Allergies, Be Gone!

The Total Food Allergy Health and Diet Guide
by Alexandra Anca and Dr. Gordon L. Sussman
Robert Rose Publishing

“Achoo! Excuse me, those are just my allergies.”

Do you find yourself excusing yourself frequently for your sneezing? Do you blame your runny nose on the temperature in the room? Does pollen attack you twice a year like a hammer slamming into your head until you crumble in submission? Or do you always feel nauseous after eating, or break out in weird rashes? Yes, it could be your stressful job, or your nagging mother-in-law; or you could be allergic to what you’re eating. What goes in must come out somehow, and it is not always treatable with extra soft bathroom tissue.

The Total Food Allergy Health and Diet Guide by Alexandra Anca and Dr. Gordon L. Sussman, the new recipe book by Robert Rose Publishing is here to help. It is not just a cookbook, but a recipe book on diagnosing why you turn bright red after eating shellfish or why you rush to the bathroom every day after your morning McMuffin.

The book begins by explaining what exactly is happening in your body when you ingest items like peanuts, wheat, soy, dairy and so on. Anca does well mixing scientific data with “normal” words so as not to confuse the average reader and discourage them from helping themselves. It examines research studies that help by explaining why so many people suffer from the same types of allergic reactions, and how you can determine for yourself what to cut out of your diet in order to feel better.

It can become a bit overwhelming at first to realize all your favorite foods are potentially making you sick. If you look at it like a handbook or reference manual, however, the outlook on your future relationship with food changes from one of all inclusion to a special, carefully chosen diet.

Now you’re thinking “I have all this information, now what?” I’m glad you asked. This newfound “manual” to good health comes with 150 recipes on how to implement its truths. Homemade Oatmeal on page178 will start your day rich in fiber and gluten free. It serves 6, so there is enough for the whole family. There are even recipes for Spicy Black Bean Dip (page 207) and Cilantro Oil (page 209). Who knew cooking allergen free could be so tasty? The Total Food Allergy Health and Diet Guide by Alexandra Anca and Dr. Gordon L. Sussman is bound to be a well used manual for allergy-conscious people.