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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. Starks 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.
Celiac.com 05/02/2009 - Jesse James, the low-key celebrity biker and husband of star Sondra Bullock, led a gluten-free rally to survive yet another Donald Trump challenge on the Celebrity Apprentice recently. The second task of the night on the April 19th show was to devise a new dish along with a marketing campaign for the Schwan's frozen food LiveSmart line. Facing possible elimination of a team-member, the team led by Jesse James rallied with a gluten free noodle dish to stay alive for the May 10th final. The challenge to create and market Schwan's new dish saw Jesse James running the show at Athena. Jesse chose to keep teammate Melissa with him and put colleagues Brande and Annie to work in the kitchen. Jesse led the charge with a with the turkey meatball and gluten-free pasta suggested by team member and poker champ Annie Duke, leaving himself just enough room to put it on her had it failed. The meal features meatballs made with ground turkey breast meat and a touch of pork, and seasoned with onion, mushroom, garlic, spinach, basil. The meatballs are served up on a bed of Quinoa rotelle pasta and topped with a classic tomato basil sauce. A serving of tender 100% Grade A broccoli completes the meal. Now, Jesse's reticence regarding marketing nearly saw the team's effort fail, but the meal was solid and the execution went well. So when it came time to make a cut, Trump looked to the opposition's Herschel Walker, who had twice failed in his managerial duties. Check out the gluten-free Triple Play Turkey Meatballs and Pasta Dinner featured on the Celebrity Apprentice. Sources: Schwan's Examiner.com Zap2it Popwatch