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What to Eat with Ibd: A Comprehensive Nutrition and Recipe Guide for Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Paperback – Sep 26 2006
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Wonderful fast shipping, btw -- thanks, Amazon! And many thanks to Tracie for writing this excellent little book. Tracie's honesty and integrity come through well (she was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at 19) and the recipes look delicious....I'm planning to shop this weekend in order to stock our larder/fridge with ingredients to prepare the healthful, tasty meals she has developed in the menu section. This aspect of the book is great for us as we live in the country and cook mostly all our meals.
Tracie says that her dream in writing this book is to inspire others with inflammatory bowel disease to be well. Her hope is to encourage IBD sufferers like herself to face the challenges -- the anxiety, the stress, and the fear of the unknown. Good nutrition is her passion, and learning to eat well can give the control to at least one aspect of this devastating disease -- to re-nourish the body and to allow the intestines to heal. As well, she stresses that we must taken time to care for ourselves not only physically, but emotionally. Nutrition and medication to help heal the body, while hope and faith help to restore the spirit. I hope and pray I can give the support to my husband that he needs to get better now and to stay well forever.
I'm looking forward to helping my husband restore -- and maintain -- his way to better health through this book. I, like Tracie, hope others will come to terms with this horrible disease which is not an easy task. It requires much strength and determination. Thank you, Tracie!! I give this book 5 stars.
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The second part of the book contains over 50 kitchen-tested nutrient rich recipes that the entire family can enjoy. Recipes for tasty shakes are also included that can be used as meal-replacements when appetite is poor.
As a parent of a child with Crohn's disease, I continually keep abreast of new materials on IBD. Unfortunately, I have found some deleterious dietary misinformation about IBD on the market.
In contrast, I was so impressed with "What to Eat with IBD" that I contacted the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) to tell them how helpful I think this book would be.
Instead the book starts with a few pages from the author and why she is a dietitician, then a bit about Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis and IBS. There might be a little about digestion and then she gets into what foods are more healing and hurtful. Her lists might not be exhaustive but, are enough to give you good choices and variety.
Then thing is I don't need to know the how or why...I need to know what I can have for lunch...now. I wished that she addressed things like Juice and if Juicing vegetables is a good way to get in some vitamins and nutrients. But, all in all a very helpful book. The main part of the book is only about 56 pages with IBD friendly recipies at the end. She says much the same things that other books on the subject says, just simpler. It took me about an hour and a half to read all but, the recipies which means I can start using the information that much faster.
The recipes are fantastic, well balanced, and fit for everyone in the family. I've made almost every recipe and have only disliked one or two. You don't have to slave in the kitchen either! If you have wheat issues or don't believe in eating gluten the book will still be helpful, just substitute gluten free products.
I have to add that I did do the scd diet strictly for almost a year. It felt good because of eliminating the sugars, but nutritionally it's not as sound as Tracie Dalessandro's book.
I've had the opportunity to speak with Tracie on the phone. I am just a stranger to her, one of the millions in this world suffering. However, she took the time to reach out and answer questions that I had, and offer suggestions on how to boost my gut health. She didn't have to do this, but shows just how truely passionate she is in helping others feel good.
I would love, love to see another book by Tracie. A book that gives additional sample menus for the day like in her first. Perhaps a chapter of, "How to work your way out of a flare the best way nutritionally"... would be great for me.
Thank you again Tracie for making my last few years living with U.c. so much easier.