Get email alerts Get Celiac.com E-mail Alerts  




Celiac.com Sponsor:
Celiac.com Sponsor:




Ads by Google:






   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

Fitness And Celiac Question
0

8 posts in this topic

Hey guys,

 

    So I have a question that concerns nourishment as well as muscle building. Ive been training pretty hard over the past year or so in excelling my fitness as well as athletic ability. Over the year I have gotten stronger and leaner, also lost a lot of weight (due to hard cardio and celiac) But I noticed I wasn't making any real muscle gains, I thought I had maybe overtrained, I was fatigued and tired a lot.. So I was recently confirmed that I have celiac (as of one week ago actually) and have been gluten free since. I used to do vigorous exercise, to failure at some points, and that combined with malnourishment probably made me lose muscle. I am a very healthy eater, and very fit, yet I have the body of a kid who eats taco bell every day. I really enjoy hard exercise and hope to get back at it. How long do you suppose it takes to heal until I can get back to working hard, and running a lot? (and actually seeing results for the work I'm putting in)

 

Thanks a lot! Any suggestions at all are much appreciated, especially comments from any experienced athlete/weightlifter/sports trainer.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

Time. It takes time. Everyone heals at a different rate. It took me about a year to feel well enough to start training for events, but 1) I am over 50, and 2) I had fractures (doing nothing) resulting from celiac disease (that will slow you down.....)

You will get better and stronger, but you do not want to cause further damage. If I had continued to push, I could have had heart damage from the anemia. It was better for me to wait until the anemia was resolved and the fractures healed. It was hard for me just to walk or swim carefully. Then I ran, but was a little worried about falling or jarring myself. Took me 9 months to get back on my bike and I am now training for a century ride. It will be my first as a celiac and diabetic. Figuring out my fuel has been the hardest. But it is great to be riding with my friends again!

You are young and should heal very fast. A week is not enough time to heal. Listen to your body. Workout, but do it gently. I will defer to Jamie about the weightlifting. She's an expert in that area.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Time. It takes time. Everyone heals at a different rate. It took me about a year to feel well enough to start training for events, but 1) I am over 50, and 2) I had fractures (doing nothing) resulting from celiac disease (that will slow you down.....)

You will get better and stronger, but you do not want to cause further damage. If I had continued to push, I could have had heart damage from the anemia. It was better for me to wait until the anemia was resolved and the fractures healed. It was hard for me just to walk or swim carefully. Then I ran, but was a little worried about falling or jarring myself. Took me 9 months to get back on my bike and I am now training for a century ride. It will be my first as a celiac and diabetic. Figuring out my fuel has been the hardest. But it is great to be riding with my friends again!

You are young and should heal very fast. A week is not enough time to heal. Listen to your body. Workout, but do it gently. I will defer to Jamie about the weightlifting. She's an expert in that area.

Thanks a lot, i do in fact need to just rest a lot, yet since I'm young i do not have any real trouble exercising. I feel fine (even when i push myself sometimes) Am i causing harm if a do just light running and light weights? Thank you

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Oh and I actually have slightly higher than normal Iron levels, in which we do not know why yet, but does that have any effect on exercise?

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Oh and I actually have slightly higher than normal Iron levels, in which we do not know why yet, but does that have any effect on exercise?

No, but make sure you are not taking supplements that contain iron. Doc can keep an eye on your higher iron levels.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




Thanks a lot, i do in fact need to just rest a lot, yet since I'm young i do not have any real trouble exercising. I feel fine (even when i push myself sometimes) Am i causing harm if a do just light running and light weights? Thank you

I do not think you will cause harm. Skip interval training for now. No sprints and do not watch the clock! Just have fun.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I ran easy 2-3 times a week for the first three months after diagnosis. I found it was enough to get the endorphins I was used to and to keep me 'fit', I actually improved when I did run 5ks just from the healing that had already taken place. The first time I really trained (between four and seven months gluten-free, it was for a trail race) was totally unrecognisable from the marathon training I was doing just before I got diagnosed, it was so good! Agree with cyclinglady about fuelling, you may need to experiment with it a bit. 

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hello Aidan,

 

To build muscle, you really have to eat a lot of protein. It can be difficult to eat enough! Some folks recommend 1 g per pound of bodyweight (particularly if you want to build muscle), and you shouldn't get less than 1 g per pound of lean mass (your body weight minus body fat), particularly if you're lifting. I'm doing a fitness challenge through my gym right now and we're working through a lot of that. The best thing would be for you to work with a nutritionist and let him/her know what your specific needs (Celiac) and goals (gain muscle mass) are. As a relatively small woman who's used to trying to limit what I eat (calories and otherwise), adding lots of food to my daily meals - particularly meat - has been tough. I've added a lot of deli meat because it's easy (and because I don't have any problem with blood pressure - the salt in deli meat would make it a more difficult go-to for some folks).

