Go Gluten-Free With Elisabeth Hasselbeck

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2012-06-17 02:21:40 -0500
Started 2012-06-15 07:06:22 -0500

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.

10 replies

Teresa40 2012-06-16 08:26:00 -0500 Report

I saw Elisabeth on Rachel Ray a couple days ago. She was making blueberry pancakes that are gluten free. It was an interesting show. I should find her cookbook for my sister-in-law.

Caroltoo 2012-06-15 08:15:39 -0500 Report

Nice article. Things I've been reading in various sources recently say that many of us are gluten intolerant and, because some of the symptoms are quiet for years … just doing damage to our intestings on the sly … we don't even know it.

I've also seen the resulting inflammation, nutritional deprivation, and resulting metabolic changes linked to causative/triggers for diabetes. If so, the diet, whether we are gluten intolerant or not, would be healthy for diabetics.

As she states, approach this from the perspective of a trade off … not I have to stop eating something, but what can I substitute for wheat that will fill those same needs nutritionally. I also add in B complex vitamins and others that are usually sourced in the grains of our wheat based diets. Thankfully, quinoa and some others, are really tasty substitutes! I don't feel deprived, just a lot healthier and happier without all the pain and distress in my guts.

GabbyPA 2012-06-16 08:18:50 -0500 Report

The thing that stood out to me in this was that she said she was pain free after having a gluten free diet (not by choice, but by providence!) I want to be pain free...I know inflammation is a huge part of pain in our bodies and gluten is inflammatory. DUH...so why is it so hard to give up? DANG.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-16 16:52:17 -0500 Report

Because they taste so good.
My very worst pain causing food is of all things, a Hershey Kiss. Instant bliss They taste so good. If I eat only 1 my hands hurt all over. Can I resist for longer than 6 months, the longest kiss ban I have managed to date?
Same with gluteny foods. I want that warm wonderful dinner roll the waiter placed within my reach. So what if BG goes into the YIKE zone and bloat happens. That will all be moments later. I want to live in this moment and savor every over-buttered bite. Hubby has to move quicker than I to save me from myself. He blocks me with a baricade of menus.

jayabee52 2012-06-16 18:58:27 -0500 Report

Your long suffering hubby! He must love you very much! He wants tp keep you around for as long as possible, it would seem.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-16 19:46:11 -0500 Report

Well, Hubby is AKA Grumpy Disabled Guy and I am his Helper Monkey. Therefore it is in his best interests to keep me around. Who would be there to pick up his cane when he drops it or all my many other equally useful skills?

swlinda 2012-06-15 07:31:09 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby, I have been thinking this might be a good thing to try.

Caroltoo 2012-06-15 08:07:21 -0500 Report

If you have undiscovered gluten issues, it's a wonderful way to go. If not, it's still a healthy one because the wheat content in our prepared foods and the gluten content of our wheat have both increase so much in recent years.

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