Feature article authored by celiac cyclist, Ashley DiVeronica.
Entitled, ‘Diet of the Pros’, Ashley’s article raises awareness of celiac disease and the gluten-free diet, and investigates the recent rush of athlete’s choosing to go gluten-free in an effort to improve their performance.
“I was first sparked to write an article on gluten and athletes when I learned how the professional cycling team Garmin-Transition stays on a gluten-free diet during the cycling season. I wanted to investigate a little bit further to learn WHY, with no allergies, someone would choose to be g-free.”
Ashley believes that the growing number of athletes adopting a gluten-free lifestyle benefit from improved digestive system functioning and increased nutrient absorption.
Ashley also offers encouragement and advice for her fellow gluten-free athletes and highlights some of her favorite (and delicious) gluten-free diet tips and products. Having struggled with debilitating symptoms for more than a decade, Ashley has thrived since her diagnosis, and is a Cat 3 race level cyclist herself.
“So what does a gluten-free athlete eat then? A lot actually! Rice, organic corn, flaxseeds, quinoa, tapioca, potato, amaranth, tofu, nuts, and beans are ALL naturally gluten-free.”
To read ‘Diet of the Pros’, by Ashley DiVeronica, download the article February issue of Florida Cycling Magazine. CLICK HERE.