What happens when you find a diet that works for you? You feel good! In fact, you feel great! Your dietary needs change throughout your lifetime, the seasons, and days. Major life events can cause a shift in your body which causes a need for a shift in the diet. This can be a fun and enjoyable process. You'll have the opportunity to learn more about you!
Eating a whole foods, oligo-antigenic diet can change your health and your life. An oligo-antigenic diet reduces or eliminates foods you are sensitive to.
Completely eliminating foods, such as gluten and dairy for some people, while increasing fresh vegetables and fruits, reduces inflammation, lets go of excess weight, increases energy, immunity, and overall health.
Our simple and easy-to-prepare recipes are based on whole, natural foods such as quinoa, salmon, kale, beans, almonds, apples, and olive oil. Our wholesome baking recipes include ingredients such as teff flour, brown rice flour, applesauce, maple syrup, and coconut sugar.
Common health conditions related to food sensitivities:
- Acid Reflux
- Chronic Headaches
- Chronic Fatigue
- Add /ADHD
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Irritable Bowel Disease
Much more than a cookbook....
I was very pleased to see this second edition of the Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook come out, since I have been a loyal fan of the first edition for a year (and my copy is looking very appreciated)!
The reader will find the first eleven chapters of this book filled with well-written current information about why eating whole foods will improve your health and how to make the change. The authors have carefully spelled out how to stock your kitchen, basic cooking techniques and introductions to foods you may not be familiar with.
I have begun using this book as a text for my wellness and nutrition classes. It has been well received by people who know that they should eat better but don't know where to begin.
And the recipes...mmmm, delicious! I own many "health food" and "natural cooking" type cookbooks, and these are by far the most flavorful and simple to prepare recipes that I have found. It's all in the liberal use of the seasonings.
I especially appreciate the gluten free/dairy free options that are a necessity for my family. And I am hooked on "Tom's Fruity Medicine Chest Smoothie"; who ever thought that something that green could taste so good?
Thanks to Alissa and Tom for this gift of fun cooking and better health!
A simple answer to difficult illness
Since the late '80's, perhaps for my entire life, I have struggled with physical and mental illness. In 1997, depression, mood swings and debilitating chronic fatigue overwhelmed me.
For ten years my Psychiatrist and my husband kept me alive.
By 2006, I had the mental illness medically controlled and had resigned myself to spending the remainder of my life managing the chronic fatigue by living five hours a day.
Beginning late in 2006, my doctor recommended I look at the food I eat, and find a good Nutritionist. I said, " What? Food cause all the different problems I am dealing with? I find that hard to believe." But, I am always looking for an answer, and I had nothing to lose but a non-functioning life, so I committed to the process 100%.
I was fortunate that the Nutritionist's Elimination and Detoxification process was included in the newly published Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook. The book also included recipes WITHOUT foods I would soon discover made me ill.
Within twelve days of beginning the Elimination and Detoxification process, the mental issues and the fatigue dramatically diminished. When I finally understood how food was affecting me, I said, "All these years I have been working very hard to eat the best food I can...whole grains, organic, locally produced...But I was poisoning myself every day/all day long, each time I ate. I might as well have been eating the dollar bills for all the nutrition I was getting!" The inability to absorb nutrition that was the basis for all my chronic medical problems - Simply, I was malnourished.
March 1, 2008 marks the 16th month since beginning the identification and elimination of foods I react to. I have never before experienced sixteen consecutive months where I have not had the cold or flu. My immune system is now functioning.
I am now off all medications.
There are times when I say, "I don't know who I am any more" because I feel so different.
Different in a good way.
My life is before me now, unknown and inviting.
Thank you, Ali and Tom, for creating this book.
I didn't realize when I purchased this cookbook that it was primarily a gluten-free cookbook. I read the line on the top about it having gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free recipes, but my primary reason for getting it was the whole foods aspect. I wanted simple recipes that used local, in season fruits and vegetables. I definitely got much more than I bargained for!
Between this book and the purchase of a Vitamix (highly recommended, even though expensive), I now consume 5 times as many green vegetables as I did before. Being primarily vegetarian, that says a lot. I tended to eat lots of vegetables before, and now I eat lots more. This is good. As a mother of four children, Ali Segersten doesn't really have time to have recipes that take all day to prepare. Most things are fast and yummy, once you get into the groove of cooking like this. I've owned this book for a year and have cooked probably 3/4 of the recipes and some of them are weekly staples (not to mention keeping up with the recipes on their blog). When beets are in season, I can't get enough of the balsamic beets. Who knew beets could be so yummy? I have one toddler (and feel as if I have four) so cooking healthy food has to be fast. I also want her to grow up with healthy eating habits.
