Book Review: 21-Day Tummy Diet Cookbook

Book Review: 21-Day Tummy Diet Cookbook

By Alicia Slusarek, RD, Contributing Blogger

What if there was a reasonable, actionable, and credible solution to your everyday tummy troubles? More people today, especially women, seem to experience abdominal discomfort regularly and are expressing their concerns. Rather than going to extremes, or just “dealing with it”, the 21-Day Tummy Diet Cookbook could provide you with the relief you’re looking for. Chief Editor of Reader’s Digest, Liz Vaccariello, and registered dietitian, Kate Scarlata, put together this comprehensive plan, complete with understandable science and delicious recipes that may help to relieve your symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, gas and bloating,  and can also help with weight loss (while minimizing tummy distress) in just 21 days.

About the Book
The foundation of the plan is rooted in new science regarding FODMAPs, a long acronym that characterizes certain food components that have been shown to cause digestive complications for some people. Eating foods containing high amounts of FODMAPs may promote inflammation, progressing to fermentation of food in the intestines, which can lead to those icky symptoms such as bloating, gas, constipation, and diarrhea. By following Vacariello and Scarlata’s plan to eat low FOODMAP foods for just 21 days, you’ll give your digestive system a chance to relax and you might even be able to fit back into those skinny jeans.

The 21-Day Diet Cookbook is anything but a typical diet. People dread diets because dietary restrictions often leave them feeling crabby and lethargic. This non-stereotypical diet is quite different, providing you with a set, but flexible plan, that’s complete with delicious recipes that will keep you feeling full and satisfied. The plan’s focus is on changing the types consumed, rather than restricting them. It’s filled with “belly buddies” that prevent those post meal problems.

Since I experience tummy trouble myself (I was diagnosed with celiac disease), I decided to follow the plan and discovered that it really got my gut back on track. Despite my best efforts to eat as 100% gluten-free, I sometimes struggle with symptoms due to cross-contamination, which can unsettle my stomach for days. Following a low FODMAP plan gave my digestive time to relax, heal, and catch up. I also notably slept better at night.

Should You Buy This Book?
This book is good read for anyone battling tunny discomfort. It’s for those who eat healthy foods, but still struggle with digestive issues. For whatever your digestive story is, this book provides a do-able, risk-free, food first remedy that can improve the quality of your life.


After graduating from Cedar Crest College’s Dietetic Internship program, Alicia joined the team of registered dietitians (RD) at well-known  public relations agency located in New York City. Having just passed the dietetic examination, Alicia is excited to continue to grow in her career and contribute her knowledge and enthusiasm to the field as an RD. In her newfound spare time, Alicia looks forward to writing, cooking, reading, practicing yoga, and exploring New York City.

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