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Hereditary hemochromatosis is one of the most common - and most commonly misdiagnosed - genetic conditions. If you suffer from this condition, you may also have a great deal of confusion about what to eat. Conflicting advice can make you feel as if you’ll never be able to enjoy food again. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Seeing her husband face similar challenges, Dr. Kristina Lewis was inspired to learn how to combine both her research and cooking skills to help him. Her training as a naturopathic doctor, love of creating delicious meals, and desire to help her husband has inspired her to share what she's learned with the world through this unique resource guide.
Cooking for Hemochromatosis: Recipes, Menus, and Culinary Strategies to Lower Iron in Your Diet is based on extensive research on how iron affects the diet. Dr. Kristina expertly guides you through the major food groups, outlining what to look for and what to avoid. She also shows you how foods combine with one other in a meal to help you understand how to lower iron in your diet while still being able to eat healthy and delicious food.
This comprehensive cookbook, a companion to her husband Dr. Eric Lewis’s book, Holistic Help for Hemochromatosis, offers more than 100 research-based, wholesome and easy-to-follow recipes. Inside you’ll find meal ideas for breakfasts, salads, appetizers, entrées, sauces, and desserts. There’s something for everyone, featuring cuisines from around the world, and including dishes adaptable for diets ranging from vegan to Paleo, low-carb to low-fat, and gluten-free to dairy-free.
With Cooking for Hemochromatosis, you’ll be empowered to shop and cook with confidence - and enjoy eating again! With a little preparation and some easy to understand advice, it is possible to manage your iron overload and live life on your own terms.
With each recipe, you'll also find amounts in both US and metric measurements, a detailed nutritional analysis and explanation of why it works for iron overload.
Much more than just a book of recipes, Cooking for Hemochromatosis will teach you how to shop, how to decide what to eat, and how to enjoy food again!
I appreciate the wide variety of interesting but accessible recipes... HH doesn’t have to mean boring meals! Nice job! One of the things about your recipes is that I’m stretching my cooking experience into new territory, which is a good thing. Preparing this recipe was an adventure appealing to multiple senses. The recipe was very easy to follow. I just now enjoyed a bowl of this lovely concoction and it was very tasty. Thanks for all of your hard work on the recipe book! The book is truly wondrous! Now I'm looking forward to spending much more time reading and cooking. What an adventure! Very, very good job on the book and on all of the help both of you provide for HH patients. Thanks to both of you. — Eva B, Longview, WA, USA
Just received book, finding it difficult to put down! I have been supremely surprised with the effect of being cognizant of the “Six Substances” when planning my whole food plant based meals. I am feeling very optimistic about lengthening time between phlebotomies, all while enjoying feeling good. Thank you, Doctors Kristina & Eric Lewis!! — Barb C, Dallas, Texas USA
I think the book is laid out very well and I like all the planning that went into it. I love the way it is explained why these recipes work. I’m happy to see what a role green tea plays in the recipes. Thank you for keeping us informed on iron overload and for presenting such a lovely book! — Mary Kerner, Olean, NY, USA
Very well researched and written! The best recipe book I have found and written by someone with firsthand experience! Really appreciate the explanations of why the different ingredients work together to inhibit iron absorption. This helps educate the reader to have a different mindset about the overall diet. I have incorporated many of the recipes into my diet. Very pleased overall! Probably one of the simplest recipes in the book is the frozen oatmeal cakes which has sure made putting together a guick breakfast easy! I just never thought about freezing oatmeal before. Also like the salmon patties and everything else I have tried! Everything so far has worked well.
Myth busting with regards to food combinations! I can eat eggs & Banana! When diagnosed was told that I shouldn't eat certain foods together, so have eaten bland diet. The best and worst foods to eat for Hemo. Your recipes are invaluable and detailed giving understanding of food combinations to inhibit iron. Grab and go snacks!, Roasted Broccoli and cauliflower, Tumeric yogurt, beautiful berry bars, purple iced tea. All I've tried are nutritional and tasty. A good book written with understanding and love. Thank you for enhancing my meal times! — SKJ, United Kingdom
I got my cookbook yesterday. I love it. It's really good, already using it. I like all the info on Hemochromatosis and how the foods all work together and why, especially the little explanation on why the recipes work for us. I can see how this book will teach me to make up my own recipes to fit the foods we like. The other Hemochromatosis cook book I bought does little of this and the recipes are not the types of food we eat. I was sorry I bought this other cookbook as I will never really use it. Your cookbook is very useful and I thank you for writing it. You did a great job. — Alice Marlene Boegel, Sweet Home, Oregon, USA
Kristina, I have meant to write and let you know how much I love the cookbook! I find they are recipes I would use and the tables are a bonus. It also helps with other home recipes and meal plans to lead you on the right path with greater ease. I have found that you and Eric have been far more helpful than my primary care giver, ( I constantly refer back to his book.). My dietary consult done initially was such a joke, as she sent me lists of foods with iron content…nothing else. People are pretty much left on their own to figure this out. I can only hope many people run across the two of you on line, as I did. You both are a true God send. Thanks for all you do! — Ellen Whitesell, Apex, North Carolina, USA
This is Elaine, Robert's wife and chef of the family. The book is amazing and provides wonderful info. as well as very tasty recipes. It helps me with my food shopping and takes less time because I do not have to read every products iron content. You have provided what was necessary for us to know about what is best to eat and drink. We are so grateful you took the time to write the book and supply us with the recipes. Tomorrow we plan to cook and enjoy the egg with avocado. YUMM! — Robert and Elaine, USA
Dr. Kristina Lewis is a naturopathic physician in practice with her husband, Dr. Eric Lewis, in Asheville, North Carolina. When her husband discovered he had hereditary hemochromatosis and founded the website HemochromatosisHelp.com, she became very involved in researching, writing, and teaching about this condition both as a health-care practitioner and as a concerned wife.
After the publication of Dr. Eric Lewis’s book, Holistic Health for Hemochromatosis, it became clear that a companion guide with recipes and cooking instruction was what the readers of HemochromatosisHelp.com needed next. As someone who naturally loves to cook and who finds inventing tasty and healthy recipes a fun challenge, Dr. Kristina Lewis decided to take on the challenge of creating a recipe guide for hemochromatosis from a holistic perspective.
Dr. Kristina Lewis is an honors graduate holding a doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. In her private practice she works with women and children on a wide range of health issues, including iron overload.
The information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. You should not use the information on this site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or treatment. You should consult with a health care professional before starting any diet, exercise, or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. You should not stop taking any medication without first consulting your physician.