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The First Year: Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed [Paperback]

Jules E. Dowler Shepard
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December 2, 2008 First Year

If you’ve just been diagnosed with celiac disease, you’re not alone: as many as 1 in 133 Americans have this autoimmune disorder characterized by an inability to digest gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains. For ten years, Jules Shepard’s gastrointestinal symptoms went misdiagnosed. Finally diagnosed, she experienced a rollercoaster of emotions and illness the year following, as she discovered what she could and could not eat through trial and error.

Now, in The First Year®: Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free, Shepard explains everything you need to learn and do upon your or a family member’s diagnosis.


- How celiac disease affects your entire body

- Eating gluten-free (and avoiding hidden glutens)

- Keeping your kitchen safe from cross-contamination

- Can I drink alcohol?

- Celiac and fertility

- Finding support groups

- Parenting a child with celiac disease

- Dining out, traveling, and entertaining


This unique guide prioritizes all the most important information on diet and lifestyle changes for you. Day-by-day, week-by-week, month-by-month, learn how to safely alter your diet, manage your symptoms, and adjust to living gluten-free. Complete with easy and delicious recipes for gluten-free baking, The First Year®: Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free is your essential guide to a healthy life.


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Living Without, April/May 2009
“This easy read is an inspiration not just for celiacs but for anyone with food sensitivity.”

Gluten Intolerance Quarterly, Spring 2009
“‘The First Year’ is such a practical, well-written guide to the disease and the gluten-free lifestyle that it should be a part of a starter kit that doctors give newly diagnosed patients.”

About.com, 7/15/09
“A glossary, FAQ, gluten-free baking Q and A and an extensive list of Celiac support groups in the U.S. give readers the tools they need adapt to life without gluten. I highly recommend this book, not only for those newly diagnosed with Celiac disease but for anyone curious about this not so rare autoimmune, genetic disease.”

About the Author

Jules E. D. Shepard is the author of a cookbook and a spokesperson for the University of Maryland’s Center for Celiac Research. She lives in Catonsville, Maryland.

Product Details

  • Series: First Year
  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 1 edition (December 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073821227X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738212272
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book is a Must for All Newly Diagnosed Celiacs! December 11, 2008
Format:Paperback
I am privileged to know Jules Shepard and I have witnessed, first hand, her excellent knowledge of this life-changing disease and her passion for educating & supporting those who live with Celiac Disease/Gluten-Intolerance.
This book will be the `First Line of Defense' for anyone who has first gotten that diagnoses and are told to maintain a strict Gluten-Free Diet. Having gone down that road myself, I know what an awesome task this is. If you want to understand Celiac Disease better, this is the book for you! If you want to learn more about living with Celiac Disease/Gluten-Intolerance, this is the book for you! I highly recommend this author and this book for all! Check out her cookbook, "Nearly Normal Cooking for Gluten Free Eating"!

Pat Minnigh
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Celiac Disease December 22, 2008
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent book for newly diagnosed Celiacs. Although written in a time frame for the first year, I read it in the first two weeks and now in my third week as a celiac, I carry it with me for review. Highly recommended.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for those with Celiac May 3, 2009
By K Flood
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is well written by Jules, a Celiac herself. Who better to learn this new path from someone who lives it each and every day. I highly recommend the book. It was fast reading and yet I refer to it time and time again.

When I was newly diagnosed I left the doctors office thrilled that after 2 1/2 years of very bizarre and uncomfortable symptoms following a bad virus and being told I suffered only from IBS for 16 years before that, I now had the answer. What the doctor didn't share with me was...."What now, how to precede?" I about cried the first time walking into a grocery store and realized this was going to be no easy task to learn on my own.

I was forced to learn a lot of what I know before her book came out but was thrilled once coming across it because of her intimate knowledge of what it is like to go through this new transition. After reading it, I knew I was on the right track. The author has inspired me to return to my love of baking as she shares some recipes in the book as well. I'm was so excited to see that gluten free recipes can taste the same if not better than their gluten filled counterparts. She also shares a great chapter on how to deal with eating out safely, another on travel and one of my favorites, how to handle social events confidently when food will be served and many more situations broken down into different chapters so that it is easy to refer back.