Without even having a clue about it, I've probably been gluten sensitive my entire life. Pregnancy seems to have triggered it to be more noticeable, since I started having digestive problems after the birth of my daughter (and a bit during pregnancy too, though it's hard to sort out what's normal with pregnancy and what could have been sensitivity to gluten). I've heard of dairy allergies, and all sorts of other allergies, but gluten? Who is allergic to gluten? Well, it turns out a lot of us are. Now I know about all kinds of new grains like teff, sorghum, millet and quinoa. Even if you're not sensitive to gluten, these are great grains to experiment with! Yes, I will agree with others that lots of these foods are more expensive. However, if you're not eating meat, consuming dairy or buying lots of prepackaged foods, the cost balances itself. A box of cereal is sometimes $5. You can get a good sized bag of quinoa for that price and quinoa will certainly win on the nutritional front.
My copy of this book looks as if I've owned it for 10 years. I write notes in the margins, book mark things, star favorite recipes--it's practically the only cookbook I ever use anymore. I easily use it more than once daily. In addition to being a well-written cookbook, their blog is fantastic. With all of the other 5 star reviews, I felt I probably didn't need to add my two cents, but just in case someone needs 38 positive reviews instead of 37 to buy this cookbook, this is my two cents to add.
Get this cookbook if you want to feel great!
I have had this cookbook for just a week, but I am really enjoying it. After reading the other reviews, I felt like trying the 28 day detox and elimination diet, which is described in the book and also on the author's website [...], was going to be the perfect plan to help me kick my caffeine and sugar addictions. The book advocates eating whole foods for a variety of reasons: to help prevent and fight disease, increase energy, lose weight, feel better, less packaging and waste etc etc. Anyway, I really DID try to do the 2 day smoothie fast at the beginning of the detox/elimination diet, and while the smoothies taste GREAT I just could not do a full day without chewing something! I tried for 3 days and each day, by dinner time I gave up and ate regular not-ground-up-food. However, drinking the smoothies for breakfast and lunch 3 days straight DID make any food, even super healthy whole food with no dressings etc. sound more delicious than they usually would! :) Other than cheating on the smoothie fast, I have followed phase 1 of the elimination diet very easily. I feel that there are plenty of foods to enjoy and I have tried several recipes from their website and cookbook, as well as created my own versions of salads and smoothies.
Here is the thing: In 6 days I have lost 7 lbs. I have NEVER lost that much at a time, ever. I have not been hungry AT ALL this week. In fact, last night I was stuffed and could not finish my dinner. I have been calculating calories and have been consuming between 1000 and 1300 cal. per day. In the past when I have limited calories I have been hungry all the time. But with eating healthy whole foods only, the portion sizes are so much bigger and I can actually feel the food nourishing me and giving me energy. I no longer feel bloated. A few weeks ago I was so fatigued and depressed, I was about to go to the doctor to see about antidepressants. But I feel awesome now and feel like all the sugar and caffeine and "holiday" fat-laden foods were just bogging me down.
I was nervous at first I would not have as much energy on this diet, but I have more energy than I have had in a very long time, I can get through my workouts easily, I am feeling less dehydrated, my skin is already looking better, and I already feel like this is a plan I can stick with... forever. I am going to switch my family to whole foods now as well.
Fabulous Allergy-Free Recipes!
I purchased this book about a month ago and have been cooking most of our family's meals from it since. I am back to buy another one for my sister who is pregnant right now with her first child. (I thought the introduction to solid foods list for babies in the back of the book would be useful to her).
About 2 years ago both of my sons were diagnosed with ADHD. I have put both of my sons on a gf / cf diet (i.e. gluten-free, casein-free) to help with their disorder and it has helped tremendously.
I have found it difficult to find a cookbook that addresses moving towards a healthier whole foods type diet AND one that is gluten-free and dairy-free. This book is just that.
The book starts out with information on food sensitivities to gluten, dairy, and eggs. Then it moves on to what it means to eat whole foods. They even have a beautiful full color chart about dietary components - reminiscent of a food pyramid but much healthier. Then there is a chapter on eating organic food and a list of the top 12 foods to buy organic. The authors have a great chapter on Making the Change, which gives simple tips to help move towards a healthier diet. After that, a sample 7 day menu is given, which we have used several times to plan a meal - especially helpful when we have company!
Then the recipes.....mmmmm! I am not sure where to begin. I have yet to find one that we don't like. Luckily my boys are great at trying new things. Most of the recipes they like, though a few they have not, but that it typical for a 4 and 6 yr old!
