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  1. All Hammer products are gluten free. I have used them exclusively-especially the Endurolytes and the Sustained Energy-a product to use while on your bike. It's a 7:1 carb/protein ratio that delivers a very sustained level of energy. Once I started using it I never went back to Gatorade etc. It also does not contain any sugar i.e. sucrose, dairy, colors, flavors, stimulants etc. a huge plus for me on the run. You can also mix a multi-hour bottle into your first water bottle depending on how long your training ride is- 3,4 5 hour whatever, then use a bottle with plain water to supplement with enough fluid. You can also add a hammer gel into the Sustained Energy to add taste (also gluten free). I do several half IM's and many other races per year using their products and they are the best! Good luck with the training!!


  2. All the time. I have been checked for MS twice. They are now checking for rhuematoid arthritis and myositis.

    Any more I don't know what to think. I know I have nerve damage other than that, who knows. Sorry I can't be more help.


    thanks! It does help to know that others have the same symptoms.

  3. We are getting ready to head out for thanksgiving and I'm trying to determine what foods we should/shouldn't bring with us.

    My inlaws have a Trader Joe's near their home and tell us that they have an "extensive" gluten free section.

    The last time we went on vacation, we were told that a specific store had an "extensive" gluten free section and it turned out to be a freezer case full of waffles, bagels, and donuts. And, that was about IT.

    Can you give me any idea whether or not I should be really packing our vehicle FULL of products for our kids, or can I trust that Trader Joe's will suffice??

    Added information... my gluten-free children are 1 & 5 so "kid friendly" is what I'm looking for.

    Thank you for your help!!

    Trader Joes' usually has a gluten free list of products that they carry at their front desk area. They almost always stock gluten free rice bread, waffles, brown rice pasta, gluten free energy bars, soup etc. I shop at TJ's on a regular basis because their list of products is so extensive. They don't have a "gluten free" section but the products on the list are grouped by category so as you are shopping in a particular section of the store you can look for the specific item.

  4. It's great to hear that so many more people diagnosed with Celiac are competing in marathons and triathlons. I've been gluten free for almost 4 years now and am an avid marathon runner and triathlete. If your energy is low you may want to make sure that you are getting enough calories, especially carbohydrates. With the "lo-carb" craze many athletes are not getting the proper nutrition into their systems and end up with very low energy. Your body needs carbs in order to train and race. If you are training 2 hours per day your body needs at least 8g of carbohydrate per kilogram of body weight. Example:

    A 57 kg athlete needs 340grams-399 grams of carb (per day) if you are spending 1 hour per day training. The same athlete would need 456 grams of carbohydrate if they were training 2 hours per day.

    Don't forget protein too, a competitive athlete needs 1.2-1.8 grams per kilogram per day or the same 57 kg athlete needs a minimum of 68.4 grams of protein daily.

    I take gluten-free multivitamin and use a product called "Platinum Performance". It's available online.