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Feeling fatigued during your runs? Perhaps your diet is telling you something.

Have you ever felt sluggish during your runs? Do you feel fatigued? It could be something as simple as not enough sleep but it could be something more. Could you be affected by a change in your diet? Well this Your26.2 client decided to find out if cutting gluten out of her diet might be the root cause.
I have been thinking about my diet and how it may affect my running. My thoughts usually mean I am considering making changes, because somehow this will make me run faster. This time, I am thinking about going gluten free. My friend went gluten free. She claims that she feels better and her running feels so much easier. I have been feeling fatigued and occasionally bloated. This leads me to believe, I may need to reconsider what I am eating. For many runners, pasta and simple carbohydrates are a staple in their diets. These types of “carbs” contain gluten. I personally haven’t eaten as many carbohydrates as I used to, but they are still a good portion of my diet.
As I did research on the idea, I realized this would be a bigger project than just cutting out my bread and crackers. Many foods such as soups, sauces, beer and even ice cream contain forms of gluten. A researcher from Duke Hospital, Dr. Leslie Quire states, “This isn’t the easiest diet to follow, you can’t just try it. You have to plan your grocery shopping and eating out.”
I found a list for people with Celiac’s Disease, which lists all gluten free food. I found this list very helpful.
The article suggests that you take out a few foods at a time, in order to see what changes or in what way it influences how you feel.
I realize, that to find out if I really need to eat gluten free, I should have my doctor perform a blood test on me that confirms if I truly have Celiac’s Disease. However, I have also read in several places, that even though the test comes back negative, one can have a gluten-intolerance. If one has a gluten-intolerance, the symptoms are less pronounced, with the main ones being fatigue, bloating, and GI distress. A gluten-intolerance is a form of a food allergy, so I guess if my doctor rules out Celiac, I should have an allergy test performed to see if I have an intolerance or allergy to gluten.
Of course, there are many different opinions about whether this is going to be beneficial. I looked at websites and research papers that both supported and did not support going gluten free. I am going to try it out and make my own analysis, and of course, to see if it helps me run any faster!
While we at Your26.2 certainly appreciate this viewpoint we can’t stress enough that everyone is different and that if you’re dealing with gastro-intestinal issues in any way as a result of exercise that you speak with your physician first before making any changes to your diet, lifestyle, etc.

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