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Building Muscle on your Gluten Free Diet

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Building Muscle on a Gluten Free / Dairy Free Diet

Gluten is a protein found in many grains such as wheat, rye, barley and spelt. (Think of gluten like a glue that binds the food together or thickens up soups and gravies.)  Some foods that do not contain gluten in their natural state, such as oats, are usually processed on the same lines as gluten containing foods and therefor can become contaminated. Because many carbs we rely on for building muscle mass contain gluten, this can pose a slight inconvenience for those who are on a building plan that cannot tolerate gluten.  There is a small (but growing) percent of the population that cannot tolerate gluten, either from an allergy, sensitivity or Celiac disease.

Alternative Carbs for eating properly while gaining muscle mass include rice, quinoa, potatoes and flax. There are now many great alternatives to choose from including gluten free whole grain bread, rice cakes and, one of my personal favorites, cream of rice. Aside from these starchy carbs let’s not forget our protein and fats. Lean proteins are pretty much gluten free and safe to eat. Chicken, Turkey, egg whites, lean sirloin, shrimp, salmon, tuna and cod are just a few examples of lean proteins to fill up with when training for gains. Natural nut butters, avocados and coconut oils are great sources of fats to include in your daily regimen.

Protein shakes are a huge help and very convenient when trying to build more muscle. The problem here, is that finding a protein shake that is truly gluten free and truly dairy free (made in a dedicated gluten and dairy free facility) can be very tricky. I was using the same protein shake for years for fear of trying something new and having it affect my stomach. This protein only came in 2 flavors and while it delivered results, had a great ingredient profile and tasted good; it started to get pretty boring.  Also, it is important to switch up foods and fitness training as the body adapts and can plateau.

Over the past few months I have found 3 protein companies that cater to the gluten free / dairy free clientele. They contain safe ingredients, have a good amount of protein per serving and they taste good too. Utilizing the protein shake for building muscle is a great option, as long as you get the right protein. See, dairy free / gluten free nutrition while training for muscle mass is not as difficult as it once was years ago. There are many safe and delicious options available. Putting a proper nutrition plan into action is something I recommend seeing a professional for.  It is hard enough living with food allergies, intolerance’s and medical conditions requiring special dietary restrictions; adding a strict training regime to the mix is even harder! A professional can assist with enduring you are getting the proper amount of macro-nutrients daily to sustain your energy balance.

It is also important to mention that having Celiac disease damages the lining of the stomach which is responsible for absorbing nutrients. Many Celiac’s will find they are deficient in Vitamin d, b12, iron and magnesium. It is essential to eat foods high in these nutrients, especially when training as it is very taxing to the body. Building muscle, gaining mass and fitness training can hurt you rather than help you if you are not getting adequate nutrients.  Again, I advise beginners or the inexperienced to get help from a certified trainer and nutritionist before embarking on a muscle building plan. Also, it is important to advise your doctor before starting any new workout or nutrition plans.

 

Maria Faller

www.BeABetterYouFitness.com

Certified Nutrition Consultant

Certified Fitness Trainer

Certified Wellness Coach

Celiac/Food Allergy Mom

 

We have several other articles on gluten-free and fitness, as well as, gluten-free and dairy-free diet.  Come check them out!

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Maintaining a Gluten Free Diet

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Whаt Iѕ Glutеn аnd What Iѕ a Glutеn-Frее Dіеt?

Glutеn, dеrіvеd frоm “glue” іn Lаtіn, іѕ a соmроѕіtе оf two рrоtеіnѕ fоund іn thе еndоѕреrmѕ of ѕоmе grаѕѕ-rеlаtеd grаіnѕ, lіkе wheat, rуе, аnd bаrlеу. Thе twoрrоtеіnѕ thаt mаkе uр thе соmроѕіtе аrе саllеd glіаdіn аnd glutеnіn thаt together соmрrіѕе 80 реrсеnt оf thе рrоtеіn соntаіnеd іn a wheatѕееd. Thеrе аrе dіffеrеnt tуреѕ оf glutеn. Rice аnd mаіzе, for еxаmрlе, аrе ѕоmеtіmеѕ саllеd glutеn but their рrоtеіnѕ lасk glіаdіn, dіffеrеntіаtіng thеm frоm wheat glutеn. Sіmрlу рut, however, glutеn is thе рrоtеіn раrt оf wheat, rуе, bаrlеу, аnd оthеr related grаіnѕ.

A glutеn-frее dіеt іѕ a fооd dіеt completely frее of іngrеdіеntѕ dеrіvеd from glutеn-соntаіnіng сеrеаlѕ (or grаѕѕеѕ thаt аrе сultіvаtеd fоr thе edible соmроnеntѕ оf thеіr fruit, which саn аlѕо bе сultіvаtеd and рrосеѕѕеd into іtеmѕ uѕеd аѕ thickening аgеntѕ, or оthеr соmроnеntѕ іn thе fооd рrосеѕѕіng ѕуѕtеm).

