Celiac Disease and Gluten Info from an Expert

Eric Kirch, a great friend of mine has a great success story to tell. When he was young he was diagnosed with Celiacs Disease. He has now lived the last ten plus years learning how to not only manage the disease but Eric learned how to thrive with it. I consider Eric an expert simply because he took Celiacs Head on and continues to have a passion for learning how to get the most of his physical abilities and nutrition. He currently runs his own blog called GlutenFreeSpot.com and I have asked him to come on and do a few guest posts for all of you.

If you are currently needing to live a gluten free lifestyle or know someone else who might be I highly recommend you go and check it out. He has a tremendous amount of information to share and a passion to share it with anyone else who is living with the disease.

I have been competing in athletics as long as I can remember and in 2nd grade something changed. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. The treatment for Celiac Disease is to follow a strict Gluten Free diet (Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats). Being a Celiac athlete has its advantages and disadvantages. First off, a lot of food that is considered “bad” for athletes contains Gluten so naturally it was easy to stay away from those. Donuts and fast food for example would be something that you would want to stay away from if you were an athlete at any level. Both of those usually contain Gluten. One of the disadvantages was not having easy access to food where ever our teams traveled and I could not just grab food from a friend. Living with a Gluten Free diet forced me to follow a much stricter, healthier diet that helped me out as an athlete in the long run.

I wanted to share some tips for athletes following a gluten free diet preparing for an athletic event or a workout.
Pre-Workout
Prior to physical activity it’s important to have a source of fuel in your body. One of my least favorite things about working out is feeling hungry during it. I need something in my stomach or else I feel lousy. Choices for workout snacks vary among each individual and the type of workout being done but I will share my favorites. I prefer to eat some sort of fresh fruit before working out. Apples and bananas are a great idea. Also a Gluten Free bagel with peanut butter is a good option. There are some Gluten Free protein bars that can be eaten either before or after a workout. You do not want something that is too heavy that will affect your performance so make sure it is something you can easily digest.
Post Workout

After working out it is important to “refuel”. If you are looking for a post workout meal that offers a lot of protein, chicken, burritos (with corn tortillas), salmon and hamburger patties have a good amount of protein in them. I would choose one of these choices over a protein powder with dozens of ingredients I have never heard of but that’s just me. If you are into protein powder I would recommend calling the manufacturer and getting as much information as you can about the production of that product and the chances it will become contaminated with Gluten. If you find just a basic whey or soy protein powder and want to give it a shot try mixing it with fruit to make a good after workout snack.

Final and most important thought..
Drink water! That will be one of the most important things whether you have a food allergy or not. Again..Drink water!
Check out GlutenFreeSpot for tips, reviews and other great information and everything else for those following a Gluten Free Diet.

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