• Meghan Telpner’s UnDiet: Review, Giveaway, and Almond Power Cookies

    May 9, 2013

    Confession: Late at night, I read IBD forums. I usually end up in a black hole of posts about people’s experiences with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s. I spend hours and hours reading and clicking links to random websites, research studies, blogs, and whatever else turns up, and I don’t think I’ll ever stop until I am cured.

    Most of the time, browsing the internet just bugs me out and worries me even more about my disease, but sometimes I find helpful and inspiring information. One of these times was when I stumbled upon Meghan Telpner’s website a few months ago.

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    Meghan was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and then later Crohn’s in August 2006. She spent 3 years doing what she had been told by doctors, but not getting any better. Eventually, Meghan decided to take responsibility of her own health: “It was time to start breaking the rules,” she writes. Meghan took a leave of absence from her job and committed herself fully to healing the disease and making it go away.

    One of the most important aspects of Meghan’s journey to health was “undiet-ing” her diet by going against conventional dietary recommendations, which was the main motivation for her book, UnDiet.

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    UnDiet starts with Meghan telling her own story of how she healed from an autoimmune disease that her doctors told her was incurable. And then she breaks it down:

    • why calories don’t count
    • how to eat real food
    • how to optimize your time in the kitchen
    • how to kick cravings

    Since IBD isn’t just a food thing, Meghan also brings in a bunch of experts to help support her chapters on lower impact living, natural beauty care, and all about the little lifestyle changes we can make that have big and wonderful results. The book also includes a full 7-day meal plan, over 40 plant-based and gluten-free recipes, along with an 8-week transition program.

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    I found UnDiet incredibly inspiring because of my own experience with ulcerative colitis and journey to health. I finished reading UnDiet feeling motivated and confident to take control of my health and, as Meghan suggests, create my own rules to figure out what works best for me.

    Meghan shares a number of delicious and nutritious recipes in her book, including one in particular that I have been raving about since my first bite: Almond Power Cookies.

    Almond Power Cookies

    Makes 12 cookies

    Ingredients:

    • 1.5 cups ground almonds (I used almond meal)
    • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
    • 1/3 cup shredded dried coconut
    • 1/4 maple syrup
    • 1/4 cup coconut oil
    • 1/4 cup dried cranberries (optional)
    • 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips or cocoa nibs (optional) (I used regular chocolate chips)
    • pinch of sea salt

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350*F (180*C)
    2. Mix all ingredients together.
    3. Take about 2 tablespoons of dough, roll into a ball, and then flatten on parchment-lined baking sheet.
    4. Bake until aromatic and slightly browned at the edges, about 20 minutes.
    5. Transfer to cooling rack. They will crisp up as they cool.

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    This recipe was super easy to make—just throw all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl, roll batter into balls and flatten on a cookie sheet, and bake in the oven. Simple as that. And they turned out so well—crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside with pecans, dried cranberries, shredded coconut, and chocolate chips mixed in. Holy yum indeed!

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    Now that I’ve told you all about UnDiet, here’s your chance to win a copy!

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    To enter: Just leave a comment on this post about why you’d like to win a copy of UnDiet. I’ll randomly pick a winner on Monday morning. Good luck!

    Disclosure: I was given a free copy of UnDiet to review. The thoughts and opinions expressed are all my own.

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    Lily May 12, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I also have digestive challenges and have been trying to figure out what works for me. I also do a lot of online reading/searching and would love to read this book.

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    Merle May 12, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    My digestion isn’t great but beyond that I’m a constant student of nutrition. Everyone claims they have the panacea – Paleo, Vegan, Raw, Fruitarian, GAPS etc But we are all different and need different things at different times . I enjoy taking bits and pieces and adapting it to my needs and what works for ME!

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    Molly May 12, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I’d love to read this book and help heal my own digestive problems!

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    Jennifer May 12, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Meghan is my hero and it’s so refreshing to hear that I am not the only one that is determined to prove their doctor wrong! I was diagnosed with UC almost 3 years ago now and after 1 year of hard-core drugs under strict doctor care, I decided it was enough. I went RAMBO on my lifestyle and diet and stopped listening to everyone and tuned in to MY BODY. It has taken months of weaning off drugs, months of juicing and changing up diets and I’m happy to report that I am drug free and currently symptom free. I am aware this disease goes in cycles so I don’t want to get too comfortable so I am very interested in Meghan’s story and see what she chooses for management… To all of my UC sisters out there, this too shall pass!!!

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    Lauren May 12, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I have been dealing with undiagnosed infections for over 6 years now and one of my worst symptoms is GI issues. I would love to read this book to see what I could apply to my own life to help me deal with everything during treatment! My diet is really limited so I hope that UnDiet could help me find some more things to eat.

