Elisabeth Hasselbeck Diagnosed with Celiac Disease

Elisabeth Hasselbeck Celiac DiseaseElisabeth Hasselbeck has been diagnosed with celiac disease after struggling with fatigue, weight fluctuation and problems with conceiving children. Elisabeth Hasselbeck decided to fight back from the celiac disease and wrote cookbook called, “Deliciously G-Free.”

Elisabeth Hasselbeck said, “Celiac disease is one of the most under-diagnosed autoimmune diseases. Your body begins to fight itself when it encounters gluten.”

“Since being diagnosed I have to say I’ve never felt more healthy,” she added.

Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease that reacts to foods with gluten. From Celiac.org they state, “Celiac disease is a lifelong inherited autoimmune condition affecting children and adults. When people with CD eat foods that contain gluten, it creates an immune-mediated toxic reaction that causes damage to the small intestine and does not allow food to be properly absorbed. Even small amounts of gluten in foods can affect those with CD and cause health problems. Damage can occur to the small bowel even when there are no symptoms present.”

This shouldn’t be confused with people that have gluten intolerance which is related closer to a food allergy than a disease. People with celiac disease can have damage to their intestinal walls and even cancer if they don’t get diagnosed properly.

Hasselbeck’s book includes recipes like egg sandwiches, French toast, crab cakes, chicken enchiladas, lasagna, blueberry cobbler and double chocolate brownies. She has helped people with CD enjoy gluten-free food to where they don’t have to “feel alone when they eat.”

Hasselbeck’s disease prevented her from enjoying cooking. “It took me a long time to get back to the joy of cooking. I think many people with Celiac disease suffer for so long that they develop a food fear.”

Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s cookbook “Deliciously G-Free” will be released January 3, 2012.

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