Second Edition of A Place to Start Without Sugar or Starch

A Place to Start Without Sugar or StarchI’ve finally published the second edition of my CSID Journey and Diet Guide on Amazon!

For those of you who purchased a copy of the first book, please know very little is changed besides the cover, a few minor wording details, and an update on our family’s progress. It’s also a lot less expensive than the First Edition, since I was able to use Create Space on Amazon and self-publishing has come a long way in a few short years.

I’d love to hear your comments and suggestions on this revised edition and look forward to your Reviews so that parents looking for a resource like this can trust it is what they need and want!

Read more on my BOOK INFO page.

I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to do a more thorough revamp, but I know it’s important to offer something tangible at this point. If you are looking for recipes after you’ve determined appropriate and tolerable foods, I highly recommend (and have several times in other posts), Practical Paleo and Against All Grain books. I envision you using A Place to Start Without Sugar or Starch alongside these cookbooks to tailor recipes and meal plans to your family’s individual needs.

I wish you wellness and happiness in the upcoming Holiday Season!


2nd Edition of A Place to Start Without Sugar or Starch in Progress

2nd Edition of CSID Book as a Resource not a Cookbook

I also understand many of those who come across this site are looking for a resource that they can literally put their hands on. Those who had the opportunity to purchase my first edition while it was still in print appreciated the option to bring the book with them to doctor’s appointments or to the grocery store and to be able to mark pages and make their own notes.

Due to the constant changes and research regarding CSID (now called GSID in some circles), creating a 2nd Edition that meets the needs of a variety of tolerance levels is important to me. I will no longer be categorizing it as a “cookbook” but as a resource guide, where I share my journey in storytelling fashion and then offer resources at the end. Yes, it will include some basic recipes (or recipe concepts), food lists, and even menus – but all with the understanding that they are a starting point and should be adjusted according to individual needs, resources, and tolerance levels.

More CSID Posts to Come!

As I am still working on revising and reviewing all the current posts with this new blog format (I also transferred from Blogger to WordPress) – I have a goal of publishing at least 1 new post per week until the 2nd Edition is complete. I welcome your comments and questions as we create a community here of parents and others facing the challenges of managing CSID whether you have sufficient resources or not.

In addition, I want you to be able to find what you are looking for when you come here. If you had visited the old site and are unable to locate a specific page or post, please let me know. If you are a first-time visitor, try exploring the tabs at the top and their sub-categories to see if you can find answers there first.

In the meantime, hang in there and do the best you can one day at a time! If I’ve learned one thing in this CSID journey the past 10 years it is that the limitations actually point us toward consuming some of the healthiest foods on the planet. We are not deprived, but devoid of taking in an excess of those foods that science has proven are not really healthy for anyone.

CSID Book Update

I submitted payment this week for my POD package. Only after did I have access to the formatting specs which look real good and will allow me to insert tables and other graphics to make for easy reading and reference.

I will not be able to insert color photos of recipes but will extend my offer for full color recipe cards for all pre-orders I receive until the book goes to print. Please click the PayPal order button to the left to order your copy of A Place to Start today!

Also after beginning the process of determining nutrition content for recipes I have decided to highlight recipes included in the weekly menu only. Other recipes and foods will not have complete nutrition data but I will emphasise the main benefit such as “good fat”, “omega 3 rich”, “high protein”, etc.

Due to limited time and ability to practice recipes I will not be including a separate Holiday Recipe section at this time. However, I will note “variations” at the bottom of standard recipes to guide you. Also, I was thinking a special Holiday and Summer Foods edition would be a nice sequel in a year or two. What do you think?

Once I complete the manuscript formatting changes and submit it to the publisher, I will post a timeline to let everyone know the estimated print date.

BONUS Recipe Cards with All Pre-Orders!

I am extending and expanding my offer for free recipe cards with all pre-orders for A Place to Start Without Sugar or Starch. (I have changed the title but it is the same book in content).
As I complete the final edits and revisions, I have added a lot more information in comparison to this blog and the ebook version I published back in December (which is no longer available since I am using a different publisher for printing.) This means the final purchase price might be more than the $22.99 I initially estimated. However, I will honor this price for all pre-orders I recieve prior to submitting my final manuscript and getting final pricing from the publisher.
Even if you are one of my “trial cooks” who will receive one free book for your efforts, I encourage you to take advantage of this offer. You will want to give a copy of the book, or recipe cards to family members, caregivers or even your doctor to help educate them about CSID or to provide them sample recipes they can learn to prepare when your family visits for holidays or vacations.
Originally, I offered to send a set of recipe cards for every book ordered. However, since I am no longer limiting the total number of pre-orders I will take, I do have to limit the recipe cards to one per household please.
You may email me at if you would like to send a money order. Otherwise, please select the PayPal “Add to Cart” link here or to the left to place your order through PayPal. You do not need to have a PayPal account to order this way.
Book pre-order prices are $22.99 each plus $4 shipping for up to 5 books to the same address.
Again, thanks for your support!

