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  • Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Healthy Living Publications (August 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157067163X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570671630
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Vesanto Melina is a registered dietitian and co-author of The Food Allergy Survival Guide, Becoming Vegetarian, Becoming Vegan, Raising Vegetarian Children. She is co-author of the most recent Position Paper on Vegetarian Diets ( ) and coordinated the vegetarian section of the Manual of Clinical Dietetics, 6th Edition, both joint projects of the American Dietetic Association and dietitians of Canada. Dina Aronson is a registered dietitian and nationally recognized writer and speaker. Jo Stepaniak is the author of over a dozen books and hundreds of articles on vegetarian cuisine and compassionate living.

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Vesanto Melina, M.S., R.D., was trained at the University of Toronto and the University of London, England, and taught nutrition at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and Seattle's Bastyr University. She is co-author of award winning "Becoming Vegan: Express Edition" and the more extensive "Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition" (for Dietitians, MDs, and health professionals). She also co-authored the nutrition classics "Becoming Vegetarian", "Becoming Raw", and "Becoming Vegan" (all with Brenda Davis) as well as "Cooking Vegan" and "Cooking Vegetarian" (both with Joseph Forest), and "The Food Allergy Survival Guide" and "Raising Vegetarian Children".

She was an author of the joint position paper on vegetarian diets for Dietitians of Canada and the American Dietetics Association (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) and coordinated the vegetarian section of their Manual of Clinical Dietetics. Vesanto is widely known in the media. She is an internationally known speaker and has presented workshops on the topic of vegetarian nutrition to thousands of dietitians across North America. Vesanto received the prestigious Clintec award for leadership in dietetics. She regularly consults for government and industry and for individual clients.

To complement her scientific expertise is Vesanto's joy in creating food that is healthy, delicious and simple to prepare. She became vegetarian in 1978 and vegan in 1993 as she gradually explored the consequences of food choices on health, animal welfare, and environmental issues. Her websites are www.becomingvegan.ca and www.nutrispeak.com

Her co-author Brenda Davis completed an honors degree in Human Nutrition at the University of Guelph, followed by an internship in Ottawa Ontario. She has worked as a public health nutritionist, clinical nutrition specialist, nutrition consultant, academic nutrition instructor, and is Past-Chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. She is an outstanding and inspiring speaker. Her website is http://brendadavisrd.com/

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This book was very helpful.
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I highly recommend getting this book if your deal with food allergies in your family.
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And you'll love the wonderful vegan recipes.
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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Cathe VINE VOICE on August 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
For those with food allergies, maintaining a vegan diet can be challenging. Soy, nuts, corn, and glutinous grains are in so many foods that it is difficult to avoid them. Food Allergy Survival Guide will help you to figure out what foods you are sensitive to and how to replace them with healthful, plant-based ingredients.

The book starts with an explanation of what food allergies and intolerances are and what they are caused by. If you ever wanted to know in detail how your digestive system works, you will get a full description in this book. Food Allergy Survival Guide also provides information about many medical conditions like arthritis, asthma, ADHD, candida, celiac disease, depression, dermatitis, fatigue, and migraines that can be caused by or worsened by certain foods. For each condition, there are suggestions of possible food culprits and suggestions to manage the condition.

If you are not sure if you have food allergies or what foods you are allergic to, you can find out what tests can be used to find out. The pros and cons of medical invasive and non-invasive tests are discussed as well as some do-it-yourself methods.

Once you know what foods have an adverse affect on your well-being, the trick is avoiding them. As the authors point out, foods like dairy, soy, corn, egg, and wheat are hidden in labels under all kinds of different names. For example, egg may be listed as binder, emulsifier, or coagulant. Corn can be listed as caramel coloring or dextrose. Food Allergy Survival Guide tells you what foods most often include common allergens and provide detailed lists of labeling terms that may be allergenic foods.

The best method of dealing with multiple food allergies is to cook most of your own meals.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Mimi G. Clark on October 31, 2004
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Food Allergy Survival Guide: Living Well Without Dairy, Eggs, Fish, Gluten, Peanuts, Shellfish, Soy, Tree Nuts, Wheat, Yeast and more

Vesanta Melina, Jo Stepaniak, and Dina Aronson

With a title like this, are we to believe that there are any foods left to eat for those of us with food sensitivities? The answer: a resounding YES. Why? Because Melina, Stepaniak, and Aronson have done their homework. Because similar to their other collaborative efforts, they deliver a comprehensive survival guide based on scientific research and culinary magic. After in-depth explanation of food allergy, food intolerance, and food sensitivity, the authors discuss the relationship of food to conditions such as arthritis, asthma, ADHD, candida, eczema, psoriasis, depression, digestive disorders, fatigue, and headaches. They teach us how to be our own food-trigger detective with blood tests, skin tests, and the oral food challenge which, according to the authors, is the most reliable test known for food allergies. Identification of the food culprit(s), however, is only the first step. The authors discuss cross-contamination and ways to track hidden substances in products. Whether the food culprit is dairy products, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts (almonds, Macadamia nuts, pecans, walnuts, etc.), wheat, gluten, corn, yeast, fruit, sulfites, citrus, nightshades, or fish, this book provides the reader with explanations, charts, and tips to help us in our sleuthing. Coping with food sensitivities is examined, and a list of support groups and online information is provided. Incorporating maximum nutrition into meal planning is carefully delineated with sample menus and restaurant tips. The last 183 pages are devoted to Jo's culprit-free recipes, complete with a detailed nutritional analysis.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By M. Priem on April 29, 2006
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This book is very helpful, especially if you are newly diagnosed with food allergies. Or, if you want to dive into the depths of analysis of food allergies and many related issues (ie Asthma). It covers all the A-Z's, including label-reading and hidden allergies, along with cross-contamination risks. A good starter "guide."

However, if you are looking for a cookbook, unless you are a Vegan, you probably want to seek an alternative, as 100% of the 100 recipes are Vegan.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Finn on November 23, 2004
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For those of you with special dietary needs or even if you're just trying to make your own cooking and thinking more accommodating for those who do, The Food Allergy Survival Guide is an amazing book. It's an extremely comprehensive and readable text about the in and outs of food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities. I have been a fan of all 3 of the authors based on their other works, and this book did not disappoint. I have 1 child with allergies(soy, citrus, dairy, eggs) and 1 with behavioral problems caused by gluten. I myself have a variety of allergies and sensitivities. The first thing you notice about the book is its tone. Compassion for those with food limitations permeates The Food Allergy Survival Guide . These authors understand the frustration and sadness that can come with these kinds of food issues. Underlying everything is the idea that a person with food allergies/sensitivities/intolerances can eat an interesting, delicious diet while avoiding possible deficiencies caused by limited food choices. These authors walk you through the most recent scientific knowledge regarding allergies, including the link between allergies and other conditions. They teach you how to undertake an elimination diet while not starving yourself. They provide charts to help you plan meals that are nutritious and tasty. When a common allergen is discussed, for example, corn, they have a description of the food, possible allergic reactions, how to locate it even when it's a "hidden" ingredient, restaurant dining, and alternate ways to get the nutrients that you may miss while not consuming that particular food. Corn and a few other foods also have a section on "Shopping and food preparation." There is also an entire chapter dedicated to the day to day life of the allergic person.Read more ›
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