Elisabeth Hasselbeck, known primarily as a television personality, Emmy-Award winning talk-show host of The View and ABC news contributor, is also a New York Times Best- Selling author, a designer, and a Gluten-Free living advocate. And, those are just the dynamics of her professional career! On the personal side, Elisabeth is a busy mother of three and is married to ESPN/NFL correspondent and former NFL Quarterback Tim Hasselbeck.
Becoming a Gluten-Free living advocate has evolved from Elisabeth's own amazing testimonial. Elisabeth went years trying to figure out what was causing her severe stomach pain and fatigue, however specialists and nutritionists were never able to diagnose her real problem; Celiac Disease. It wasn't until her participation on the TV show Survivor that her stomach ailments vanished due to a very restrictive diet of living-off-the land for 39 days. Call it a light bulb moment! Following Survivor, Elisabeth was able to reintroduce foods into her diet and pinpoint the food that made her sick -- gluten, the binding element in wheat. By simply eliminating gluten from her diet, she was able to finally enjoy a completely normal, healthy life. Following that experience, Elisabeth was led toward being officially diagnosed with Celiac Disease-and its only treatment: a lifelong gluten-free diet.
After being diagnosed with Celiac Disease, Elisabeth has committed herself to raising awareness about the autoimmune disease. In May 2009, Elisabeth brought the gluten-free lifestyle into the mainstream spotlight with her New York Times Best-Selling Book "The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide." Since its release the book has become a guidepost for those suffering from Celiac Disease, as well as individuals who are eager to adopt the health-related benefits of a gluten-free lifestyle. Today Elisabeth has entered the next phase of her commitment to this growing community with the creation of the NoGii gluten-free nutritional products focused on the entire family.