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Celiac and the Beast: A love story between a gluten-free girl, her genes, and a broken digestive tract

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  15 reviews
This is a real-life, no-holds-barred account of being diagnosed and living life with celiac disease.

This story is told through a humorous perspective from an average gluten-free girl who hates to cook and has an obsession with baking chocolate chip cookies to combat stress. The book details the struggle through misdiagnosis after misdiagnosis, search for answers to what “
Paperback, 188 pages
Published October 18th 2013 by Celiac and the Beast LLC (first published October 14th 2013)
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Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I wrote this. And I love this. Because I wrote it. Sooooo yay! Enjoy it guys!
Mary Wiley
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ok, so to be fair, she mentioned me in the book. (Page 99 I believe). But it is an incredibly honest and frank book about living with Celiac disease (and as she mentions throughout the book, most of her lessons can be applied to non-Celiac gluten sensitivity or wheat allergies).

If you or a friend have any sort of medical reason for being gluten free, you need to read this book, and buy them a copy. Erica manages to laugh at some of the crazier moments in her journey (and suggests some hilarious
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: celiac, gluten free, food allergy, gastrointestinal, memoir
Recommended to Devin by: Erica Dermer
Shelves: paperback
I've had a longstanding love for Erica's blogging. It's not the most fun when your autoimmune issues start creeping up when you're just a highschooler, let alone in a world where gluten is often confused with sugar, carbs, or anything else people will blame for being fat. Finding CatB made my life so much better, even daily with one Instagram post at a time.

She is our gleaming hope of sunny sarcasm in a world of poison and fad dieters. I don't want to sound like a crazy fangirl, but really nobod
Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I appreciate her dedication to the subject and being an advocate, but some of it felt a lot more intense than I personally have experienced with my own Celiacs...

I appreciate all her suggestions though. I think this would have been a great book to have when I first got diagnosed.
Chandice Probst
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Once I opened the cover page I literally could not put it down! I had a pile of laundry sitting in front of me calling my name and I kept saying to myself, "Just one more page". Before I knew it I was on page 60 and had already had some belly laughs and some, "Yes! She get's me!!" moments. This book is an amazing read for anyone living gluten-free whether by celiac or NCGS diagnosis or by choice. Erica brings humor to this life many must live while respecting the trials so many face and truly gi ...more
Gemma Boyd
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have been diagnosed and gluten free for just over five years but I still don't know many people in the same boat as I am or who have been through the same health struggles I have. Reading Erica's book was like chatting to an old friend as her story could be my story. From the same issues getting a diagnosis, to getting "glutened" in restaurants, to trouble finding love, the similarities were spooky! This book made me laugh, made me cry and made me feel a whole lot less alone. Highly recommend ...more
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Erica's book is accessible, educational and hilarious. I highly recommend to anyone diagnosed with celiac disease (like me) or NCGS, as well as family and friends of those with celiac/NCGS. Some of the topics covered I have not seen in other books on celiac disease, including dating, disordered eating and food bullying. ...more
Funny and Lots to Share

I was recent,y diagnosed with Celiac disease and was a but lost and confused. This book has helped me feel so much better!
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
as a recently diagnosed cealiac I had to buy this book for the title alone (brilliant name)and this book did not let me down.i found myself relating to almost all of it from symptoms pre diagnosis to struggles when eating out .
humourous yet knowlenable .
life without gluten can be hard but after reading this book I have to say I'm very positive
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OK the girl does have some issues with potty language but don't let that deter you from reading an absolutely delightful book on the subject of celiac. I was recently diagnosed with gluten intolerance and I must say even with the inconvenience of not being able to eat like everyone else and being a bit annoying to the general populous, I agree with Erica that it is the best thing that ever happened to me because it gave me a game plan and answered the question of what was happening to me. I seri ...more
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read for anyone living the gluten free life! Mostly for those with celiac but can be appreciated for anyone with an illness. You know especially those illnesses that take years to diagnose and those with odd or hard to pin down symptoms.

Pretty much full of hilarity built around a very serious issue.......Erica makes you feel like you aren't alone, and really, isn't that what we all want?

So if you are living with celiac or just living, I suggest giving this book a look. I thought i
Tammy Rowe
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Celiac And The Beast is an engaging quick read that shares Erica's challenging journey (or roller coaster ride) of diagnosis and living in a world laden with gluten. Celiac and the Beast offers valuable tips, resources, and practices for those directly impacted by gluten and is at the same time an educational tool for friends and families of those living with Celiac. Erica's descriptions of the repercussions of eating gluten and the effort she puts into ensuring the safety of her food-at home an ...more
Melanie Grabow
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sooo informational! Couldn't put it down! Erica's informality and sarcasm had me cracking up as I read and thought about similar experiences. I discovered so much that I wish I had known when I was diagnosed and switched to gf three years ago. Do not switch to gluten free without reading this book! I missed so many important steps. Had an anxiety experience tonight of not knowing what to eat when I opened my cabinets and fridge. Food and I don't have a great relationship. Erica's tips should hel ...more
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I loved this book. I wish I had it when I was first diagnosed with Celiac Disease, but even after all these years it was still really helpful.
I would even recommend this book for family and friends of someone with Celiac Disease. If you eat with a Celiac, it helps to understand what they are going through.
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Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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