Aglaée Jacob, M.S., R.D., has had a lifelong interest in the connection between food and health, and her personal health struggles led her to deepen her knowledge in the field of digestive health. She offers personalized, holistic nutrition counseling to clients around the world, specializing in digestive health, blood sugar regulation and fertility, and is the author of paleo-dietitian.com. She obtained her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Nutrition from Laval University in Québec City, Canada. She currently resides in Toronto, Canada.
Digestive Health with REAL Food: A practical guide to an anti-inflammatory, low-irritant, nutrient dense diet for IBS & other digestive issuesby Aglaee Jacob MS RD
Health begins in the gut. In addition to digestive disorders, many other health problems can stem from damage to your intestines, including migraines, skin problems, autoimmune conditions, and weight abnormalities, so tackling your digestion first is smart if you want to maximize your chances of obtaining optimal health. Beyond simply managing your symptoms,
Health begins in the gut. In addition to digestive disorders, many other health problems can stem from damage to your intestines, including migraines, skin problems, autoimmune conditions, and weight abnormalities, so tackling your digestion first is smart if you want to maximize your chances of obtaining optimal health. Beyond simply managing your symptoms, Digestive Health with REAL Food will teach you how to address the root causes of your digestive troubles to achieve optimal digestive and overall health.
The information in Digestive Health with REAL Food will help you build your own optimal diet by identifying the best foods for your digestive system: ones that are easy to digest, anti-inflammatory, nutrient-dense, healing and low in irritants and allergens. The nutritional protocol in this book, developed by registered dietitian Aglaée Jacob, addresses numerous digestive problems, including: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn's disease, Ulcerative colitis, Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), Fructose malabsorption FODMAP intolerance, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Gallbladder issues, Abnormal intestinal permeability (leaky gut), Gut dysbiosis (gut flora imbalance), Celiac disease, Non-celiac gluten sensitivity, Multiple food sensitivities, And many more...
In addition to guiding you on how to successfully follow an elimination diet, Aglaée will teach you everything you need to know about dietary supplements, stress management, eating out, and travel strategies, as well as how to troubleshoot various digestive problems. The book includes dozens of recipes and meal/snack ideas plus access to 80+ more via digital download. It also gives you helpful charts, food lists, and weekly meal plans to get started on the path to better digestion.
Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to digestive problems, but the evidence-based, customized and holistic nutritional approach in Digestive Health with REAL Food will give you the tools to tackle your digestive issues and optimize your health.
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I've been reading the newly released Digestive Health with Real Food by registered dietitian Aglaée Jacob, a copy which was sent to me for an honest review. Here's my take on it: Firstly, it's a beautifully designed book, chock full of charts by the author detailing several digestive issues such as IBS, Crohn's disease, Celiac disease, GERD and more. Author Jacob explains the basics of digestion in the most complete manner I've ever read. Quotes such as this one by Hippocrates (“All diseases start in the gut”) and this one by Heather Morgan, M.S., N.L.C. (“Every time you eat or drink, you are either feeding disease or fighting it.”) explain the purpose of the book. Jacobs, who has dealt with digestive issues speaks from personal experience and strives to show the basics of digestion—what goes on in the gut—and what happens when digestion goes wrong. Charts showing food allergies and intolerances, a description of short-chain fermentable carbohydrates (FODMAPS)--what they are and why to avoid, along with descriptions of small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and the foods that can cause a reaction are all shown in comprehensive yet simple-to-understand text and charts. Almost every digestive issue can be found with details of the why it occurs and how to minimize the problem through diet and restriction is given. Chapter 4 is devoted to nourishing foods with tables to measure and monitor your own health. Here, Jacob explains the micro-nutrient balance between fats, carbohydrates and protein and gives a list of safe vegetables and which to buy organic. You will learn about probiotics, safe natural seasonings, and which fluids to enjoy and which ones to avoid. For many digestive issues, healing is accomplished by discovering the allergens, eliminating them from the diet and finally, slowly reintroducing them. Ms. Jacob convinces the reader that a paleo diet is preferable to others to combat each digestive issue and then offers real food solutions. A troubleshooting chapter covers cravings, fatigue and what to do if the symptoms return. I was interested to see she gives recommendations for that nasty distress constipation, often a companion to other digestive issues. Her recommendations in a nutshell: eat more fat, be patient, avoid trigger foods, take probiotics, get enough water and exercise. And if these don't help, she offers info on managing stress, abdominal massage, taking magnesium, sipping ginger tea and more. In short, everything you can do to help yourself naturally is listed. Chapter 10 gives some wonderful basic recipes for digestive health such as making ghee, bone broth, basic soups and stews, all-in-one salads and some snack foods. Each is accompanied by a full page, full color photo to get the digestive juices flowing. It's not a complete cookbook but offers enough recipes to fuel your body and your imagination. If you are eliminating foods, there's a section offering a weekly meal plan to reintroduce foods back into the diet. In conclusion, this book should be the bible for anyone suffering from digestive disease who wants a step-by-step manual for a holistic therapy. Jacob did it using her methods and so can you. Highly recommended.
