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Nonfiction Book Award Status: GOLD


Have you been confronted with a medical diagnosis that has altered your otherwise comfortable and peaceful life?

Twenty-five years ago, Margaret Weiss, RD , CDCES was happily raising her family in central New Jersey when she was diagnosed with celiac disease. With little support for what was then a relatively unknown condition, she was forced to face her reactions and behaviors as she navigated many, often unpleasant, life changes to accommodate this disease.

  • Are you experiencing a range of emotions and behaviors related to your own condition that you’d like to understand better?
  • Are you interested in behavioral theories that might help explain and guide your actions as you navigate significant change?
  • Are you looking for a way to transform your mindset about your diagnosis with constructive and reliable best practices that are forward-looking and healing?

Drawing on her experience as both a person with celiac disease and as a practicing dietitian, Margaret wrote Eat Your Rice Cakes to explore this journey of change. With humor and pragmatism, she speaks to both patients and providers of healthcare with a combination of personal and professional experiences that illustrate our responses to significant upheaval. Told with humor and insight through her eyes, the book offers an inspirational way for all readers to process life-altering change across a wide range of medical disorders with an ultimate vision of empowerment and compassion.

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Author Bio

Margaret Weiss, RD, CDCES is a dietitian and a diabetes care and education specialist. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from William Smith College, and completed her training in nutrition and dietetics at Saint Elizabeth University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. In addition to her own private practice, she has served in a number of healthcare roles in both hospital and ambulatory settings. She has appeared on the CBS Evening News with Jonathan LaPook and has been an invited speaker for grand rounds at several hospitals, national support organizations, the New Jersey state dietetic association, and a New Jersey dietetic internship program. Her work has also been profiled in Today’s Dietitian and several local New Jersey publications.

Formerly from the east coast near New York City, she now lives in Colorado and enjoys trading in the stock market, hiking and cross-country skiing.

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