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#736449 Making Fun Of Gluten Issues On New Cbs Show

Posted by on 05 October 2011 - 08:06 AM

I will admit, I wondered if I made a mistake 14 years ago when I looked in the review mirror at the charity where I gave away my only TV as I was driving away.

14 years later and sitcom comments like this, make me feel good about that decision.
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#728112 Carnival Cruise Bends Over Backwards For Celiacs

Posted by on 06 September 2011 - 01:07 PM

I've sailed with Carnival plenty of times since graduating from college, but this was my first time as a fully diagnosed Celiac. All I can say is WOW!!!

I met with the maître d’ shortly after boarding the ship and they immediately started to lay out all of their gluten free options. They even baked gluten free bread just for me for any meal. The waiters subsequently knew me by name and would bring their passenger specific gluten free menu to the table. There were at least 12 gluten free items that I haven't had in the nearly 3 years that I have been diagnosed.

But things actually got better! There was an up charge for an event called "The Chef's Table". You got to take a behind the scenes look at the galley by the Executive Chef of the whole ship. One of my 12 table mates even prepared one of the desserts in the galley itself (the event was limited to only 12 people). After our tour, we were seated in their library and at least 7 chefs brought out each course and served us individually. And then EACH course was accompanied by my own gluten free version of the appetizers, soups, entrees, desserts, etc. And they looked SO proud to have helped a Celiac.

I was absolutely amazed at their level of knowledge. I most certainly will be writing a letter to their corporate offices about their ability to cater to the gluten intolerant passenger.

Bon Voyage to any of you who cruise with them.
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#723409 Pre-Workout Drink

Posted by on 17 August 2011 - 04:08 AM

By the way, how long did it take you to start putting on weight once you went gluten-free? I've worked out for years and get stronger but never could add lbs.

It took me about 2 months to get "stable" after being glutened for years. After that, I re-evaluated how I looked at my dinner plate in the past. Once all of the fully gluten items were off the plate, I made room.... and slowly increased my LEAN protein intake at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you want to add muscle, I would suggest that you do the same.

Just try and eat as clean as possible (all natural and organic), and don't expect to add a pound overnight. Sometime, just a pound a month can add up over a 12 month period of time. Or if you're really pushing it, 1.5 pounds a month is 18 pounds. Pretty significant when you think about it.

Keep me posted. I thrive when I hear about others who have "dusted themselves off" after they know that gluten is the culprit that hinders our potential.

Defeat wheat!
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#715318 Getting Into Fitness For The First Time...

Posted by on 09 July 2011 - 06:44 AM

I have also started some pilates exercises fairly recently!

That is good news as well. Make sure you keep the pilates well rounded. (Mat + chair + reformer)
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#714923 Getting Into Fitness For The First Time...

Posted by on 07 July 2011 - 11:23 AM

and have gained a lot more muscle now that I can absorb the nutrients from my food.

Aren't the post-Celiac-diagnosis days the bomb? I almost feel fortunate to be able to pack on so much muscle. But, then again, that's what we were missing in the past.
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#714671 Getting Into Fitness For The First Time...

Posted by on 06 July 2011 - 12:50 PM

Here's your to-do list:

Dust off that library card
We all pay tax dollars to support our local libraries, and they are LOADED with tons of books for you to check out (literally and figuratively). Go there and pick up 3-4 books that pertain to beginner routines. Many of them have fully illustrated pictures for you to follow.

There is no doubt that the above books will show you stretching techniques. Follow them to a "T" and stretch before and after each one of your routines.

Take is Slow
If you are just starting out, you want to perfect your form first (don't go for the most weights as that could lead to an injury)

You don't build muscles IN the gym you break down the muscle fibers. You actually grow muscle by resting. Make sure you take a day off between weights and get a good night's rest.

On the days that you're not lifting weights, incorporate minor cardio. Once again, take it slow from the start. You just need something to get that heart rate up.

Enough from me. Get on that bike that you're talking about and hit the library. Turn of the TV, text messages and the social media for a few hours and absorb the information in the books. The rest will all fall into place.

Take it from me, the POST-Celiac diagnosis days are when your potential skyrockets.
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#714387 Constant Twitching Calf Muscle! Does Anyone Have This?!

Posted by on 05 July 2011 - 02:13 PM

Question and possible solution.

Q: What is your caffeine intake daily. Could be the culprit.

PS: Try a half of banana (my fraternity brother is a doctor and this happened to me and he suggested this solution. Said that I was potassium deficient)
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#707478 Questions About Starting Workouts Again

Posted by on 10 June 2011 - 08:33 AM

A few quick things my fellow gym-goers:

- Always stretch before lifting weights or exercising (whole body)
- Always stretch after lifting weights or exercising (whole body)
- Worry more about form and less about weight. Even if you have to use the bar by itself
- Take glucosamine for those joints
- Drink 80+ ounces of water a day
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#700836 Constant Hunger After Some Hard Workouts

Posted by on 19 May 2011 - 02:55 PM

Do the board a few other favors and we may be able to help you.

What are your stats (height, weight, age, gender)?
What does your typical day of food look like? (Be VERY specific including the portion sizes that you are eating.)
What time of the day are you working out?
How long are your workouts vs. cardio?

Fill in a few of those blanks and we can be of assistance.
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#695371 Today Is A Good Day And Tomorrow Will Be Better!

Posted by on 27 April 2011 - 03:53 PM

What a great post. Thank you for sharing that story with all of us. We have all been there before (no energy, embarrassment, the mood swings, hair/skin issues, shedding of lean body mass). Luckily we figured out that gluten was our enemy.

Guess what? The days are going to get EVEN better with time. Your treadmill runs will get easier and longer. If you're lifting weights, you'll be able to lift more and do more reps. I know this sounds crazy, but the food tastes even better now that it did before my diagnosis. And, my family has owned prime steak restaurants for 25+ years. DAMN I am proud to be a celiac and a carnivore. And I just can't get enough fresh produce.

Here's the bad news. You're going to have to spend some money on new cloths that fit you (LOL).

Welcome to a whole new world.
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#688092 Tuesday'-Whatcha Eating Today Celiacs?

Posted by on 30 March 2011 - 09:12 AM

Psssss.... I have a Chocolove Dark Chocolate bar with Sea Salt in my desk drawer and nosh on a square here and there throughout the day to help with my sweet tooth. ;)
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#688090 Tuesday'-Whatcha Eating Today Celiacs?

Posted by on 30 March 2011 - 09:08 AM

I think our wheat allergies and Celiacs force us to eat healthier diets than the average person. Thanks to all who posted. I love reading the replies.

Amen Trish!
And although I have worked in the organic food business for 10+ years, being a Celiac has helped me EVEN better.
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#688078 Tuesday'-Whatcha Eating Today Celiacs?

Posted by on 30 March 2011 - 08:15 AM

First breakfast - Non-Fat Greek Yogurt with Blueberries

(Work out)

Second Breakfast - (1) Low fat chicken sausage, egg white omelet with veggies, (1) piece of gluten free bread

Mid morning snack: Fuji apple with almond butter + protein shake

Lunch: Pork tenderloin medallions (leftover from day before), gluten-free brown rice, steamed frozen veggies

Mid day snack: Fresh strawberries with non fat yogurt

Dinner: Pan seared cod fillets (thawed from frozen) with black beans & steamed broccoli.

Snack before bed: Low fat cottage cheese + small protein shake

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#688069 Controversial Facebook Post By Chef

Posted by on 30 March 2011 - 07:55 AM

With all of the snow we have been getting in Colorado lately, I may just need to pay a personal visit to our friend when I hit the mountains this weekend. Maybe even get him to say something on my camcorder.

Stay tuned.
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#687745 Controversial Facebook Post By Chef

Posted by on 29 March 2011 - 09:16 AM

Perhaps if he is a disbeliever in the effects that gluten/wheat has on us Celiacs, then we can set up a test as HIS house. He can observe our behaviors first hand.

Oh and yes, dear chef, this IS a recipe for a lot of clean up that will prove our point.
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