Examples of gfree athletes doing their thing….Click on pictures to enlarge and colored boxes for more info…..
You can read her blog at http://email@example.com. and also follow her on twitter @gfreebennie.
Allie is a great example of life after switching to the gluten free lifestyle – a college student and collegiate athlete, plays piano and runs her own gfree blog!
Distance runner & marathoner
Craig is former professional indoor football player for the New Jersey Revolution Arena football team, where he was also a team captain, from 2008-2010. He became a 2010 Guinness Book of World Records record holder for most field goals kicked in 12 hours, setting a world record during a charity event to raise awareness for Celiac Disease by making 717 forty yard field goals. In 2011, he set his second Guinness World Record, by making the most field goals kicked in 24 hours, making an unbelievable 1,000 forty yard field goals in that time frame. Recently, Craig was elected into the American Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2013, recognizing him for his World Record accomplishments as well as his dedication to the Celiac Disease and Crohn’s Disease communities through the game of football.
Outside of his devotion to the Celiac & Crohn’s Disease communities, he coaches both youth football and ice hockey at local area schools. Craig is an avid New York Islanders hockey fan, a fan of the Portuguese National Soccer Team, as well as a USC Football fan, and loves playing sports and listening to music outside of work.
The Atherton’s story is all too familiar, watching your child suffer without knowing why, being grateful to your doctor for diagnosing yet being disappointed for not getting any advice after diagnosis, learning about CD and the gluten free diet on your own, having trouble with your child’s dietary needs at school, having to pull your child out of school to get him healthy and having other family members diagnosed from child’s diagnosis. Sounds a lot like our story.
Jimmy loves to skateboard and his next favorite sport is football. He excels at football and has played lineman, corner back,wide receiver and quarterback. He also enjoys swimming, basketball and other sports a swell, over all a very athletic kid.
Jimmy is thriving on the gluten free diet and has shot up in growth, he is now 5’9” and already wears a size 12 shoe. He has taken control of his health and has positive attitude. Jimmy is blessed with a supportive family, the Atherton family moto is, “Knowledge & Control- know what you’re eating, & control your health.” Jimmy’s dad doesn’t have CD but is 100% gfree in support of his family. They also run Atherton Baking Company. Jimmy and his family are a great example of turning celiac disease into a positive thing and not letting it bring them down. They are also strong celiac disease advocates. You can check them out on facebook and follow them on twitter.
Rebecca’s inspiration behind Bexa Body Fitness was her own personal transformation. Rebecca realized how complicated it was to navigate through the enormous amount of information provided in magazines, books and the internet on topics of health and fitness. Being a woman complicated this even more. The fitness industry caters mostly to men, and even more concerning, retrofits information and services that were made for men and distorts them for women.
She found that there was general lack of knowledge and motivation for those in pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. In addition, she found that individuals, particularly women, had low self-esteem and fitness levels. She also found a proliferation of health misconceptions in popular media and its promotion of health information that is invalid or contradictory and have a short term focus. Armed with motivation, and against the odds of faltering economy, Bexa Body Fitness opened its doors in January of 2012.
Bexa Body Fitness just had their 1 year anniversary on January 29, 2013. Rebecca prides herself on providing a fitness business unlike any other in Columbus, OH. Bexa Body Fitness is thriving with a casual, comfortable atmosphere coupled with serious results. What Bexa Body Fitness proved in year one is that it is able to help anyone achieve their fitness goals. At Bexa, the staff and clients are all treated as family, which helps recruit and retain excellent trainers and loyal clients. Currently, Rebecca provides personal training services to clients and manages the day to day operations of Bexa Body Fitness. She attends charity and networking events in central Ohio, trains and conditions female sports teams from Westerville Central High School. She also speaks to different organizations about health and fitness along with seeking philanthropic opportunities for Bexa. Her passion is sharing her talents to motivate her staff and clients to realize their potential and achieve results they didn’t think were possible.