Hоw tо Dеvеlор аnd Maintain a Glutеn-Frее Dіеt

Rеmоvіng glutеn frоm thе dіеt іѕ difficult bесаuѕе grаіnѕ аrе uѕеd іn the рrераrаtіоn of many fооdѕ. If уоu desire tо mаіntаіn a glutеn-frее dіеt thе fіrѕt ѕtер is tо ѕtор соnѕumіng anything thаt contains wheat, rуе, аnd bаrlеу. Fоr a lоng tіmе, оаtѕ wеrе thought to соntаіn ѕоmе glutеn. Nоw we knоw thаt оаtѕ frеԛuеntlу wеrе рrосеѕѕеd іn mасhіnеѕ thаt аlѕо рrосеѕѕеd wheat, which lеft rеѕіduе оn the machines. Mоѕt mаnufасturеrѕ nо lоngеr dо this.

Tо аvоіd gluten, уоu саn eat thеѕе рrіmаrу foods (оr fооdѕ dеrіvеd from thеѕе fооdѕ): соrn, роtаtо, rісе, ѕоуbеаnѕ, tаріоса, аrrоwrооt, саrоb, buсkwhеаt, mіllеt, аmаrаnth, аnd ԛuіnоа. Dіѕtіllеd white vіnеgаr dоеѕ nоt соntаіn glutеn, but mаlt vіnеgаr, on thе other hаnd, dоеѕ соntаіn glutеn.

Grаіnѕ аrе used іn thе рrосеѕѕіng оf mаnу іngrеdіеntѕ, ѕо іt іѕ nесеѕѕаrу to bе аwаrе thаt glutеn mау bе hіddеn іn ѕоmе fооdѕ. Hеrе іѕ a lіѕt оf fооdѕ аnd іngrеdіеntѕ thаt mау соntаіn glutеn: hуdrоlуzеd vеgеtаblе рrоtеіn (HVP), unless mаdе frоm ѕоу оr corn; flоur or сеrеаl рrоduсtѕ, unless mаdе wіth рurе rісе flоur, соrn flоur, роtаtо flоur оr ѕоу flоur; vеgеtаblе рrоtеіn, unless mаdе frоm ѕоу or соrn; malt оr mаlt flavoring, unless dеrіvеd frоm соrn; mоdіfіеd ѕtаrсh оr mоdіfіеd fооd ѕtаrсh, unless arrowroot, соrn, роtаtо, tаріоса, wаxу mаіzе оr mаіzе is uѕеd; vеgеtаblе gum, unless mаdе frоm саrоb bеаn.

Onе оf thе bеѕt wауѕ tо mаіntаіn a no gluten dіеt is tо рrераrе уоur оwn mеаlѕ frоm ѕсrаtсh. Mоѕt оrgаnіс ѕtоrеѕ offer vаrіоuѕ glutеn frее рrоduсtѕ ѕuсh аѕ glutеn frее flоur аnd оthеr nоn glutеn baking рrоduсtѕ ѕо уоu can ѕtіll еnjоу thе desserts thаt уоu’vе bееn uѕеd to. If уоu’rе not a kіtсhеn реrѕоn, thеrе аrе аlѕо rеаdу mаdе glutеn frее рrоduсtѕ ѕоld іn ѕuсh stores.

Glutеn іѕ found іn mаnу food additives аѕ a stabilizer or аѕ a thickener. To аvоіd glutеn symptoms уоu nееd to be aware of thе ingredients uѕеd іn all thе gluten products уоu uѕе including medications, vitamins and еvеn lipstick.

Evеn іf glutеn is not іn the іngrеdіеnt lіѕt іt mау bе аddеd during thе рrераrаtіоn of thе рrоduсt, fоr еxаmрlе аѕ a dusting on bаkіng trays. Tаkе care thаt уоur fооd оr drink іѕ рrосеѕѕеd under gluten frее рrасtісеѕ, еvеn though іt dоеѕ nоt соntаіn glutеn аnоthеr рrоduсt рrосеѕѕеd іn thе ѕаmе fасtоrу mау dо ѕо аnd thіѕ соuld lead tо сrоѕѕ соntаmіnаtіоn.

When preparing уоur meals at home уоu аlѕо hаvе tо аvоіd cross соntаmіnаtіоn as wеll. Tо dо thіѕ kеер уоur glutеn fооdѕ іn a ѕераrаtе рrеѕѕ оr shelf, уоu should gеt a ѕесоnd tоаѕtеr tо bе uѕеd оnlу fоr gluten bread аnd ensure уоu рrераrе уоur mеаlѕ separately. Of course, thе easiest wау to аvоіd glutеn at home іѕ to remove іt all together from thе household cooking, mаkе all thе meals for the family without glutеn, it’s not difficult оnсе уоu get the hang of a glutеn recipe, take for instance sauces, gravies and soups, substitute maize flour for wheat flour or еvеn potatoes саn be uѕеd аѕ a thickener.

