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About the Author

Crystal Zaborowski Saltrelli is a Certified Health Counselor specializing in gastroparesis. Via her coaching programs, books, videos, and blog, Crystal helps people worldwide learn to live (well!) with gastroparesis. Crystal's interest in holistic health and nutrition began soon after she was diagnosed with idiopathic gastroparesis in 2004 at the age of 23. She went on to study Health Counseling and Holistic Nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and became certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners in 2010. Crystal also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Dartmouth College. In addition to her health counseling practice, Crystal is actively involved in the greater gastroparesis community, currently serving as Nutritional Specialist for the Gastroparesis & Dysmotility Foundation and attending advocacy and awareness events through the Digestive Health Alliance. Crystal lives in western New York with her husband and their 1-year-old daughter. For more information or to contact Crystal, please visit her website at www.CrystalSaltrelli.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Sea Salt Publishing; 1 edition (December 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615547753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615547756
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Crystal Zaborowski Saltrelli is a speaker, author, and Certified Health Coach. With her books, classes, videos, and website, Crystal has helped thousands of people worldwide learn to live (well!) with gastroparesis.

Crystal's interest in holistic health and nutrition began soon after she was diagnosed with idiopathic gastroparesis in 2004 at the age of 23. She went on to study Health Counseling and Holistic Nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and became certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners in 2010. She also has a Bachelor's Degree from Dartmouth College and has completed continuing education coursework via the Harvard School of Medicine.

Crystal is the author of two books, Eating for Gastroparesis and Living (Well!) with Gastroparesis. Crystal also serves as Nutritional Specialist for the Gastroparesis & Dysmotilities Foundation and is a patient-advocate for the Digestive Health Alliance.

Crystal lives in western New York with her husband and two-year-old daughter. To contact Crystal, please visit www.CrystalSaltrelli.com or Facebook.com/CrystalSaltrelliCHC.

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This is the book I have been waiting for! I have been suffering with Gastroparesis for years and have been really lost trying to find thorough information on it. It answered every imaginable question I had about this disease from medical treatment, symptoms, nutrition, dealing with stress, etc. There are great recipes which is awesome because cooking with this disease has been a big challenge for me. Also while reading it I feel like I can relate to the author Crystal Saltrelli because she has the disease as well. I definitely recommend this for anyone that is dealing with or knows someone that has Gastroparesis.
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I'm assuming this is a 5 star book because no one else has bothered to deal with this issue at the personal level?

I was excited to find this book because I thought that it would inspire me and help me deal with gastroparesis. However, after reading the book in one setting, I unfortunately found that is was not very inspiring.

Here are some examples. For starters, she seemed to chide individuals for sticking with "safe foods only," (pg. 76) and the "Paint a Silver Lining" scenario described on page 130-131 seemed superficial, especially near the end where she "brags" about how "thick and shinny" her silver lining is currently within her life. On page 118 where she speaks about maintaining a job with gastroparesis, she appeared unsympathetic to those who "could not to work" because of severe symptoms. Here's what she states, "If, however, your symptoms prevent you from being able to work altogether, you may apply for Social Security Disability Insurance. Keep in mind that it's a lengthy process; you have to prove that you cannot work in any capacity, and compensation is quite small." Hummm . . . that's not very inspiring or overly convincing for one, such as myself, who has flare-ups 3 to 5 days a week due to gastroparesis. It almost felt like she was saying, "You can get compensation, but really, it's not a very good option."

The information presented was too narrowly focused, and some of her "answers" seemed a bit "cliche and trite," e.g., common sense knowledge that I believe most individuals could figure-out on their own. An example of this is on pages 100-101 where she discusses how to obtain better sleep. I've tried ALL these options, and they simply don't work. Furthermore, if your feel bloated, crampy, have a "knotted" stomach, have acid reflux, etc.
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This book is an amazing resource for anyone who is diagnosed with gastroparesis and/or their family members. Lots of delicious recipes and excellent, practical advice by a caring and knowledgeable lady. Crystal's insight is truly a gift to those of us who live with this disease.
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I desperately wanted to understand and manage my gastroparesis when I was diagnosed, but I quickly discovered there wasn't much help out there. When I started following this author's blog I was immensely helped. Her new book is the most valuable tool in my toolbox for managing gastroparesis since it's not just dietary changes that a person's needs, rather a full spectrum of important tools that she addresses. A must-have book for you to buy and keep and refer to often.
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I will never forget the day the doctor called and confirmed I had Gastroparesis. My gastro-emptying test revealed zero emptying during the numerous hours of imaging. Following seven months of tests, all he could tell me was to Google diets for the condition and he would see me at my next appointment. I was confused and frustrated. It was only when I found Crystal Saltrelli's blog and book was I able to wrap my head around this condition, lifestyle changes, where to locate the necessary supplies, what to stock the kitchen and pantry with and educate myself about exactly what foods I could eat and how to eat them. Thanks to Living (Well!) with Gastroparesis and a month or so of a total GP diet, my stomach pain has decreased and my energy level has increased. This is by far the most informative, up-to-date book on this confusing condition. When I saw my doctor following the dreaded telephone call, I gave him a copy of the book and told him to EDUCATE himself -- after all, he is an gastroenterologist and is SUPPOSED to be the EXPERT. If you or a loved one has Gastroparesis, or even those in the medical field treating patients with the condition, this is the book for you. It is with me constantly for reference and I have made about 75 percent of the recipes. I am grateful to the author for her help. I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't found it -- most likely still suffering and searching for answers.
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I received Crystal's New book before christmas. It has all the answeres in it that I have wanted answered for a very long time. I can't put this book down. This book has given me answers to questions that I have asked some doctors about but they did not explain things as well as Crystal has in this book. love itLiving (Well!) with Gastroparesis: Answers, Advice, Tips & Recipes for a Healthier, Happier Life (Volume 1)
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Crystal, has written another esy to read and follow.Being a GP patient as well as a professional, she knew to write in a Q&A way for every question we as GP patients would ask, all the questions possible, she had the answer, the recipes is a bonus extra. GREAT JOB Crystal. Thank you! I reccomend this book to all gastroparesis patients and their families as well as to the healthcare system.
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