Why was this book written?
At the age of 15, I decided to start dealing with the health issues that were causing
chronic joint inflammation and, consequently, significant daily pain. After nearly two years of drastically changing my diet and continuing to better understand the complexity of my health problems, I felt alone and isolate, despite having a fairly supportive group of friends. Almost everything within me longed to be “normal” and to be a part of a community of teenagers who could understand what I was going through and offer advice. However, at searching high and low, I could not find one. Out of this loneliness and determination came A Teenager’s Perspective on Food Restrictions: A Practical Guide to Keep from Going Crazy and then Edible Attitudes.
As much as I would like to take credit, it was my mom who
suggested I write a book about my experiences in the Spring of 2013. Now at 17 years old, I decided to accumulate all the advice and encouragement I had once wished for. The first edition was self-published a few months later in August of 2013. This blog quickly followed the publication of the book and as well as the urge to better and expand it. Writing was, and continues to be, a significant outlet for my emotions. This book ended up being one of the most healing thing I would do to overcome the emotional drain my health and the attempts to recover it had taken on me.
The second edition was self-published when I was 18 and only two months away from graduating high school. It is twice as long as the first edition, and is a combination of blog posts from Edible Attitudes, recipes, personal stories from myself and other teenagers, completely new advice and material, as well as the original content from the first edition.
What is it about anyways?
Has a whole, A Teenager’s Perspective on Food Restrictions includes:
- My health journey, up to Spring 2014
- A reality check of what it is like to have food restrictions as a teenager
- Advice on how to stay motivated to maintain one’s diet and resist temptation
- Tips on maintaining a social life (i.e., dating, social gatherings, etc.)
- Advice on attending school with food restrictions
- Other teenagers sharing their experiences with Type 1 Diabetes and Crohn’s Disease
- Two Recipes: Coconut StrApple Bars and Mango Banana Ice Cream (dairy free)
- And of course, much more advice and encouragement learned from personal experience
Where can it be purchased?
- As a downloadable PDF for $1.99
- From Amazon as an ebook for only 99¢
- From Amazon as a paperback for $6.99 – free shipping with Amazon Prime
- From Barnes and Noble as an ebook for $1.99
Can it be previewed before being purchased?
You can read My Story and a section from the chapters about the reality of food restrictions and the how to stay motivated through them for free by clicking here.
Who should read it?
While it is primarily intended for teenagers with food restrictions of varying degrees and severity, it is also targeted towards parents and health practitioners. This is because it will provide an inside look of their child’s and patient’s life that they cannot understand without experience or in-depth conversations.
What are other people saying about it?
–Dr. Meaghan Kirschling, DC, RN, MS
“I have worked with numerous other teenagers and parents as they work through food sensitivities and digestive issues. The challenges that go along with restrictive diets and digestive programs can be very daunting and difficult, especially for adolescents. In A Teenager’s Perspective on Food Restrictions: A Practical Guide to Keep from Going Crazy, Erica does an excellent job of sharing her story and feelings. She does this with an honesty and insight that is beyond her years. It is a great reference for both kids and parents to know they are not alone in their struggles as they search for answers to better health.”
–Eileen Hubler, Blogger behind Wellness and Workouts
“What could be worse than learning you need to go on a restricted diet? Hearing that news as a teen.Erica Brahan’s, A Teenager’s Perspective on Food Restrictions, offers thoughtful insight for getting – and keeping – a positive attitude while adjusting to food related health challenges. You’ll also find lots of practical tips to help make the transition easier. A great read for adults, too!”
–Jennifer Robins, Blogger behind Predominantly Paleo
“These pages written by Erica Brahan, reflect a raw, honest experience of living with food sensitivities… This guide breaks down all of the conflicts that arise when going against the norm of the Standard American Diet in an effort to heal the damage that it causes. Erica dissects these issues and the emotions that accompany them in an effort to help others both understand her experiences and also to help them face their own challenges with greater ease.”