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    Ilene May 12, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I’d love to try some of Meghan’s amazing recipes!

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    Allison May 12, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    I would love to win a copy of this book because I would love to add more recipes to my diet. I have very few that I use because I believe that I have a gluten sensitivity and I haven’t had a lot of time on my hands to experiment with recipes and other foods..

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    Mattie May 12, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I would love to win a copy of undiet because I would love support in finding the diet that works best for me. I would love to learn from her experiences and apply them to my life.

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    Alex @ Raw Recovery May 12, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    I’d love to read this book since I’ve struggled with chronic digestive issues my whole life. I’m actually just about to go in for another endoscopy and my first colonoscopy, which I’m nervous about since I’m only 24 and none of my friends have had to have one. Digestive illnesses can be so frustrating!

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    Colleen Murphy Stewart May 12, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    I don’t have digestive issues but do have Fibromyalgia and some other health issues. I’m a health nut and love reading anything on bettering my way of eating. I’m grain free for the most part and cut out gluten a year ago. So I know I would be interested in the recipes too! Thanks!

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    Melissa May 12, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I would love to win this awesome book!

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    Bonnie May 12, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    I am allergic to gluten, soy, and dairy and am always researching how to eat better for my health and digestion!

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    Adrianna May 12, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    this looks like a great book …I’d love to win! I’ve dealt with IBS for years and its really frustrating and rather embarrassing looking 5 months pregnant half the time.

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    Sarah May 12, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    I’m always looking for new ways to achieve a more healthy lifestyle

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    Lea Ann May 13, 2013 at 8:03 am

    My son has a lot of stomach issues and this book would be a great way to start taking charge of helping him.

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    Sam H May 13, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I’d just love to win the book so that I can read what it’s all about! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Chris May 13, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    This book lookd fantastic. I would love to win it. :-)

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    Tara May 13, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    I need all the help I can get! This book sounds amazing!

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    Janetha May 13, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Just made these with cherries instead if cranberries. I doubled everythung except the 1/2 c pecans and got 18 cookies. Gor those who care that cane out to 290 cals, 22g fat, 18g carbs, 6g protein per cookie. WAY good, thanks for the recipe!!

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    Janetha May 13, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    @Janetha: stupid iPhone typos ;)

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    Tahleen May 14, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I’m a librarian, but I’m not in charge of ordering for the adult sections (I work in youth services). I would see if my library would be willing to take this as a donation for the collection–sounds like something that could be useful for a lot of people.

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    Ozlem May 16, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I would love to read this book for motivation to lose the 15 I recently put on. :(

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    Kim F May 16, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    I can’t wait to try these cookies! I imagine this book is going to be full of kick-butt good and real recipes!

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    Maria Sullivan May 16, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    I would love to win a copy of the book. I have been having digestive issues for quite some time. I had surgery a couple of years ago and part of my colon and appendix was moved because of severe pain. My doctor thinks I have chronic IBS and I have been eating clean for quite some time and I believe that is what helps me and I also love to cook.

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    Melissa May 17, 2013 at 5:53 am

    Those cookies look amazing. I would love to win a copy of the book!

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    Tamara May 18, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    I want a better way of eating. Food is nature’s medicine and I’m so tired of the processed crap the corporations of America provide for us. I would love to win those books.

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    Jeannette May 20, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Hi – I just found your blog. Great info and I can’t wait to try the cookies.
    Thanks

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    Cheryl Richards July 21, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Hey Meghan, I consider it a gift to have you pop out unexpectedly during my research to treat bowl disease naturally. I am approaching the big 60 in 1.5 years and have struggled with IBS symptoms since high school, now to be medically diagnosed with chrohns disease. I have elected to change my diet, remain positive, meditate more and increase yoga. I think we are soul sisters.
    Even if I’m not selected I’m following you and purchasing your book. Intention set!

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    Nick Tharrenos January 8, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Meghan introduced me to coconut oil as a way to deal with my chronic blepharitis – now a thing of the past. This inspired me to start a wellness blog called cocoMEnuts.com to spread the good word. I hope to affect positive change like my wellness super hero Meghan Telpner! :)

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    Sandi Buell January 16, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    My family has digestive issues and heart disease and diabetes are controlling us. I bought your book and LOVE it and would like to share with sooo many and have “shared” my book, BUT I feel lost without it. I would like to win a copy of your book to give to my sister who has our Mom living with her. I have made MANY of your recipes and ALL have been easy, fun and exciting and I’ve learned so much from your book. Thank you!

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    Donna Clark January 25, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Too many problems to mention. Vegan seems to be working, but need sources to keep on track. So much of the vegan food is bland and boring. You seem to want it to be fun.
    Donna Clark

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