Gluten Free Fitness

Is celiac disease a “blessing in disguise?”

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Is celiac a “blessing in disguise?”

Yes, I know, some of you are going to get a little upset about that. But really, think about it.

Having celiac disease makes us EXTREMELY aware of what we put into out bodies. Now the trick becomes making sure that it is high quality nutrition, not processed but “gluten free.” Now, I am not going to say all processed food is bad all the time. Heck no, I indulged in some Honey Nut gluten free Chex cereal after my weight training workout this morning. However, in my opinion that should be an exception.

I am a firm believer that if you eat well 90% of the time, (and that could easily be extended to 80%, keep in mind I am a physique athlete and so personally choose to be a bit stricter) that you can eat pretty well whatever you please the remaining 10-20% of the time. Including ice cream, my personal favorite splurge.
But I digress.

My point is, celiacs can’t chew mindlessly on the breadbasket while waiting for dinner. We can’t grab a pretzel at the movies. We have to THINK before we put food in our mouths. So really-if you’re already thinking about it anyway, why not take a little extra time.

Is what you are putting into your mouth not just gluten free, but free of empty calories? Free of artificial ingredients? Is it full of nutrition?

I was once told by a very wise person:

Everything you put in your mouth takes you one step closer to, or one step further away from your goals.

Which direction are you stepping?

Top 5 gluten free complex carbohydrate sources as rated by me

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These are simply ranked in the order which I like them most. I consider them fairly interchangeable as far as quality goes, although there of course are differences when it comes to specific nutritional content. But we’re talking big picture at the moment….

Top 5 gluten free complex carbohydrate sources

  1. Sweet Potato-love these. Awesome all carmelized and naturally sweet when baked, can be sliced and baked as fries, mashed-just all-around high nutrition value goodness. Sweetness and fiber all wrapped up in a yummy peel. There’s nothing wrong with other potatoes, I just like the sweets. And remember, this list is in MY order of preference only.
  2. Gluten free oatmeal-this is a staple for breakfast almost every morning. Oatmeal, blueberries, and egg whites with spinach. (not mixed together, although that would probably be good too. I get the Cream Hill Estates kind. No cross contamination. I also use it to make breads and muffins. (recipes will come another day.)
  3. Rice. I like brown, but they’re all good, depends on what you’re looking for, brown tends to be a bit higher in fiber. It’s chewy, kind of nutty, great texture, very versatile. You can make it savory by cooking it with some gluten free chicken broth and herbs, add some crumbled feta cheese, chopped chicken breast and some sundried tomatoes-voila-dinner! Or make it sweet, cook with water, add some stevia or Splenda and cinnamon, and rice pudding-esque treat is ready!
  4. Quinoa. Weird spelling and weirder pronunciation “keen-wa” but tastes pretty good. We’re not going into nutritional specifics here, but this one is unique in that it contains a decent amount of protein. Also packs some good fiber. Has a cute little tail which gives it extra bonus points in my opinion.
  5. Beans. Can’t leave out the musical fruit. I especially am a fan of garbanzos in my salads, and black beans with chicken, or a white bean dip that is great for veggies, or red beans in a chili, or ….OK-you get the idea. Versatile, cheap, and packed with carbs, fiber and protein.

NOTABLY MISSING FROM THIS LIST

  • Gluten free pasta
  • Gluten free breads
  • Gluten free mac and cheese, or really anything that has more than 1 ingredient.

Minimum ingredients

Here’s the idea-try to keep all food choices to a minimum of ingredients. Chicken-1 ingredient. Broccoli-yup, 1 ingredient. Umm..gluten free pasta? Too many ingredients to list.

For the most part, keeping food choices to the minimally processed is never a bad thing.

Take a look the next time you go to the grocery, and try to keep to 1 or a few ingredient foods. The let me know how you did!

The Surfshelf-the end of cardio boredom and chance to get off your a**!

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and now it’s on SALE!! Hey, can I get a charge back? 🙂

I am fortunate enough to have a treadmill at home, which I love. The Surfshelf is a device (for lack of a better term) that allows you to attach your laptop to your treadmill. Apparently it also works with ellipticals and bikes, but I haven’t tried those.

I have used it to watch videos (can do this while exercising at a fairly high intensity-my preference is 15% incline at 2.5-6 mph. You can also type or surf, but I find that I have to be working at a lower intensity for that. It makes the time go by really quickly, and allows you to get some work done too.

I like the idea of walking really slow while working on it, just to increase overall activity and get off my butt. (In addition to regular exercise.) They are offering a $5 off coupon until the end of August, so go to SurfShelf.com to check it out, enter surfshelfsummer5 to get your discount. Let me know how you like it!