“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.”
“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."
“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.