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A Patient-Expert Walks You Through Everything You Need to Learn and Do.
If you've just been diagnosed with celiac disease, you're not alone: as many as 1 in 133 Americans have this autoimmune disorder characterized by an inability to digest gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains. For ten years, Jules Shepard's gastrointestinal symptoms went misdiagnosed. Once the cause was identified, she experienced a rollercoaster of emotions and illness the year following, as she discovered what she could and could not eat through trial and error.Now, in The First Year: Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free, Shepard explains everything you need to learn and do upon your or a family member's diagnosis.• How celiac disease affects your entire body• Eating gluten-free (and avoiding hidden glutens)• Keeping your kitchen safe from cross-contamination• Can I drink alcohol?• Celiac and fertility• Finding support groups• Parenting a child with celiac disease• Dining out, traveling, and entertainingThis unique guide prioritizes all the most important information on diet and lifestyle changes for you. Day-by-day; week-by-week, month-by-month, learn how to safely, alter your diet, manage your symptoms, and adjust to living gluten-free. Complete with easy and delicious recipes for gluten-free baking, The First Year: Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free is your essential guide to a healthy life.JULES E. DOWLER SHEPARD is the author of Nearly Normal Cooking for Gluten-Free Eating and a spokesperson for University of Maryland's Center for Celiac Research. She lives in Catonsville, Maryland.