Several years ago I started to develop some rather baffling health problems, so I turned to my doctor for advice, but even after months of testing the team of doctors I'd been working with still couldn't figure out the cause of my severe joint swelling. Not once in all of those visits did any of my doctors suggest that my problem might be food related. In fact, when I suggested it they immediately dismissed the idea even though I had already been diagnosed with food allergies as a child.
Fast forward a few months...
I still didn't have any answers, but I had recently finished a food challenge called October Unprocessed (you can read more about it on Andrew Wilder's blog Eating Rules.) I spent an entire month eliminating processed food from my diet, making smarter decisions about the food I ate, and learning about how many non-food items go in to the foods we eat. You can read all the details here, but to make a long story short, by the end of the month I'd lost nearly 10lbs and my joint swelling was completely gone. It wasn't until I began to add back a few of the foods I had quit eating that I noticed a pattern; my pain seemed to come back any time I ate something containing soy. I finally had an answer to what was causing my problems, but finding a solution was another matter entirely because soy can be found in nearly every item you purchase at the grocery store—even in places you wouldn't expect it (bread, chocolate, and even many brands of vitamins.)
This book is a real game-changer for anyone who has been struggling to manage their food allergies. I wish it had been written years ago when I was first diagnosed, it would have cut down on the frustration that came with making such a huge, sweeping change to my diet. The first few chapters alone provide invaluable information about diagnosis, allergy testing, eliminations diets, hidden sources of common allergens, and setting up an allergen-free kitchen. For that alone I'd recommend it because it covers a lot of ground, but the recipes are also fantastic. There is a lot of variety in this book, plus most of the recipes are written in a way that the average person wouldn't even know they were allergen-free, which I find especially helpful for the times I want to entertain. Anyone who has recently been diagnosed with a food allergy or intolerance, who has battled a lifetime with food allergies, or is suffering from multiple food allergies will greatly appreciate this book.
Recipes You Should Try:
Curried Pumpkin, Chicken, and Rice Soup
Spicy Thai Curry Noodle Soup
Hot Spinach, Strawberry, and Bacon Salad
Niçois Salad with Sesame-Crusted Tuna
Smoky Red Pepper Chickpea Dip
Sweet and Spicy Apricot Chicken Wings
Roast Turkey Breast with Cranberry Chutney
Shredded Beef Tostadas
Spicy Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas
Pumpkin Layer Cake with Maple Frosting and Salted Caramel Drizzle
Sweet Potato Granola
Where to Purchase
Amazon - Pure Delicious by Heather Christo
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This book was sent to me for review by Pam Krauss Books as always, all opinions are my own.