The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe" podcast.)
I'm half way through the book and generally, I think she should not be categorized with those other two moronic celebrities. Her information is super helpful, seemingly based on science (she admits things are not black and white), and simplified in a way that makes it accessible to people desperate to figure things out after first being diagnosed.
There are a few things that bugged me, though. Like, telling people to cut gluten as a way to loose weight. I'm assuming this is just a ploy to sell more books. There is no way in hell that anyone should be cutting gluten to loose weight. Gluten substitutes can be filled with unhealthy starches and non-whole-grains. If you want to loose weight, then stop eating processed food and stop eating out. I think this is what she's getting at, though, that a side effect of going gluten-free is to be more aware of what you're eating and often results in cooking things at home from whole foods, and therefore, could result in weight loss.
My second issue is her chapter on trying to survive, socially, with a gluten intolerance. She says to never RSVP to a wedding and ask the bride to go out of her way to arrange a gluten free meal for you because they really just have too many other details to worry about. Really? Am I rude? I've had three close friends/cousins be super-brides and order me a gluten free meal for their wedding day (Thanks girls!!!). I'm not sure how much of a hassle it was, but it seems to me, if you're putting in an order with your caterer and you say, "I need 50 chicken dinners, 60 steaks, 10 vegetarian pastas, 20 kids plates, and 3 gluten free options," the worst your caterer can say is "No!" In this case, I would know ahead of time to go grab pre-dinner before the sit down dinner, which is totally not a big deal, and everyone would be happy. Then the bride wouldn't have spent Lord-knows how much money on my plate that wouldn't get eaten. Elisabeth Hasselbeck tells us that she sits by her husband and has him eat half of his meal, then switches plates with her so she doesn't feel rude for not eating the food. I will agree with her on one thing, though, that it's always a good idea to have back-up food in your purse. My purse is always stocked with a gluten free granola bar and a fruit bar for low blood sugar emergencies.
Her solution to a lot of social situations is just to eat before hand. I used to do this, but I've discovered that it's just as easy to make something awesome yourself to bring to the party so you know there's one thing you can eat. Sometimes this one thing is a huge hit and I have to fend off others from eating all of it so I can have some! (I'll be sure to share these recipes with you along the way.) I'm also lucky because most of my friends have been with me through this whole process and they know what gluten free means. They're not afraid to say, "Keah, don't try my potato salad 'cause its way contaminated!" or "Keah, this is totally gluten free, so dig in." I think my friends are particularly good at this because a lot of them are vegetarians and just like they wouldn't appreciate a random piece of steak in their salad, I don't appreciate contaminated food. They are also healthy, whole food eaters, which really makes most of their food edible to me. My family, because they live so far away and only have to deal with feeding me twice a year, usually has to ask a lot of questions before knowing if something is gluten free, which is super sweet of them to ask. My aunt used to make me my own chipped beef spread so we didn't contaminate my favorite spread with rye bread from everyone else!
Dear Ms. Hasselbeck,I'm curious, what do you think about the wedding situation? Is it rude to ask for a gluten free meal? How does the cake situation work with a gluten free bride or groom?
Thanks for stealing my book idea. I'm sorry I didn't get to it first, but I was too busy writing this thing called a Ph.D. dissertation. Plus, no one would have published or bought my book, so it's really better that you make the money while I blog for free.
Sincerely, Dr. K.