About Danielle Walker

Danielle Walker is the author and photographer of the New York Times Best Selling cookbook Against all Grain. After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease when she was 22 years old, Danielle realized that she needed to make dietary changes to end her suffering.  She removed grains, lactose, and legumes from her diet, and started her blog to help others suffering from similar ailments continue to enjoy food. With her acquired culinary skills, love for food, and an equal love for journalism, she has become a source of hope for others suffering from all types of diseases or allergies.

A self-trained chef, Danielle is the new face of grain-free and gluten-free cooking, tempting foodies of all stripes with her innovative, accessible recipes for delicious, vibrant Paleo food. Paying homage to the dishes she loved from her pre-Paleo life, she has ingeniously recreated all of her favorites without grains, gluten or dairy.

Omitting grains, gluten, dairy, and refined sugar doesn't correlate with omitting taste in these recipes. Easy-to-follow instructions are complemented by mouthwatering photos that seem to burst off the page with flavor. Danielle's recipes are sure to leave you feeling satisfied and exhilarated, rather than deprived.

From the Author

I'm Danielle – a mom, wife, and grain-free cook from the San Francisco Bay Area. I find joy in my free time by creating delicious comfort foods on a restricted diet and sharing them with you! My recipes are entirely grain-free, and consequently gluten-free, free of refined sugars, and low to minimal dairy. This site is great for those that follow the Paleo, Primal, SCD, GAPS, and Gluten-Free lifestyles. I have a passion for food and its flavors and textures, and refuse to feel deprived despite being limited in what I eat.

I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, an autoimmune disease, when I was 22 years old. After a few years of suffering, multiple hospitalizations, and doctors telling me that what I ate wasn't a factor in my disease, I decided to take matters into my own hands and drastically change my diet. After 5 years of eating this way and experiencing triumphs and setbacks with my health, a lot of research, and simply listening to my own body, I have concluded that every one is different and our bodies all react differently to various foods. If there is one thing I can recommend, it is to watch your symptoms closely and do what is right for you.

CLICK HERE FOR AN IN DEPTH LOOK AT MY HEALTH HISTORY

I hope this blog and my recipes can inspire you to get healthy and to know that in doing so, you do not have to live in a world of bland food!

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87 Responses to “About Danielle Walker”

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  1. Kelli

    I just wanted to say thank you for being so transparent with your journey. I have struggled with intestinal issues – nothing named by doctors, though – and have been on my own journey to finding balance for my body. I have ‘intolerances’ (not quite allergies, but definite affects on how my body functions) to dairy, wheat, soy, bananas and peanuts. I have been and still am being a bit strong-willed in letting those things go, although I know without a doubt that I feel a bazillion times better when I don’t fuel my body with those things.

    All this to say, again, thank you. You are giving me motivation to treat my body kindly. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  2. Libby Pope

    Hi Danielle,
    I was so excited to buy your cookbook. I was diagnosed with UC in March of this year and as you know, it is very rough. Can you tell me more about your supplement regimen and how long it took for your gut to heal once you implemented the paleo diet and the supplements?
    Thank you

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  3. Louise Pack

    Just wanted to say thank you! My sister has just put me onto your website but reading your story had me nodding my head emphatically! I was diagnosed with UC approx. 13 years ago and endured endless specialists and doctors saying that I had to be medicated for life! I am not a fan of taking anything chemical for life especially as I felt it was really only masking the symptoms, so I went to a fantastic dietician and we started modifying my diet. Like you, I have come to know what triggers I am sensitive to, both with food and stress levels but I am always learning and tweaking … I look forward to exploring your site and especially your recipes! Thank you!

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  4. Louella Prutsman

    Hi Danielle,
    Not only am I a Celiac, but I am also allergic to coconut, soy and all caseins. I have now found out from
    my naturapath through testing that I am allergic to all eggs. I have tried the ener-gee egg substitute
    with minimal success. I have also tried gelatin with no success. Do you have any suggestions as
    to what I might use instead of eggs. Oh, the applesauce, bananas, and things with taste…leave that
    taste in the item I am baking. Not crazy about banana taste in everything….HELP.

