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Gluten-free Athletes: Green Bay Packer Running Back James Starks

Celiac.com 09/16/2011 - Add Green Bay Packer running back James Starks to the list of professional athletes who are reaping the benefits of going gluten-free, after experiencing health issues.

Though Starks has not released an official diagnosis, his new diet may indicate celiac disease. If so, changing his diet and avoiding gluten will likely improve his immune system, energy level, and overall health.

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Photo: CC-gtalanStarks told reporters recently that, before his change, he had "…been feasting off of carbs thinking it was good, but my body didn't react to it the right way. That played a big part in the healing process."

Since going on a gluten-free diet, Starks says he has put more weight on his 6'2" frame, and is now up to 225 pounds, right where his coaches want him. He also says he feels stronger.

Starks is one of many pro athletes who have recently gone gluten-free. Others include: Kyle Korver of the Chicago Bulls, who credits a gluten-free diet for an improved post-game recovery; US swimmer Dana Vollmer, who went gluten-free before winning her first gold medal at the 2011 World Swimming Championships, and after years of battling severe stomach aches and fatigue; and UFC fighter Dennis Hallman, who celiac disease, who has openly discussed his condition and following adjustments to his training regimen.

Like everyone who has made the switch away from gluten, Starks has had to make his own personal sacrifices, avoiding favorites like fried chicken and pepperoni pizza. However, those sacrifices are paying off with a renewed energy and vitality leaving Starks hungry for another Superbowl run.

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R MacDonald
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19 Sep 2011 6:12:28 AM PDT
Its nice to see advertising about celebrities with celiac disease. The more that is written about the disease then people will become more knowledgeable about it. Also more manufacturers are producing gluten free products as the disease becomes more popular in the press.

 
Mechiell
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19 Sep 2011 7:44:51 PM PDT
If he does have celiac disease I wish he would disclose it to help bring awareness of the disease. Also it stated he can't have pizza or fried chicken. Why not, I do, there are pizza places and gluten free crust and with Bisquick and other gluten free breading you can make fried chicken.

 
Imelda
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25 Sep 2011 7:26:14 PM PDT
I agree with Mechiell this article is great to hear other famous people can share their change of diet with GF foods to help promote energy and awareness to celiac. He can still enjoy fresh gluten-free pizza restaurants like Mariposa Cafe in San Francisco and Oakland and Mission Pizza make fresh gluten-free pizzas. Raley's sells gluten-free corn flakes to bread your chicken or fish.

When we first found this diagnosis, I had research and read GF books and recipes books to be created with comparable foods that all of the family can changed to new diet and was better than cooking two different meals a day.




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I can only think of two things, 1 something you put on your potato was contaminated like the butter container could have crumbs in it or something like that as mentioned before, and you could be having a reaction to dairy or what ever was put in it.......IF it was just plain potato and you reacted with bloating and cramping you might have a carb issues, tad rare and most associated with additional auto immune diseases but could be in which case a diet of fats and protein would be your answer much like it is for me now days.

They are gluten-free. Did you use butter that might have gluten crumbs on it? For me , it takes more than 2 hours to feel the effect of gluten- maybe something you ate before? Maybe stomach virus?

Has anyone had an reaction to potatoes? Just made couple bake potatoes 2hrs ago and now I feel awful...just wondering thought potatoes were gluten free?????

I recently covered some pizzas when adding some grain free options to the gluten alternative list....I actually found a company that makes gluten-free hot pockets also sorta made me laugh. There are some unique ones out there now days even found one that made low carb crust out of chicken breast and cheese. https://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/topic/117090-gluten-free-food-alternatives-list/

these sound like celiac reactions yes ... basically avoid anything that causes the reaction always and find your self a great natural practitioner and rebuild your body .. Rest vitamins digestive enzymes and very strict diet Good Luck