WIN-It-Wednesday: “Food Cures” by Joy Bauer (The Nutrition Expert for the Today Show!)

When I saw the bold-lettered name of Joy Bauer’s New York Times Bestseller I shook my head in total agreement.


And nobody knows better than a celiac that food is powerful. Food can make all well.

And food most definitely can cure.

I’ve always been a fan of Joy Bauer, the nutrition expert on the Today Show. Her upbeat ways and good solid layman-termed nutritional advice make her one of my early morning TV favorites. So when she came out with her new book, Food Cures, I was thrilled to check it out and dig right into more of her common sense nutritional advice…. especially the whole section devoted to celiac disease.

Joy’s easily approachable & implementable realistic advice is apparent in the first few pages of her Food Cures book. Her way of looking at eating  – whether it be eating gluten-free because you have celiac disease; eating sugar-free due to diabetes; or just eating healthier in order to feel and look your best – is simple and straightforward. Some basic tips she gives are to limit the word “diet” in your vocabulary, have faith in yourself, keep food in perspective (I agree! Is it really the end of the world that there are no gluten-free desserts on a menu?) and the best advice I think anyone can give… prepare to feel fabulous (words most celiacs understand oh so very well!)

As well as having a whole chapter just designated to celiac disease, Food Cures also has sections that I read beginning-to-end on losing weight, having beautiful skin, healthy hair and a beautiful smile.  Also, in the book are chapters regarding other ailments that can be “cured” by diet including cardiovascular disease, arthritis, migraine headaches, and more.

I also like the way each chapter is segmented with addressing a 4-Step Program to get you going and keep you on track regarding the different health concerns. The chapter on celiac disease explains in great detail the facts & basics about celiac disease, and then includes grocery lists, meal plans and recipes.

All in all Food Cures is a fantastic reference book, but also an easy read to learn more about the power of food, and fueling your body in a healthy, but realistic way.

All these reasons are why I am thrilled that the team over at is sponsoring the next two weeks WIN-It-Wednesday’s on

Two LUCKY BeFreeForMe members will each win a copy of Food Cures. One (1) winner will be randomly selected from the entries received before Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 11:59 PM EST, and one (1) more winners will be randomly selected to win from the entries received between Wednesday, September 28 and Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 11:59PM. SO – make sure you enter to win two times!

How can you win?

Reply to this blog (make sure you are a BeFreeForMe member if you want to win) and let us know a common sense piece of advice when it comes to eating gluten-free, allergen-free, healthy, fat-free, etc… (Me? Plan ahead! Planning keeps the stress level down and the health level of the foods I am eating up!)

Good luck, remember food CAN cure, and… as always…

Be Free!

NOTE: Want to order your own copy of Food Cures? Click on this link to purchase on Joy Bauer’s Food Cures: Eat Right to Get Healthier, Look Younger, and Add Years to Your Life

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47 Responses to “WIN-It-Wednesday: “Food Cures” by Joy Bauer (The Nutrition Expert for the Today Show!)”

  1. Catriel Says:

    The simpler the ingredients, the easier it is to be sure that no “no-no’s” have sneaked in.

  2. Rachael Says:

    Read, Read, and Read again! Reading labels is one of the most important pieces of a gluten free lifestyle.

  3. Theresa R Says:

    I make a menu every Sunday night for the week and then I shop on Monday to get it all done. I use my crock pot at least twice a week and we get take-out on Friday. It’s a good system, so long as I remain open, inspired, creative and forgiving of myself! 🙂

  4. Monisha Says:

    Make sure you are prepared when going out to eat-look at the menu beforehand to see what gluten free options they have and if needed take your own bread along to eat with dinner.

  5. Alexandria Barron Says:

    Cooking your own will save you tons of hard earned dollars…”Made my own Gluten free dariy free bread yesterday, YUMMY!”

  6. katheryn Says:

    Make a shopping list and stick to it. If you only buy healthy foods you only eat healthy foods, at home at least. And remember that almost any diet allows for some healthy indulgences. I love my dark chocolate!

  7. Karen Says:

    Keep it simple. An apple with peanut butter is delicious and nutritious, quick and safe. If I’m out and about and time slips by, a quick stop at the produce section of my store results in an avocado for lunch. Keep it small and share it with someone…add salt and pepper and you have a healthy cost effective lunch. With your savings, add a tomato and or cucumber and you can just have a simple picnic. Nuts are also a quick go to here. Just stick to plain, basic, whole foods.