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    • Carri

      It sounds like you (may) have a candida overgrowth and/or gut dysbiosis. Candida literally grows into and destroys the lining of your gut, allowing undigested food particles (from a digestive enzyme shortage) into your bloodstream. This causes an immune response and inflammation, leading to food allergies. If this is the case, you will need to do some extensive gut healing by following a STRICT no-carb/no-sugar diet, like the GAPS or Body Ecology diet. Your naturopath can test for candida, bacteria, parasites and undigested peptides to see if you have these problems.

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  5. Sara

    Thank you for your inspiring journey!! I started crying when I read about the “About me” section as I could relate to dealing with ulcerative colitis and being malnourished. It was a frustrating time and like you I was told that it wasn’t my diet that was the cause it just happens to people and they didn’t know why. Our daughter is almost 7 and when she started experiencing symptoms of migraines and tummy troubles I jumped into action and in the process was able to help both of us. We both have been diagnosed with gluten and dairy allergies and Paleo just seems the best way to go. My goal is for my whole family to be healthy that includes my husband and our 5 year old son who do not share the same food allergies. With the new school year starting this involves packing lunches and snacks and making sure they have their water bottles everyday. Our health and well being is worth so much and it’s fun for them to help figure out what they will be eating for lunch and snack. Thank you for this great cookbook which I am looking forward to getting in the mail! Thank you for sharing your story and being the light at the end of a dark tunnel!

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  6. Beverly

    I am brand new to Paleo and researched a lot and decided your cookbook looked very interesting, so I ordered it. I made my first recipe yesterday. I is Curried Short Ribs on page 174. I made a half order with 2#’s of short ribs, so cut the other ingredients in half as well. Namely the coconut milk, tomato paste and red curry…I questioned the amount of red curry paste even for 4 #’s of ribs, thinking it was a lot of fire. The sauce was yummy, but it was hot and left tingles in the mouth. And we are used to eating hot..I can’t imagine how it would have been with a full 1/3rd cup. I am wondering if there are different strengths of red curry? I thought they were pretty much the same…The brand I used was Thai Kitchen. Wanted to know if this heavy heat runs through your other recipes and if you tried this one? Thanks..Beautiful photographs.

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    • Against All Grain

      I’ve never halved the recipe, but the juices and fat from the 4lbs of meat in the slow cooker ends up really cutting the spice. I actually am really sensitive to spicy foods and this doesn’t bother me at all! I use Thai Kitchen Red Curry paste as well, but perhaps you accidentally grabbed the Roasted Red Chili paste that they offer? http://www.thaikitchen.com/Products/Sauces-and-Pastes.aspx

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  7. Amy A

    I was diagnosed with severe ulcerative colitis at age twenty, just this year. I was looking at the paleo diet before I got sick, and now that i’m as sick as I am I need to change my diet. I was wondering, how you got started on the diet when you were still sick? Did you just jump right in, or did you slowly transition? I don’t want to screw up any healing that my body has already done by rushing into anything, my doctors are talking surgery if I flare up again and I don’t want to go that route if I could help it.
    Any advice you could offer would be greatly appreciated.
    Amy A.

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  8. Jana

    Thank you for sharing so much of your story. It’s one I can keenly relate to, as I was diagnosed with Crohn’s out of the blue in 2008 and have struggled keeping my weight up since then. The key, as you said, is that I want to be healthy. I have struggled profoundly to maintain the Maker’s Diet and/or SCD and have developed a cycle of self guilt/blame over not keeping these perfectly. Thank you for presenting hope and many great ideas.

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  9. Susan Rudolph

    Hi. I have just been invited to Thanksgiving dinner to my Godson’s. I am Celiac and there will be turkey with bread stuffing. Can I eat the turkey (of course not the stuffing)? When I made my Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday I used gluten free bread for the stuffing so I wasn’t worried about anything. I am looking forward to more of you yummy recipes.

