Faves and Features: Gluten Free Soul Pilot Cookbook

In today’s world there’s always a new diet to try, a superfood the celebs swear by, and a cleanse to cure all of our ailments. With Instagram influencers glorifying extreme diets, exercise, eating intuitively, and more, it’s easy to get caught up in the hoopla.

These mixed messages have inaccurately shaped our relationship with food and our perception of what it means to be healthy.

What I have come to learn over time is that there is no single answer, and that answer(s) is different for everyone. Your version of wellness is different from mine and your neighbors and so on and so forth, as is the journey to getting there.

Recently, I was introduced to a fellow gluten free blogger and author Jet Zengine. She just released a new gluten free cookbook. However, it’s not your ordinary cookbook.

Yes, it does have the recipes, but what she does is touch on the other aspects of the gluten free diet and lifestyle, guiding the reader through a plan to achieve better physical, spiritual and emotional health. It’s a must read for those who feel lost in today’s “health obsessed” culture.

Jet shares more about the book in the interview below.

Gluten Free Soul Pilot Cookbook


1. What inspired the two of you to create this project?

We’ve been working on Jet’s website glutenfreesage.com for three years and continuously receive positive feedback on how we’ve inspired and helped many people navigate their health and well-being around a food-related illness or celiac diagnosis, as well as the encouragement to turn the website into a self-care book.

We created Gluten Free Soul Pilot from the solid principles and proven practices that each of us discovered in our own respective wellness journeys to make a difference in the world.

We believe that one cannot achieve wellness if the environment around you isn’t healthy. These complicated messages all around us have inaccurately shaped our personal relationship with food and our perceptions on wellness. They compete with our instinctive desire to do something so simple and enjoyable: to eat. And, if you’re not well because of your diet and habits, then it’s hard to feel good, live joyfully, and be inspired. When you nourish your body, you feed your soul. We know that!

2. What did the process for making the book look like? How did you go about organizing so much information?

The website was done first over the course of several years of weekly goals and meetings, which is where much of the inspiration and information comes from. We’ve also worked together on three prior books and on Jet’s poetry and author website, so this new book came from a rock-solid foundation, a shared work ethic and list of core values, and the implementation of a step-by-step plan, which is necessary to get any job done.

Kristen’s artful eye, research and investigative skills coupled with Jet’s hands-on celiac experience and poetic way of looking at the world have been organized and tied together making this a complementary, collaborative effort since the first day we started working together.

We each have a deep respect for what the other brings to the process and give each other the creative “air space” we need to put our ideas into action. Because we’ve navigated all of our projects from separate locations—Kristen lives in Atlanta and Jet in South Florida—the regular meetings and benchmark dates are a vital part of the process.

From our bigger goals, we worked backwards and broke the deliverables down into smaller, weekly action items. With our weeks all planned out, we then created a list of all the things needed to get done in a day.

3. If there were one primary message you wanted to come across in this book, what would it be?

Everyone can feel well, hit their goals, and be the person they know in their heart they came here to be.

Whether you are aware of them or not, you have values for every part of your life. Like a compass, our core values keep us on course. You can find your True North by discovering your core values, true desires, and creating the habits that point yourself in the direction of how you want to feel, live, and love each day. It’s much simpler than we think.

4. What’s the first thing I should do to become a Soul Pilot?

A wonderful starting place: Make self-care a priority. Give yourself the nutrition, sleep, and sacred space that is essential for you to discover your core values and pay attention to how you want to feel. Learn how to be fully present so you can nourish your soul with exactly what it needs.

5. Where can I pick up a copy of the book?

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Gluten-Free-Soul-Pilot-self-care/dp/057840091X/

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/gluten-free-soul-pilot-jet-widick/1129790062

You can also visit Jet’s blog: www.glutenfreesage.com