  8. Venessa Says:

    Try to limit eating out, you can avoid many food related issues when you’re in control.

  9. Theresa Shafer Says:

    Bring a small meal of sample size foods with you when you travel. It is the safest.

  10. Terri Peters Says:

    You need to cook from scratch just like Grandma did!

  11. Sarah Says:

    Rice Krispy treat based sweet snacks are great and you can use peanut butter or chocolate.

  12. Kris Says:

    Every morning I pack a lunch box full of all the food that I can eat (meals, snacks, etc.). This keeps me in line and doesn’t get me off the wrong path on wanting things I can not have. Plus it’s an easy way for me to keep my calorie and fat grams in check due to pancreatitis!!!!!

  13. Caroline Leithiser Says:

    I e-mail restaurants a week or so ahead of time to inquire about their ability to fix safe gluten-free meals. The response has generally been positive. Still check things out before ordering!

  14. Christina Says:

    Make your own food. It’s safer, cheaper, and usually tastes better!

  15. Tomi Says:

    I stay away from pre-made. I keep it simple. In the summer I grill some meat, a fresh veg. and add a salad with some more veg.. Quick, simple, low carb, gluten free and delish.

  16. cassie Says:

    Be creative, like a child and art, with the natural grown gluten free foods. Its a fun way to have many different tastes. One type is microwaved potato chips with different spices from garden!

  17. ToCo Says:

    Stick to the perimeter of the supermarket (the outside of the aisles)…that’s where you’ll find the healthiest ingredients…

  18. Chris Says:

    If it has an ingredient that you can’t pronounce don’t buy it, if it has more then 3 items in it don’t buy it and in general if your great-grandmother never heard of it don’t buy it. Buy simple foods and cook your own. It’s not that hard really. Here are some links for making your own mixes and spice mixes so you don’t need the preservatives and the “junk”.

  19. cindy Says:

    Keep it natural, as few processed foods as possible, but also keep it flavorful. It can be done.

  20. christina Says:

    I like to have choices – I feel more satisfied if I’m able to make a choice based on what I feel like eating rather than forcing myself to eat something just b/c it fits in with my diet. If I eat too much, I get bored and lose interest.

  21. Angie W Says:

    5 ingredient (or less) recipes are perfect because they come together quickly and highlight the ingredients used in them. Not to mention that the fewer ingredients in something, the less change of contamination.

  22. Eileen Sanders Says:

    Plan your menu ahead for the week and make a shopping list.

  23. Crunchy Says:

    When eating out don’t be shy. Explain exactly what your needs are. Often I find the server if familiar with the concept of gluten-free (a big difference from ten years ago when I was diagnosed).

  24. Debi Says:

    I keep it simple, read every label every time I shop, make homemade meals so I am sure we are safe from gluten in our foods we eat. Only buy foods that are safe for hubby to eat like Amy’s gluten free microwavable dinners if no left-overs are left for his dinners.

  25. AmyJayne Says:

    I just learned on Friday that I have a sensitivity to gluten (via my last doctor’s physical) so I’ve been researching this entire weekend and found this site! 🙂 Love Joy Bauer so I would love to win this book!
    The tip I can say I will have to start doing more of is…cooking/baking my own foods. We’ve been doing this more and more throughout the year (lost 20 lbs! cuz of it) but I am finding this will be a challenge for me, but one that I know I’m more equipped to do more so now than I was able to do back on Jan. 1st! 🙂
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  26. Mary Says:

    Remember to explore all the different flours available! Where much of the food industry is stuck on too much rice flour making for sandy crumbly textured GF foods, thank goodness there are more wonderful companies exploring the use of less rice and more high fiber, higher nutritional flours. And, those who want to experience softer textured, moisture rich, yummy baked goods from home can enjoy the art of baking GF with the wonderful flavors of millet, sorghum, quinoa, bean flours, coconut – and the list goes on.

  27. Nan Says:

    I try not to eat processed food. Try to stick with the fresh fruits, vegetables and meats!

  28. Karen Says:

    When in doubt, stick to things that don’t need labels….like avocado, tomato, cucumber, pork chops, lettuce….

    When I go home, I tell my family it’s safe if there is no ‘list’ of ingredients. Natural whole foods rock!