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  10. Rachel Horwitz

    Danielle,
    I have been researching the paleo way of eating and came across you cookbook. It is beautiful, inspiring and easy to use. Thank you. My goal now is to get my whole family on it. After being on and off “a diet” for most of my life, the paleo way of eating is the easiest to follow, the healthiest, and the one that makes the most sense. I lost 5 pounds without trying. All I do is only eat what is good for me, no empty calories. Good job Danielle. Off to make my second batch of almond milk and try the crepes.

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  11. Laura

    Hi Danielle, I ordered your cookbook and must say I’m in love! Too much? Let me back up and say I am a beginner when it comes to whipping up meals in the kitchen; but when my husband was recently diagnosed with Chron’s, we knew we had to start eating better. We’ve been slowly working our way through your book and so far every recipe has been a huge success. Thank you for helping build my confidence in the kitchen and for providing such a beautiful cookbook with delicious recipes to inspire me.

    I do have a question about one of the recipes. I “attempted” to make the asian pear chutney on page 322 to accompany the pork roast. Unfortunately, the chutney ended up in the trash. The smell of the apple cider vinegar was so strong from the pot, the taste test sealed its fate. Where did I go wrong? I followed your recipe exactly. I’m wondering if maybe there was a misprint in the book and instead of 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar it was supposed to be 3 teaspoons? Perhaps we just don’t like apple cider vinegar?! I’d love to try again, but as a novice cook I’m not quite sure how to go about flexing ingredients to make it more to our palate. Any tips?

    Thanks for sharing your culinary skills. I’m excited to hopefully see some new recipes on your blog in the future!

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    • Against All Grain

      Apple cider is definitely an acquired taste, but chutney is suppose to be sour. I would try reducing it next time or you could try using a more mild vinegar if you’d like.

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  12. Jo

    Hi Danielle, thank you for all the work you do. This is such great info. I will be getting your cookbook soon. What are your thoughts on microwaving food? I noticed on the broadcast you did with Diane about paleo diet that she used a toaster oven to reheat food and wonder if that’s because she doesn’t use a microwave.

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  13. rachel horwitz

    Danielle,
    I made the spiced pumpkin muffins and although tasty, they do not look like yours. The batter was dry and I spooned them into the muffin cups. What could I have added to make them “pour”?

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  14. Leah

    thank you so much for sharing your story! i was diagnosed with UC at age 8 and have recently discovered the best most effective way to heal myself: healthy food and lifestyle! who knew?! 🙂 it’s so encouraging to me to see how others are discovering this life changing way to live too! we UC/Crohn’s/IBD-ers have to stick together!

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  15. Sary

    Your cookbook Danielle is wonderful, thank you! I have just begun my journey and with your cookbook, you have made my journey doable. Thank you and my sincere appreciation.

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  16. madisynsmommy

    I am so excited to find your blog, because I have been disgusted by the attitude of another gluten-free blogger “girl” Really like how your food photos look!

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  17. Madison Catanzariti

    Hi my name is Madi i am 14 and have had ulcerlative colitis for over a year now your story really inspired me to eat healthier and dedicate myself to getting better

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    • Against All Grain

      I’m so proud of you for taking your health into your own hands, and don’t get discouraged or give up! If you have questions along the way, come over to my Facebook page and leave them for me!

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  18. MichellSanglez

    Hi Danielle 😀 !!!
    My name is Michell, I’m from Mexico. In my house bread wasn’t too common, so I never noticed what I recently notice (because I start to cook… I was dreaming in becoming a pastry chef!) : cakes, cupcakes, pizza, and all those things that has wheat make me feel “heavy” and not comfortable, just a couple of minutes after eating them I felt my stomach and the sides were swollen 🙁 . I read I could allergic to the wheat. Searching for a way to stop feeling like that I found the paleo diet. But I’m seeing that many things has nuts :(, I love nuts, come on! peanuts! almonds! and pecans! 😀 But … I had problems with my liver, it seems not to work correctly with fats :(, so, I eat fats and hurts, and I gain weight with fats veeeeeeery easy.
    Are there récipes that doesn’t use too much nuts?

