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Living Gluten-Free For Dummies

Updated on September 19, 2014

"Living Gluten-Free for Dummies"

"Living Gluten-Free for Dummies" offers great advice and references that make living with a gluten-intolerance, well, more tolerable! Everything from helpful hints for how to cope with the reality of a lifelong change and denial of almost everything that comes out of a kitchen, to raising healthy children who accept the challenge with grace, and even find that they can help others along the way.

Another striking fact I learned is there are 250 symptoms, such as inability to concentrate, fatigue, muscle pain, joint pain, headache, depression, gastrointestional distress, even respiratory problems related to gluten intolerance. "Living Gluten-Free for Dummies" takes you through all the questions to see if you may be one that can start feeling better from Day One by simply living gluten-free.

All photos by me (Bev Lemley) ~ All Rights Reserved.

Living Gluten-Free for Dummies...

The biggest reason for reading this book is to help yourself or someone you love. Especially if it is a child in your life that suffers from ADHD or other attention disorders, has fatigue and weakness, headaches including migraines, depression, bipolar, or other mood disorders. It can be the monster in the closet. If there are mysterious symptoms that you haven't really been able to figure out, then reading "Living Gluten-Free for Dummies" will perhaps help identify the possibility that your health or that of someone you love could be greatly affected by the very things they love to eat...what is up with gluten and how come it brings you so down? Reading this book will really shed a lot of light on some mysteries in your life. Understanding and eliminating gluten will certainly give you a new life, Day One.

Perhaps you'd like to visit Gluten Free to Go to learn more about my personal journey ~ and discover a handy gluten free recipe that you can take with you, even to family dinners, if necessary, so you won't miss out on the fun!

Did you know?

That there are over 250 symtoms of gluten intolerance?

Let me spell some of them out for you!

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Danna Korn's reference book, dedicated to helping those with gluten sensitivity to understand symptoms and how to stay healthy, are unparalleled. Check out Living Gluten Free For Dummies and step into a world of great food, great health, and great fun!


Fatigue and weakness, headaches, even migraines, joint/bone pain, nerve damage (neuropathy)...

What is Gluten?

"Living Gluten-free for Dummies," written by Danna Korn, begins by identifying gluten and gluten intolerance, sensitivity, and celiac disease, and how it affects most families, one way or another. She discusses the correlation between gluten and autism, bipolar and other mood disorders, and "fuzzy brain," and what symptoms to watch for in kids, such as inability to concentrate (adults too!), ADD/ADHD, failure to thrive, weak bones or pain, abdominal pain or distention, all problems that will prevent a child from doing well in school, and even causing behavioral issues. She explains types of testing that can be done to help determine if you or a family member may have celiac disease or a gluten intolerance.

A startling fact from "Living Gluten-Free for Dummies," "Occurring in nearly one percent of the population, celiac disease is one of the most common genetic diseases of mankind." But here is the encouraging news, "Healing begins on Day One!" Amen, I am proof of that! "Living Gluten-Free for Dummies" even discusses how to reduce the chance your baby will develop celiac disease later in life. Calling all parents and parents to be!

"Living Gluten-Free for Dummies" spells out for readers that celiac is an autoimmune disease, and explains what is happening inside and on the outside, short-term and long-term. Did you know that dermatitis herpetiformis, a skin condition, is a result of having celiac disease?

Some other fine points from "Living Gluten-Free for Dummies":

You do not have to have Celiac disease to have a gluten intolerance.

Gluten is hidden and widespread and Danna spells out where to look and how to be smart and starting you off to a better life, Day One. She discusses what grains cause the problem, as well as those that are safe, what gluten-free flours are the best, and introduces grains that are superfoods that are super-nutritious. She discusses what are the best fruits and veggies and that other potential areas for gluten can be found in flavorings, alcohol, medications and supplements, make-up, lotions, shampoos, and even Play-doh, and dental products.

Gaining knowledge through labeling, possibilities of contamination, where to check if a product is safe,, where to call, magazines and newsletters, support groups, and books.

Danna's nutrition information goes beyond gluten to discuss eating nutritiously, examining carbs, the glycemic index and glycemic load, understanding blood sugar levels and the effects on our body ~ the high cost of high insulin ~ boy was that informative! And that gluten-free substitutes, like, corn, rice, potatoes, may be gluten-free, but how can they be adversely affecting your body, too?

What are the best foods for us? What are the foods our bodies were meant to eat, without the influence of dietary adaptations? Read and find out!

Low carb, no carb, or good carb ~ getting it straight will make you wiser and healthier ~ and being healthier will make you wiser!

Fats ~ how they can reduce depression and improve moods ~ really!

And how a gluten-free diet can help you to gain weight if you need to, and lose weight if you need to ~ Not kidding!

"Food is supposed...

... to give you energy and make you feel good, not make you hurt. But when you eat things that your body doesn't like for one reason or another, it has a sometimes not-so-subtle way of telling you to knock it off. Food that your body objects to can cause gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and nausea--and even things that don't seem to be associated with the gastrointestinal tract, like headaches, fatigue, depression, joint pain, and respiratory distress."

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Living Gluten-Free for Dummies

Living Gluten-Free

How to make your kitchen gluten-free, from appliances to commonly shared foods and condiments. What types of foods and convenience mixes are available, ideas to help with planning ahead, and for eating nutritiously when it seems there are just not that many options. There is also a handy list of substitutions for commonly used kitchen staples.

When dining out, suggestions for polite questions are given for how to take charge and make sure your needs are met. A listing of what types of restaurants may be safer than others, or how to substitute and what to watch out for. Other tips for successful dining out ~ all important aspects of living with gluten 24/7. Finding gluten-free accomodations while cruising, taking the train, plane ~ any way you can get there, tips for being successful.

