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The Whole-Food Guide to Overcoming Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Strategies and Recipes for Eating Well With IBS, Indigestion, and Other Digestive Disorders Paperback – Jun 15 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications (June 15 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572247983
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572247987
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.2 x 22.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #363,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The end to digestive distress begins with a thorough reading of The Whole-Food Guide to Overcoming IBS. This clear, concise, and elegant book explains the causes and remediation of gut pain and suffering in a way everyone can understand and follow. The recipe section is a delight, with easy-to-make and wonderfully nourishing dishes and meal plans. The best work on this topic to date."
-Edward Bauman, M.Ed., Ph.D., director of Bauman College: Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts in Berkeley, CA

"As a nutrition expert, I see clients on a regular basis who have digestive issues. I am thrilled to have Laura Knoff's book to refer them to. It is a great resource for anyone suffering from digestive issues or wanting to improve their overall health and vitality. Laura's style is easy to understand and, more importantly, simple to implement. Everyone would benefit by following the concepts in this book."
-JJ Virgin, Ph.D., CNS, author of Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy

"Knoff brings us a book that will help outsmart disruptive digestive discomforts once and for all. The delicious recipes provided in her book will be embraced by the entire family. I highly recommend this book for everybody who needs easy strategies and solutions for soothing the gastrointestinal tract."
-Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., CNS, bestselling author of Fat Flush Plan and Fat Flush for Life


About the Author

Laura J. Knoff, NC, has been studying nutrition and biochemistry since 1975 and earned her nutrition consultant, nutrition educator, diet counselor, and nutrition instructor certificates from Bauman College in Penngrove, CA. She was a senior research associate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for eight years. She is now a registered professional member of the National Association of Nutritional Professionals and is board certified in holistic nutrition by that organization. She healed her own digestive disorders using whole foods, relaxation, and moderate exercise. Since 2000, she has taught prospective nutrition consultants at Bauman College in Berkeley, CA, and has a private practice at the Labrys Healthcare Circle in Oakland, CA.

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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars 19 reviews
35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Aug. 8 2011
By Decal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I'm kind of surprised by the reviewers who called this practical. I am already on a gluten free diet and have been moving more and more towards whole foods, but unless you want to spend a whole lot of time searching for things like dulse granules, sea palm, or chlorella, this book isn't for you. I just wanted some simple advice on what might make me feel better, but I am probably not going to start fermenting my own yogurt or dehydrating flax seeds to make my own crackers. The author clearly has done research and has some knowledge, but I think the majority of people would find her suggestions totally overwhelming and intimidating.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Step by Step Guide to Overcoming Digestive Distress Sept. 21 2010
By Nutri-girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Digestive distress is rampant as we all steep in a post-modern toxic stew of environmental effluvia. If you, as I did, go to a gastroenterologist and are told "learn to live with the pain," Knoff's guide offers practical options for restoring your gut. A well-respected nutrition educator with a background in biochemistry, Knoff knows her stuff. The publication of her book is a great occasion, as digestive malfunction sufferers have typically had to piece much of what is covered here together (if they can) on their own.

Although a short book, The Whole Food Guide to Overcoming Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Strategies & Recipes for Eating Well with IBS, Indigestion & Other Digestive Disorders is jam packed with information and resources proven effective in reversing these debilitating disorders. For example, many health educators talk about "rotation diets" and lots of authors describe them in their books. Knoff, however, took the time to create simple-to-use, visual charts that clearly step sufferers through a rotation and challenge diet -- which is the first critical step an individual needs to take if s/he hopes to solve the mystery of the actual foods that trigger his or her specific digestive dysfunction. These charts alone are worth the price of the book.

In addition, Knoff provides background information and history, offers detailed analysis of how and why one's gut function may become compromised, and hands you recipes from soup to (soaked) nuts that will reinstate your interest in food while helping you to remove the foods that offend your body. This book can empower you to understand your affliction and guide you - or your loved one - back to full joy in eating and in life.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not really IBS related Oct. 29 2011
By G in CA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book seems like a basic guide to a healthy whole foods diet. There isn't much info on IBS. Her overall idea is to eat from a list of 10 foods for a few weeks until your symptoms all go away. Then add back foods one at a time and see what happens. That isn't really advice on how to live with IBS on a daily basis, that is how to diagnose a food allergy or intolerance. As a person who has already had very in depth allergy testing I found this book really didn't offer any insights on IBS not related to food allergies.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for IBS sufferers Aug. 4 2011
By Wings - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am thrilled with this book. I try to follow a very healthy diet, with foods that my great grandmother would recognize. No pop-tarts or gummy bears for me! This book helps me make good choices at every meal with lots of recipes. If you have any food intolerances or allergies, the author gives you lots of tips, like how to find hidden gluten in your foods. I tried the 4 day rotation diet and I think it's a great idea. Even the healthiest of foods can cause problems if you eat them too frequently. Many vegetables have toxins in them so they are not eaten to extinction out in the wild. This is the perfect book for how I want to eat and has really helped me with my IBS.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overcoming IBS Systematically July 15 2011
By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book has a very detailed diagnostic questionnaire which is
a prelude to some well known and not so well known strategies for
handling IBS. There is an extensive section showing how the digestive
system operates. Some bad foods are listed like sugar and white
rice. Foods least likely to produce allergy are listed. Examples
are fish, artichoke, carrots, celery, green beans and zucchini.

The building blocks of a good diet are proteins, Omega 3, asparagus,
onions, leeks, carrots, squash, spinach, parsley and the leafy
green veggies. The book has an extensive list of vitamins and
minerals for healing like Vitamin A, B-complex, Biotin, D, E and K.

Moderate exercise and gentle fiber are concomitant parts of the
wellness process which assists gut healing over time. Good
detoxifiers are bentonite clay and charcoal capsules. These help
the body to discharge toxins quickly and naturally. Medications
do not necessarily discharge toxins. In my own experience,
a certified colonics specialist may be helpful in discharging
large toxin accumulations.

Gut builders are L-Glycine and Glutamine. Probiotics are
helpful to place good bacteria into the gastrointestinal tract.
Finally, an extensive section on healthful food recipes is
provided. Personally, I find juicing with the Vitamix 5000
to be extremely useful with regard to the intake of vitamin
rich nutrients and the discharge of toxins from the fiber.

Overall, the book would be very helpful for sufferers of IBS,
Crohns and other chronic conditions of the colon and gastro-
intestinal tract. The price is reasonable considering the
value of the extensive information content.