    Oh, another question. About oats and cornstarch. Is it bad? I start to eat them instead of wheat (i made my waffles with oat fluor, and I use it as a cereal… and cornstarch crepes…)

    Thanks for your time 🙂

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    • Against All Grain

      Nut flours are the best grain free baking alternative, however I have quite a few nut-free recipes in my cookbook that use coconut flour. I personally do not eat oats because they’re often cross contaminated with wheat and my system doesn’t handle them well. I would never eat corn starch due to GMO’s and most people’s high intolerance to it.

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  19. Marcia Coakley

    As you mention, each person’s make-up, genetics, preferences and journey provide such variety of responses to stimulation from food, environment, emotions, and life.
    I have only very minor (in comparison to many) digestive issues, and yet I am pleased when I am able to isolate and identify the best and least well adapted foods for my system.

    Identifying FODMAPS (includes many usually “nutritious” foods) has helped me to understand (and accept!) that some of us can’t tolerate these well, or at all, and it’s a “thing”. Eliminate and then test for tolerance….freedom!

    F in FODMAPs stands for fermentable or ‘creating gas’,
    O stands for Oligosaccharides, water-soluble fibers which are found in wheat, onion, barley, rye and garlic. And please don’t forget chicory root extract (inulin) added to so many foods as fiber!
    D stands for Disaccharides which is lactose found in milk, yogurt and ice cream.
    M stands for monosaccharide or the sugar, fructose, when present in foods in excess of the glucose content–found in some apples, pears, watermelon, honey and agave syrup.
    P is for polyols, AKA sugar alcohols found in peaches, plums, apples, cauliflower and mushrooms and added as with xylitol, and artificial sweeteners in sugar free gum, mints and some medications.

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  20. Sonia

    Hi Danielle,

    I was recently just hospitalized 1/24 with a severe UC flare and it’s been only my second since initially diagnosed in June 2010. I can’t eat much and know you understand exactly how I feel. I’ve been eating white rice and that’s about it. I started remicade treatment 1 month ago and it’s taking slow as molasses to work. I am not meeting on Tuesday with the chief surgeon at a hospital in Boston to discuss the possibility of surgery.

    As I read your blog it seems as though your symptons subsided quickly after you started paleo. Just wondering if you had any thoughts on what I should do? I know you are not a doc and can’t give advice but I would rather skip the surgery route but it seems as though it will be the only thing to get rid of this pain since docs don’t think food has anything to do with it.

    Any help would be amazing because you are simply amazing.

    Sonia

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    • Dani

      Sonia,

      I was just reading your post and noticed that you just started remicade. I have had UC since I was 11 which is 13 years now. I have been on remicade for about 8 years now and it has help me so much. I was taking 28 pills a day before my transfer over to remicade. I wouldn’t give up on the remicade just yet. I have been changing over to paleo slowly with the help of Danielle’s amazing recipes! Don’t give up and get surgery, that should always be the last resort! Hopefully remicade and Danielles great recipes will help you!
      Good luck.

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  21. Micha

    Hi Danielle,
    I know most people love bananas and they are useful when making ice creams and smoothies, however, I have a high intolerance to raw banana (major abdominal pains and nausea all day) and have never like the flavor. Cooked banana seems to be fine in small to medium amounts. As someone who is gluten free and has been gravitating toward the Paleo diet, it is hard to avoid recipes with banana. I love smoothies and ice cream, is there a good alternative to using bananas? Thanks so much and I appreciate all that you do!

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      • JaRelle Mason Bailey

        Me too! On both accounts! I get major abdominal pains and nausea if I eat bananas or avocados. I’ve never known someone who shares these issues!

        I also have pretty bad eczema on one hand. I have been experimenting with cutting dairy out of my diet and it has decreased tremendously. Just wondering if you have these symptoms too or if anyone else knows a correlation between dairy and eczema. Finding a reason behind these effects would be so relieving for me!

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        • TCB

          Banana and avocado are some of the foods that can be associated with latex sensitivity – any chance the hand with eczema is in contact with latex? Just a thought.

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        • Suz

          My one year old granddaughter has had lots and lots of digestive problems since birth. Was in the children’s hospital several times. Now they say she has dairy allergies and she has eczema. Never thought about a connection until I read this. Thanks for sharing. I’m going to share with my kids.

