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.
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.
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.
Stretch 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)
Rest 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.
Cardio 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.
- 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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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).
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.