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“Along with great nutritional advice, this book includes personal stories from top-level athletes―many of them female―who had to go gluten-free for health reasons. It is an encouraging title for readers who may have given up exercise and other athletic goals after suffering prior to diagnosis and adoption of a gluten-free lifestyle.”
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“The Gluten-Free Edge goes beyond simply defining gluten, giving solid recommendations on fueling, recovering, and general health that when put into practice will set an athlete up for superior performance. Any hard-training athlete serious about health and performance should read and incorporate the principles of nutrition found in this book.”
Robert Kunz, MS, Co-Founder of First Endurance, VP Science and Technology

“If you want to learn more about how to optimize your performance and body composition, then read this book.  Seriously.”
Ryan D. Andrews, MS, MA, RD, CSCS, coach with Precision Nutrition

“[A] comprehensive manual for athletic-minded people who follow a gluten-free diet. Their 384-page guidebook offers cutting-edge nutrition and fitness science, and offers advice about the best foods to fuel performance and speed recovery, as well as 50 simple but savory gluten-free recipes."
―Competitor

“This book could have been a list of training tips and recipes, but Peter and Melissa take it a step further by incorporating insights from history, science and nutrition. That, combined with striking personal accounts from world-elite athletes, make it an engaging read all the way through. The NFCA is proud to find our Athletes for Awareness among these pages, and we expect this book will inspire more to come!”
Alice Bast and the team at the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

“Finally! A book that validates the science behind everything I've observed with our athletes:  Gluten-free equals improved performance. Whether you show signs of gluten sensitivity or not, if you’re an elite athlete or a daily jogger, get the facts from The Gluten-Free Edge if you want to go faster, get leaner, and have the energy to go the distance. You will be blown away by the facts in this book―and once you read it you’ll never want to go back to eating, feeling and underperforming the way you did before. A must read for all athletes!”
Miriam G. Zacharias, PhD, MS, Vice President of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals

“Nutritional needs are forefront in the minds of athletes, including trail runners. This well-written and thoroughly researched book demystifies gluten and provides a realistic approach to food as it relates to and assists with performance.”
Nancy Hobbs, Executive Director, American Trail Running Association

“The Gluten-Free Edge is a great book for both the weekend warrior and the professional. Even as an ultra-endurance swimmer and 50-year-old competitive athlete, I found much to learn. The authors help you navigate a complicated subject with simple and personal stories that everyone can understand.”
Bruce Gordon, marathon swimmer and the first person to swim the 18 miles across Lake Coeur d’Alene

“The Gluten-Free Edge provides very powerful personal stories and lessons for anyone contemplating the shift toward a gluten-free lifestyle. Great insights for athletes and non-athletes alike, especially those suffering from celiac disease or undiagnosed gluten intolerance.”
Seth Bronheim, MS, RD, CDN, Director of Nutrition and Fitness, Generation UCAN www.generationucan.com (Gluten-Free Sports Nutrition)

About the Author

Amy Yoder Begley is an American middle and long distance runner. In 2006, she was diagnosed with celiac disease, but she still went on to represent the United States in the 10,000-meter event at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She currently lives in Oregon with her husband.


Peter Bronski is the coauthor of Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking and Artisanal Gluten-Free Cupcakes and founder of the blog No Gluten, No Problem. Despite his celiac disease, he enjoys adventure sports, is a former Xterra off-road triathlon U.S. national championship competitor, and is currently an ultramarathoner.


Melissa McLean Jory, MNT, is a nutrition therapist, with a degree in exercise science and a certified yoga teacher, and has a personal interest and expertise in celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and holistic health. She enjoys hiking, backpacking, telemark skiing, and yoga as part of what she considers her “freedom from disease” way of living. She takes her wholesome gluten-free lifestyle on the road, on the trail, or into the mountains and has found there’s no reason you can’t live an active (even rather extreme) lifestyle once you learn the necessary steps to clean out your body, start yourself on a healing path, and regain your energy and wellbeing. This is her first book.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: The Experiment (July 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161519052X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615190522
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alisa Marie Fleming on October 12, 2012
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Though I'm a bit past my athletic prime, I've been trying to find well-researched information on gluten, and I feel like I've struck gold with this book. My husband seems to have severe reactions to gluten, but we haven't been able to understand the rhyme or reason behind it (he doesn't appear to have celiac and his symptoms aren't "textbook"). This book not only shed light on this subject, and will hopefully help both of us find our way back into many of the fitness activities that we have enjoyed in the past.

