deb
I did not know anything about Elisabeth Hasselbeck before reading this book. I do not watch The View or Survivor :) Anyway, she helped me with my digestive problems more than my doctor, my gastroenterologist, and a nutritionist. None of those professionals ever suggested that any of my problems could be due to eating gluten. In fact they probably made matters worse by telling me to up my fiber intake, which I did by eating LOTS of whole grains. Like some of the other reviewers, I do not think I...more
Rachel Myers
This is a great book for the newly gluten-free. It's also EXCELLENT for their loved ones to read, since it very clearly explains what to do and not to do to keep a celiac/gluten-intolerant friend or family member from getting physically ill or socially uncomfortable at your home or event. I wish more people understood how wrong and awkward it is to urge gluten-free folks to politely eat something unhealthy for them. This is the book for grandparents, babysitters, teachers, etc. who just don't ge...more
Maria Sundai
I really enjoyed this book. There was a lot of info within the book that I was aware of (type of diet to follow, recommendations for how to live healthily with a gluten intolerance), but I also learned some new things including that celiac's is hereditary and that a GFree and casein-free diet can be helpful in curbing symptoms in autistic children. This was a quick and easy read. I highly recommend it for someone who has just been diagnosed with a gluten intolerance or a loved one of someone who...more
Amber Nesbitt
I found this book very helpful in understanding celiacs disease and gluten sensitivities. Answered lots of questions for me as I have been g free for quite some time now. Very helpful!!! It's so interesting how so many things can be linked to an allergy to gluten even if you don't have Celiac disease. It was great for me to understand more. Very helpful will use it as a great resource.
Anissa C.
This book was very well done and informative on the topic of celiac disease. I am familiar with problems associated with food allergies and intolerances, but had no idea about the extreme symptoms that could surface with celiac disease. I also had no idea how many products contain gluten!
Gabriella
If your on your way to eliminate Gluten from your diet then this is the #1 book. It really addressed the seriousness of disease. I've been suffering in trying to figure out how to eat and what to cook with and this book has done all of that and so much more.
Em
I didn't think I'd like this book, but I really enjoyed it. I read it in 2 days. It's a great survival guide. Going gf is so difficult it's nice to finally have a good book to help the transition.
Catie
I thought it had some really great practical tips. However I did not like the couple of chapters that framed a gluten free diet as a weight loss diet-rather than a medically neccessary diet.
Margie
I liked the information that she gave from her own experience and the helpful hints at the end. Since becoming G-free, it does help to read about someone elses story that is similar to your own.
Crystal Collins
I read this book because I am thinking about going gluten free. Although I not a Celiac, I enjoyed reading about Elizabeth's personal experience with the disease. She didn't have a lot of research for those looking to learn about a gluten-free diet for weight loss. In addition, there were only about three recipes in the book (rather disappointing). Overall, this a good book for those with Celiac Disease who want to read about another's experience. It is not worth reading if you are looking for r...more
Kristine Pratt
This is a pretty decent overview of Celiac Disease, and honestly a book I would recommend if you're looking for some basic information. I felt like I learned a fair bit that I hadn't known before, and I've been flirting with gluten-free for the past year or so. (I'm gluten sensitive, not allergic).

What annoyed me most is this book has an overly perky tone that just hit me sometimes as wrong for the situation. As much as you try to get your family members excited about the opportunity to eat dif...more
Beth
I started reading this book because I briefly had a suspicion that I might have a gluten intolerance. Once I got about halfway through the book however, I became about 95% certain I don't. But that doesn't mean this book was not interesting or beneficial to read.

Some people might shake their heads at the idea of another celebrity writing a diet book, but in Hasselbeck's case, this isn't about taking out foods from your diet to lose weight, but a matter of digestive and overall health. When Hasse...more
Brittany
Very informative, but also potentially overwhelming for a person just finding out they're a celiac. She covers all the little details, like gluten in lip gloss and hairspray, and restaurant omelettes cooked with the same spatula they use for the pancakes, and people passing the bread basket over your plate so that crumbs could fall... oh the details!

Would I recommend the book? It depends, because it's hard enough to make the diet change without going absolutely insane over details right away. B...more
Teddy
Elizabeth Hasselbeck is a co-host on the television show "The View" and was a contestant on the television show "Survivor." For years she had painful stomach and digestive problems and didn't know the cause.

During her time on "Survivor", she didn't get much to eat. Her diet consisted of mainly rice. So realized that she wasn't in pain during that time and the thought occurred to her that she hadn't been eating any bread products. When she was off "Survivor she did some research which lead to her...more
Joanne
An excellent overview on gluten free eating written in practical layman terms.

Dr. Peter Green at Columbia is one of the few experts on Celiac’s Disease and he wrote the Forward. I had the pleasure of hearing this wonderful speaker at a local celiac support group!

Diagnosed four years ago with Celiac’s Disease, this is actually the first book I’ve read on the subject. I utilized the Internet and support group materials to learn how to manage gluten –free living, but a dear friend gave me this as a...more
Rosey
After my friend Ginger gt me interested in this whole gluten-free deal, I ended up heading to the library to check out all the books I could on the topic.

While I'm not sure that I have anything like celiac disease, it does cause a lot of problems for many people. Although, I think Hasselbeck takes it to an extreme -- keeping a gluten-free environment in her home (she's 1 of 4 in her family with the problem) and washing her hands and all the utensils and cutting boards a zillion times -- more pow...more
Janelle
After years of suffering from bloating, stomach pain and diarrhea it literally took Elizabeth Hasselbeck starving on Australian Outback for her to realize the American diet was making her sick. While on location in the Outback all symptoms left her. Sure enough after returning home to the states all the symptoms returned. She searched the internet and found the culprit: she diagnosed herself with celiac disease.

When my doctor diagnosed me with gluten intolerance he told me to find this book and...more
Blair
I recently did a 30 day Paleo challenge and downloaded this book to learn more about gluten-free living. I will say that I had wonderful success using Robb Wolf's 30 Day Tranformation and anything by Mark Sisson, and I realize now how different gluten-free and Paleo/Primal living are after reading The G-Free Diet. I am not celiac, so a lot of the book didn't apply to me. The good thing is that she does give helpful links; however, I'm sure using my trusty Google search bar would have given me si...more
Jamie
I thought this book was super helpful in getting started as g-free. She made it feel accessible and not so serious. It is serious but I don't feel like I have a life sentence after reading this book. Reading some reviews, I realized some people don't like her personally, i have never heard I her so I really enjoyed her voice in this book. I you don't like her, don't read the boon I supposed, I mean why would you read a book from someone you think is so awful? Also there was criticism about the l...more
Lia
I don't recommend this book. Her approach to the gluten free lifestyle is confusing and insincere in many ways. When someone offers a "g-free" person a traditional cookie, her suggestions range from dropping it on the floor and refusing to take another, to cramming it in the mouth of the non-"g-free" person you came with while exclaiming, "Have you ever had anything so delicious in your life?!", to walking across the room and giving it to someone else, saying that it has their name written all o...more
Cheryl
Surely this book is not the best one out there to describe the GF diet and lifestyle, but it caught my eye on a library display. The celebrity-author informs the reader that gluten intolerance is not an allergy, and then goes on to refer to it that way in the book and in recounting her conversations with others. Also she occasionally fails to follow her own advice and consumes gluten in some social situations where it might be awkward or inconvenient to strictly follow the GF diet. Overall thoug...more
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Elisabeth Hasselbeck (née Filarski) is an American television host and television personality. She was a contestant on Survivor: The Australian Outback (2001) and is a current co-host on the daytime talk show The View (since 2003).
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