When I played college soccer we would go out for a big pasta meal before a game. Load up on your carbs the coaches would tell us. This ideology probably worked back then when food was whole and free of additives, chemicals, etc…
But times have changed.
Last Wednesday I was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance. I went to see a naturopathic doctor a couple of weeks prior after I kept feeling worn down, tired, unable to focus, and the list goes on. After talking with her for about an hour she gave me a lab slip to get my blood tested. After a 10 hour fast and seeing at least 8 vials they needed to fill up, I nearly passed out…luckily I didn’t.
Some would have been devastated at the news thinking “I can’t give up my bread!” and some would ignore it, well if it’s not a serious disease I’ll live through it.
I was neither. I was relieved.
I finally found the root to my problem and after 4 days of being gluten-free I already feel 10x better, like I slept for 20 hours straight! My energy level has never been better. I still have a long way to go but having the right doctor and great friends I’ll get through the initial hump. There are times I want a roll Kendall’s eating, but thinking about how crappy I’ll feel afterwards keeps me in check.
My “work in progress” diet is even affecting my training. Last month I signed up for my first voluntary 5k. As I said before I played college soccer and had to run them regardless, now I want to run one on my own terms. Although I still “sucked wind” while training today I felt lighter and like I didn’t need to put so much effort into it.
I always heard that what you eat affects what you do but until you actually do something about it you’ll never know. I’ve been reading this site, learning the symptoms and the long-term affects of eating a gluten-based diet if you have an intolerance. It’s really scary.