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archaeo in FL

Member Since 19 May 2012
Offline Last Active Jul 16 2014 11:03 AM

#923306 Fitness And Celiac Question

Posted by on 09 July 2014 - 11:08 AM

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!

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#826382 "special" Foods And A Celiac Mindset

Posted by on 30 September 2012 - 08:27 AM

Sorry if I am missing something, but I don't see the problem here. Most ovens have two racks.

Make sure that the gluten-free one is on the upper rack, so nothing from the other one can fall on it, and then cook both at the same time. You may need to allow an extra five minutes with both at the same time.

The problem was the lack of a microwave - I didn't mind sharing the oven, but didn't want to run the oven for an extra half hour (frozen meals take a long time in the oven, much longer than a frozen pizza) and cost my friend that energy for a small meal.
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#825948 "special" Foods And A Celiac Mindset

Posted by on 28 September 2012 - 03:32 AM

In writing a response to someone's question, I realized that I was talking about preparing non-gluten-free foods as "special" (instead of gluten-free foods as "special").

I do most of the cooking in our house, which is just my husband and I (well, and our dog, but I don't cook his food!).

I used to think of the gluten-free food I'd buy as the special food in the house.

Now I think of the rare wheat-containing food (if he wants biscuits, which he'll bake on his cookie sheet, or a non-gluten-free pizza) as the special food.

We are fortunate to be able to afford to feed the both of us with gluten-free foods, and he'll still eat whatever he wants when we eat out (and he eats out a lot at lunch!), plus we try not to eat much processed food anyway.

But I realized that I'd had a little internal shift in my thinking, and was wondering if anyone else had, too?

He still sees some of my gluten-free food as special - on the rare occasion I buy gluten-free cookies or something, he'll leave them for me.
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#825193 Well, The Food Court Is Torture....

Posted by on 24 September 2012 - 05:49 AM

I will not even eat at Chick-fil-A due to their donation of money to causes that discriminate against gay people. I don't care if they are the only gluten free option in ten miles. I could not eat their food and respect myself for supporting a company that is so against the basic civil rights of any number of my friends and family members.

I agree. Homosexuality is not an illness to be cured, is not a sin to be repented. I try to vote with my dollars every day.
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