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"The First Year - Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free" by Jules Dowler Shepard

An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

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The First Year - Celiac Disease and Living Gluten Free: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed by Jules E. Dowler Shepard

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The First Year - Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed by Jules E. Dowler Shepard is an extraordinarily helpful resource for anyone newly diagnosed with Celiac disease.

Do you suspect that gluten in the foods you eat may be adversely affecting your health? Do you have a child recently diagnosed with Celiac disease or do you just want to learn more about this increasingly publicized disease? If so, you will find this new book by Jules Dowler Shepard, a Celiac patient-expert, gluten-free cooking instructor, speaker, consultant and cookbook author an invaluable resource.

Learning and Living - The Shared Experience of Celiac Disease

The First Year - Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free is all about understanding the diagnosis, learning about the disease, and preparing yourself for a life without gluten.

Jules shares her own reality, from Celiac diagnosis, the process of learning to avoid gluten and learning how to cook "nearly normal" appealing gluten-free foods. Jules describes the "why me?" phase and the initial frustrations and cooking disasters that accompany this challenging stage. By sharing the challenges of the first year with Celiac disease, Jules effectively teaches the art and science of living a healthy, enjoyable gluten-free life.

Eleven contributors share their own stories, adding to the collective experience of Celiac disease. Personal stories include:

  • Taking Control
  • How Times Have Changed
  • Growing a Support Group
  • Finding Help After a Move
  • Dining and Dating
  • Overcoming College Challenges While Living Gluten-Free
  • Fixing the Dining Hall
  • Spread the Word
  • New Baby and New Diagnosis
  • Parenting a Child with Celiac Disease
  • A Whole New Approach to the Holidays
  • Travel Just Got Easier
  • Food Restrictions Will Not Hold Me Back
  • Looking Back and Looking Forward

Most of us will find bits and pieces of our own experiences in these shared stories dispersed in the chapters of The First Year - Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free and can learn valuable life skills from each personal story.

Celiac Disease from Day One Forward

Jules has structured the content of The First Year - Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free to illustrate what the reader can expect to experience in the first year of Celiac disease, beginning with the first 7 says after diagnosis. A "First Week Milestone," a "First Month Milestone" and "First Half Year Milestone" concisely summarize the learning process involved in living with Celiac disease.

The First Year - Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free contains 282 pages including an insightful foreword by Alessio Fasano, MD, Founder of the Center for Celiac Research at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Fasano is recognized as one of the top Celiac disease experts in the world. His studies have led to the acceptance that Celiac disease is not a rare disease at all but a very common one, he developed the blood screening test for Celiac disease used worldwide, developed the genetic testing used worldwide, is an imminent Celiac disease educator and is currently researching alternative treatments and a cure for Celiac disease beyond the gluten-free diet.

Jules Dowler Shepard is a spokesperson for the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research.

On day one you will find a useful table that explains the differences between Celiac disease, wheat and gluten allergy and gluten intolerance. These differences confuse many people including too many people that write on this subject. The differences are very specific and affect testing, diagnosis and how each disorder is treated. It's the perfect topic to address on day one!

The Weeks and Months of the First Year with Celiac Disease

  • Day 7 - A Simple Healing 5-Day Meal Planner with Recipes
  • Week 2 - Your New Gluten-Free Kitchen in Seven Easy Steps
  • Week 3 - Shopping Gluten-Free in Six Easy Steps
  • Week 4 - Seeking Support
  • Month 2 - Sticky Situations
  • Month 3 - Alcohol and Dining Out
  • Month 4 - Talking with Friends about Celiac Disease
  • Month 5 - Celiac Disease and Infertility
  • Month 6 - Entertaining and Being Entertained
  • Month 7 - Your Child and Celiac Disease
  • Month 8 - Kids' Birthday Parties
  • Month 9 - Handling the Holidays
  • Month 10 - Advanced Gluten-Free Baking
  • Month 11 - Traveling Gluten-Free
  • Month 12 - What if You Don't Feel Better?

A glossary, FAQ, gluten-free baking Q and A and an extensive list of Celiac support groups in the U.S. give readers the tools they need adapt to life without gluten. The text is well-annotated and each chapter is summarized "In a Sentence" for easy grasp of information.

Throughout the text Jules has included helpful gluten-free food lists, substitution lists, a list of foods that may contain gluten, Celiac disease statistics and much more.

Gluten-Free Recipes

A book by Jules Dowler Shepard, author of the popular cookbook Nearly Normal Cooking for Gluten-Free Eating wouldn't be complete without a collection of easy, dependable gluten-free recipes. Here's a sampling of gluten-free recipes you'll find in The First Year - Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free:

  • Jules' Nearly Normal All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour Mix
  • Spinach and Mushroom Quesadillas
  • Crab or Shrimp Quiche with Vegetables
  • Fish Stew
  • Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding
  • Tropical Rice
  • Maryland Crab Balls
  • Mexican Lasagna
  • Family Fudge
  • Yellow or Chocolate Birthday Cake
  • Banana Frosting
  • Favorite Fall Stuffing
  • Challah
  • Holiday Cut-Out Cookies
  • Nearly Normal Southern Biscuits
  • Bread Sticks

Summary of The First Year - Celiac Disease and Living Gluten Free: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed by Jules E. Dowler Shepard

I highly recommend this book, not only for those newly diagnosed with Celiac disease but for anyone curious about this not so rare autoimmune, genetic disease. Jules writes in an engaging style, the text is well-annotated and she has packed so much useful, supportive and well-formatted information in The First Year - Celiac Disease and Living Gluten Free: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed. She has done a masterful job of combining an up-to-date primer on how to successfully live with Celiac disease with enticing gluten-free recipes. My copy, just a couple of weeks old is already getting a real workout.
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