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Before eliminating too many things from your diet, keep a dietary diary; what you eat and drink, at what time and what quantity. Couple that with how you are feeling, any adverse reactions...over time you may start to see a pattern and thus be able to sensibly eliminate foods based on your own reactions.
"True allergies", IgE immune responses can be genetic, whereas IgG "intolerances" tend to be less genetic and more towards acquired immune responses - as in something during your life has made your immune system/body react the way it does.
Alternatively, take your diary to a nutritionalist or similar, who can assess and comment on it for you. A nutritionalist can also get you tested for food allergies or intolerances if you want to go down that route, but occasionally tests can give false results...your body never gives you a false result
first port of call IMO would be the food diary. It's cheap and if you do decide to visit a nutritionalist they will ask you to complete one any way (or at least should do) so you'll already be prepared.
Restricting your diet can be a great stress on your body and lifestyle, as I am sure you are well aware. By assessing your dietary intake it'll hopefully bring you a lot closer to the culprit of your issues and prevent you from unnecessarily cutting foods out
I forgot to add....as your heart rate rises with exercise intensity, so does the amount of carbohydrate (stored bodily glycogen) used to fuel your exercise. Even if you eat lots of carbohydrates and drink lots of water, your body can only store a limited amount of glycogen. When your body runs out of glycogen it will turn to protein, as in your own muscles, tissues and extreme cases organs, for fuel.
The rate of glycogen depletion is dependent on intensity of exercise and duration of exercise:
If you exercise for 2-5 hours at a low intensity (e.g walking) you will predominantly be utilising fat to fuel your workout and as such your glycogen stores will likely last the whole workout.
If you exercise for 60mins at "break neck" pace (e.g. running as fast as you can for that period of time) you can guarantee that you are using up glycogen stores at a rapid rate and that they probably will not last for the duration of the workout and as such your body will utilise protein to fuel your workout.
Ways to prevent this are:
1) eat a carbohydrate and protein laden meal and drink plenty of water 2hrs before your workout, or the night before your workout if it's first thing in the morning (e.g. baked potato with tuna or chicken breast)
2) have a whey protein shake 15-20mins before your workout to give your body a source of protein so that when the glycogen stores do run out, there is a dietary source of protein available rather than your muscles being targeted for fuel.
Wheatfreedude is spot-on with the 125-135HR zone for fat burning (if you haven't had your own determined by way of a VO2 metabolic analysis which measures bodily oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production during exercise). Working in your fat burning zone will reduce the stress and impact of exercising on your body and, even if you cannot run in this heart rate zone now, a month or two at it and you'll happily be jogging/running in it as your body adapts to it. It will also ease the damage done to your knees through impact.
You eat a lot of fruit in your diet it seems - do you get ill a lot? Simple sugars in the form of glucose and fructose, commonly found in fruit, chocolates and milk, lowers the efficiency of the immune system where as more complex sugars/carbohydrates such as maltodextrin, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and gluten-free versions of grains have less of an impact. Eating the simple sugars as in fruit and ice cream may be having a compounding effect on your gut and subsequent inflammation...thus the weight gain. (this may sound stupid, but weigh yourself before eating or exercising in a morning, 5-10 mins before eating the ice cream at night and then 60mins after the ice cream and assess the differences if any - it could be an inflammatory response). Please don't do this for every meal or food - just see what happens this once.
Also running, or any form of exercise, places a stress on the body. Scientific studies have demonstrated that exercise and stress increase gut permeability (causing holes in the gut lining allowing larger undigested food particles amongst other things into your bloodstream). If you already have coeliacs then you already have a permeable gut and running may be making it worse (Please note that I am not saying that it definitely is, just that it is possible). If this is the case then the apparent "weight gain" may be an inflammatory response and thus you need to address the inflammation.
Have you had a food intolerance test done? Its a test that assesses your immune system's response to foods and NOT an allergy test. Food intolerance involves IgG antibodies, traditional allergy involves IgE antibodies. If you have not already, find yourself a good clinical nutritionalist, they will be able to help you....you need your whole lifestyle, dietary intake, supplement regime assessed. S
Supplementation with things like L-glutamine can help, but PLEASE REFER TO A SPECIALIST before taking any kind of supplements - they may interact or contraindicate with any medicines/tablets/supplements that you are already taking. (L-glutamine is also under debate as to whether it is gluten-free or not, and many low grade supplements can use wheat as a filler/bulking agent so please be careful).
Some sports drinks are laden with sugar or sweeteners (sucralose, aspartame, acesulfame K, acesulfame potassium to name a few) which have other detrimental effects on the body; do a google search and you will see for yourself, so PLEASE stay away from them - I note you say that you don't drink them.
I struggled with my weight for ages. I used to weigh myself every morning and evening too, trying to ascertain what was causing the weight fluctuations and also sometimes the stability. Do you keep a food and drink diary (time of day, type & quantity) and also track your daily weight fluctuations alongside this? You may see a pattern?
If you want any more information on anything I have mentioned, PM me
I hope this has helped.
You can make your own from the following ingredients: water, maltodextrin, branch chain amino acids, L-glutamine and electrolyte powder. PM me if you want to know more x
Alternatively, in the Uk a reasonable product is High Five. Here is a link to information about their products. I believe the original is gluten free. http://www.highfive.co.uk/High5%20Allergen,%20Vegitarian,%20Diabetic%20Statement.pdf I'm not sure if you can get this internationally.