Here are some of my favorite recipes: Buckwheat Pancakes, Banana Walnut Muffins, Peachy Millet Flour Muffins, Red Lentil Dal, Vegetarian Chipotle Chili, Winter Quinoa Salad, Tofu with Garlic Ginger Kudzu Sauce, Spiced Citrus Salmon, Indian Chicken Curry, Thai Fried Rice, Lemon Basil Pesto, Cabbage Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette(my boys actually love this), Beet Kale and Walnut Salad, Raw Almond and Vegetable Pate, Lemon Blueberry Pudding, Gingerbread Cake, Chocolate Truffles, and the Avocado Fig Fudgesicles.
This book has been worth every cent!
The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook
I admit it--I enjoy cookbooks and read them like novels and this is one, wonderful cookbook! I love it! But I have found that it is more than a cookbook--it is a knowledgeable and comprehensive guide to learning to live a whole life through the food we choose to eat, with encouragement and enjoyment on every page. As consumers we are aware of how our food supply has become increasingly over-processed resulting in "filler" food with little nourishment for our bodies and souls. This book gently shows us with straight-forward, creative and delicious recipes how we can make changes to live healthier and balanced lives with whole foods. I read somewhere that if you find one favorite recipe in a cookbook it was worth the purchase price--I have found many new, favorite recipes in this cookbook!
Here is a quick reference guide of the recipes included in the Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook.
- Energizing Berry Nut Smoothie, 95
- Cherry Almond Smoothie, 96
- Minty Green Smoothie, 97
- Lemony Cabbage and Cranberry Smoothie, 98
- Tom’s Fruity Medicine Chest Smoothie, 99
- Glorious Morning Fruit Bowl, 100
- Cinnamon Spiced Granola, 101
- Blueberry Almond Oatmeal, 102
- Morning Millet Cereal, 103
- Sweet Rice Cereal, 104
- Spiced Apple and Rice Cereal, 105
- Teff Breakfast Porridge, 106
- Warming Three Grain Morning Cereal, 107
- Buckwheat Pancakes, 108
- Rice Flour Pancakes, 109
- Oatmeal Blueberry Banana Pancakes, 110
- Root Vegetable Pancakes, 111
- Tofu Scramble, 112
- Tofu and Arame Scramble, 113
- Buckwheat and Tempeh Hash, 114
- Fun Scrambled Eggs, 115
- Vegetable Frittata with Potato Crust, 116
- Home Style Potatoes, 117
- Zucchini and Potato Hash, 118
- Breakfast Greens, 119
- Warming Miso Soup, 120
Fresh Breads & Muffins
- Brown Rice Bread, 122
- Herbed Focaccia Bread, 123
- Honey Whole Grain Bread, 124
- Orange Currant Millet Bread, 125
- Quinoa Zucchini Bread, 126
- Pumpkin Spice Bread, 127
- Rosemary Olive Dinner Rolls, 128
- Grandma’s Cinnamon Rolls, 130
- Easy Gluten-Free Biscuits, 132
- Banana Walnut Muffins, 133
- Carrot Raisin Buckwheat Muffins, 134
- Cranberry Apple Spice Muffins, 135
- Quinoa Banana Apple Muffins, 136
- Peachy Millet Flour Muffins, 137
- Corn-Free Baking Powder, 138
- Homemade Vegetable Soup Stock, 144
- Asian Soup Stock, 145
- Fall Pinto Bean and Yam Soup, 146
- Fragrant Lentil Soup, 148
- French Lentil Soup, 149
- Lemon and Lentil Soup, 150
- Lily’s Lemongrass Soup, 151
- Minestrone Soup, 152
- Moroccan Chickpea and Potato Soup, 153
- Red Lentil Dal, 154
- Spicy Black Bean Soup, 155
- Split Pea Soup with Fresh Vegetables and Herbs, 156
- Summer Vegetable Soup, 157
- Three Bean Chili, 158
- Vegetarian Chipotle Chili, 159
- Winter Vegetable and White Bean Soup, 160
- Creamy Butternut Squash Soup, 161
- Creamy Cauliflower Soup, 162
- Gingered Carrot Soup, 163
- Roasted Red Pepper Soup, 164
- Thai Coconut Vegetable Soup, 165
- Chicken Noodle and Vegetable Soup, 166
