Over on That's Fit they're talking about Elisabeth Hasselbeck's new book The G-Free Diet. Hasselbeck suffers from celiac disease, which is an intolerance to gluten (found in barley, oats, wheat and rye). I, too was diagnosed with celiac disease a few years ago. After eating certain foods, I felt tired and crampy, and I'd often get a headache. I was sad to find out that the only remedy is a gluten-free diet. The only problem is that gluten is in almost everything from salad dressing to bread and beer.
But Hasselbeck makes it easier to live gluten-free. Her survival guide includes "G-Free" shopping lists, recipes, dining out tips, and ways to maintain a G-free diet at home or away. She even has a website to help you out along the way: thegfreediet.com.
In an excerpt from the book she described the symptoms she started experiencing in college: "Each meal left me bloated and gassy, with sharp, explosive pains in my abdomen. No matter what I ate, I would soon be doubled over with cramps, awful indigestion, diarrhea—or all of the above simultaneously." It wasn't until she finished her stint on the show Survivor that Hasselbeck was officially diagnosed. Now, she's expecting her third child and couldn't feel better. "In no time at all, I found that living G-free wasn't so bad at all! In fact, I've never felt better in my life. I cannot imagine ever returning to eating gluten—even if I didn't have celiac disease. The G-free diet gives me the stamina and strength I need to manage my increasingly hectic life." To read more of the book excerpt go to abcnews.go.com.
Do you have celiac disease or know anyone who does? How do you handle it?