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Local writer goes gluten-free in new lifestyle book 

Expect information on exercise, even beauty tips — but for many, the recipes will be the draw

Caroline Shannon-Karasik long knew there was something a little off with her health. As a teenager, she'd get sick more often than most, and at one point was losing her hair. It wasn't until 2010, though, that the Penn-Trafford and Point Park University grad got the diagnosis she'd waited so long for: celiac disease.

Since then, Shannon-Karasik, who worked at magazines like Redbook in New York City before returning to Pittsburgh, has embarked on a journey to good health. She has led others there as well, with her blog, Sincerely Caroline, and an ebook on living well without gluten (which people with celiac can't consume). On Jan. 2, her first book, The Gluten-Free Revolution, comes out via Skyhorse Publishing.

The book, though it includes recipes, is more than a cookbook, she explains. "This is how I would live my healthy life — it's not just recipes, but my entire day." Expect information on exercise, even beauty tips — but for many, the recipes will be the draw.

"My goal is obviously to reach out to anyone with celiac or gluten intolerance," says Shannon-Karasik. "But I tried to make it clear to everyone that gluten-free in its natural form is just healthy, whole foods."

Not that she never indulges a little.

"I try to make a point that you can have your green smoothie and your brownie, too. I spent a lot of my life thinking it was one or the other; it's not."

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