Here is an interesting interview I found. I know I have been looking at getting rid of gluten from my diet (easier said than done) and she has a lot of great tips here. I hope you guys enjoy the interview.
'The View' co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck shares tips for boosting your energy levels and choosing deliciously healthy foods in her book, 'The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide'.
Everyday Health: http://www.everydayhealth.com/new-year-new-yo...
Gluten-free diets are all the rage these days as way to lose weight, but the trend has its roots in a very serious and debilitating health condition: celiac disease. Putting a name and face to this often misunderstood disease is Elisabeth Hasselbeck, co-host of the ABC morning talk show The View, New York Times bestselling author, clothing designer (for Dialogue by Elisabeth Hasselbeck), wife of NFL commentator Tim Hasselbeck, and mother of three. When Hasselbeck wrote The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide, she shared her journey from mysterious symptoms and embarrassment to an accurate diagnosis and lifestyle changes that have left her looking and feeling better than ever.
Hasselbeck recently talked to Everyday Health about the differences going gluten-free has made on her body, mind, and spirit.
Everyday Health: When did you first become aware that you might have a problem with glutens, and what were your symptoms?
Elisabeth Hasselbeck: I knew something wasn't right when I would eat something, and then shortly thereafter, I would feel cramping in my side and have to run to the nearest bathroom. I remember when [my husband] Tim and I were dating and when we would go out to eat, I would want the night to be over as soon as the food came. I just knew that I would feel horrible afterward, and I felt like there was nothing I could do about it. Before I knew it, I would be lying in bed waiting for the pain to subside. I went into sort of a social withdrawal; social situations became really complicated. That can make anybody feel borderline depressed. I was in the prime of my life, but I was plagued with discomfort.
Everyday Health: How soon after you went gluten-free did you start feeling better?
Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Well, before I was diagnosed with celiac disease, I was down in Australia filming [the reality show] Survivor, and my diet just happened to be gluten-free by circumstance. At one point, we were just down to eating fish. My body stopped hurting, I wasn't in pain.
Everyday Health: What other mental and physical benefits did you notice after you went G-free?
Elisabeth Hasselbeck: I remember that I used to feel hungry all the time; I could eat and eat and I was never satisfied. Once I was diagnosed and figured out what I could and couldn't eat, I felt full for the first time. I didn't have that constant fatigue anymore. I could go running whenever I wanted. I felt stronger internally. When you have pain and it's gone, you're just a different person.
Everyday Health: How difficult was it for you to find gluten-free foods?
Elisabeth Hasselbeck: When I was diagnosed with celiac disease, I had to figure a lot of things out for myself. There wasn't the labeling on foods that we have now. I really had to learn to decode ingredients; I can spot something with gluten in it from a mile away! But the information on packaging has gotten much better; you can look at a box of something like Chex cereal and it says "gluten-free" in big letters.
That was also a reason that I wrote the book; I wanted to make it easier for people to find gluten-free foods and avoid hidden gluten.
Everyday Health: What tips do you have to help people avoid gluten?
Elisabeth Hasselbeck: You have to set your mind on not removing things from your diet, but substituting them. If there's a particular kind of food that you love, look for a gluten-free option. For example, many tortilla chips are gluten-free. If you like to bake, companies like Pamela's have phenomenal baking flours. New products are coming out all the time, which is great. I've been working for the past two years on a line of g-free protein bars called "No-G" [now available on Amazon.com]; I really wanted a gluten-free, high-protein, and all-natural bar that tasted good, and I'm excited to bring these to market. I'm also working on a cookbook that will be out in September.
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