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        • Shonda Hector

          My raw milk supplier told me that her husband had eczema and that is why they purchased their first cow. He can enjoy all the fresh, raw milk he desires and no longer has issues with eczema. So try raw milk. Pasteurized milk causes sinus allergies for my son, but the raw doesn’t.

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        • Stephanie

          Avocados and bananas have the same amino acids. You probably have a sensitivity to that specific amino acid. I get hives from both of them when eaten raw and on an empty stomach. When mixed with something else acidic or basic the amino acid is changed and I am fine. I don’t have a solution for you but hopefully this explains it! Often people with latex allergies are allergic to bananas and avocados but they aren’t linked (from my limited research. ..I’m not allergic to latex). It is so hard to find recipes that don’t have bananas or avocados!

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        • Kp

          Could be you’re intolerant to high histamine foods as well, as they both are high in histamine.

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      • Heather Carston

        Avocados and wholegrain breads give me the same reaction. Nice to finally find I am not alone!

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      • Connie

        Try looking up infoon the FODMAP diet. I have issues too and eliminating avocados, bananas and other foods on this diet have helped.

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  22. eileen

    I found you through the recent edition of First magazine for women. I am going to start today. My question is what to you recommend for substitutes for nuts and seeds. I have a severe tree nut and seed allergy, along with avocado and kiwi which go hand and hand with latex allergy.
    Thanks
    Eileen

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  23. Jac

    Danielle,
    I made your breakfast cookies from your cookbook I just bought last week and was surprised when they didn’t bake but stayed flat and soggy mushy. I used a 8×8 pyrex dish and was going to make the bars. Any thoughts ?

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  24. Julia La LaLand

    Your new book ur releasing soon looks just as yummy as the first.. Which is my scd bible heheh. Is the new book also scd or just paleo

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  25. Angie

    Hi Danielle!
    My friend and I have both attempted to make your vanilla frosting for the layer cake in your cookbook. Both batches turned out runny and honey colored unlike your whiter thicker version in the book. What could we be doing wrong? I use the same type of coconut milk you do. Thanks!
    Angie

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  26. Danielle

    Unfortunately, without actually being there in your kitchen with you, it is tough for me to troubleshoot! My assumptions are either that the coconut milk you used wasn’t full fat or didn’t solidify, or that you accidentally used some of the coconut water from the bottom of the can. Or possibly that your palm shortening was melted?

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  27. Dianne Achilles

    Hi Danielle, I made your Chocolate Avocado Smoothie yesterday and it was absolutely yummy! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

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  28. Geege

    Danielle-My chiropractic neurologist just recommend your book to me today. After surfing your website, I wish I would have know you some time ago. My daughter in law just had her entire large intestine removed from U. C. My heart goes out to you, for figuring this out and to her for suffering for so long.

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  29. Lorraine

    Hi Danielle, just want to as how much I love your recipes! It was the choc chip cookies that got me hooked! Have had uc for over 25 years and you make the scd diet so attractive I have no desire to cheat! Keep up the incredible work!

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  30. Cat

    My son has a diary allergy and when he eats dairy, he gets HORRIBLE excema all over his body. Its a nightmare… because of this we avoid all dairy products and anything that has milk or modified milk ingrediants. This has helped his excema remain under control for the most part. He does still get flair ups, but they are mild compared to what used to be.

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  31. Brandy Ragus

    I see there is several other OI mama’s on “discus” I cant tag them though.

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  32. disqus_CIL9p01buw

    My son had hideous eczema as a baby… I cut dairy out of my diet (he was breastfed) and it disappeared. Turns out he has a pretty severe allergy. None of his doctors suggested we look at allergies for the eczema– all they wanted to do was prescribe prescription crèmes for it. To this day we avoid milk (although butter and some cheeses seem to be fine in small doses) and get severe reactions when it sneaks into his diet unawares. No more eczema, though!

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  33. Kim H

    I am hesitant to ask a question during this time but here goes. Many recipes (pizza crust) call for cashews, of which I am highly allergic to. Can you recommend a substitution that would work just as well?

    God bless you, your family and your little one.

