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Erin Elberson’s “7 Quick Start Tips for a Healthy Gluten Free Life” Review and Giveaway


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A few months back, my friend and fellow blogger, Erin Elberson of Gluten-Free Fitness emailed me a preliminary version of her new e-book, “7 Quick Start Tips for a Healthy Gluten Free Life,” and asked me to look it over and give my feedback (although she did not initially tell me that what I was reading would eventually turn into this e-book).

I didn’t get much past the first step before I was laughing because I really thought she had written this for me specifically, and was trying to trick me into thinking it was for something else!

Quick back story:  Erin and I first became acquainted when she left a comment to my “The Great Brussels Sprout Caper” post back in the fall.  We began chatting on Twitter and discovered we have a mutual love of the Muppets, and a few months later, when I jumped in on a Twitter conversation between Erin and Kim (Gluten-Free Is Life) about punctuality (Erin and Kim are Johnny on the Spot punctual and if you expect me on time, you better tell me to show up an hour earlier than you need me), we quickly devised a new look/name for me, “Flavor GFMom.”  I’m not yet wearing a clock, but I carry a timer with me everywhere!!   😀

I wasn’t always this way, and it drives me crazy.  I pretty much fell apart and lost all control of my life after I left my career to become a stay at home mom.  Shortly after Sam was born, my health problems took on a life of their own and I pretty much “checked out” for a few years.  After being diagnosed with Graves’ disease, then celiac disease, then dermatitis herpetiformis and then consequently checking myself into the “funny farm” to help me absorb and come to terms with everything I was going through, I was then diagnosed with ADD.  Looking back over my life, it makes sense in so many ways.  What anti-depressants couldn’t accomplish, ADD medication did.

The medication I take for ADD has had it’s definite up side, but at the same time, it has had it’s pitfalls too (and I am trying to wean off of it).  Once I could finally focus long enough to actually read a book and absorb the information, all my coping mechanisms (like being on time) went to hell.  I am so interested in everything (after a lifetime of not being able to focus on anything for very long), that I often read 5 books simultaneously.  Unfortunately, I don’t get as much out of it as if I did one thing at a time.  Many parts of my life are like that and I struggle with finding balance and end up doing many things half way.

This is what grabbed me on the first step in Erin’s book:

What happens when you are doing laundry, talking on the phone, cooking on the stove and feeding the dog at the same time?  The dog gets uncooked rice, the laundry gets wrinkled, and you accidentally hang up on your mom…

Oh yes, I have many of those “moments.”  I have the best intentions each and everyday I wake up, but somehow, my inability to say “no” to something that comes up (afraid of disappointing someone) or my complete lack of planning, gets me into trouble every time.  So I will go ahead and say it.  I try to do too much.  There is only so much time in the day and by overextending myself, I either fail miserably, or feel guilty because I didn’t do something well enough.

Enter Erin Elberson and her e-book “7 Quick Tips for Living a Healthy Gluten Free Life.”  In this quick and easy-to-read guide (which is GREAT for someone with ADD!!), Erin really comes across as though she is right there next to you, guiding and cheering you on.  She is like your best gal pal who is not afraid to tell you the truth when you ask her if your butt looks too big in your jeans (but you take it in stride because she is not your husband). 😉

I also like how Erin writes, she has a conversational tone, which I can really relate to.  I can read some books/blogs and walk away feeling stupid.  Not with Erin, she’s an educator, she’s real, and she made me feel like I can do it!  A little more on Erin (from the Gluten-Free Fitness website):

My name is Erin Elberson.  Educationally, I hold my Master’s degree in Physical Therapy and a Bachelor’s in Health Science, as well as having passed (with 100%!) the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness GREAT testing (Gluten Free Resource, Awareness and Education Training) for Allied Health Professionals.  More importantly, I have celiac disease and am an advocate of good nutrition and sound fitness habits to improve quality of life and health.