 

I do a variation of CrossFit and we work to failure pretty often. I'm still dealing with what I think is a level of exhaustion that doesn't match my physical effort (so I think something else is causing me to be more tired than I should be), but I am seeing gains in strength - which obviously makes me very happy. SLEEP is super important. It's when your body heals itself, and builds muscle. Let yourself sleep as much as possible - turn off the TV (or computer, or cell phone) and go to bed early. Drink lots of water. I've been diagnosed and gluten-free for about two years, but in the first year I just ran - I couldn't imagine lifting weights I was so tired, and running was something I could do on my schedule and at my pace. I did a half marathon last spring and another last fall and then decided it was time to get stronger.

 

In terms of healing time before you get back to training - just listen to your body. Personally, I never stopped moving - no matter how tired I was - even though I did scale back on length and intensity. If you need two days off after a tough workout, do some stretching or yoga instead of back to back tough training. If you feel great, go for it (but listen to your body again in recovery - after the workout!). If you don't feel ready for tough workouts yet, ease into them. And don't be hard on yourself mentally - remember that you're healing on the inside, and after a while you'll be able to push yourself harder.

 

Please be careful of the high iron - I found out recently that I also have something called hemochromatosis. "Normal" bodies shed excess iron. People with hemochromatosis store the iron, eventually in their organs, which causes all sorts of problems. The good news is that if you can catch it early, it can be monitored and very easily treated (essentially by donating blood or just having it drawn).

 

Hope that's helpful!

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      104,132
    • Total Posts
      919,526
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • I think the idea of grinding your own at home stems from the thought that flavored coffees might be ground on the same machines.  The grinders in the grocery are not cleaned between uses.  However, I have not found a flavored coffee bean that had gluten, so it's probably not a real concern.  For coffee that comes from a factory ground, I wouldn't worry at all.   Machines would be cleaned between flavors and nothing but coffee could be made on the machines or even in the same building ( everything made would taste/ smell like coffee). if you still have doubts - I went to the International Celiac Disease Symposium a few years back.  This is held every few years in different countries for medical professionals that study and treat Celiac.  They present research, etc.  All food served was gluten-free.  We drank a lot of plain, already ground, coffee!  A lot!   Coffee is not on any lists as a gluten containing food.  Talking legitimate organizations - not some blogger or pseudo- science website.   After all this, if you still doubt that coffee is gluten free...... Then don't drink it!  It leaves more for me!    
    • To answer some of your questions.... Non celiac gluten sensitivity does not cause any damage to the small intestine so that is not the source of the "little holes or bumps".  You need to get her records including the report of the endoscopy to see exactly what it says as well as the pathology report of the biopsies. You should always get medical records anyway & keep a copy for yourself. How many biopsies did he take? There should be a minimum of 4, ideally 6. The small intestine is very vast even in a small child. An adults is the size of a tennis court! That's a whole lot of territory so biopsies can miss damage especially when enough of them are not taken! She has 2 positives on the serum panel. This crap about "weak" positives should be thrown out of the nomenclature! A positive is a positive, weak or not! Her DgP IGG is way over the range and extremely telling. As far as my knowledge goes, there is nothing else that causes a positive DgP IGG other than celiac disease. False positives are really rare and to have 2 false positives would be astronomically rare! You are right & smart that she really does need an official diagnosis! IMHO, keep her on gluten for right now. Get a second opinion pronto & I believe you'll be able to get her a dx based on the 4 out of 5 rule if nothing else. I wouldn't think it's going to take more than a month to get to see another doc for a second opinion. Then you can take her off gluten. Kids heal up really fast, way faster than us old geezers! I'm sure as others  wake up & get on their computers they will be along to voice their knowledge. I am in the eastern time zone & rise before the birds so I was on here early. Hang in there mom! You're doing the right thing!
    • Now that my initial rage has calmed a tad.... your daughter has to fulfill 4 out of 5 of the diagnostic criteria. Second opinion can do a gene test. If positive, then she will have4 out of 5 of the dx criteria to dx without a positive biopsy. See: http://www.gastro.org/news_items/a-biopsy-should-not-be-required-to-make-the-diagnosis which says in part: The presence of signs and symptoms compatible with celiac disease. Positive serology screening (high serum levels of anti-TTG and/or EMA). Presence of the predisposing genes HLA-DQ2 and/or –DQ8. Histological evidence of auto-insult of jejunal mucosa typical of celiac disease. Resolution of the symptoms and normalization of serology test following the implementation of a gluten-free diet.   Also see: http://www.tenderfoodie.com/blog/2014/5/1/dr-fasano-on-new-gut-autoimmune-research-autism-clearing-up.html She can get a dx after her symptoms resolve on a gluten-free diet!
    • OMG!!!! The doc wants her to get sicker & sicker & do further damage so he can diagnose her? Don't do me any favors doc!!! I'm so spitting med right now I can't even speak! Find a new doc, take the records & get a second opinion. Maybe the next doc will have a freaking brain & dx your daughter. She should be dx'd! This is absurd in the extreme. The very least that should happen is the doc give her a dx now & then in a year or 2 have her do a gluten challenge & do a biopsy all over again but seriously, that would be just as cruel as what he's doing now. He's an ASS!
    • Celiac disease may lead to a host of other inflammatory, gluten-related ... Fortunately, Diet Doc offers gluten-free diet plans which are customized to ... View the full article
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      61,167
    • Most Online
      1,763

    Newest Member
    jen4az
    Joined