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

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  1,290 Ratings  ·  219 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
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 4th 2009 by Center Street (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jan 05, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Aug 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Laurie Carlson
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health, gluten-free, food
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
Jan 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gf-health
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
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-ficiton
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
Jun 16, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-shelves, medical
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
Jul 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Sep 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mindee
Recommended to Rhonda by: Mindee
I enjoyed this book very was very informative and I learned a lot from 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 the end though she does say that one of the goals of celiacs
Hilary Roberts
Jun 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health
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
Rachel Myers
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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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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“What’s behind these terribly low diagnostic rates? “One of the reasons celiac disease is so grossly underdiagnosed in this country,” says Dr. Green, “is that the pharmaceutical industry has such a major role in the direction of health care here. In many countries around the world, where there are national health plans, doctors are actively encouraged to diagnose celiac disease. In this country, the pharmaceutical industry provides eighty percent of the money for medical research. It also provides a lot of money for postgraduate education, and there just aren’t any drug companies that are interested in researching celiac disease. There’s basically no money in it—no drug company will provide funds for the research.” Simply put: Since there are no drugs to treat celiac disease, pharmaceutical companies stand to gain no profits from encouraging its diagnosis.” 0 likes
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