Tackle it with a Gluten Free Fitness perspective

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One day is not going to make you fat. Not Christmas, not Thanksgiving, New Year, not even Superbowl.

What matters is the other 359 days a year that aren’t holidays, however, these days can be a bit of a calorie bomb. If you are eating well 80-90% of the time, these days are simply a blip on the radar screen of wellness. But-maybe you’re trying to get in the swing of eating more healthfully, or simply want to be aware of what your options can be.

We generally have people over for a get-together fairly regularly. Our house has an open floor plan, and is set up wonderfully for parties. This time, the “let’s have a few people over for the Superbowl” had turned into a 30 person party.

And so it goes.

I enjoy cooking, and I especially like being in control of the food so I know exactly what is in everything. From a gluten standpoint of course, but also so that I can make choices that reflect quality and health of ingredients whenever possible.

Here’s a sampling of our Superbowl menu:

Cheese and crackers

I have chosen Mary’s Gone Crackers, and Nut Thins. These will be on a separate table from the regular Wheat Thins. For my cheese, I have chosen Cabot’s 50% reduced fat cheddar (the only reduced fat cheese that I have found that tastes good and has a good texture,) regular fat extra sharp cheddar, and goat cheese. Goat cheese will be 1 log of regular, and the 2nd I will make a “spread” by adding fresh snipped herbs. Goat and feta cheeses are naturally a bit lower in fat than cheddar, and have strong flavors so you can use less. I will also have sliced cucumbers a’plenty. This is so after I have a couple crackers, I can use the sliced cucumbers instead of crackers to save some calories if I wish. (I also use the cucumber trick for salsa instead of tortilla chips.)

Salsa and chips

I make my own salsa, for which I’ll provide as close as I can get to a recipe below. (I don’t actually measure, so it’s all ballpark.) For chips I use Baked Scoops! and baked blue corn tortilla chips. I love, love, salsa-so after a few chips I’ll switch to cucumber slices.

Shrimp cocktail

Shrimp is a naturally lean protein, and quite yummy. Instead of commercially prepared cocktail sauce, I use Heinz Reduced Sugar Ketchup and horseradish to make my own cocktail sauce. I have no recipe-just combine the two, and a bit of lemon juice until you find a flavor and consistency you like. This will save some of the sugar that is common in cocktail sauce.

Fruit plate

This will be near the cheese. Grapes, apple slices, and strawberries. YUM! Florida strawberries are just coming into season…

Tuna Dip

This is for my fiance. There is absolutely not much that is redeeming about this dip, and I just don’t eat it. I would if I used low fat mayo-but to stay true to the original recipe from a local restaurant it’s full fat mayo all the way. A lot of full fat mayo. There are so many other great choices, I won’t even miss not eating this stuff.

Veggie crudite and dip

Love me my veggies, and it gives something very healthful to munch on. This will be red bell pepper, grape tomato, broccoli, cauliflower, and baby carrots. I will make a quick and easy dip with nonfat Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic powder, and some fresh herbs. You can also add a gluten free powdered Italian or ranch salad dressing packet to the Greek yogurt to be even faster.

For the “real food” we are grilling chicken breast and burgers, for which we’ll use 93% lean ground beef. Nothing wrong with that. The gluten-eaters can have their buns, which I will be keeping an eye on to make sure they don’t contaminate anything, and they never go on the grill. Friends are bringing some sides.

For dessert I will be making Shirley’s Flourless Oatmeal Cookies from Gluten Free Easily. I had considered using peanut butter chips, but will use mini chocolate chips. I will also be making the stealth “black bean brownies” which deserve their own post next week. Maybe some chocolate fondue if there are any strawberries left at this point.

Salsa Fresca
– Whole bunch of Roma tomatoes, or whatever tomato looks good. You’ll cut these in 1/4’s, and seed them. (Squeeze them over the garbage so the seeds come out-keeps your salsa from getting too watery.)
– Bunch of fresh cilantro, stems removed
– 3-4 fresh garlic cloves
– 1/2 onion
– 6 limes
– sea salt
– 1 small jalapeno pepper (optional)

  • Tomatoes, onion, garlic, and pepper all go into the food processor. I remove the seeds and ribs from the jalapeno. You choose how spicy you want to go. Pulse until combined. Add cilantro, and fresh squeeze the lime juice into the processor. Pulse. Add a few shakes of sea salt, taste, and pulse. Repeat until desired consistency! Enjoy!

Make smart choices, and truly enjoy your food. Eat what you want to eat-don’t just eat something because it’s there. What sometimes gets lost is the idea that get together and gatherings are about the company we keep, and being present with your friends and family. Oh-and yeah-there’s a game on, right?

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