Gluten Freedom, Book Review and Giveaway

My son is allergic to wheat and gluten. He does not have Celiac disease. He is not gluten-intolerant, nor is he following a fad diet. He has a true gluten allergy.

There is so much talk about gluten lately. Is it really as bad for you as people say? How harmful is it, really? If wheat is made in nature, how can it really be that bad for you? Why does it seem like everyone is avoiding gluten lately? And what is the difference between a gluten intolerance, a gluten allergy and Celiac disease?

In case you are unfamiliar, gluten is found in wheat, rye, barley, and sometimes other grains that may have had cross-contamination with items containing gluten. It is essentially the “glue” that holds the wheat together.

So I already mentioned that one of my sons is allergic to wheat and gluten. What about the rest of us in the family? Well, after adopting a mostly gluten-free lifestyle myself I have noticed one thing with clear certainty. When I do not eat a diet with gluten, I am not nearly as hungry. However, when we go out with friends and I end up eating a meal that contains wheat I am always hungry soon afterwards. Or I wake up absolutely starving the next morning. Even if we ate a five course meal the night before. There is just something about the wheat and the way my body metabolizes it that leaves me feeling hungrier much sooner. So even though I do not have Celiac disease, an allergy, or an intolerance, I mostly stay away from gluten now simply because I feel better without it.

Gluten Freedom by Dr. Alessio FasanoRecently I received a copy of the new book Gluten Freedom by Dr. Alessio Fasano, a world-renowned gluten-related disorders expert and the founder of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Celiac Research. Gluten Freedom discusses important nutritional implications for behavior-related diagnoses such as autism and conditions such as depression, anxiety, and “foggy mind.” The book also speaks to the differences between celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and wheat allergy. It talks about navigating a gluten-free lifestyle during various stages of life, including childhood, the teen years, college, pregnancy, and more. The book gives some best practices and ideas for setting up your kitchen, and eating out while avoiding gluten. It even has some of Dr. Fasano’s favorite gluten-free recipes.

The book is a very thorough, detailed and comprehensive look at living a gluten-free lifestyle and the reasons why someone would do so. And for you book junkies, it has 5 starts on Amazon and 4.62 stars on GoodReads!

By the way, for more gluten-free recipe ideas you can follow this Pinterest board too. Living gluten-free for many years, we have found great gluten-free products in all categories. It is not that difficult to maintain a gluten-free lifestyle, though I understand that for some this may seem like a big change. Once you get started though, it truly does not seem like much of a sacrifice at all. Many people are primarliy concerned about replacing bread, pasta, cookies and baked goods, but there are some excellent choices out there. Here is a list of some of our favorite gluten-free brands:

Katz’s Gluten Free
Field Day
Cherrybrook Kitchen
Betty Crocker
The Craving’s Place
The Grainless Baker (aka Three Bakers)

Want to learn more about Gluten Freedom? You can purchase Gluten Freedom: The Nation’s Leading Expert Offers the Essential Guide to a Healthy, Gluten-Free Lifestyle at And lucky for you, I have a copy to give away to one reader! Just fill in the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I was given a copy of Gluten Freedom to review as well as one to giveaway, but I was under no obligation to write about the book. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. There may be an affiliate link in this post.





  1. Gluten free foods have come so far! I used to be gluten free bc it would cause an anaphylactic reaction if I ate it and then exercised…. therefore I went completely gluten free but back then there weren’t as many options and it was so hard! Today it might be a different story! For now I just eat gluten free if I know I am going to work out.

  2. Alaina Bullock says:

    I have not yet tried to love gluten-free, but it is on my list of changes to make towards living a more healthy lifestyle. I’d be interested in reading this book to learn more about it! It seems like there are so many options that it wouldn’t be limiting at all!

  3. I don’t know much about gluten-free diets, so this would be a perfect opportunity to learn more about it. :)

  4. Thank you for this comprehensive book review. I learned a lot : ). I hope the book goes on to do really well!

  5. As a parent with a child who seems to be racking up one food allergy after another (not gluten though, yet), thank you so much for sharing this book! Great review!

  6. I have been eating GF for a year now b.c I do have an allergy or celiac. Not sure yet. Will find out in a few weeks when I go to the gastro. My mother was just diagnosed with celiac though, so there is a strong possibility I have that too.

  7. I have been giving a lot of thought to going gluten free lately, so I think this book might answer a lot of my questions.

  8. I am curious about how a gluten-free diet may help people who are allergic, and would love to read this book!

  9. I’m interested in looking more into a gf diet for my stomach problems and I hear it’s great for overall health.

  10. This sounds like an awesome book! My mom has been eating gluten free for a while now, I’m going to have to see if she read this one yet. Thanks!

  11. We have a neighbor that has gone gluten free due to an allergy in the family. They say it is the best thing that’s ever happened to them. Interested in learning more about it!

