Dear Professor Juliette,
A patient of my acupuncture practice believes she’s gluten intolerant or possibly allergic and she’s noticed her son is feeling a lot better now that he’s not eating gluten either. They are looking for the best gluten-free cookbooks and recipe website info and resources and I knew you’d be the one to ask 🙂
How lovely of you to research gluten-free resources for your patient! Gluten-free diets may seem daunting at first, but in a short amount of time it becomes easier and more fun to cook. Gluten-free diets lead to much healthier, happier lives for scores of children and adults. I’ve witnessed amazing health transformations in many of my patients, in myself and in my own son thanks to a gluten-free diet such as; improved digestion, healthy and rapid weight loss, clearer and more focused thinking, elimination of daytime fatigue, blood sugar regulation, reduced or eliminated moodiness and stress levels, improved behavior in children, improved fertility, reduced or eliminated seasonal allergies/rhinitis, eczema, reduced asthma symptoms, reduced symptoms of other inflammatory diseases, and more.
It is important to note that not all gluten-free foods, gluten-free cookbooks, products or recipes are healthy just because they are labeled “gluten-free”. We eaters must remain aware of our food choices. There are so many gluten-free cookbooks and recipes websites out there that a quick Google search will turn up pages of results, so encourage your patient to do more research on her own. Below you will see a short list of some of my favorite resources.
It is important to first learn the foods to avoid when eating a gluten-free diet.
The Celiac Disease Foundation website offers exhaustive resources listing foods, drinks, alcoholic beverages, and condiments to avoid.
Celiac.com also offers this list of foods to avoid along with other support materials.
The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network created this handy PDF “How to Read A Label for a Wheat Free Diet“. This handout is a start because wheat, along with other foods, contains gluten. This only contains instructions for wheat free diets, so there are plenty of other gluten products to watch for.
Gluten Free Cook Books (just to name a few)
Gluten Free Magazines
Gluten Free Websites
Food Allergy Support