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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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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
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
on September 12, 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
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! Those are just a couple of examples. The best part is that it's not that difficult to eat gluten-free (unless, of course you have serious issues such as celiac and have to be diligent). This book offers wonderful advice for healthy living through nutrition and exercise. I thoroughly enjoy reading about athletes and others who have had positive experiences as a result of being gluten-free. I may be one of the older persons reading this book, but I'm not planning on "settling" for feeling mediocre if I can feel great. The Gluten-Free Edge is helping me thus far, and I plan to continue.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2012
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The spirit and message in this book can be captured in a short quote contained in one of the many "Athlete Insights" sections in the book. "I have never felt like the disgnosis was the finding of an illness...more like a key to being strong and healthy." While perhaps not the key to managing this condition, this book is a simply great tool box filled with practical advice about what a person can do!

As a person with Celiac disease (I was mistakenly diagnosed with Cronic Fatigue Syndrome) this is the best book I've read about the proper "fuel" for the gluten intolerant athlete (weekend warrior or otherwise). From a reasoned reflection on what current research seems to be saying about glutens impact in the diet, to ways to maintain a gluten-free balanced, performance diet this book is a very helpful, positive, and well written resource.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2014
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Most of the contents of the book just telling stories of different and many people that became gluten free and how it affected their lives and performance in athletics. I became tired of reading the 'same old, same old' comments & stories. There were some recipes but the problem w/them is that they are always for 4+ people so they have to be adjusted. Most recipes are like that. Someone should create a recipe book that is just for 1-2 adults. Thanks!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2014
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The book not only discusses the need to be gluten free for gluten-sensitive athletes (which I am not), but also the advantages for people who have no sensitivity but just curious about the concept. It does a good job in explaining the science and physiology behind gluten, and why it affects some people. But it also is a great guide to nutrition for athletes in general, including a chapter on hydration. Since I am training for my first ultra marathon (at age 60), I’m looking for any advantage I can get. Am I now gluten free? Only about 90%. I do not see myself ever being 100%, especially since I don’t need to. Still looking for a decent GF bread!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2013
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Recently deciding to go gluten free for a few reasons, I chose to read this book. This book is well written. I am an endurance athlete, and as such have extra nutritional needs. This book helped to put my mind at ease that I can continue my athletic lifestyle AND be gluten free without concern. This book describes many athletes struggles & stories with gluten & going gluten free. I highly recommend this book to anyone gluten free, not just athletes!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2013
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This book is good, its informational. I wish there were more recipes with options that are lower in sugar. Good to have if you're a GF athlete
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