After being diagnosed with celiac disease in early 2012, Rebecca created and maintains a popular celiac blog, Pretty Little Celiac. Due to her notoriety, she has consulted with Kroger on improving their shopping experience for those customers with gluten related problems. Rebecca is a regular speaker on the Celiac Awareness Tour and the Gluten Free Allergen Expo.
Runner/ Cross country & track
Giulia was diagnosed with Celiac disease on January 9th, 2012, after about a year and a half of searching for answers as to why she wasn’t feeling good. This was a big challenge for her, especially in her school setting. Giulia was the first in her school to be diagnosed with this disease, so there was a huge learning curve for everyone there to overcome. Her parents became advocates for her in her school and her community, educating others of the severity of the disease and the need to be completely gluten free. It was Giulia’s courage and determination to overcome this disease that motivated her parents to create “Gluten Free Digest”, a website dedicated to helping people deal with the daily challenges of living a gluten free lifestyle.
Giulia also participates in many other school activities including “Broadway Kids” which performs shortened versions of Broadway hits like “Annie”. She’s also a member of a club called “Pipers”, a service oriented club that does things like make sandwiches for area food kitchens, making crafts for some of the nursing home residents in town, and hold fundraiser events for charity. But one of Giulia’s biggest charity events to date was when she helped her parents collect donated gluten free food for people in need after Hurricane Sandy destroyed much of the New Jersey coastline. She helped deliver the food to two food banks in storm-ravaged areas, even staying to help out for a couple of hours! This story was featured on their website in December of 2012.
It’s been nearly a year and a half since her diagnoses and Giulia has really taken charge of her health. She makes smart choices when it comes to food, and questions anything she is not sure of. Her health has improved dramatically since going gluten free… and she wants to keep it that way!
After moving to Ventura around the age of 10 it wasn’t long before he started enjoying the ocean and the beach. He started surfing at age 14 and also got into ocean fishing and spear fishing. Growing up near the beach provided a life with close friends he will remember forever. He has surfed all over California, including spots he won’t mention, all over Baja, Mainland Mexico and Costa Rica.
Brian has been married to his wife Kathleen for almost 20 years. They have six children together and still reside in Ventura. Brian still loves to do all things ocean related when he can around work and his busy life, his main thing is surfing. He loves it when the whole family and friends get together at their local beach on nice summer and fall days.
His son Kai has celiac disease and his diagnosis led to Kathleen’s diagnosis. Since her diagnosis he has been gluten free as a diet choice to support his wife and son. He is also very active in helping his family run glutenlibre.com.
He also loves photography and takes most of the pictures on their website. He loves to (and still can) skateboard with Kai when he can.
In 2004, Whilst studying for a Fine Art degree in Birmingham, Chase was taken ill with food poisoning which landed her on a drip in hospital. After dramatic weight loss she cut out milk, gluten and wheat from her diet and over time was able to reintroduce dairy products into her diet successfully but has never been able to eat wheat or gluten since without becoming ill. Chase has been free from wheat and gluten since then.
Chase trains on skates 3 to 4 times a week (both with the Birmingham Blitz Dames and the Crash Test Brummies a local men’s team which she supports during training and as Lineup Manager) and works out in the gym to keep in shape 2 to 3 times a week on top of this. The gluen free food she eats to keep her body fit and fueled is very important to her and she keeps a blog on her diet, roller derby activity and fitness. She has a blog about what she does, Gluten Free Derby Girl.
Being Gluten Free means more to Cole than just eating a certain way. He believes that the Gluten Free lifestyle is all about learning how food affects you, and that means being knowledgeable. We should know what we’re putting into our bodies, and Cole stands behind this by advocating health awareness.
Being a competitive athlete, an artist, a musician and a gamer, Cole sees that there’s a lot in life he wants to do. None of these things would be possible for him, had he not made the necessary changes in his life. Cole jokes that had he never gone Gluten Free, his entire future would have been flushed down the toilet, so to speak.
