Gluten-Free Book Giveaway EXTRAVAGANZA: The Gluten-Free Edge: A Nutrition and Training Guide for Peak Performance and an Active Gluten-Free Life

Update: This giveaway is now closed and the winners have been notified. Thank you!

Welcome to Day 2 of the Gluten-Free Book Giveaway EXTRAVAGANZA! If you missed out on Day 1, you’re not too late – check out my review of The Everything Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Cookbook, and enter for your chance to win!

Today’s book, The Gluten-Free Edge: A Nutrition and Training Guide for Peak Athletic Performance and an Active Gluten-Free Life by Peter Bronski and Melissa McLean Jory, is more than just a cookbook. In fact, this book is different than any other gluten-free book I have ever read. Of course, this book does have recipes (and believe me, I scoured through them), but the information contained in this book is…dare I say it…far more valuable.

First, a bit about the authors. Peter Bronski is the co-author of the blog No Gluten, No Problem, and the co-author of the book Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking along with his wife, Kelli Bronski. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Pete at the Gluten-Free Expo in Dallas in 2011. He is an avid runner that specializes in ultra-marathons.

Melissa McLean Jory is the author of the blog Gluten-Free For Good. I’ve followed her blog and “known” her for several years. I love the “science-y” approach she takes on her blog posts at times. She too is quite the athlete – she loves skiing, hiking and yoga.

Okay, back to the book. Whether you are a professional or semi-professional athlete, or simply someone who tries to stay in shape the best they can (I fall into the latter category), this book is for you. Peter and Melissa explain what gluten does to your body, how your body uses and stores energy, how a gluten-free diet works, a slew of sage advice for managing a healthy, active gluten-free lifestyle, and more. At times, there is a lot of science involved, but they do an excellent job of bringing it down to an understandable, everyday level. Even though I’m by no means an avid athlete, I got a lot out of this book – especially the information about training and diet. I also loved reading all of the individual stories that are peppered throughout the book of real-life gluten-free athletes.

Okay, well I said that all that information might be more valuable than the recipes, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t love them! I wanted to make just about every smoothie recipe shared, but I finally decided to whip up some GORP. (For the uninitiated, GORP stands for Good Ol’ Raisins and Peanuts). This version certainly wasn’t just raisins and peanuts – in fact, it was packed full of nutty goodness, with almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts. The sweetness from the honey was light and just enough to give the GORP some real flavor. It was a crispy, filling, nutritious snack that stays with you. Warning: It’s also a tad addicting. I sent my husband to work with half of the batch so I wouldn’t be sneaking bites!

Want to win a copy of this cookbook?

Of course you do!

TO ENTER IN THIS GIVEAWAY: Leave me a comment telling me how your gluten-free diet has affected your ability to exercise and/or athletic performance.

This giveaway will end at 11:59PM, Saturday, October 20, 2012. One winner will be chosen at random. Winner must be 18 in order to be eligible.

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That’s it! Best of luck! Don’t forget, this giveaway ends Saturday, October 20!



  1. Denise M says

    Since i had major vitamin deficiencies before going gluten free, being GF has given me more energy to pursue my athletic hobbies

  2. says

    Going gluten free honestly really changed my life. I used to play competitive soccer all through high school then I began battling muscle strains that ended up lasting me about 5 years nonstop. This all changed when I was explaining my problem to someone and they suggested I go gluten free. Fast forward a year and I have already completed two sprint triathlons and next year I am setting my goals for more competitive times while spreading the word on how going gluten free saved my “athletic career”. I would LOVE to have this book.

  3. Artrisha says

    My children & husband are the Celiacs of the family. In the kids I have noticed better ability to make it through practices, etc.

  4. Megan says

    I have all-around higher energy, which gets me out the door to exercise in the first place. And, now that I’ve changed by diet, I also have a different race nutrition protocol (GF!) which helps me not have the bloating and upset stomach I used to get during races.

  5. Heather says

    The best part of going gluten free for me was the return of my energy level. I was exhausted for years and simply felt miserable and bloated all of the time. Exercise, while I enjoyed it, was always a chore. Now that I am living gluten free, I have the energy to get out there and exercise again! I also am caught up with the laundry now that I have energy again! I wish I had done this years ago!!

  6. Karen says

    Going gluten free has given me the edge in my energy! And my performance! What a difference I feel…..also with being hypothyroid it has made such a big change!

  7. April says

    When I went gluten free, my *ahem* bathroom issues decreased significantly. It helped because I didn’t feel like I had to go every time I tried to run! Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. C. Galloway says

    I had iron deficiency and joint problems that made running so painful. My doctor even told me to buy a bike. Then I went gluten free and have run two marathons since! This book is on my wish list.

  9. Venessa says

    Since going gluten free I feel much healthier, and that helps me to exercise more, now that my head isn’t always hurting.

  10. Jennie says

    I was a college track and cross country runner when I found out I had celiac disease. Being gluten free has definitely helped by energy levels and ability to recover from workouts. I feel a lot better, but still have to deal with a consistently sensitive digestive system.

  11. Johanna B says

    I was lucky to be diagnosed quickly because my mother was also a Celiac and I knew what her symptoms were. The biggest change is that I don’t have to hunt out all the restrooms when I’m taking a long walk. TMI?

  12. Michelle says

    Going gluten-free hasn’t made a difference specifically in my athletic performance, but it’s dramatically increased my quality of life by getting rid of my migraines.

  13. Denise says

    Since giving up gluten my allergies have disappeared, so no more excuses to get out the door and run!

  14. Angela says

    I feel so much better when gluten is eliminated from my diet but I am not gluten free yet. Working towards the goal…