If you’re thinking of going gluten-free, having easy access to fresh produce (as you would if you’re living in Tagaytay) certainly helps. But before you jump into the gluten-free lifestyle, you may want to know more about it by checking out our recommended books, podcasts, and video series.
Here’s a question: is there be a benefit to going gluten-free even if you don’t have celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, or a gluten allergy?
While there are blog posts about going gluten-free in the Philippines, what we don’t have is a wealth of actual scientific research (at least not without searching hard online). However, for more than 3 million Americans, ditching gluten from their diets altogether and actively including more gluten-free foods in their daily consumption is something they take very seriously.
A little more than a quarter of those on a gluten-free diet are those with actual medical conditions that require eliminating gluten: celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and gluten allergies, just to name a few. Currently, the only treatment for these conditions is a lifelong gluten-free diet.
For the other 72% that have decided to go gluten-free, the benefits gained from cutting out wheat, barley, and rye from their everyday diet is well worth the effort. After all, a naturally gluten-free diet is rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, and protein, with much of the processed food cut out as well. So going gluten-free can be a nutritious and fulfilling endeavor for those looking for a sustainable way to lose weight through diet.
Now is a good time to go gluten-free, or at least give it a try.
The global marketplace for gluten-free products is also growing in response to the increased demand, resulting in even better, more high-quality, and more accessible gluten-free food and consumables, as well as an improved awareness among food handlers, restaurant owners, retailers, and other businesses.
To get you started on your gluten-free journey, we’ve lined up a good number of resources — a mix of books, podcasts, video channels, as well as their accompanying blogs to help you better understand your new lifestyle:
Books & References
1. “Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar — Your Brain’s Silent Killers” by Dr. David Perlmutter and Kristin Loberg
In this worldwide bestseller, Dr. Perlmutter’s “Grain Brain” brings forward the idea of a high-fat, low-carb diet as the basis of a comprehensive lifestyle change, designed to lower the risk for brain ailments, as well as gaining the added benefits of sustainable weight loss, relief from chronic body pains, and overall body rejuvenation.
Having sold more than a million copies worldwide, “Grain Brain” by Dr. Perlmutter and Kristin Loberg cites gluten as the culprit of a lot of our modern day ailments and diseases. Through the Grain Brain Whole Life Plan, the book encourages a more holistic approach, throwing in hacks to common daily challenges for those making the switch to a healthier, gluten-free diet.
2. “Toxic Staple: How Gluten May Be Wrecking Your Health and What You Can Do about It!” by Anne Sarkisian
It was Anne’s own personal experiences with gluten intolerance that prompted her to learn as much as she could about gluten and the many diseases, symptoms, and debilitating conditions associated with it.
Her bestselling title, “Toxic Staple”, is the embodiment of her life’s mission: to inform the public about the devastating effects of gluten beyond celiac disease, in an effort to help other families afflicted with gluten sensitivity take action.
Anne Sarkisian is one of the foremost authorities in the world gluten-free community, as an advocate for celiac disease and gluten intolerance awareness. She continues to do her good work today, speaking at conferences and helping others adopt a gluten-free lifestyle.
3. “Gluten Freedom: The Nation’s Leading Expert Offers the Essential Guide to a Healthy, Gluten-Free Lifestyle” by Alessio Fasano
If what we know about gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivity is limited and shrouded in myth and misconception, Dr. Alessio Fasano’s book, “Gluten Freedom” aims to demystify and provide enlightenment.
Dr. Alessio Fasano, the founder of the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Celiac Research, is a world-renowned expert in gluten-related disorders who, through his worldwide bestseller, provides answers to a rapidly growing audience.
More than just presenting his team’s groundbreaking scientific research, “Gluten Freedom” also explains latest diagnostic procedures and recommended treatment plans, providing a roadmap to a gluten-free lifestyle.
Podcasts have never been more popular, with subscribers tuning in on their daily commute, or while doing everyday activities like working out or doing household chores.
There are a lot of great health-related podcasts out there, many of which have one or two episodes that feature a guest and talk about going gluten-free. But if you’re looking for podcasts that are dedicated to the gluten-free lifestyle, here are three recommendations:
4. 2 Guys Talking Gluten-Free: The Celiac Project Podcast
Hosted by filmmaker Michael Frolichstein and Cam Weiner, 2 Guys Talking Gluten-Free is an extension of the documentary The Celiac Project (which is also available via their website if you haven’t seen it yet).
Michael himself struggled with a lot of “mystery ailments” until he was diagnosed with celiac disease at age 40, and together with Cam Weiner, features a lot of special guests from the celiac and gluten-free global community.
5. The Gluten-Free Guide
A celiac herself and mother to a celiac, Vanessa Weisbrod hosts The Gluten-Free Guide.
During her stint at the editor of Delight Gluten Free Magazine, Vanessa authored The Delight Gluten-Free Cookbook as well. She is now the Celiac Disease Program Educational Director for The National Children’s Health System in D.C.
6. The Gluten-Free RN
Very technical but also highly informative, The Gluten-Free RN is hosted by Nadine Grzeskowiak, an emergency and trauma nurse-turned-entrepreneur and educator with a mission to save as many people with life-changing information, the same way it did for her when she was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2006.
YouTube has a lot of videos on going gluten-free, and just like podcasts, it’s so easy to get overwhelmed if you don’t know where to start.
Fortunately for you, we’re here to point you in the right direction with these four highly recommended channels, focusing on a gluten-free lifestyle.
7. Glutenology with Dr. Peter Osborne
An internationally renowned functional medicine expert, Dr. Peter Osborne has one of the most watched channels dedicated to gluten education, with over 31,000 YouTube subscribers. Glutenology aims to further educate doctors, patients, as well as everyday people on the far-reaching implications of gluten on human health.
Dr. Osborne is also the founder of Gluten Free Society, Origins Healthcare, and author of the bestselling book, No Grain No Pain.
8. G-Free Foodie
A fifth-generation California farmer and a cook, K.C. Cornwell — a.k.a. K.C., the G-Free Foodie — was diagnosed with autoimmune issues and a whole bunch of other food intolerances in 2009.
Her YouTube channel, G-Free Foodie, is her way of sharing tips for living deliciously gluten-free, including real food recipes, cooking advice, and other gluten-free lifestyle tips.
9. EZ GlutenFreeHabit
Anne Colagioia runs EZ Gluten Free, featuring “simple gluten-free recipes that won’t break your budget”. A lot of these recipes are classics and favorites tweaked for a gluten-free diet, and presented in a way that anyone can follow and easily recreate.
Anne herself suffers from MS, but has improved somewhat since she decided to go gluten-free in 2011. She now shares her passion for gluten-free cooking in her gluten-free kitchen.
Bonus: Gluten-Free with Emily
Emily Turner’s YouTube channel, Gluten Free with Emily, is a YouTube cooking show with a whole bunch of gluten-free recipes, many of which are done in collaboration with well-known experts in the gluten-free and vegan community.
A private home chef and health and nutrition activist, much of Emily’s experience comes from preparing delicious meals for various clients with food allergies or food sensitivities, including celiac disease and other similar dietary restrictions.
Thanks to the continuing efforts of advocates for a gluten-free lifestyle, there is no shortage of books, podcasts, video channels, and blogs dedicated to making the challenging endeavor of going gluten-free so much easier, more relatable, and more accessible.
Whether you’re afflicted with a gluten allergy, a gluten sensitivity, or gluten intolerance, or if you just want to lead a relatively healthier lifestyle, we can all benefit from further educating ourselves on the latest developments in the global gluten-free community, and perhaps even helping others who need to or want to make that commitment to move towards a new life without gluten.