The IBD Healing Plan and Recipe Book: Using Whole Foods to Relieve Crohn's Disease and Colitis

The IBD Healing Plan and Recipe Book: Using Whole Foods to Relieve Crohn's Disease and Colitis

by Christie A. Korth
     
 

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Nearly 1.4 million Americans suffer from inflammatory bowel disease and this number climbs every year. Christie Korth, a nutrition expert, helps those with Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis understand their food intolerances and lays out a holistic approach to dealing with their IBD that can help them lead healthy and pain-free lives. Korth also helps the reader… See more details below

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Nearly 1.4 million Americans suffer from inflammatory bowel disease and this number climbs every year. Christie Korth, a nutrition expert, helps those with Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis understand their food intolerances and lays out a holistic approach to dealing with their IBD that can help them lead healthy and pain-free lives. Korth also helps the reader explore the possibility of emotional involvement in the disease onset, making this the first book to address both the nutritional and the emotional factors of the disease.

Korth herself suffered IBD and writes with insight, supplementing the nutritional and lifestyle information in the book with her own account of achieving wellness. She also includes stories of IBD relief told by those who have worked with her. The compassionate tone, understanding, and humor in this book offer emotional support for the reader, which is a key component for his or her recovery.

Much of the focus of the book is on nutrition, and Korth introduces and explains menu planning, food choices, the concept of heating and cooling foods, common Crohn’s disease drug side effects and how to counter act them nutritionally, acid/alkaline imbalance and the major one--food intolerance. The nutritional information is enhanced by a thorough discussion of beneficial vitamins, herbs, natural chemicals that readers can take to supplement their diets. Korth shares tips on what to buy and how to take certain supplements, giving readers a complete idea of the nutritional options available to them.

In addition to the groundbreaking information on digestive wellness, this book contains 100 recipes suitable for those with IBD. All recipes — for everything from beverages to vegetables, from salad to dessert — are free of the top eight common allergens. There are recipes that are supportive to those having a flare up, and lists of foods you should eat and foods you should avoid. The book is also complete with shopping substitution cards for those who have food intolerance. Along with the abundance of recipes, Korth includes daily ideas for lunches “on the go” so busy readers can eat convenient, healthy meals.
The book also includes sample menus, exercises, worksheets, and personal habit quizzes that can help readers reflect on their own habits and explore the benefits of committing to digestive health. Illustrations, photos, and charts enhance the book’s message, and a directory of helpful websites directs readers to further information.

The IBD Healing Plan and Recipe Book gives readers the knowledge they need to manage their pain and offers companionate emotional support during the process. The book does not advocate a “one size fits all” solution, nor does it leave readers reliant on prescription drugs or surgery. Its recipe and diet advice allows readers to achieve digestive health. Though Korth is not claiming to cure IBD, she believes that with appropriate intervention, there is great hope for someone to live symptom-free using natural methods.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Certified holistic health practitioner and Crohn's disease survivor Korth seeks to provide readers with holistic alternatives to manage inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) so they can better live a productive life. After Korth introduces her own experience with Crohn's and her approach to IBD, she discusses the disease itself and common Western treatment methods such as medications and surgery. Then she moves on to different holistic approaches. Food intolerance, inflammatory and anti-inflammatory foods that affect IBD, and supplements are also covered. Korth offers examples and anecdotes about patients she treated by modifying their diet to relieve their symptoms; to empower her readers, she incorporates quizzes, worksheets, and grocery shopping cards of substitutions for eight of the most common allergens. The book also includes a "Recipe Corner," which gives suggestions for everything from beverages to desserts. Korth lists cited references and resources (mostly of IBD-related food websites) at the book's end. VERDICT For those seeking an overview of IBD, take a look at John Hunter's Inflammatory Bowel Disease: The Essential Guide to Controlling Crohn's Disease, Colitis and Other IBDs. Korth's book is recommended for readers looking for a recipe-heavy discussion of IBD.—Rebecca Raszewski, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago Lib.
From the Publisher
"The IBD Healing Plan and Recipe Book is an indispensable reference for anyone suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or any number of other digestive disorders that require adjustments to diet in order to avoid severe digestive distress. Author Christie Korth provides a detailed analysis of the various aspects of managing digestive disorders as well as a full spectrum of tempting recipes. The recipe section is easy to access, with edge-highlighting to differentiate those pages from the expository and reference matter.

Most compelling are the author’s anecdotes about her own battle with, and eventual victory over, her IBD. This book should be on the shelf of every person who suffers with, or who lives with someone who suffers with, IBD."
- Editormum, Library Thing Reviewer

"I went into this book with pretty low expectations — I expected the same advice my doctor has been giving me for years. This book blew past my expectations, and has completely changed the way I eat. Korth speaks with a voice of experience that the reader can relate to; she is not just a medical professional spouting advice, she is someone who has lived through Crohn's and understands what it is like. The author gives detailed explanations of different ways to treat IBD with whole foods, and backs them up with dozens of recipes in the back of the book. Although this book is geared at readers with the most severe forms of IBD, I found it extremely helpful as a moderate IBS sufferer.
- Collsers, Library Thing Reviewer

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897936125
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
10/16/2012
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
465,483
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

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