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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. Happy birthday and may God bless you today!

  2. Ironman Training

    I was a competitive cyclist before being diagnosed 4 years ago and am still racing my bike now. I have been racing mountain bikes for 15 years, road for 8 years, track for 4 years and cyclocross for 2. In the last 2 years, I have also done longer distance marathon mountain bike races and multi-day stage races. The thing that I really noticed since becoming gluten-free is an improvement in my recovery. I recover alot faster than before being diagnosed. I also think my endurance is better now. This may just be due to different training and not because of my diet, I'm not sure. As far as nutrition, I swear by Vega (powder and bars) and I also use Gu2O and Gu Gels which are all gluten-free. I suggest that you get used to planning what you're going to eat when you're away from your kitchen and during competitions and bringing your own food when travelling. It is the best way to stay gluten-free and healthy. Keep a positive attitude. Hope this helps a bit... Good luck!
  3. 24 Hour Mountain Bike Race

    Hi Heather, Not sure if your race is done already, but I suggest Vega meal replacment powder. Very easy to digest, no cooking required. I have been using it now for over six months as a supplement and find that it works really good. Vega also has bars as well. All Vega products are gluten-free. You can check them out here: www.myvega.com. For solid food, I find rice pasta salad with beans keeps me going during longer races as well. You can eat it cold as well. Mike
  4. I use GU gels which are gluten-free. For bars, I really enjoy Larabars and Vega bars. The Vega meal replacement powder is amazing. I have been using one serving every day as a supplement and find that it really helps with my post-workout recovery. All Vega products are gluten-free. You can check out the Vega products here: www.myvega.com Mike
  5. Celiac Cyclists

    Thanks for the info Jinscoe. I will definitely give them a try.
  6. Energy Please.

    lorka150, I see you're from Canada. Give this a try: www.myvega.com. It is vegan and gluten-free. I find that it just works great. One scoop twice a day really helps keep my energy levels up. Not sure if it's available in the US though?
  7. Celiac Cyclists

    I have been using PowerGel, Cliff Shots and GU. I find GU works best. It contains more complex sugars and gives me a more even boost instead of a quick shot followed by a crash like the Cliff Shot does. I have also tried Endurox R4 with OK results. I did not use it regularly though. Only after hard workouts and / or races. I was looking for something that I could take immediately following a race if I could not eat a good meal right away.
  8. Celiac Cyclists

    Hi Jinscoe, Good to hear from other cyclists with Celiac disease. I will certainly try the Hammer Nutrition products. I have heard a lot of good things about them. I also have a hard time eating during a race. I force myself to take gels. I also need more than just water for any efforts longer than 1 hour. I've tried Gatorade, but I think the sugars that it contains are too simple which causes a rise in insulin levels followed by an even lower drop in blood sugar. Do you use any supplements for post-workout recovery?
  9. Celiac Cyclists

    Hi Jack, It's good to hear that Adventure Cycling could accomodate your dietary needs. As far as energy bars, I have found a few that are gluten-free: - Larabars are delicious (www.larabar.com) - Envirokids makes cereal bars that I can easily purchase at my local grocery store (http://www.envirokidz.com/food) - I also found these recently, but have not yet had the chance to try them (http://www.fuelbars.com/index.html) Most gels are gluten-free: PowerGel, GU and Cliff Shots. I also think Hammer Gel is gluten-free, but need to check to make sure. Hope this helps... And ride that bike!
  10. Celiac Cyclists

    Thanks for the info... I love Salmon, but avoided eating too much because of Mercury, PCB toxicity. Is wild salmon less toxic than farm-raised salmon? FDA suggests Salmon only twice a week. I may be getting too picky here and should just choose my poison
  11. Celiac Cyclists

    Hi Heather, I would like to meet Brenden, but have not had that opportunity yet. I find the meal replacement powder really evens out my energy level. The bars are labelled gluten-free, but the ingredient list contains Organic Wheat Grass which is on most forbiddin ingredient lists that I have come across. The grass itself does not contain gluten, but the seeds do and it is forbidden because of the risk of cross contamination. I spoke to the Sequel Naturels (makers of Vega bars) customer service rep and she told me the bars were "certified" gluten-free, but could not tell me the steps that were undertaken to acheive this "certification". Yesterday, I had the meal replacement powder and a bar and my digestive system acted up. I'm not sure if this is just part of the "cleansing" process that the company warns about (if so, it should go away) or because of ingested gluten (or just in my head). Opinion please... Thanks Mike
  12. Sports Drinks

    I emailed the company (Pacific Health Laboratories) and they confirmed that Endurox R4 as well as Accelerade are both gluten free. Mike
  13. Celiac Cyclists

    Thanks for the info. It's really good to hear from other celiac cyclists. I have been gluten-free since October 1st, 2002 and am very strict with my diet. I am not anemic, but my iron levels are on the lower levels of normal. I also have osteopenia and take Calcium supplements. For the last 4 years, I have been training about 350 hours per year (weights, cycling and running) with my biggest week being in the 12 hour range in the spring when I'm putting in lots of base miles. This on top of a full-time job and a family. My recovery is alot better since being gluten-free! I was wrecked for 5 or 6 days (big headaches) after a weekend race. That is alot better now, but I still don't recover as fast as my cycling buddies. It takes me almost twice as long to fully recharge the batteries. I notice this during stage races where you race many days in a row. Is this just a part of having Celiac disease or should I expect more? I also have a hard time maintaining energy levels during races. I hit a wall after about an hour. I can ride all day at a slower pace if I eat and drink a bit. I really have a hard time consuming solid food during a race. I eat beef, chicken or fish once about a day as well as fruit, veggies, rice bread, pasta, cereal and nuts. Thanks... Mike
  14. Hi, I am a 37 yr old male competitive celiac cyclist (Mountain, Road, Track and Cyclocross) from Eastern Canada. I find that my energy levels drop considerably after 1:30 of racing and / or long rides. I hit the wall big time no matter how much carbo loading I do beforehand. Any suggestions as far as on the bike nutrition? I have been using gels and Gatorade. I also find that my recovery is slower than other cyclists my age, level... Any suggestions? I've just started using Vega (www.myvega.com). Still not sure how well it will work. Thanks... Mike
  15. Celiac Runners

    Hi, I'm new to this forum. I am a 37 yr old Celiac competitive cyclist (Mountain Bike, Road, Track and Cyclocross) who also runs for cross training. I have recently started using this Vegan meal replacement and Energy bar as a supplement. I find it works well. It may only be available in Canada though. May want to contact the company if interested. www.myvega.com Mike