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pisand13

Member Since 10 Mar 2005
Offline Last Active Mar 29 2005 08:41 AM
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Any Celiac Athletes Out There?

10 March 2005 - 07:14 PM

I am going in for my bloodwork and biopsy in a week, and have prolonged doing this since my mom was diagnosed 6 months ago. I am pretty sure the diagnosis will be positive as I have had symptoms for years now...we thought for a few years it was a combination of lactose-intolerance, too much coffee, vegetarianism with high fiber - all probably NOT the problem. For one, all of my vegetarian proteins were hydrolyzed or texturized and held together with GLUTEN.

I wanted to inquire as to if there are any hardcore athletes that are coping with the illness, and if so, what are the challenges to maintaining nutrition and particularly gluten-free supplemention? I'm a fighter, and train hard - aerobically and anerobically. My sport is gruelling physically, and I hope that going gluten-free will improve my stamina and performance. I guess if I have had years of malabsorption, I am optimistic I can only freel stronger. I do worry about gaining weight since fighters compete in distinct weight classes, but hope to contain this.

I've been gluten-free for 4 days since I had been consuming protein bars labeled Wheat-free...but are contaminated in processing. I'm still recovering from that experience GI-wise.

Thanks.