Gluten and Grains
Yeah, I'm sure you're tired of hearing it. We believe that most, if not all of us are sensitive to grains, specifically gluten. "But I don't have celiac disease," is a common response. I like to think of most folks' sensitivity to gluten and other grains as being similar to the Claritin ad. Everything looks fine, then the "film" is lifted off, and everything is better.
Check out this article from the Wall Street Journal. It sheds light on a study from BioMedCentral Medicine, which concludes that "gluten can set off a distinct reaction in the intestines and the immune system, even in people who don't have celiac disease."
There is much anecdotal evidence, at our gym and abroad, that support these findings. So many people are reluctant to believe it, and I can appreciate a healthy dose of skepticism. However, what do you have to lose by eliminating all gluten, and better yet all grains, from your diet for 30-45 days? If you start feeling better, including things you didn't even realize were a problem, then great! You can always challenge the hypothesis by introducing gluten back in to your diet and see what happens. My money is on the fact that, if you've been really clean, the gluten will make you feel like doo-doo.
If you want to maximize the work you're doing at CrossFit Blacksburg, give it a try. If you want to keep living in denial, that's fine too. Just don't ask us why you're not making any progress ...
Randall getting way over the bar!