The gluten-free diet can be followed for other reasons than Celiac Disease & gluten-intolerance. Some people follow the gluten-free diet to help strengthen their immune system & reduce inflammation in their bodies. Annalise Roberts, author of Gluten-Free Baking Classics, teamed up with Claudia Pillow, PhD (who also happens to be her sister) for “The Gluten-Free Good Health Cookbook”. The new cookbook shares “The Delicious way to Strengthen Your Immune System and Neutralize Inflammation”.
I have recently heard a bit about this method because my step dad has been looking into ways to reduce inflammation and was explaining how we eat too many acidic foods and not enough alkaline forming foods. I was confused at first, but after reading this book, it was a lot clearer. Having a balanced pH (7) = strong immune system (neutralized). Modern man tends to have a more acidic pH level (6.2) = weak immune system/chronic inflammation. The book goes on to explain which foods are alkaline, which are acidic and how to balance your day. “In theory, at the end of the day, your intake of alkalizing and acidic foods should equal 0”
More about Annalise Roberts:
After being diagnosed with celiac disease in 2002, Annalise devoted herself to developing gluten-free baking recipes that taste just as good (if not better than) their wheat flour counterparts. Gourmet magazine wrote an article about her work and featured several of her recipes in its November, 2005 issue. An expanded and revised edition of her highly acclaimed book, Gluten-Free Baking Classics (Surrey Books, 2006), was released in September, 2008. A third book, Gluten-Free Baking Classics for the Bread Machine (Surrey Books) was released in April, 2009. It contains a small collection of 40 well-tested recipes developed for the Zojirushi bread machine.
Annalise’s background has largely been in communications and marketing. She graduated as a Henry Rutgers Scholar from Rutgers College and earned an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business. She worked at several Fortune 500 Companies and advertising agencies, and taught at the Rutgers University School of Business. An accomplished cook, she lives in New Jersey with her husband and two sons.
More about Claudia Pillow, PhD:
In 2007, Claudia received her Ph.D. in Health Studies from Texas Women’s University. As part of her dissertation, she developed and tested a celiac disease school screening tool and is currently in the process of making the program available nationally. Prior to earning her doctorate, Claudia was a 1982 graduate of the New York Restaurant School and worked as a chef and caterer for many years. An MBA and BS from Rutgers University offered her the opportunity to jump to the corporate side of the food industry, where she marketed cheese and natural beverages. Dr. Pillow serves on the board of the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America and is a local resource for the North Texas chapter where she lives in with her husband and two daughters.
More about the cookbook:
Gluten-Free Good Health: The Delicious Way to Strengthen Your Immune System and Neutralize Inflamation (Agate Surrey, 2010) provides precisely that guidance. It is a smart, comprehensive guide to eating healthy and developing a diet that will bolster energy and the immune system. The authors, Annalise G. Roberts and Dr. Claudia Pillow, explain the biology behind gluten ingestion and discuss how readers can improve their health by removing gluten from their diets and finding food substitutes that will boost their immune systems. The 140 delicious recipes provide a wide variety of great meal options, and all have been rigorously kitchen-tested to ensure success every time they are prepared. As a result, readers will be healthier, less prone to the debilitating illnesses and injuries, and more energetic.
The book includes menu plan ideas, charts listing the pH levels of foods, pantry suggestions, cooking tips and many recipes. Some of the recipes that really caught my eye are:
- Red Bean & Beef Chili
- Spinach & Goat Cheese Pie
- Roasted Pear & Arugula Salad
- Risotto Carbonara
- Chicken Parmesan
- Mexican Chicken Tortilla Casserole
- Buffalo Meatballs
- Cold Lemon Souffle
- Caramel Cheesecake Pie
The back of the book contains some great information including “Understanding pH”, “Gluten-Free Baking”, “Understanding Your Immune System” and “Food Sensitivity – Food Allergies versus Food Intolerances”. While this isn’t necessarily a plan that I would follow, I can see where it may be helpful to certain people. Those that may be continuing to suffer or not being able to lose weight after starting the gluten-free diet may benefit from a plan like this.
***This book was sent to me free of charge for review purposes. The opinions stated in this post are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.