Cycling for Awareness
I like trying new things, so I don’t really stick to one particular sport, I row, dance salsa, go to the gym and am generally fairly active in my day to day life, the picture is from my first hiking trip in Wales a few weeks ago.
In November I am going to New Zealand to cycle from Auckland to Queenstown to raise awareness for Coeliac Disease, a trip of around 2000km!
You can help my awareness campaign and keep up with my trip (or prep for the trip at the moment) on facebook by liking my page Runa’s Ride for Coeliac at https://www.facebook.com/runasride or follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/runasridecoelia
I also started a blog on my website to document my health and fitness journey since becoming gluten-free. I talk primarily about health and fitness and being gluten free with an emphasis on the paleo diet principles (but I’m not a paleo freak).
Make sure you follow Patrick on facebook (LIKE ‘Patrick Staropoli’) and twitter (@97patrickstar).
A native of New Zealand, Roberts is best known for his charismatic smile and fun personality. Having grown up in a family of food professionals, he discovered a passion for food at a young age. Turning it into a career, he spent seven years as an executive chef in Australia and in 2005, hosted the award winning food talk show, “Jason Roberts’ Taste” on the PAX Television Network. Roberts is the author of two cookbooks, ‘Elements’ and ‘Graze: Lots of Little Meals Fast.’ Roberts believes that meal time fosters deeper connections between family and friends and his motto is “A family that cooks together, stays together.” As a long time supporter of OPAL, an initiative founded in Australia that teaches families in under served areas how to cook healthy foods, Roberts advocacy for healthy living continues to make a difference. Jason continues to travel the world as a frequent guest speaker at the top food shows and culinary events. Roberts endorsement of the Orgreenic cookware helped the popular brand become the best selling cookware in the world. In 2013, Roberts became the International Spokesperson for BODYKEY by NUTRILITE, a healthy living lifestyle program byAmway.
Jason is an avid surfer, cyclist and skateboarder, who is living a healthy gluten-free lifestyle. Jason’s gluten-free story, “I adopted a gluten free lifestyle after Hurricane Sandy, here on the east coast of America. It was part of a personal decision I made to lose weight and regain my health. For me personally, eating gluten caused bloating, puffiness, inflammation in my large intestine, I generally just felt sluggish, tired and off balance. While not a true Celiac, I do feel the negative effects when I eat gluten and noticed the difference immediately when I cut it out of my diet. It was then I started to dig deeper and realized what a phenomenon the gluten free fad had become. For the record, however, I am not a believer in gluten free if you’re simply looking to it to lose weight. I am, however, a believer in gluten free because for me personally, it is healthier for me. I feel amazing. I think I look the best I have in a long time, my eye’s are clear and I’m not puffy all the time. For the true Celiac, being gluten free is not a fad, or trying out the latest ‘diet’ craze (I really dislike that word diet), but a very means of survival.”
He blogs about his adventures on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour – where he and his wife record their travels to as many crazy, mini and adventure golf courses as possible in the UK and overseas (543 and counting). He also blogs about great gluten free places he finds, as well as other odd and obscure sports.
In 2007 Richard joined the British Minigolf Association Tour and has competed in dozens of miniature golf tournaments, winning six times on the national tour.
He has represented Great Britain in international competitions and has played for the GB team in England, Finland and Sweden.
Other overseas trips have seen him play minigolf in Vienna, Austria, and in the USA in Denver, CO and Las Vegas, NV, where he won The Putt Park Annual Mini-Golf Tournament in 2011.
He contributes to the Travel Gluten Free and Gluugle websites, as well as being a member of the Beds & Mid Herts Coeliac UK voluntary group.
As a big fan of the Great British seaside Richard is always on the lookout for places that sell gluten free versions of that traditional seaside treat – fish & chips!