Synopses & Reviews
Nearly 1.4 million Americans suffer from inflammatory bowel disease and this number climbs every year. Christie Korth, a nutrition expert, helps those with Crohns 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 Crohns 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 books 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.
"The IBD Healing Plan and Recipe Book is an indispensable reference for anyone suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, Crohns 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 authors 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
About the Author
Christie Korth is a Crohn's disease survivor, author, certified health coach and holistic nutritionist who found her way to health and wellness after nearly succumbing to a severe case of Crohns disease. After harnessing the power of nutrition and gaining her health back, she then went on to be the founder and director of Happy & Healthy Wellness Counseling based just outside of NYC. She studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Columbia University and the Clayton College of Natural Health and is a certified holistic health practitioner with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Christie is the Corporate Nutritionist for Brain Balance Achievement Centers, where she designs the nutrition protocol for franchises across the country. Christie is a nutrition expert for Dr. Ozs Sharecare.com and frequently contributes nutrition articles to Long Island Parent Magazine. Christie lives in New York with her son, her husband, and her cat.