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#811623 Grrrrr Powerade

Posted by on 17 July 2012 - 08:05 AM

The best and most recommended post-exercise drink is chocolate milk. It has protein to help your muscles recover and repair, and has carbs and sugar to help replace electrolytes. The best is just to drink lots of water and eat a healthy post-workout meal. If you feel you need an electrolyte replacer, Gatorade is better imo, as it has more potassium, uses normal glucose, and has more sodium to replace salt that you sweat out. It's really only necessary for intense workouts or if you're prone to dehydration, which I am. I have never had a problem with any Gatorade beverages. Hope that helps :)

eta - I'd recommend rounding out that post-workout meal with a small portion of brown rice and some veggies! Wash it down with chocolate milk and you probably won't wake up feeling you need something more. Happy workout!

Does anybody have some rehydration suggestions? After a lot of sweating, sometimes I need more than water.

Other people have posted issues with Powerade, has anybody had similar issues with Gatorade?

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#714847 Getting Into Fitness For The First Time...

Posted by on 07 July 2011 - 06:45 AM

Good for you for getting back into it! :)

Gladiator is right, I've been gluten-free for 2 years (hey, I just realized that tomorrow is my 2-year gluten-free annivesrary! Hooray! :D ) and have gained a lot more muscle now that I can absorb the nutrients from my food.

My favourite no-impact work-out is swimming. It's a good cardio and total-body work-out and is easy on the joints because there is no impact (as opposed to jogging outside or on a treadmill). My favourite impact cardios are the elliptical (not as good for the knees) and the bike (good for the quads, which protects the knees!).

Just generally increasing your activity levels with biking, walking, etc. is a very good start. You don't want to push yourself too hard too fast or you could injure yourself or get discouraged. I would suggest starting very small training goals (i.e. if you can bike a certain # of kms in a certain time frame, try and go further, or try to increase your time). This way you can see when you're making progress, which is a good motivator and also helps you keep raising the bar slowly, as your fitness improves.

Core strength is really important, but is built in unexpected ways, other than just doing sit-ups/crunches. For example, skating (rollerblading or ice skating) builds abs because you need to tighten your core to keep your balance, plus gives you cardio. Swim strokes can work your core as well as your whole body.

Try not to worry too much about numbers on the scale, or the appearance of muscle in the mirror at first, and just focus on developing a lifestyle of being active. The results will come, you'll feel better, and hopefully have fun doing it :) Once you are ready for a weight circuit, low weight and high reps works better for toning and muscle definition and high weight with low reps is more for building "bulk", or bigger muscles (and is also less healthy, especially for beginners). Keep coming back here if you come up with more questions or just need a little push!

Good luck,

So I was diagnosed with Celiac disease 2 years ago (at age 18) and up until that point, I suffered from extreme fatigue and abdominal pain. Needless to say, I wasn't very active throughout my childhood/teen years. I am not overweight, just a little chubby..the real issue is my lack of muscle definition and next to no core strength. I have been making huge efforts to increase my daily activity, riding my bike whenever possible, etc. but I am quite lost when it comes to working out. I don't know my physical limits, as they have never really been tested and this is quite distressing for me when I am exercising. Is this good pain? Should I stop? etc.
I cannot afford to hire a personal trainer.
Does anyone out there have any tips for me to get started? What are the best (and most low-impact) exercises to build core strength? Any examples of beginner workout routines (activity/reps)?

Any advice would be much appreciated!!!

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#642160 Ran My First 5K!

Posted by on 26 September 2010 - 10:32 AM

Congrats!! :D My moral/emotional victory was this summer when my husband and I did a road trip to B.C. We went camping and hiked 2-3 hours every day. I was grinning like a fool the entire time and said to my husband that a year ago there was no way I'd be able to do that, I would have been exhausted after 20 minutes. We were both so happy for me! lol
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#580374 Lightheaded Still

Posted by on 09 December 2009 - 04:38 PM

Welcome, and I'm very glad that going gluten-free has helped with most of your symptoms :)

How were your BP & HR? I have vaso-vagal syncope episodes (a fancy way of saying "fainting") where my heart rate and blood pressure drop low enough for me to lose consciousness. Hypotension and bradychardia can definitely cause dizziness & lightheadedness. How was your blood sugar? Are you eating often enough? I'm also hypoglycemic and get very dizzy and weak if I don't eat regularly.

I can only speak from my personal experience :) I hope you get to the bottom of it soon & feel better.

Take care,

I'm 58 years old and was self diagnosed in February with gluten intolerance. After losing 25 pounds, throwing up and diarhea daily; near fainting spells weekly, the doctor ran a battery of tests. MRI, CT, heart, ENT and blood work enough for a vampire. All were fine. Earlier I was being treated for acid reflux. After going gluten free, I improved dramatically and the acid reflux went away. I still have light headed spells daily but not to the extreme as before. My Neurologist refuses to believe that there is a correlation between Celiac and neurology. I am still tired but not exhausted. Does anyone else have the light headed problem? If so, did it ever go away. New grandmother needs encouragement.

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#561729 Buttered Popcorn?

Posted by on 13 September 2009 - 02:21 PM

Last time I went to the movies (first time ordering popcorn since my dx) I talked to the manager. She got out the popcorn & butter boxes and read the ingredients with me. Then she washed her hands and served me my popcorn herself :) It was a positive experience and I definitely did not get glutened!

Most popcorns are fine, I think it's just a matter of watching out for cross-contamination. Wheat starch is a major allergen, so it would need to be listed on the ingredients if it were used.

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