I can remember hitting a wall with my own digestive health after multiple tests, appointments, suggestions, and supplements from my MD as well as naturopath. I found myself one night sitting down and googling my alphabet soup of suggestions i'd received "SCD, GAPS, FODMAPS, nightshades, Paleo-AIP" and hit enter...and the first site to pop up was Aglaee's Paleo Dietician site. Right there, in this one website were charts describing ALL those diets and morphing them into one real foods approach to gut health. I was mystified! How could this one person seem to "get" all my questions circulating in my head so easily? I knew she MUST have been down a similar digestive path if she knew that a person would so easily be comparing/contemplating all these diet avenues and feeling lost...and might be wanting a way to combine it all for an optimal shot at gut recovery. I found myself clicking around her site more and learning more and more and feeling more at ease. So i took a leap of faith and sent a message to this random dietician in Canada...only to wake up that next morning and have a message back! I quickly decided i'd like to work with her so joined one of her REAL Food monthly groups. Then, as i was gleaning SO much information from her each day within that group, she decided to start a Digestive Health with REAL Food online group and i knew that was the next logical step for me, I already knew real food/paleo quite well, but still needed more held fine tuning my gut recovery from SIBO. Month by month i learned more and more and took far greater strides in my health than i ever have before. Then Aglaee announced her upcoming book release and i will be honest, I thought for a moment, "What more could I learn in a written book? I've already learned SO much from her/the group...I'm sure it's all just review for me". But then i decided i had learned so much from her, I'd very much like a book so that i could share the info with others who asked me about my recovery/gut health, so I ordered it. I will tell you quite honestly that this book did not just meet my expectations, it FAR surpassed them. I skimmed the entire LARGE book the first night it arrived...believe me, it was worth a late bedtime that night! Then, starting the next day, I read the book...again, this is a FULL book, a LARGE book! Now, i'm half way through re-reading it. That's three times through and i'm learning more EVERY time. A few of the things that work so well for me in the book (and there are many...but for the sake of space i'll just name a few!): 1) Some of the most easy to follow charts for fast reference that i've ever seen. Keeping in mind, I was already in love with Practical Paleo for the charts it had, this one goes far beyond. 2)The way reading it feels like i'm having a conversation with a friend about the issues. Literally i can be reading about the benefits of probiotics and in the back of my mind thinking, "yeah...but i've reacted to many of them" and then in the very next sentences Aglaee will acknowledge and discuss how/why some folks react to probiotics, even though they are often suggested early on to folks with gut issues. The same thing for fermented foods, bone broth, and even the various foods higher in FODMAPS. She gets it, that it's NOT a one size fits all tx approach for gut recovery. 3) She is practical. There is never a condeming feeling in the book for when you fall off the wagon/have a lapse in your food plan. She acknowledges it happens, is compassionate, and moves on to what to do about it. 4) There's no hiding in the book/how it's written as you read it that she's been there, been through the trenches of an elimination diet and working slowly back to building her own diet for optimal gut health. It's like reading a book on pregnancy...do you REALLY want to read a book from a man on how your body will feel/handle pregnancy when he never could have experienced it? Same thing here...reading from someone who has felt the ongoing stomach issues and has had to exert her own time, energy, patience to re-build her gut...to experience bad food reactions and continue to move forward, it is a comfort and understanding in sharing info/education that only comes from having been there and knowing what it feels like. 5) Beautiful pictures and recipes that you can actually use as you're reintroducing foods (plus tips for how to continue to keep out potentially problematic foods and still use her recipes). Word has it that a correlating cookbook with additional recipes will be out later this year, I'm guessing that will be just as awesome and on my wish list as well! I tried Gluten Free eating...it was not enough for my gut...I tried Paleo and it was not enough for my gut...I tried SCD and it still had triggers in it for my gut. A random night of googling out of frustration/despair/and ongoing gut issues and i found/tried Aglaee...then i started making true progress.