Gluten & Pregnancy mini reviews

The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful BeginningThe Kind Mama:A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning by Alicia Silverstone

Finished 12-17-14, 4.5/5 stars, pregnancy & health, 368 pages, pub. 2014

The Kind Mama will cover fertility, pregnancy, and post-pregnancy. In other words, it will help you get knocked up, have a goddess pregnancy and birth, and grow the healthiest, happiest child! I’ll be including valuable and inspiring information from doctors, friends, and other women (as well as a section for kind-dads-to-be) and, of course, my own journey through pregnancy, birth, and raising my little one. I hope that it will be a great resource for families looking to bring their baby into a happy, healthy, and natural world.  (from Goodreads)

I don’t remember why I requested this one from the library because I have no plans to get pregnant again (I could write a whole post on how I wish I were one of those women who just breezed through pregnancy and childbirth) but I’m glad that I took the time because I can’t really recommend it enough.  Silverstone is on point with so many of the things going on with our diets and chemicals in our homes that it may not be what you want to read but it will be beneficial.  The beginning section is to help women who may be having trouble getting pregnant prepare their bodies for pregnancy and having a friend who has just gone through this I can say that not only is Silverstone correct, but she’s not the only one saying it.  The books itself is beautiful and it covers pregnancy, birth and what to do after.  The girl is vegan and very much on the natural bandwagon, but I think every new mom will be helped by this book.  This would make a great gift for the pregnant woman in your life.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan CookingThe Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking by Julieanna Hever & Beverly Lynn Bennett

Finished on 8-23-14, 4/5 stars, cooking, 352 pages, pub. 2011

– With more than 200 recipes, this guide offers more delicious dishes than other cookbooks.
– Simplifies preparing delicious gluten-free meals.

(from Goodreads)

Well, I finished this one in August and, although I made copies of some recipes I wanted to try, I haven’t even tried one.  That could be because I tend to have great intentions and less than great follow through 😉 The book itself was easy to understand and it walked you through the basics of going gluten-free AND vegan.  We are not vegan here but we are gluten and dairy free so I did learn a few new things.  One thing I wish more gluten-free sites and books would mention is how difficult it can be to find truly gluten-free beans, especially of the healthy dried variety.  We were using them in a sensory bin six months after we took Gage off gluten and it took me weeks to figure out that his behavior was due the beans. Are beans gluten? No, but when I called the company they admitted they are processed right next to barley, which is gluten, so they are contaminated.  Even my local, healthy grocery store admitted that none of their beans were truly gluten-free.  It’s this kind of stuff that until you or a loved one has a high gluten sensitivity, seems liked hocus-pocus.  It’s not.  Be thankful if you don’t have allergies!




6 thoughts on “Gluten & Pregnancy mini reviews

  1. Heather says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed the book by Silverstone and that you learned some new things through the vegan and gluten free book. Good luck with all of it in the future! I can’t even imagine how hard it is to make sure things are all gluten and dairy free.

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