  12. I have no idea about how to go about being gluten free – would love to learn.

  13. A true gluten allergy is ROUGH! It’s getting easier to avoid it these days fortunately! I have a friend with a strong aversion to gluten as well who I will be sharing this giveaway with!!!

  14. I’d love to attempt to have a gluten-free diet. I was reading how it can cause different health issues and I think it might be time for a change. Gluten Freedom sounds like a great book to start with!

  15. Very interesting and awesome review. I am not GF but know several who are.

  16. I have a friend who has a gluten allergy and few others that are gluten intolerant, I am going to let them know about this book.

  17. My husband has been on a diet, and we’ve been talking about making some other healthy changes with our food as a family. Cutting out glutten is one of the things we’ve talked about, but it seems like such a HUGE thing, I feel overwhelmed with how to start. I would love to read this, and have a guide to making this life change.

  18. It would be a challenge for me to go on a gluten free diet. But if it will help in improving my metabolism and in achieving a healthier lifestyle, I would definitely give it a go.

  19. Lisa J. Jones says:

    Sounds Like A Great Book I’ll Have To Pick It Up Next Time Out Thank You & Great Review

  20. I hear so much about this, i should really read a book like this t get myself familiar..

  21. My daughter has a gluten allergy so I know quite a bit, but would love to read this.

  22. MzBaker says:

    When my son was a baby on formula he was lactose, as he got older he drank milk and was fine. Now he’s about to be 11 and he gets tummy aches from milk. Thankfully other than that he doesn’t have any food allergies.

  23. This looks like a great book that explains gluten allergies and issues with it in general. I need to read this because I am not as familiar with this as I need to be.

  24. There is so much new found attention to Gluten! I get easily confused and would really benefit from this read!

  25. we still eat gluten but I think i would benefit by at least reducing the amounts.

  26. Interesting. I never really thought about gluten before the whole “craze” and I never thought I had an allergy, but I hear the symptoms aren’t alway so clear.

  27. I wouldn’t mind reading this to get a better feel about eating gluten-free. It seems like it’s a rich resource.

  28. Maria Oller says:

    My son is gluten sensitive so we are trying to limit his gluten intake ot is hard but he is learning and he actually feels better now I cannot imagine having an allergy like that poor baby

  29. I’ll have to check this out. I’ve got Hashimotos disease and many sites recommend going gluten free.

  30. Wow… this is really eye-opening. I didn’t know the distinction between the allergy and the intolerance, and I am glad you pointed at this amazing resource to get more information!

  31. I am so interested in reading this! I love learning more about nutrition and this sounds like something I’d love to learn more about. There’s been such a “gluten-free” craze lately that I am dying to learn more.

  32. There are so many people now who can’t tolerate gluten. I hadn’t even heard of this a few years ago.

  33. This is such a hot topic now. I’m going to pass this on to a few friends who definitely would be interested in reading this book.

  34. I could see this benefiting a lot of people – I seem to be knowing more and more people with gluten allergies/sensitivities.

  35. I’m not gluten-free, but will definitely share this with my friend who is.

  36. My mom recently was told she should stay away from Gluten. It’s hard to know what’s good & what isn’t.
    I’m interested to see what they say!

  37. TallulahJane says:

    I would love to see if this food could help my digestive problems. I don’t know enough about Gluten Free foods so I think it could help me.

  38. I have a nephew that was recently diagnosed with a gluten intolerance. I’m going to pass this book along to his mother.

  39. It sounds like the same issues I face. I don’t have Celiac, but a definitely an allergy to gluten. I’m really interested in reading more about Gluten and Celiac though. I notice a behavioral difference in my kids, too. It affects them neurologically.

  40. Emerald says:

    I discovered last year that something was wrong whenever I would eat store brand rye bread. It was the same bread I had been eating for several years and didn’t seem to have a problem before. I had noticed that this brand of bread was not as higher quality as it once was. After eating the bread, my stomach became quite distended and I felt very uncomfortable, but did not experience any nausea. I didn’t catch on to this until a few weeks later when I realized that whenever I consumed something with wheat in it, my abdomen would swell out to the point where I looked like I was 4 months pregnant. I also have a small patch of psoriasis on the right side next to my nose. It is a raised patch of skin that I started to get about 10 years before. After I decided to go gluten free- upon the advice of my wise daughter, the patch almost disappeared. I also don’t get those abdominal distentions like before. I told my doctor and he doesn’t seem to take seriously anything that I said. He said that there is no reason to believe that I’m gluten intolerant and that I should be consuming whole grains and wheat! What is with doctors? I know how my body acts with whatever I’m putting into it so how would he know? This is the same doctor who prescribed a statin drug for my high triglycerides and that drug nearly killed me. I have Hashimoto’s disease or Hypothyroidism and my daughter even said that a gluten free diet is best with this condition since gluten can cause inflammation throughout the body. Since I’ve been gluten free for almost a year now, my high triglycerides are going down! That is enough proof for me that going gluten free has health benefits. Besides, the way wheat has been produced, it is not good for anyone really.

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