Purchase the book you won't be disappointed. And on another note....I was thrilled she also made her book available to those of us that read on a Kindle.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book March 26, 2009
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This book should be required reading for anyone starting a gluten free lifestyle and it is well worth reading even if you are a gluten free pro. It takes you, step by step, through the first year. Some of the many subjects covered are eating out, college, shopping, holidays, children's birthdays and traveling. This is an upbeat book and the author points out the many positive aspects of the gluten free life. Yes, there are some recipes too. I wish this book had been available 5 years ago when I went gluten free. It would have made the transition easier.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous resource; easy read! May 8, 2009
Format:Paperback
As the parent of a child with celiac disease, I found this book to be an easy read, a valuable resource, and a source of inspiration. It's well-written, well-researched, and includes a variety of special topics. The author, who has celiac disease, has emerged as a true authority on the disease. It's refreshing to read a book written by not just an expert, but an expert who has the disease!

There are certain sections that are most relevant to us right now - and, there are others that will become more relevant as my son gets older. I anticipate this book remaining a timeless resource for our family.

BTW: We use Jules' Gluten Free All Purpose Flour (the author's signature GF flour)- it's a staple in our house! I'd highly recommend it. It truly is a 1-to-1 substitute for wheat flour.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Invaluable Resource May 10, 2009
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The First Year Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free, is an invaluable resource on how to learn to live with Celiac. The personal stories made me feel that we were not alone with this disease. Jules gives you hope that you CAN live a normal life on a gluten- free diet. She explains how to alter "every day" recipes to make them gluten-free.

Jules' first hand experiences and knowledge of Celiac disease helped us accept and deal with some of the new challenges that we will face. It is extremely helpful and comforting to read this book whether you are living with Celiac yourself or if a loved one or a friend has been diagnosed. Thanks, Jules!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative - GREAT help. May 4, 2009
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I was sick of searching online for tons of different information I wasn't sure I could trust. This has it all in one place answering ALL the questions I had.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Plight of Newbie Celiacs October 25, 2011
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Newly diagnosed Celiac patients know that there is a lot of information to learn when starting out. I am still learning months later and this book was helpful to me in the "you are not alone" and "you will survive" aspects of coping. There is a lot of misinformation out there and for the most part this book is solid. If you have Celiac Disease or someone you know does, I would recommend this book, but not only this book. It is a great book for some things, but not for others. Explore the different books, blogs, and websites out there. It is a lot of material to wade through, but in the end it is worth it.

Also, just because this book tells you something is gluten-free doesn't mean that it actually is or still is! Please check and double check ingredients and contact manufacturers before you consume or you might get glutened.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The only book you need!
Great book. Was told it was the "definitive" book on Celiacs, and it is just that. All questions will be answered here in a very easy to read and understand format. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Wixie
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I don't think I learnt anything new !!
Published 8 months ago by Genevieve Gough
4.0 out of 5 stars It was nice getting the perspective of someone with Celiac
It was nice getting the perspective of someone with Celiac. I have learned so much these first few months with Celiac in my family.
Published 9 months ago by Amy Forbes
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read
did this to myself the information here is well needed
Published 10 months ago by Daniele Taschner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book is a must-read for anyone diagnosed with celiac.
Published 10 months ago by Lisa Entzminger
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Lots of good information, book was in great condition
Published 14 months ago by Michaela Shuttleworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful introduction to gluten free live with good recipes.
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Gluten-free living
This book is excellent to tell you about Celiac Disease and what to do about it. It also gives you good guidance if you are gluten sensitive or allergic. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Karensue
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book!
A friend was recently diagnosed as with celiac disease. I ordered this book for us both to read so I can help him with the changes he must make to his diet. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Leslie Chauncy
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent information
Excellent overview of celiac disease
Published 17 months ago by William Beckman
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