A listing of resources and support is outlined. Blogs are mentioned, and I will say that there are many GF Squidoo'ers with many resource articles ~ see featured lenses below!

What can you possibly eat? Some recipes that are given:

Smoothies, Grab-n-Go's, Power-starts with protein, Crepes, Muffins, French toast, Granola, Quiche, Incredible Egg-cellent Eggs, Coffee Cakes, Pancakes!

Buffalo Wings, Dips and Dippers, Guacamole, Homemade Tortilla Chips, Rice Rolls, Soups, Salads, Dressings, Chicken, Meat, Seafood, Marinades, Scallops, Shrimp, Vegetarian entrees, Pasta dishes, Lasagne, Veggie Burgers!

Enchiladas, Pizza, Pasta, Sauces, Homemade Bread, Flourless Cake, Fudge, Cheesecake, Chocolate Marshmallow Bars, Popcorn Balls, Peanut Brittle, Cookies, Zebra Meringues, Parfaits! Really? Really! Yes, all gluten-free!

Wow! Since I do have all these great recipes in front of me, and it is supper time...see you in a bit!

Depression, irritability, listlessness, mood disorders, fuzzy brain, ataxia (bad balance)...

The Monster In The Closet

Exposing and eliminating the monster in the closet, when what you eat becomes who you are...

Danna Korn's book Living with Gluten-Free for Dummies is a great handbook and reference guide for living and successfully keeping the monster in the closet.

vitamin and/or mineral deficiencies, infertility, abnormal menstrual cycles...

Raising Gluten-Free Kids - From Toddler to Teenager and Beyond!

Danna is the mom of a child with celiac disease, and she relays first-hand help and info for successfully raising a gluten-free child. Danna is the founder of R.O.C.K, (Raising Our Celiac Kids), a support group for families of children on a gluten-free diet. Check out R.O.C.K. at Danna conveys that kids ROCK at having celiac and having to deal with being gluten-free. Her first-hand experience as a parent, and her child's viewpoint are very upbeat and inspiring! Focusing on the good side of it all is that your child will be healthy and not suffer adverse health effect now and will reduce the chance for more concerns in the future. A very fair trade off!

Helping your child to say "no thanks," and to be able to talk to others about their diet are all positive reinforcement. Danna weighs and outlines the pros and cons of the entire family going gluten free ~ and what the middle ground is. And Danna explores what do kids really think when someone eats gluten around them.

Words of advice for helping the chiild take control of their diet, working together to make good choices, and how you can teach your child how to make those good choices while eating out, at school, with friends, avoiding temptation, who at school should be notified, how to handle parties, how Play-doh can be a no-no ~ or crafts involving cereal or even pasta! How to avert the possibility of kids swapping their lunches!

Danna tackles the teenage years as she has experienced the problems that come along during this time for a child that must remain gluten-free, and explaining the challenges a teen faces ~ and their parents! And when a child goes to college, the education for both parents and child continues in a positive way.

dental enamal deficiencies and irregularities, respiratory problems, seizures...

Danna Korn's official site - continue to follow her journey

And keep up to date on the latest news of celiac disease and gluten-related issues and health problems..

More books by Danna Korn - Vote for your favorites, or add any I missed.

Wheat-Free, Worry-Free: The Art of Happy, Healthy, Gluten-Free Living
Wheat-Free, Worry-Free: The Art of Happy, Healthy, Gluten-Free Living

This is a practical, comprehensive and inspirational guide to living a wheat-free, gluten-free lifestyle. It answers the many questions that people have concerning the unique challenges faced by those on such a diet. It helps to take the fear out of eating, and teaches and encourages people to deal with the wheat-free or gluten-free lifestyle in an optimistic yet realistic manner.


If you like this book, you may be interested in...

...,more gluten-free options to help make you feel better and live life to the fullest

What are your thoughts?

© 2012 Beverly Lemley

Do you have a gluten intolerance? - Or suspect you might?

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    • BLemley profile imageAUTHOR

      Beverly Lemley 

      5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: I am living proof of what you say! I was sick for 50 years ~ basically, all my life! But now I've been GF for almost three years, and I see how it feels to be well and blessed to have figured it out. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your kind words! B : )

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      5 years ago

      I've seen people who were very very ill for a very long time, get diagnosed with this and then...their lives improved a great deal. This is an important lens. Thank you for making it.

    • BLemley profile imageAUTHOR

      Beverly Lemley 

      5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @vineliner57: Cutting back on carbs and gluten some is probably not a bad idea, especially if you feel better! I hadn't heard of creaky joints, but I wouldn't be surprised at all! Thanks for stopping by! B : )

    • vineliner57 profile image

      Hal Gall 

      5 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      Not sure if I have a gluten intolerance or not. I do know if I eat to many carbs, especially bread, my joints get a little cranky. Believe I read somewhere that humans are not really made for eating most grains.

    • lclchors profile image


      6 years ago

      I sure know members of my family that might Terrific information especially for us Dummys

    • ItayaLightbourne profile image

      Itaya Lightbourne 

      6 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Fantastic article! I gave up grains in general a few years ago and it made a huge difference in my world. :)

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      6 years ago

      Great info for those with gluten allergies! Great work!

    • BunnyFabulous profile image


      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I have a wheat allergy, so I do a number of gluten-free things. Thanks for reviewing this book well; I'd wondered if it was helpful or not. Sounds like it's worth reading for people starting out on their gluten-free journey.

    • DecoratingEvents profile image


      6 years ago

      Excellent review of the book! This is a subject I know little about so thanks for bringing it to the forefront.

    • Ninche profile image


      6 years ago

      Actually I do, and I always want to know more! Great lens.


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