I also saw this on a "Reevolve" shirt at the Games.
Gluten free fam
So, historically in our relationship of 17+ years, I have been the more nutrition obsessed one between Alicia and me. Aaaaaand then we had kids…. something about having kids (combined with Alicia's refined and now amazing culinary skills), caused me to hate my own cooking and gave me a case of the "hell yeah I'll eat that left-over quesadilla". And in the mean time, in the last year or two, Alicia has been the more proactive one in the nutrition department. She reads paleo blogs, finds paleo recipes, and educates herself regularly via the internet (she's a little too good at that part actually). However, unlike most people, Alicia doesn't research nutrition for the end goal of fat loss or getting ripped or whatever. She does it to learn about general health, and primarily for that of our children. In some ways, it's like what CrossFit is to exercise; aesthetics is only a byproduct of our fitness/health, not the primary objective.
So back in April, after a considerable amount of "professional" internet research, Alicia decided that while it may be unrealistic for our family to be 100% paleo all the time, it was certainly worth the effort to try to become 100% gluten free 100% of the time. Now, being the good husband/CrossFitter that I am (and former nutrition nut that I was), I wasn't entirely opposed to this healthy idea, although I had my reservations about the "100% all the time" thingy. To be honest, I kind of agreed to it thinking there would be no way we could really do it to that degree anyway and that maybe we'd settle on "gluten reduced", which sounded like a good deal to me.
Fast forward 4 gluten free months >>> Yep, I stand corrected. Led by my wife's resolve and kitchen creativity, we have been, and remain 100% gluten free. I thought the kids would push back hard. Nope. They actually prefer their gluten free alternatives and have always eaten meat and veggies anyway. I thought I would resist the 100% commitment. Nope. It has been downright easy to execute actually, with function (over form) as my motivation. And I almost can't believe it myself, but we just finished a week long family vacation that included visits to Disneyland, the San Diego Zoo, and a beach resort and we remained successfully gluten free the entire time!
The result of all this has been impressive to say the least. For one thing, Alicia and I have both felt generally less bloated with almost no stomach discomfort since becoming gluten free. Alicia and Nolan (my 6yr old), who have both had historically severe seasonal allergies, didn't have ANY this year. Some mild yet mysterious rashes the kids had had for a while are now gone. A lingering shoulder issue of mine is now virtually undetectable. All of these developments just further reinforce the decision, and whenever I experience tangible results like these, my assumption is usually that there are countless undetectable physiological benefits also taking place.
I don't write long anecdotal posts very often (partly because I don't have time), but after our semi-miraculous gluten free vacation I felt inspired to share. So if you suffer from any unexplained joint pain, or gut issues, or allergies, or skin problems, or would just like to see how it may help you or your family, I really encourage you to go gluten free for at least 6 weeks. And, as I've learned along the way, to truly know what it can do for you, being 100% gluten free is vital - not to the extent that someone with celiac disease needs to be (a little gluten cross contamination is fine), but your food choices need to be gluten free. Plus, it takes a while for your gut to reset itself so it could be months before you realize all the potential benefits.
If you do decide to give it a try, come and talk to me and I'll give you our best gluten free tips we've discovered along the way, especially if you're attempting to de-glutinify your kids too. And don't worry, it's less weird than you think to send your kids to birthday parties with their own desserts. Seriously.
A. deadlift: build to a heavy single
B. 5-4-3-2-1 rep rounds for time:
- squat cleans (185/115)
- wall climbs
A. SMR: wherever you need it most
B. pigeon 2 min/side
C. supine ham stretch 2 min/side
D. wall of death 2 min/side
Post results and thoughts to comments!