  29. Christina Says:

    I like to experiment with tried and true flavors. It seems just mixing things up just a little bit tricks my taste buds into thinking we’re having something exotic. Ever think about how similar the base ingredients are for both Mexican and Italian cooking?

  30. Chris Says:

    I have a sensitivity to Gluten and like many others have tried to just stick to natural, whole foods. I have cut out most processed foods and read well every label. Planning ahead and eating out much less are both very important!

  31. Ali Says:

    Until I finally dedicated a space for my GF food preparation, I still had problems. Other family members must make their sandwiches and so forth elsewhere. Do not store non-GF over this space.

  32. Lisa Says:

    Keep a stash of healthy, gluten free snacks in your desk so if you forget your lunch or get hungry at work — you aren’t tempted to go get a candy bar (one that is gluten free, of course) from the kitchens!

  33. Cassie Says:

    Don’t be disappointed in not being able to eat gluten, it is just one of the many ingredients used in cooking. As seen in recipes today, many other ingredients can be put in place of it and taste just as good if not better! 🙂

  34. cindy Says:

    Eat as naturally as you can.

  35. ToCo Says:

    Hope it’s okay to repeat the first entry ’cause I think it’s a good one to follow…Stick to the perimeter of the supermarket (the outside of the aisles)…that’s where you’ll find the healthiest ingredients…

  36. Michelle Says:

    Always be prepared to the unexpected. Keep gluten free basics in the pantry and freezer and I always always always have some kind of gluten free snack/protein bar with me wherever I go!

  37. Venessa Says:

    2nd entry 🙂

  38. Dominique Says:

    My advice is stock a healthy pantry, fridge, and freezer. When my environment is healthy with quality food, then living my gluten-free/low-fat lifestyle is so enjoyable!

  39. Sarah Says:

    Rice based snacks

  40. Mary Says:

    I’ve enjoyed reconnecting with the local library. Instead of buying expensive new Gluten Free cooking and baking books, I go check out 4 or 5 books and take my time skimming through the recipes. I have found I like flour mixes that start with millet or sorghum rather than rice. Now, I have time to sit back and explore which book author is closer to my tastes. When something fits to a “T” then I will go purchase the book for myself. It’s fun to explore some of the Canadian and British Gluten Free chefs and bakers too.

  41. Amy Avery Says:

    I buy lots of fresh foods – fruits, vegetables, nuts. Things that are easy and natural. The kids love it and the whole family eats heathier this way. remember, kids will choose from what’s available so if you only have good choices then they will make good choices. We shop together and the boys now recognize which foods are GF & which are not.

  42. Sarah Curtis Says:

    I make sure my family eats fresh food! If it has a long shelf life it’s probable not good for you! I eat local foods from my farm or local farms, and I make food ahead of time so we are never without snacks, lunches or dinners!

  43. K Farmer Says:

    The best advice I heard was to “Eat as close to the way it grows as possible” Unaltered and organic.
    Be sure to eat in season to save money.

  44. cb Says:

    Get a few good GF cookbooks. There a few in the library to try before you buy.

  45. Karen Says:

    I can my own so I know what is in it. Home made tomato sauce is cooking down right now!

  46. Catriel Says:

    The celiac diet (easiest to follow with simplest, most simply prepared ingredients) is just part of staying healthy. Daily exercise (outdoors if possible, indoors if necessary) enhances circulation, improves digestion, sharpens the brain and lifts the mood.

  47. Shelley Estes Says:

    My family has multiple food allergies and my son has celiac disease so here are our rules we live by:

    NEVER buy processed food.
    ALWAYS take advantage of u-pick, we make our own broth, spaghetti sauce, salsa… there is nothing you can not make yourself, so why pay someone else to make it for you…
    GO to the wonderful ONLINE blogs for great recipes or buy a GREAT book for instant recipes from someone suffering from the same disease….
    BUY in BULK on-line from BOB’s Red Mill, Amazon or WinCo…you will save money on groceries.
    EXPERIMENT with and have fun with food…tweak good recipes to match your pallet, or your children’s
    REMEMBER that only you can help your body and listen to it. If you give in to the disease, your body will too, so NEVER give up and seek the help of a good nutritionist if you have to.
    LASTLY, teach your kids to cook the gluten-free way, otherwise you will be their CHEF FOR LIFE!

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