Sunday, May 3, 2009

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

The G Free Diet : A Gluten-Free Survival Guide , by Elizabeth Hasselbeck arrived on my door on my wheat free anniversary last Thursday while I was spending time with Stephanie. We skimmed through the book both trying to figure out if it was something that we would like. Stephanie left and I cracked open the book that night.

I had been familiar with the books author from shows like Survivor and The View as well as her cute clothing line. I had known that she also suffered from celiac disease and that instantly made me feel connected to her, but would I like her book?

The The G Free Diet is highly informative. The book really made me think. If you follow me on Twitter you know that I realized that my hair dye had been glutening me. I had pondered this in the past but always forgotten to check the ingredients of my hair dye. Well, the The G Free Diet not only gives you Gluten Free Friendly Cosmetic Manufacture names but it also lists product names to look for. Also, sure enough, the hair dye I have been using for a while contained wheat.

I like how personal the book gets with Elizabeth's struggle with celiacs. I know how hard it has been for me and others I know that have to deal with it on a daily basis.

I also liked how the book has chapters on how to use the gluten free diet to help autism. There are also sections on how to be a wonderful gluten free significant other, which I thought was really sweet, plus, it was filled with the sweet antidotes from her relationship with her husband. There are also chapters on how to accommodate the needs of gluten free children, and how to party like a champion with out being a kill joy. Everything in her book was very informative.

The only things that I didn't like about the book was that she doesn't have a dedicated GF toaster because of space in her New York home. I am a Native New Yorker and I am sorry but crumbs are crumbs even if you use foil to shield them! My GF toaster just got contaminated yesterday and I will be needing a new one, I am a cross contamination freak.

The other thing was that she (I don't want to give away spoilers) ate a non-gf meal at an important function. I personally wouldn't take the risk, because my intestines are so sensitive to gluten and I know what happens if they are exposed. But she did for good reason, I just wouldn't.

Those things were minor. Over all, I liked the book a lot. I would have read it in a few sittings but I was swamped with finals.
I totally recommend reading it when it hits store shelves in the morning!


Kim said...

Thanks for the review! I just picked this up from the library today! I am excited to read it.

Endless Possibilities said...


I hope you like it!

Katie said...

That was a great review! Really surprised about the toaster and eating a non gluten-free meal! I would never do either of those things either! Too scared! I'm a cross contamination freak too!

I think I'll get the book when I graduate in June and have time to read it...exciting! I like that there is a known celebrity out there talking about celiac and being gluten free, and the benefits of the gluten free diet for not just ppl with celiac...yay! :-)

Endless Possibilities said...


Thanks so much, that means a lot to me, I love your blog! She is really into not cross contaminating herself too, so that surprised me, I got the impression that she had a toaster oven, but still, I wouldn't risk it.

Yes, I agree with you! Celiac needs to be discussed more! There are health benefits for everyone out there in going gf! I am about to post something that I read that outraged me that was printed in a magazine that downplays the health benefits of the gf diet.

Have a great day! I look forward to seeing your next blog post!

Karen said...

Good review! It's on my list of books to get.

Endless Possibilities said...


Thanks so much. I am glad you liked my review of it! I hope you like the book :)