- Turkey and Wild Rice Soup, 168
Fresh Salads and Vegetables
- Cultured Vegetables, 175
- Raw Sauerkraut, 176
- Arugula Salad with Lime Vinaigrette, 177
- Autumn Harvest Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette, 178
- Beet and Fennel Salad with Orange Vinaigrette, 179
- Berry Hazelnut Salad with Honey Poppy Seed Vinaigrette, 180 Cabbage Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette, 181
- Fresh Garden Salad with Herbal Vinaigrette, 182
- Lettuce and Cabbage Salad with Creamy Ginger Dressing, 183 Italian Greens Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette, 184
- Pear and Hazelnut Salad with Creamy Cranberry Dressing, 185 Steamed Salmon, Spinach, and Fennel Salad, 186
- Spinach Salad with Pecans and Dried Cherries, 187
- Whole Meal Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing, 188
- Beet, Kale, and Walnut Salad, 189
- Carrot Hijiki Salad with Sweet Miso Dressing, 190
- Cucumber, Tomato, Basil Salad, 191
- Green Beans with Garlic Dressing, 192
- Picnic Potato Salad, 193
- Summer Squash and Cannelini Bean Salad, 194
- Apple Spiced Collard Greens, 195
- Braised Kale with Garlic and Ginger, 196
- Garlic and Sesame Spinach, 197
- Mediterranean Chard, 198
- Steamed Greens with a Spicy Peanut Curry Sauce, 199
- Quick Cruciferous Stir-Fry, 200
- Sautéed Asparagus with Garlic and Lemon, 201
- Sautéed Patty Pan Squash with Lemon and Capers, 202
- Curried Vegetables, 203
- Steamed Vegetables with Lemon Garlic Dressing, 204
- Oven Fries, 205
- Balsamic Roasted Beets, 206
- Roasted Butternut Squash with Shallots and Golden Raisins, 207
- Roasted Yams with Rosemary, 208
- Roasted Root Vegetables with Fresh Herbs, 209
- Baked Winter Squash, 210
- Basic Amaranth, 213
- Basic Brown Rice, 214
- Basic Sticky Brown Rice, 214
- Basic Wild Rice, 215
- Basic Buckwheat, 215
- Basic Millet, 216
- Basic Oat Groats, 216
- Basic Quinoa, 217
- Basic Teff, 217
- Buckwheat Soba Noodle Salad, 218
- Rice Noodles and Red Cabbage in a Spicy Cashew Sauce, 219 Buckwheat, Potato, and Spinach Pilaf, 220
- Nori Rolls with Vegetables, Tofu, and Sticky Brown Rice, 221 Indian Fried Rice, 222
- Lentil and Rice Salad with Lemon and Olives, 223
- Pine Nut Studded Rice, 224
- Spanish Rice, 225
- Thai Fried Rice, 226
- Wehani Rice and Pecan Pilaf, 227
- Wild Rice and Kale Salad, 228
- Wild Rice Stuffed Squash, 229
- Coconut Quinoa Pilaf, 230
- Quinoa and Pea Pilaf with Fresh Garden Herbs, 231
- Composed Salad of Quinoa, Chickpeas, and Tomatoes, 232
- Mediterranean Quinoa Salad, 233
- Quinoa and Black Bean Salad, 234
- Summer Vegetable Quinoa Salad, 235
- Winter Quinoa Salad, 236
- Lemon Millet Patties, 237
- Tex-Mex Millet and Amaranth Corn Casserole, 238
- Millet with Summer Vegetables, 239
- Easy Polenta, 240
Vegetarian Main Dishes
- Balsamic Tempeh Stir-Fry, 242
- Black Bean and Tempeh Tostadas, 243
- Lemon Garlic Tempeh, 244
- Shiitake Tofu, 245
- Skillet Tempeh Casserole with Cornbread Topping, 246
- Spinach and Tofu Enchiladas with Spicy Ancho Chili Sauce, 248 Tempeh and Mushroom Stroganoff, 250
- Tempeh and Nettle Stir-Fry, 251
- Tempeh Fajitas, 252
- Tofu with Garlic Ginger Kudzu Sauce, 253
- Black Bean, Rice, and Yam Wraps, 254
- Coconut Vegetable Curry with Chickpeas, 255
- Cuban Black Bean and Yam Stew with Avocado Salsa, 256 Curried Garbanzo Bean and Squash Stew, 257
- Fall Vegetable Stew with Moroccan Spices, 258
- Lentil and Spinach Dal, 259
- Luscious Lentil and Brown Rice Casserole, 260
- Mexican Pink Bean Burritos, 261
- Navy Beans in a Homemade Barbecue Sauce, 262
- Sunny Sunflower Seed Burgers, 263