CSID Book Progress and Changes Updates

I want to touch base and let everyone know where I am at with publishing the CSID book and the changes I am making to the manuscript from the eBook I published back in December.

1.) I am 95% positive I am going to use Booklocker for my POD (print-on-demand) publisher. They offer a very reasonable set up plan and I keep all of my rights in case a traditional publisher picks up the project.

2.) I will not be able to have color interior photos as I had hoped. It is far too expensive a feature to use with POD. However, my sister suggested that I print off several recipe cards to send as a bonus to those who purchase the book. Since buyer information is required to be private, you will have to contact me to receive the free cards. This is a possibility at this point, but a great way to thank you for supporting this project.

3.) Due to risks of copyright infringement, I will need to adjust several of the recipe ingredients to general and not specific brands. However, before the recipe section, I will list certain ingredients and ingredient requirements for packaged foods, such as sour cream… based on the ingredients of the brands I normally use. Of course, if you ever have a question about a certain food or ingredient, I will always be here to help you make the correct choice! I have also sent request to the vitamin companies to get permission to use their specific products in my book. If I do not hear back from them, I will reference my blog to find these products as here I believe I can refer specific products as links.

4.) As soon as it is approved, I have submitted this project through Kickstarter in an effort to gain funding for publishing. I have requested enough funds to cover the cost of the POD set-up plus enough to purchase copies and ship them to everyone who has participated in my project. Ultimately this project is my gift to other CSID parents so if I can find a way to provide anyone who has contacted me with a free book, I will do it! I have a 30 day deadline to receive my goal for funding. Once the project is approved, I will post links to the project here and on all the social networking sites. Anyone contributing over $50 will also receive a free copy of the book.

5.) Due to the many hours of work required for me to make this book the best it can be, I will not be posting more than once per week to this blog. I know that will cause my blog traffic to diminish a bit, but I hope that my regular readers will continue to explore all the information that is already here and will share it with others, including doctors and dietitians so that once the book is available, anyone who needs it will be able to have access to it.

In the meantime, thank you all for your encouragement! Knowing I am helping people is a great motivation. If there is anything you want to make sure I include in the book— be it a topic from a blog post or something you have not been able to find here, please let me know. I still need help for the recipe trials as well, so if you have not signed up, I have several recipes for you if you are interested.

CSID ebook Reviews, Comments or Suggestions?

(As of March 23, 2012 I have pulled my eBook from Lulu as I am contracting with a different company to create a paperback and eBook version in the next couple of months. If you are interested in the new and revised version of the original eBook, please respond to this post by email with your contact information. I will contact you as soon as the book is available. Thank You!)

When I went through to edit and prepare my CSID ebook, I hoped it would be easy to follow and use. I realize having a printed version is helpful, especially in the kitchen! However, I also know that many of the things I take for granted may be new to many CSID parents or others coming across this blog. One of these things includes my own experience with digestive issues, and using how I feel as an indicator if certain food will or will not work. If you do not experience digestive issues, you may not realize how a small amount of the wrong ingredient can throw a sensitive digestive system out of whack!

On the other hand, since my kids and I can have small amounts of starch without presenting symptoms, a recipe I feel is “safe” may cause issues for someone else. Please, please let me know if you experience negative side affects from any recipes!

I am in the process of referring only to my A Place to Start ebook recipes with the perspective of parent without any previous understanding or resources related to CSID or digestive issues. I have several drafts of this book in my “CSID file”, and find myself confused at times over which information I have published! During this process, it would be very helpful to have feedback from others using my ebook, so that I can make the necessary changes and adjustments needed to make this as user-friendly as possible.

Feel free to email me at or post comments to ebook-related posts. If there is something in the blog that you want to see in the ebook, let me know. The lulu platform doesn’t allow for certain graphics, but I can revise the format if I have enough parents asking for specific topics or references such as the menu plan.

Thank you for your patience and putting up with my often technical short-comings!