Just look at Erin (I think I might swipe her photo for my Facebook page, LOL!):

When I was pregnant with Luke, I developed gestational diabetes and my perinatologist referred me to a dietitian (whose husband just so happened to have celiac disease) to monitor my diet throughout my pregnancy.  I saw her every other week for 9 months at $30.00 per visit.  She basically told me everything that is outlined in Erin’s book, and it is only $29.97.

Erin not only offers great motivation, but there is a Kitchen Makeover Questionnaire, a list of good stuff to eat (broken down by carbs, fats, proteins, and condiments), a quick list of 10 GF snacks (which are great for on-the-go and school lunches), a worksheet for planning ahead (yea!), how to develop strategies for eating out and some great tips for working in more movement.

Erin doesn’t just leave you hanging at the end of the book either, she encourages you to read her blog for more great ideas, visit her Facebook page for accountability and support and she also has a wonderful podcast you can download and listen to.

If you need even more personalized help, she offers a personal consultation via the phone or Skype.

I think this is a great guide and a worthy investment, especially if you are new to the gluten-free lifestyle (or are stuck seeking out gluten-free processed foods like I was until fairly recently).

Erin has kindly offered to give one of my readers a FREE copy of her e-book, 7 Quick Start Tips for a Healthy Gluten Free Life!

To enter this giveaway simply do any or all of the following, then leave a comment to this post for each completed task you do (basically, you can earn one entry or nine, it’s up to you!) :-D

  • Share this Giveaway on Facebook and include a link pack to this post.
  • Tweet about this Giveaway on Twitter and include a link to this post.
  • Mention this Giveaway in a Blog Post and include a link back to this post.

I think doing all these activities should count for some daily exercise! 😉

I will use a Random Number Generator to pick the winner on Monday, July 19th, 2010, Good Luck! :-D

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  1. I followed Erin on twitter. This looks like a great book.

  2. I am a follower to Gluten Free Mom and have recommended your site to newly diagnosed celiacs. I love your enthusiasm as well as the combination of medical facts and practical everyday tips.

  3. I just signed up for Erin's Gluten Free Fitness blog.

  4. I just subscribed to to Gluten Free Fitness. Thanks for this offer!

    • I just found out TODAY that I need to be gluten free, and follow a low glycemic diet. I am at a total loss, hence how I found your blog. I can't wait to dig deeper to figure out this new way of living. I "Liked" both you and Erin on Facebook for 2 entries, and this weekend when I have a little more time, I will fulfill the other requirements for more entries. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  5. Heidi,

    Thank you for sharing your story. Reading this was like a great movie-I laughed, I cried, I came away feeling hopeful for the future.

    I'm so glad that the book was helpful for you. That's the whole idea-take what may seem to be an overwhelming task, and break it down into manageable, achievable tasks. String a few of those together and all of a sudden you've created new healthy and time saving habits.

    You are, and will always be, my favorite Gluten Free Flava Mom.

    For those of you who would like a copy of the system but do not win the giveaway, please feel free to use coupon code "gfmom" at checkout to get 20% until 8/31/10. Happy Summer!

  6. Just found your blog today, love it!!! Been gluten free foe a year, now my daughter is gluten free as well! Thanks for sharing about Erin's book. I have posted a link for the giveaway on my Twitter and facebook accounts and added both you to my Twitter and facebook accounts. Can't wait to start reading both blogs!!!

  7. Just found your site when I discovered the root of some of my problems may be gluten-sensitivity or intolerance. I'm also lactose-intolerant, so cooking is going to be a fun challenge! I'm also a college student with little cooking experience, so i'm really embarking on a difficult project. But mostly, I wanted to say how interesting it is that you mention your ADD problems in conjunction with gluten issues. I also have ADD and once I got on medication finally, all my coping mechanisms died. Now that I feel I can focus better, my body decided that multi-tasking is the way to go… but I know this isn't helping me at all. Thanks for your story and I'm looking forward to reading future blog posts!


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