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    • Lynn Blume

      sunny anderson was on the rachel ray show once and made pizza crust with culliflower you should check out her site it was steamed squeezed dry add a egg and something else i think flatten bake take out add toppings and bake till browned good luck

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  34. Rhonda Summerfield

    All you need to do about allergies is go on veg and rice diet for 2 months and then start to add things to it and that gets rid of allergies. No spice sauces etc just veg and rice…Your brain forgets about the allergy in 60 days. Try it it worked for me..

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  35. Mike

    I’m glad your UC is in remission! I had the j-pouch surgery in 1991 and got rid of it all together.

    Glad your diet works and coincides with remission, but probably more correlation than causation. When colitis wants to flare up, it really doesn’t care what you’re eating. Fad diets and steroids are no substitution for the real cure, though. If you want to be done with colitis, get rid of the colon.

    Best of luck.

    -Mike

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  36. Myriam Lluria Sitterson

    Hi Danielle,
    Apart from dietary changes, did you also clean up your environment vis a vis your personal care products and the products you use to clean your home and especially your kitchen? My eldest daughter just bought one of your cookbooks after years of me telling her to eliminate gluten, dairy, sugar and alcohol from her diet, for her health and wellbeing but I’ve also been telling her she needs to clean up her beauty and body care products. I’m a Holistic Health Coach but have been reading about and using nontoxic products for 20+ years.

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  37. Crystal

    Hi Danielle,
    I am new to paleo and am so excited to have found it because I grew up having celiacs disease and not knowing it. The one thing we knew for sure was I was always sick; stomach, sinus infections, sore throats, and of course always being told that I was a hypochondriac. I was finally diagnosed a few years back (Praise God) My question is this: How do I know what foods to eat and when? Is there a specific meal plan I should follow? My goal is to get to healthy weight, for my body. Right now I am considered over-weight.
    Thanks

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  38. Edithmar Arteaga

    I made the Banana Pancakes with chocolate chips. Delicious! I added some cooked quinoa leftovers. My kids loved them.

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  39. Angelique

    Hi Danielle! I’ve started eating Paleo for about 4 weeks now and have 2 toddler girls ( ages 3 yrs and the other 19 months) that I’m slowing trying to transition along as well as my stubborn, refined food lovin husband 🙂 my youngest can’t have nuts yet and I just bought your cookbook and a good majority if recipes contain some form of nuts whether it’s butter, flour or natural form. I run into this problem with all paleo books I’ve had and don’t know how to go aeound that for my youngest. Any suggestions? I did your apple sandwiches with sunflower butter yesterday and both kids devoured them!!! Can I use sunflower butter in substitution of nut butters in your recipes? And what do I do if it calls for almond flour or almond milk? Please help! I don’t know the first thing about altering recipes lol

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  40. Jodie

    Danielle, a friend shared your site. I have UC and am also on Lialda. I am just getting over a flare, down to 20mg of prednisone. My hair is finally growing in how I like it from 2 yrs ago, I can relate! My dr wants me to go on 6-mp, immune suppressent drugs. I am thinking I need to overhaul my diet to be stricter than GF. Can you recommend a nutritionist/homeopath n the minneapolis area?

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    • Danielle Walker

      Hi Jodie – I would definitely try going completely grain and dairy free to see if it helps before going on 6-mp if you can. I was in the exact same position and was able to stay off of both that and the suppressants. Diet was our final attempt before venturing down those roads. I don’t know of anyone in that area, sorry, but I know there are websites where you can search for them. I would suggest getting personal recommendations though because they can all be so different. Also – look into the paleo autoimmune protocol. Your body might need a drastic hard reset like mine did. It seems really tough at first but you will get through it!

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  41. Catherine Torgerson

    I am happy to announce that I am the proud owner of both of your amazing books. I love your positive message and ease in how you welcome others to come along in the journey to better health. I consider your blog and books to be a vital resource. I have even converted my gastroenterologist! Thank you! Catherine-Washington.

