I spent 10 years getting misdiagnosed. Finally when I could no longer live like that I found someone who took me seriously. I could not run more than 30 minutes without using the bathroom. I could not eat within 6 hours of running races. Due to years of not knowing I had Celiac Disease, I now have some health problems like osteopenia (pre-cursor to osteoporosis). But after 3 years of being gluten-free, I started to see major changes in my health and body. For me, I started to feel better three weeks after going gluten-free. The bloating went down and I felt more comfortable.
However, my best improvement marker came two and half years after being gluten-free; I made the Olympic Team! I represented the United States in the 10,000 meters in Beijing. Now I get asked about eating and training gluten-free. I wanted to put out this guide to Celiac or gluten intolerant athletes of all abilities. Once you get your health restored with a gluten-free diet you can accomplish any goal you set your heart and mind to!
Getting diagnosed and going gluten-free is hard at first. You will spend a lot of time reading food labels and ingredient lists. I would suggest you get some things to help you.
1. Triumph Dining Gluten-Free restaurant cards to give to restaurants when you go somewhere that does not have a gluten-free menu.
2. Triumph Dining The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide
3. Triumph Dining The Essential Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide
4. IMCG Toast it bags – to keep the bread from cross contamination in a shared toaster if you have gluten eaters in your house.
There are so many new gluten-free cookbooks to choose from, just go to the store and find one that fits your cooking style. There are also a lot of informative websites for Celiac information, eating and cooking gluten-free. This is just a short list to start with: