Although those of us already navigating the plant-based universe know that healthy vegan food is far from boring or limiting, to many people thinking about vegetarianism or veganism for the first time, ’vegan’ can spell limitation.
Add to that ‘gluten-free’ and some people find themselves wondering what is left to eat.
Well, wonder no more as there is a new book out just for the gluten-free vegan. Actually, I stand corrected. This book is for anyone eager to expand their healthy vegan repertoire.
From Julieanna Hever, R.D. author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition, and Beverly Lynn Bennett, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Living, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Cooking, among other vegan titles, we now have The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking.
What is gluten sensitivity?
It is estimated that roughly 10% of the population suffers from gluten sensitivity. Symptoms can include some but not necessarily all of the following: bloating, abdominal discomfort, pain or diarrhea, headaches and migraines, lethargy and tiredness. Even attention-deficit disorder and hyperactivity, and bone and joint pain, can be signs of sensitivity to gluten in the diet. Symptoms can rapidly disappear when gluten is ferreted out of the diet and eliminated.
To find where gluten most often resides, think BROW: Barley, rye, oats (if labelled ‘gluten free’ you’re OK), and wheat. As wheat is such a common ingredient in everything from baked goods to sauces, it is the most common place we encounter gluten.
Fortunately the food industry has snapped to attention with a wealth of products labelled ‘gluten free’. To be honest, there’s also a boatload of junk food out there with the “GF” label. Gluten-free doesn’t imply or necessarily mean healthy, it just means there’s no gluten. Read labels carefully, watch for added fats and sugars, or highly processed items.
Here’s where this new cookbook comes in. With an eye toward whole foods, plant-based vegan, low-fat, and healthy, this book is a resource for gluten-sensitive (or allergic) people who are also seeking to eat a healthy vegan diet. In addition, even as one who is not gluten-sensitive, I was surprised to find so many recipes and ideas for vegan baking that are a delight to find. For example:
- An entire section called “Savvy Substitutes”, with easy and practical ideas for how to replace dairy, eggs, flours, sweeteners, and other tips for baking animal-product free.
- Tips on reading food labels with the goal of sniffing out possible problems for the gluten-sensitive
- Delectible dips, spreads, and sauces
Interested in the book? Here’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss! These two outstanding vegan authors are coming LIVE to your telephone (also via webcast) in a no-fee Teleclass I am hosting on July 11.
Julieanna and Beverly will be on the line to give us the inside scoop on their book, dish inside vegan gluten-free secrets, and otherwise inspire us to new vegan culinary heights.
To get access information about this no-fee call, which can be accessed from anywhere via phone or webcast, visit this link:
You’ll also be able to ask questions live on the call.
P.S. If you can’t make it LIVE to the call, sign up anyway and I’ll send you a recording of the call.
Lani Muelrath, M.A., CGFI, CPBN, also known as The Plant-Based Fitness Expert (www.lanimuelrath.com) specializes in helping people who struggle with weight and energy transform their bodies — and lives — without hunger or exercising like a maniac. She has over 30 years of experience as a teacher, coach, and trainer.
Lani is author of Fit Quickies: 5 Minute Targeted Body Shaping Workouts and has been Guest Lecturer in Kinesiology at San Francisco State University and is Associate Professor in Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics at Butte College. She created and starred in her own CBS TV show, “Lani’s All-Heart Aerobics.” Recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Instruction, Lani has a master’s degree and multiple fitness certifications and teaching credentials in Physical Education. She is certified in Plant-Based Nutrition through Cornell University, and regularly speaks and writes about health and fitness.
Lani is Fitness Advisor for the Dr. John McDougall Health and Medical Center Discussion Boards as well as presenter and celebrity coach for the 21-Day PCRM Vegan Kickstart and VegRun Programs and the Complete Health Improvement Project (CHIP). She is also Health & Fitness expert for Vegan Mainstream and Healthy Living Examiner at Examiner.com. Lani overcame her own lifetime struggle with weight over 15 years ago when she lost 50 pounds, which she has maintained easily with the tools that she coaches others to be successful with in weight loss, body shaping, and health.