Tuesday 3/8/2016


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Gluten. What is it, why is it bad?
Many people have heard this term thrown around in the gym, at the grocery store, on TV, pretty much everywhere today. However, gluten is not something that everyone fully understands and fully grasps. Let me take a minute to help shed some light on one of the most dangerous substances that we consume.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. It is also a filler often used to “fluff” or thicken products. Not only is gluten bread, pasta, cakes, pastries, etc., but it is also found in soups, cereals, sauces, salad dressings, malt, beer, food coloring, malt vinegars, and ay rye breads, beers, etc.
Gluten is not a substance that is regularly and properly digested by the body. It causes an autoimmune response, and often times causes so much inflammation and damage in the body that it creates a mask to doctors, tests, and creates a host of problems.
Gluten attacks the bodies immune system and causes it to essentially go on the defensive, against your own body. Yes, your body’s immune system can be fooled, and gluten is often times the number one culprit, but is also often times misdiagnosed.
For those that don’t know, I have celiac disease. Celiac disease is a severe allergy to gluten. This is not a condition you are born with, it is an acquired condition. Upon finding out about my condition in 2006, I began to dig further and further into it and its dangers. I found that many of the everyday problems I was dealing with were linked back to gluten.
For starters, I had eosinophilic esophagitis, I had a hard time digesting foods properly, never had solid stools, constantly felt bloated, and dealt with headaches. Upon giving up gluten (and not just during the week and when I felt like it, 100% gluten-free) all this went away. However, it was not easy. Nor was it easy at first knowing what gluten was and truly understanding its dangers.
This was the point in which I really started to dive into nutrition. I never really ate “bad” but I definitely didn’t have the understanding of nutrition like I thought I did. For starters, I learned more about gluten and how dangerous it really is, not only to myself, but to EVERYONE. Yes, everyone. The human body does not digest gluten properly, period. And though there are numbers of people out there that dispute this claim, NO ONE has ever come out and stated that gluten is a vital and essential protein to live on. No one has ever claimed that gluten has any health benefits. NO ONE. However, there are people that want to throw their two cents in and say that, “it’s not that bad, it won’t kill you.” To me that’s like saying, “yeah, I ran across the street and didn’t get hit by a car.” Sure, maybe not this time, but if you constantly put yourself in danger it’s only a matter of time before something bad is going to happen.
I know that people say, “well Aaron, you know you only live once. I’m going to die anyway.” And honestly that’s a shit attitude and a lame one at that. If that’s how you feel, then go for it, eat gluten. Eat all the gluten you want. Then, go to the doctor and wonder why your cold won’t go away. Or, your headaches, or your menstrual cycle is off, or you’re having seizures, ADD/ADHD, joint pain, and a host of other issues that doctors constantly don’ t have the answers to. Look, I’m not saying that gluten is the starter of every problem, but I’m also not going to say that it’s not! Most conditions these days have people going to the doctor and then the doctor comes back and says, “well, we don’t know exactly what you have and what’s wrong with you. Let’s do more tests.” And you know as well as I do that most times at the doctors office they NEVER have an answer. Why not just go gluten free for 60 days, see how you feel, then go from there. I dare any of you to go gluten free, and I mean really gluten free. 100%. Not just Monday-Friday. Not just for breakfast. It doesn’t work that way. Sugar and other substances can be burned off if taken in moderation. Gluten truly is a poison and its effects can linger for a long long time. Think of putting just a little tiny amount of bleach on your favorite pair of jeans, it’s going to stain them. The damage is done and you can’t budge with gluten. Trust me!
If you have any questions about the dangers, want more information, or anything at all, please don’t hesitate to email me at crossfitlwr@gmail.com
I know that I’m super passionate about this topic, but I also know that in the past 10 years, I haven’t had a single person go gluten free for 30 days and tell me they feel worse. EVERY SINGLE PERSON has told me that they felt amazing, lost weight, got their freaking libido back, did better in the gym, the list goes on and on. What are you waiting for!!!?????

Shoulder Press (3×15 @58%)
Fit: 5 Rounds
40 Single Unders
16 Walking Lunges(Empty Barbell)

Rx: 5 Rounds
30 Double Unders
16 Walking Lunges(95/63)

SE: 5 Rounds
30 Unbroken Double Unders
16 Walking Lunges(135/93)