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    Amy Reggi

    Hi, My name is Amy, wife to a great husband and mother to a 3y/o girl. I just started gluten free about a week and a half ago and am a bit overwhelmed with what to eat. I eventually want to get my 3 y/o on board because I suspect she is gluten sensitive too (but will probably get her tested to be sure).
    I have a question about maintaining energy during exercise. I love to work out because it is a source of great stress relief for me. I usually do one hour (or less) workouts 3-4x/week consisting of a cross fit type activity, yoga, weights and a little cardio. I’ve noticed almost immediately since going true gluten free that I feel very weak (not fatigue) during my workouts. Conversely, I have good energy throughout the day. I suspect I’m not eating enough of the right source of food (before it was brown rice, cereal, bread, etc) Can someone recommend a good staple carb. (besides sweet or white potatoes)to help fuel my workouts? Also, could this weakness be temporary since I just started? Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, AmyLaugh

    Peter Osborne

    The weakness is most likely temporary. This is common for the first 3-4 weeks of transition to a gluten free diet.
    All the best,
    Dr. OSmile


    I find the best source of fuel for me before workouts is an apple with almond butter.  I have also had luck with just plain old cooked eggs (boiled, fried in healthy oil, poached, scrambled etc.)  I don’t eat much fruit, but the apple and almond butter really work well for me. I also need to drink a lot of water!  I have noticed the better my diet and workouts the more water I require! :)

    Best wishes,


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