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I like to look at my world from a different perspective at times. Upside down or from way up high is a nice change of pace.

About Melissa

Melissa is a master level graduate of the Nutrition Therapy Institute, a lover of simple food, a fearless cook, and founder of the websites Gluten Free For Good (2006) and Artful-Aging (2013). She also has a degree in Exercise Science, hundreds of hours of yoga teacher training (with an emphasis on adaptive yoga for special populations), and a passion for backcountry adventure, telemark skiing, and mountain biking. Although she doesn’t like the word “disease” attached to it, she has celiac and is on a mission to navigate the gluten-free lifestyle with confidence, strength, and optimal nutrition. Her first book, The Gluten-Free Edge: A Nutrition and Training Guide for Peak Athletic Performance and an Active Gluten-Free Life, co-written with Peter Bronski (friend, colleague, and ultra-endurance athlete), was released in July of 2012 and quickly became an bestseller. Melissa lives with her family in the mountains of south/central Colorado and finds no limits when it comes to nutritious and tasty gluten-free cooking, whether in the comfort of her kitchen or the wonder of the wilderness.

About The Gluten-Free Edge

The Gluten-Free Edge: A Nutrition and Training Guide for Peak Athletic Performance and an Active Gluten-Free Lifeby Peter Bronski and Melissa McLean Jory.

ISBN: 9781615190522
Published: 7-19-2012
Price: $15.95
Paperback: 384 pages
Available at bookstores and on

The Gluten-Free Edge is the first comprehensive resource that includes:

  • What gluten is and how it negatively impacts health and athletic performance
  • The myriad benefits of adopting a gluten-free nutrition plan
  • What to eat during training, competition, and recovery
  • How to deal with group meals, eating on the road, and getting “glutened”
  • Insights from prominent athletes already living the gluten-free edge
  • And 50 simple, high-octane recipes to fuel your performance

What people are saying about The Gluten-Free Edge

“You will be blown away by this book—and once you read it you’ll never want to go back to eating, feeling, and underperforming the way you did before. A must-read for all athletes!”
—Miriam G. Zacharias, PhD, MS, Vice President of the National Association of Nutritional Professionals

“Through a mix of clearly stated research and evocative athlete stories, The Gluten-Free Edge makes a strong case for athletes to take on a gluten-free diet.”
— Excerpt from a review by Larkin Flora, The Leader Magazine, For Alumni of the National Outdoor Leadership School, Spring, 2013, Vol. 28 No. 2

“Writer Bronski and nutrition therapist McLean Jory—both active recreational athletes who have celiac disease—have created a comprehensive manual for athletically-minded people who follow a gluten-free diet. Their 384-page guidebook offers cutting-edge nutrition and fitness science, and offers advice about the best foods to fuel performance and speed recovery, as well as 50 simple but savory gluten-free recipes.”
Competitor Magazine, July 2012

“Insights from history, science, and nutrition, combined with striking personal accounts from elite athletes, make it an engaging read all the way through.”
—Alice Bast, National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

“Nutrition needs are forefront in the minds of athletes, including trail runners. This well-written and thoroughly researched book demystifies gluten and provides a realistic approach to food as it relates to and assists with performance.”
—Nancy Hobbs, Executive Director, American Trail Running Association

“If you want to learn more about how to optimize your performance and body composition, then read this book. Seriously.”
—Ryan D. Andrews, MS, MA, RD, CSCS, coach with Precision Nutrition

The Gluten-Free Edge is a great book for both the weekend warrior and the professional. Even as an ultra-endurance swimmer and 50-year old competitive athlete, I found much to learn. The authors help you navigate a complicated subject with simple and personal stories everyone can understand.”
—Bruce Gordon, open-water marathon swimmer

The information on this website is made available with the understanding that the founder of the site (Melissa McLean Jory) or any contributing writers are not providing medical, health, or nutritional counseling services. The contents of this site should not be used in place of competent medical care. Please consult your physician if you have health concerns.

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