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Gluten Free Fitness in the Media: New Free Resources Available

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I recently partnered with the good folks at the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness to create a few more awesome resources for the gluten free and celiac community.

The NFCA is always updating their site with new and cool information and events, so make sure to check back in often.

  • The first new resource is an on-demand version of the live webinar that I presented entitled “The Gluten-Free Effect on Athletes: Improving Performance Through Diet” Click here and scroll down until you see that title, then you can choose to watch the webinar or download the PDF of the Power Point presentation.  Also on that page is a downloadable guide to the gluten free status of some commonly found sports supplements and energy/protein bars.  (As always, that was correct and current at that time, but always double check and read labels.  Things change.)  There’s also some homemade protein bar recipes and the short version of the Q&A.  I ran out of time to address all the great questions that were submitted, but will do that on an upcoming episode of the Gluten Free Fitness and Wellness Podcast.
  • The second new resource is a Media Planet insert that was in the Chicago Tribune.  It’s 8 pages and full of great info.  On page 5, athletics and celiac disease is discussed, and that’s where I come in.  Check out the whole insert, good stuff abounds, and you’ll see some familiar faces and names.  Click here for the insert.
  • The third resource is a patient handout that was developed for and published in the Advance Magazine for Physical Therapists.  It’s a one page sheet with the basics of celiac disease, how celiac disease can affect performance, and some gluten free snack ideas.  It’s a handy way to introduce people to celiac disease if they haven’t a clue, and will be useful to educate family members as well.  Click here for the handout.
All of these are excellent places to start if you have been newly diagnosed, or are looking for easy to understand information to share with family members.

If you are kicking around on here for a while, you’ll want to check out Gluten Free and Fit 101, where I’ve compiled posts that I think would be most helpful to those starting on a gluten free diet, or those who have been eating gluten free, but are ready to kick up their nutritional know how and health status to the next level.

If you have checked out any of these resources, I’d love to hear your thoughts!  What did you like, what did you feel was missing, what other information do you think would be helpful?  Myself and the NFCA are always listening and ready to provide education for the celiac and gluten free community that they want to see, hear, and learn.

Go forth and learn!  Or teach!

Labor Day Weekend Edition: Gluten Free, Celiac and Nutrition Goodies and News

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Happy Labor Day weekend to everyone here in the US!

I find it completely crazy how fast time is flying by.

First, a special announcement

I was asked by the NFCA to help out and present a webinar titled “The Gluten-Free Effect on Athletes: Improving Performance Through Diet.” This free webinar will be taking place on September 21st, at 8:30 PM EST. (Yes, Kristin at the NFCA (who has been incredibly helpful and awesome, by the way) has talked me into staying up past my normal bedtime. Ya’ll can tell me a bedtime story after the webinar.)

Click here to register.  Make sure to sign up ahead of time, because we will be accepting audience questions before the event.  I’m very excited and happy to be involved with such a great organization and event.

OK, onward!

