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  1. I'm a college athlete and I can identify with almost all of these problems. My energy levels bounce around like crazy! I'm a swimmer and my coach frequently pulls me out of practice because I'm shivering or light headed. I usually swim distance events, and half of the time I feel like I have no energy to finish the practices. Man, I wish I could sprint!! I also play rugby, which is actually easier to handle celiac-wise. The hardest part about both teams is when we travel (sometimes for as long as a week for training). It's so diffucult for me to find food, I usually end up not eating much. I saw a nutritionist at the Univ. of Pittsburgh Medical Center and she recommended eating 2 hours before and work out and directly after to try and maintain some constant energy level. Last summer, I rode my bike to the Atlantic Ocean with my dad for fun. It took a couple weeks (from Indiana) and it was hard to eat gluten free since we carried all of our food, but it was worth it! I'm so glad to find other people who stuck with their sports. Most trainers and doctors I've come across just equate celiac disease with 'no sports' and expect me to quit and go home and bake bread!
  2. I have tried both the Ramapo Valley and the Bards Tale beer. I like the Bards Tale the best. It has a more bitter taste, while the Ramapo is quite sweet. To me, the Bards tastes more like regular beer...at least from what I remember it tasting like I too live in Indiana! I'm from Indianapolis and Broadripple isn't far from me. But I go to school in Pennsylvania which makes it hard to get the beer from NY unless I have a friend get it for me.
  3. I'm a 19 year old college student in Pittsburgh, PA. I play 2 sports and am pretty active in the off seasons. At school I'm studying Biology with the hopes of going to med school in a few years. I'm involved with my sorority and a pre-med club. I was dx in the middle of the freshman year in college by blood work, scopes, and biopsies. Being away from home with no way to cook or buy gluten-free food was really tough. My coach helped me out so I made it through the end of swim season. Now things are mostly under control, but who knows what's going to happen when I have to cook between classes Take care!
  4. Thanks so much for sharing the story. gZimmiZ- I was Dx as an 18 year old freshman in college and it's a big adjustment but my 'dining services' dept. was very helpful and midnight snack run can still include french fries I've found some ways around diet restrictions and my friends have been very helpful. They know what places I will be able to eat at and occasionally pitch in with cooking. They even made me a gluten-free birthday cake! Hang in there!
  5. Indianapolis, IN but I go to college in Pittsburgh, PA
  6. I thought dealing with people was the most difficult thing. I am a college student and my friends and dining services were so hard to deal with sometimes. They wanted to help, but I usually ended up left out or feeling so different and alienated from everyone else. Traveling with sports teams was a nightmare as well. It just made the adjustment that much harder and take that much longer.
  7. Hi- I'm fairly new to all of this as well. I found out that October is Celiac Awareness month and I was wondering if there was a ribbon associated with celiac disease. I know breast cancer is known for the pink ribbon etc... If anyone has any information about it I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!
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