In those five day, I eliminated all gluten from my diet. Some big switches were wheat/rye bread for rice bread, wheat tortillas for corn ones, and replacing some of my snacks foods like pretzels and crackers for gluten free versions. In terms of my energy in that period, I didn't notice any difference. Where I did see a difference, however, was on the digestive side of things. While I definitely don't suffer from Celiac's Disease, my stomach was much happier eating wheat free. Less irritable, happier bathroom trips. Getting all the innuendo folks? Talking about poo. Please don't stop following me. Just trying to be honest! This alone would be worth me eliminating most gluten from my diet. The plan right now it to eliminate wheat products, but not be so worried about cross-contamination since I don't think I'm that sensitive. I'll start reducing the amount of gluten I consume and see how I feel about eliminating it completely.
Price wise, snacks were more expensive. I think if you eat mostly unprocessed foods, this would be much easier to do. Relying on speciality items (especially here in Georgia) can be pretty expensive. But a sweet potato and some salad is naturally GF!
This all being said, on Saturday I was less that concerned about what was best for me. I just wanted goodness in my belly. Here's my bag of necessaries taken in the wee hours of the morning yesterday:
I fueled with nuun and jellybeans, and had the blueberry muffin Larabar immediately after finishing. So far, all gluten-free. And then? Fro-yo and pizza. Yes, in that order. All I wanted was cold sugary goodness, so hubs humored me and we had dessert first! Also, I finally got my fro-yo price down to $4.39. I'm super proud! I got peanut butter, vanilla, and butter brickle flavors with almonds, chocolate chips, sprinkles, cherries and coconut.
|Can you tell I needed a few bites before I could take a photo?|
|Buyer's remorse. Does hubs have the prettier fro-yo?|
After this we booked it to Whole Foods and each got a slice of pizza--loaded with gluten and dairy but this girl knows what she wants. I most definitely wanted that pizza. Eaten within 120 seconds in the car. No pictures!
What foods do you crave after a race?
It's really different every time, but always lots of it! After a hot race I want something cold and sweet, and after a cold run usually something warm and savory.
If you eat gluten-free, what differences do you notice?
I already told you mine, now share your experiences please!