Gluten Free and Celiac Stuff
  • Amy at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free has designed a Labor Day Menu for you.   Total yummies.  Definitely check it out.  I bookmarked some of these to make for our “not really a wedding reception” party here at the house in October.
  • Karina, the Gluten Free Goddess, shared a recipe for Gluten Free Peach Cobbler.  The recipe looks fabulous, but my favorite part of the post is her commentary.  Check it out, I’m not giving a spoiler.
  • Carrie at Ginger Lemon Girl shared a guest post from David Abed on Gluten Free Hurricane/Disaster Preparedness. This is important stuff for us all, and I am especially aware of it living in South Florida.  We are now in the busiest part of hurricane season, and although the past few years have been quiet, we cannot be complacent.  The memory of 3 weeks without power when Wilma hit here is very fresh in my mind, and of course no one can forget Katrina.  Be prepared for the worst, and then everything else is a pleasant surprise.
  • Everyday Paleo is a blog devoted to feeding a family paleo-style.  They are gluten free by choice, not necessarily for celiac disease, and share lots of tips and recipe ideas.  I especially liked this one for Paleo Pizza.
Nutrition News
  • I’ve mentioned before that I like to use coconut oil and coconut flour in recipes, and did so in my Cookies that are Almost Good for You post.  There’s lots of information out there on coconut products, but I always like to see it from a neutral (i.e. not financially involved) standpoint.  Stephan at the Whole Health Source blog is one smart gluten free cookie, and he is doing a series on tropical plant fats.  This post examines the science behind coconut oil.  If you are even a little bit a science geek like me, you’ll dig Stephan’s blog.  I made a new recipe using coconut cream that I’ll be sharing this week.
  • Dr. Stephen Wangen wrote a great post on Understanding the Healthcare Business. This is important stuff.  I’ve been working in healthcare for 14 years (holy cow) and have seen it from every angle.  As a provider, as a patient, as a case manager for insurance companies, and as a specialist appealing denials, I’ve seen it all.  It’s so important for people to understand their policy, what it covers and what it doesn’t.  Do this when you are well.  There’s lots of confu  Understand sing language, so don’t hesitate to make a call and get someone to explain it to you in plain English.  Nothing is free, ever.  If your policy covers an ambulance ride 100%, great.  But it’s not free.  Either you are paying for it in your premiums, your employer is, or the taxpayers are.  Nothing is free.  Understand your policy, and be your own healthcare advocate.  If you can’t, find someone who can.  (Steps down from my soapbox.)
  • Eat An Apple (Doctors Orders). Love this.  I hope this becomes more common.

That’s it for today!

Everyone have a happy, healthy, and safe holiday, or weekend at the very least.

And do it all gluten free!

If you’re stuck indoors, check out Gluten Free and Fit 101 for some goodies to keep you busy. 🙂

The Magic Bullet for Living a Healthy Gluten Free Life

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The Magic Bullet for Living a Healthy Gluten Free Life

No, not the Magic Bullet, one of my favorite small kitchen appliances… Not a pill, or potion, or lotion, or gimmicky late night infomercial product or fitness program…

Actually, it’s not very sexy at all. But, it will get you closer to your goals than a kitchen gadget, a pill, a potion, lotion, or gimmick.

It’s awareness.

Awareness

Since you can’t package it and sell it, I’m afraid this little tidbit may be receiving less attention than it should.

If you’ve been reading my rantings, you may have heard me rant about this before. I believe that celiac disease is a blessing in disguise, a built in necessity where we HAVE to become more conscious of what we put in our mouths.

Awareness can extend much further than the gluten status of a food though

1. Be aware of how much you move-sitting, standing, lying. Be conscious of your movement or lack thereof, and try to add more general movement to your day.

2. Be aware of how eating different foods make you feel. Do you feel energized or listless? Do you feel good or no so good after eating french fries or something with a list of unpronounceable ingredients longer than your arm? (Gluten free of course-whatever it may be.)

3. Be aware of your sleep patterns. Many, many of us aren’t getting enough sleep, and that can lead to issues with appetite and weight control. On top of feeling tired, which just stinks. I am guilty of trying to get a lot done in a small amount of time, I understand totally. But sleep is crucial. 7-9 hours is ideal. Really. I get up at 5AM, but I’m lights out by 9:30-10 PM.

4. Be aware of your stress levels, and minimize them whenever possible. If you find yourself getting aggravated, try to focus on your breathing, count to 10 in pig latin, whatever it takes to talk yourself down. Every day life throws a lot of chronic stressors our way, and we’re just not built to live well under that constant low level stress. It’s very different than the stress of running from a lion, you know? In that case you run and it’s over. If you find this interesting, a great book to check out is Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky.

5. Be aware of the nutritional value of your food. You don’t have to change anything, just take a look-see. You may find that your habits begin to slowly change, and gravitate toward more “healthful” foods just by being aware of your choices and not just grabbing by habit.

So it’s not a pill, or a potion, or a lotion, or a gimmick. But give it a try and see what happens. You may be surprised what a little awareness can bring you.

Leave your experiences with awareness below…I love to hear from you guys!