- Savory Adzuki Bean and Mushroom Shepherd’s Pie, 264 Sensuous Vegan Vegetable and Bean Enchiladas, 266
- Smashed Yam and Black Bean Quesadillas, 268
- Spicy Black-Eyed Pea Stew, 269
- White Bean and Vegetable Stew, 270
Fish, Poultry, & Meat
- Basil Balsamic Wild Salmon with Plum Tomato Topping, 274
- Spiced Citrus Salmon, 275
- Wild Salmon with Ginger Lime Marinade, 276
- Wild Salmon with Lemon, Garlic, and Thyme, 277
- Poached Halibut with Tomatoes and Fresh Herbs, 278
- Fish Soft Tacos with Fresh Tomato Peach Salsa, 279
- Chicken Fricassee, 280
- Chicken Nuggets, 281
- Chicken Verde Enchiladas, 282
- Coconut Lime Chicken with Almond Dipping Sauce, 284
- Home Style Chicken and Vegetable Stew, 285
- Indian Chicken Curry, 286
- Thai Chicken Curry, 287
- Whole Roasted Organic Chicken with Lemon and Herbs, 288
- Apricot and Fig Roasted Turkey Breast, 289
- Beef Stew with Swiss Chard, 290
- Fall Vegetable Beef Roast, 291
Dressings, Dips, & Sauces
- Balsamic Vinaigrette, 294
- Orange Vinaigrette, 294
- Honey Poppy Seed Vinaigrette, 294
- Cilantro Vinaigrette, 294
- Herbal Vinaigrette, 295
- Red Wine Vinaigrette, 295
- Lime Vinaigrette, 295
- Creamy Ginger Dressing, 296
- Creamy Cranberry Dressing, 296
- Hummus, 297
- White Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Dip, 298 Spicy Black Bean Dip, 299
- Guacamole, 300
- Artichoke and Almond Pate, 301
- Raw Almond and Vegetable Pate, 302
- Olive Tapenade, 303
- Lemon Basil Pesto, 304
- Avocado Salsa, 305
- Fresh Tomato Salsa, 306
- Fresh Mango Salsa, 307
- Fresh Tomato Peach Salsa, 308
- Fresh Marinara Sauce, 309
- Almond Lime Dipping Sauce, 310
- Garlic Ginger Kudzu Sauce, 311
- Lemon Tahini Sauce, 312
- Miso Sauce, 313
- Raita, 314
- Warm Berry Sauce, 315
- Fresh Strawberries with Honey Lemon Cashew Sauce, 318
- Spring Rhubarb and Ginger Compote, 319
- Cherry Apple Pudding with Almond Cream, 320
- Lemon Blueberry Pudding, 321
- Pumpkin Pudding, 322
- Dried Fruit Compote with Cashew Cream, 323 Apricot Fruit Gel, 324
- Chocolate Truffles, 325
- Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies, 326
- Coconut Cashew Cookies, 327
- Double Chocolate Cookies, 328
- Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies, 329
- Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies, 330
- Apple Cranberry Crisp with Almond Oat Topping, 331
- Fresh Berry Tart with Nutty Oat Crust, 332
- Zesty Lemon Tart, 333
- Blueberry Fruit Pie with Raw Nut Crust, 334
- Raw Stone Fruit Pie, 336
- Lemon Teascake, 338
- Spiced Pumpkin Pie, 340
- Decadent Chocolate Bundt Cake, 342
- Gingerbread Cake with Maple Cashew Sauce, 343
- Berry Peach Iced Nut Cream, 344
- Chocolate Banana Iced Nut Cream, 345
- Avocado Fig Fudgesicles, 346
- Collard Green and Hummus Roll-Ups, 349
- Hummus and Barbecued Onion Wrap, 350
- Autumn Harvest Trail Mix, 351
- Super Antioxidant Trail Mix, 352
- Brown Rice Crispy Treats, 353
- Raw Energy Balls, 354
- Popcorn, 355
- Fresh Fruitsicles, 356
- Kombucha, 358
- Super Immunity Cocktail, 359
- Almond Milk, 360
- Cashew Milk, 361
- Hazelnut Milk, 362
- Agave Limeade with Raspberry Ice Cubes, 363
- Stevia Lemonade, 364
- Hot Mulled Cider, 365
- Cocoa Mole Smoothie, 366
- Cooling Strawberry Orange Smoothie, 367
- Summer Peach and Ginger Smoothie, 368
- Cleansing Root Tea, 369
- Sweet Nettle Ginger Tea, 370
- Warming Raspberry Leaf Almond Drink, 371
- Paperback: 440 pages
- Binding: Perfect
- Publisher: Whole Life Press
- ISBN-10: 0-9798859-0-6
- ISBN-13: 978-0-9798859-0-7
- Dimensions: 7 x 10 x 1.1 inches
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