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NY Giants Justin Pugh Says Gluten-Free Made Him Stronger

Celiac.com 01/15/2016 - In his three years with the NFL, New York Giants lineman, Justin Pugh has made himself a key part of his team's strong offense. At 6-foot-4 inches, 305-pounds, and with strength and speed to match, Pugh has wrecked havoc on opposing linemen.

Image: NY Giants Logo--Wikimedia CommonsPro Football Focus, which monitors NFL games, and assigns grades based on player performance, currently ranks Pugh as one of the league's top ten guards.

Now word is out that Pugh has switched to a gluten-free diet after being diagnosed with a gluten-sensitivity last year as part of routine blood tests conduct by Quest Diagnostics. Quest's blood tests showed that, while Pugh does not have full-blown celiac disease, he does have a sensitivity that could negatively impact his performance on the field.

Those results prompted Pugh to ditch the gluten, which, Pugh says, has paid huge dividends.

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The main benefit, according to Pugh, is that he was able to gain a few pounds while dramatically reducing his overall body fat, something many football players struggle to accomplish. Pugh says that eating gluten-free has also increased his energy levels, and improved his training and recovery ability.

For example, his weight lifting numbers has increased dramatically. He can now comfortably bench press 425 pounds, much better than his previous best.

According to Pugh, the gluten-free diet has been the key to training heavily and feeling great.

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15 Jan 2016 9:13:28 AM PDT
Not surprising. While in college in my late teens, I always felt I was weaker than most of the other guys on our crew squad. It wasn't till much later in life, after diagnosis, that I learned hypothyroidism and hypoproteinemia (from celiac gut damage) were responsible.




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We freeze portions in a regular freezer zip lock bag.

That sounds good. Do you have a machine that seals without air or do you just use bags? Is it possible to buy bags only? I remembered the other type of froz food I sometimes get - Saffron Road.

You can always check to see how long the lab order lasts, if you'd like to continue eating gluten longer.

Might be something else in there, perhaps he ate something else with gluten, something was mixed in the chips, the chips were flavored or in a snack mix with pretzels. I get that way with gluten, but the last 2 times the gut issues render me unable to argue like that but I do go Mr. Hyde like =. ...

I hate to say it and be Mr. Negative ass here. But I had this exact same thought about having kids, I do not wish any kids I have to have my AI issues, and decided I would wait a few decades if need be for the new gene editing things they are working on so we can have them changed. Call me crazy.