The Gluten-Free Edge: A Nutrition and Training Guide for Peak Athletic Performance and an Active Gluten-Free Life

The Gluten-Free Edge: A Nutrition and Training Guide for Peak Athletic Performance and an Active Gluten-Free Life

The Gluten-Free Edge: A Nutrition and Training Guide for Peak Athletic Performance and an Active Gluten-Free Life

The Gluten-Free Edge: A Nutrition and Training Guide for Peak Athletic Performance and an Active Gluten-Free Life


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Gain an edge in sports and life by going gluten-free

Since the advent of sport, athletes have worked to gain an edge on their competition—to look, feel, and perform their best—through both training and nutrition. Today, science is increasingly showing the negative impact that gluten, a protein in wheat, barley, and rye, can have on health.

For the estimated 30 million Americans with forms of gluten intolerance, such as celiac disease, this all-too-common protein can cause gastrointestinal trouble, inflammation, muscle fatigue, and mental fog that hinder an active lifestyle and negatively impact athletic performance. The solution: a whole-foods, nutrient-dense gluten-free diet.

Others who voluntarily eat gluten-free can also discover an edge they never knew was missing: faster recovery, reduced inflammation, improved digestion, and increased athletic performance.

The Gluten-Free Edge is the first comprehensive resource that includes:
• What gluten is and how it negatively impacts health and athletic performance
• The myriad benefits of adopting a gluten-free nutrition plan
• What to eat during training, competition, and recovery
• How to deal with group meals, eating on the road, and getting “glutened”
• Insights from prominent athletes already living the gluten-free edge
• And 50 simple, high-octane recipes to fuel your performance

Whether you’ve been diagnosed with gluten intolerance or simply want to get ahead of the competition, this book is for you. Your own gluten-free edge is waiting.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615190522
Publisher: The Experiment, LLC
Publication date: 07/17/2012
Series: No Gluten, No Problem
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.82(h) x 1.04(d)

About the Author

Amy Yoder Begley is an American middle and long distance runner. In 2006, she was diagnosed with celiac disease, but she still went on to represent the United States in the 10,000-meter event at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She currently lives in Oregon with her husband.

Husband-and-wife team Kelli and Peter Bronski are coauthors of the popular all-purpose cookbook Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking and Artisanal Gluten-Free Cupcakes, and cofounders of the acclaimed blog No Gluten, No Problem. Kelli is a graduate of Cornell University’s prestigious School of Hotel Administration and a lifelong baker and cook. Peter is a celiac community advocate, endurance athlete, and coauthor of The Gluten-Free Edge. They live in Colorado with their three children.

Melissa McLean Jory, MNT, is a nutrition therapist, with a degree in exercise science and a certified yoga teacher, and has a personal interest and expertise in celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and holistic health. She enjoys hiking, backpacking, telemark skiing, and yoga as part of what she considers her “freedom from disease” way of living. She takes her wholesome gluten-free lifestyle on the road, on the trail, or into the mountains and has found there’s no reason you can’t live an active (even rather extreme) lifestyle once you learn the necessary steps to clean out your body, start yourself on a healing path, and regain your energy and wellbeing. This is her first book.

Table of Contents

Foreword Amy Yoder Begley ix

Introduction 1

Pete's Story 8

Melissa's Story 13

1 G Is for Gluten 19

2 Why All Athletes Should Care About Gluten 35

3 Get Your Motor Running: How the Body Stores and Uses Energy 69

4 Fueling the Engine: The Food Foundation 79

5 Special Considerations 116

6 High Octane: Gluten-Free for Maximum Performance 134

7 Channel Your Inner Camel: The Importance of Proper Hydration 163

8 Getting Personal: Sport-, Gender-, and Age-Specific Advice 183

9 Time for a Tune-up 218

10 No Train, No Gain: Training and Exercise Strategies to Complement Nutrition 228

11 On Your Mark, Get Set, Cook! Flavorful, Nutrient-Dense Recipes 247

Breakfasts 253

Smoothies 261

On the Go: Snacks and Trial Food 264

Salads and Savory Dips 272

Lunches and Dinners 279

Desserts 307

Metric Conversion Charts 311

Glossary 313

Notes 325

Photo Acknowledgments 358

Acknowledgments 359

Index 362

About the Authors 372

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