Beyond understanding the potential issues with gluten, I love that this book covers HOW to live gluten-free and maintain good health and vitality. It covers nutrient absorption, calcium, iron, fueling for peak energy, amino acids, hydration and electrolytes ... the list goes on and on and on. The authors do, at times, get a bit heavy with the medical side of things, but they lighten it up with ample success stories throughout. I found this to be a really good motivator to keep reading, even when my brain was at full capacity with all of the new information.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 8, 2012
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If you are a performance athlete, or even just someone who wants to improve their athletic ability, this book will guide you through how significantly gluten can be affecting your performance. You can get better, faster, stronger by harnessing the power of nutrition and eliminating gluten. A must-have for any GF athlete!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 11, 2012
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Loved this book. I have been gluten free for just over a year I was running into problem because I workout heavily. This is the first gluten free book that I have purchased that discussed the issue of what happens when you have to excersize heavily. It also identified other areas that I could improve my overall health. It also has an interesting view on diabetes and it's connection to celiac sprue.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Slow and Steady on March 17, 2014
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I have always lived a pretty healthy lifestyle, and have felt healthy as a result. However, two years ago this month I began experiencing a (I suppose) digestive issue which was truly foreign to me. After about six months I went to my family doctor whom I really respect. He ran some tests, referred me to a gastroenterologist, and neither one had an explanation nor offered any suggestions. I was the one who had to ask: "Do you ever refer patients to a dietician?" Unfortunately, she was of no help either. Since I am just about to turn 65, I think some doctors still feel these problems are age related. And, maybe they are, but I don't want to "settle." After reading about some individuals who had experienced similar issues, I started reading about gluten-free living. I was sure that I did not have celiac--I wasn't that sick--more annoyed and inconvenienced by my problem.

That is when I ran across The Gluten-Free Edge. Many times, when I receive a book like this I start thumbing through it, picking and choosing the parts I want to read. Suggestion: do not do that with this book. It has such clear explanations about gluten- what it is, how it works and how it affects a vast array of individuals- that it needs to be read cover to cover. I saw myself.

I decided to go gluten-free to see if I could tell any difference. Only two weeks into this and I am greatly encouraged! The strangest change: the deep, dark circles that used to be under my eyes are practically gone. I exercise regularly in order to participate in some challenging events and after training, I'm not nearly as "achy" as usual. And my digestive problem has greatly diminished. Maybe now I will actually absorb the nutrition that goes through my body!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Braden on October 15, 2012
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I knew that this book would be good before it was released because it comes from two folks in the gluten-free community who are very respected for their knowledge, well-researched data, and recipes that make gluten-free living easier and healthier. Still, I was unprepared for just how much information would be packed into this book, and how well it would be done overall. Melissa McLean-Jory and Pete Bronski have teamed up to give you so much eye-opening info, but they present it in a very easy-to-comprehend manner. You can easily read this book in one sitting, underlining key points and turning page corners as you go (well, that's what I did!). Whether you are already gluten free or wondering what all the fuss is on the benefits of living gluten free, this book is worth your time. You don't have to be an athlete to appreciate the info or the recipes. You just have to be someone who wants to live a healthy life to its fullest. At about $10 on Amazon, this book is an incredible value. The recipes alone (50 in all) are worth the money, but to get all the data on the benefits of living gluten free and the recipes; well, that's really a tremendous value. Oh, and one of my favorite features of the book is the personal stories of the gluten-free athletes. Story after story of how these athletes have struggled due to symptoms caused by gluten issues (celiac, non-celiac gluten sensitivity) and then gone on to excel after going gluten free! It's terrific to get their personal perspectives on the challenges they've faced, their favorite gluten-free foods, and more. In summary, this book is a terrific wealth of info, inspiration, and healthy and tasty recipes!
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