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  42. Paige

    As an RN in a Pediatric ICU, I cared for several children over the years made horribly ill from raw milk. The farmers were fabulous, careful purveyors but it literally takes one hair to contaminate dairy with e. coli. Their own children were critically ill as were others. One toddler died and one suffered a devastating stroke. Raw milk is so very, very dangerous despite the best intentions of all involved. Especially for children and the elderly. I would no more give raw milk to my child than feed them raw chicken.

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    • Peonygirl

      Paige,
      If you do your research, you’ll find that not all raw dairy farms are alike. Good ones get tested by the government once a month and where I get mine from, has never had a complaint in decades. Raw milk is 100x more nutritious than pasteurized milk and it can be a great source of fat soluble vitamins and minerals if well tolerated.

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    • Micah

      That’s not only true, that is fabricated lie. You are a shill, a fake.
      Raw milk is superior. If there are contaminants, raw milk is still superior as it will clean itself. It’s alive, unlike dead homogenized milk.

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      • Paige

        A response to a 3 yr old comment with this completely nonsensical line…..
        “That’s not only true, that is fabricated lie”
        Make up your mind already . Wow.

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  43. Thel

    Hi Danielle, I read about you in the recent issue of Diablo Magazine and am curious to learn more about learning to manage auto immune diseases through diet. I have Crohn’s, colitis, psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and take methotrexate. I went gluten free a year ago and it helped some but I haven’t been able to get off the drugs. We live in the East Bay and would love it if you could recommend a local naturopathic medicine doctor and/or a nutritionist. Thank you for sharing your story and inspiring me to begin exploring and experimenting with grain free cooking.

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  44. Therese

    Danielle, have you read Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gautschall? It is the science behind what you discovered on your own…..the Specific Carbohydrate Diet is the way we have been eating for four yrs for our son’s health and now all of ours. Good yahoo support for families and others with a bend on autism as it was found that the diet postively helped…pecanbread.com…..more on the science…I’m sure you have seen some of the cookbooks:-)

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  45. JJ

    hey Danielle,

    3weeks ago i started with paleo.

    some selected recipes on your homepage are distinctly marked “paleo”
    but aren´t the most other recipes too?

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  46. Mary e

    Doctors are ridiculous when they say food does not heal…for goodness sake, food kills!! Then why can’t it heal as well. Docs are trained to give meds, you can’t really blame. It’s what they were taught all those years in med school. I stay away from docs:) Thank you for this blog.

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  47. June Steder

    Danielle, I’m new to Paleo but am committed due to ulcerative colitis. Question for you… previously, when having an upset stomach, I’d have a piece of dry toast. What do you recommend instead?

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  48. Danielle Terpstra

    I’m so glad I found you through jen hatmaker’s podcast! Listening to your story made me so sad and happy at the same time. My 13 year old daughter was diagnosed with UC 18 months ago and has experiences so much of the same tale… 10 diff meds, blood transfusions, told food could not help… and still in constant flare. I can’t wait to read through your blog and give food a try!

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  49. Kim Nettles Johnson

    Hi Danielle, my 25 year old son was recently diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and we have been battling this since October before his diagnosis to get this under control. He has now placed himself on a plant based diet. Can you suggest some starting point food items that can help to get this bleeding under control. Thank you for any advice from you or anyone.

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  50. A. Daedalus

    Against grain? So, I bet you’re against immunizations also? Probably think the Earth is flat…? Science-skeptic? Kind of the left counterpart to the psuedo-scientific fanaticism on the right? There is no valid scientific evidence that supports a grain free diet. In fact, just the opposite. It’s just a new trend for middle-class white women with too much time and money on their hands. Same people who thought fat was bad, then good, coconut oil bad, then good, butter was bad, then good, X was bad, then good. Mostly without support of the scientific community…but hey, what’s science good for anyways? Grain, not very arguably, is the thing that allowed human civilization in the first place. But whatever helps you sell psuedo-scientific books…nothing but a charlatan.

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  51. Jane Hennigar

    I am new to this site. I was given Danielle as a reference from my health food store. I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 29. I have never felt right since and I am now 60. Have tired meds..diets..but my GI system has its own mind! I am on the keto diet now and was wondering what differences are there to your diet. Thanks..

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