My Gluten-Free Journey
Good evening friends! My name is Isaac Spence, and I am the nutritional consultant for CASS Fitness. I have recently been told by my allergist and my dermatologist after they did extensive blood work that I have allergies to things that I’ve never had allergies to in my life. I now have allergies to tomatoes, peanuts, peanut butter, almonds, almond butter, wheat and gluten.
Now when I got the news, I realized it wasn’t the end of the world but my God it felt like it. It wasn’t even the peanut butter or the almond butter, it was the gluten, the tomatoes and the wheat. This means I have to give up one of my favorite cheat foods ,and it goes by the name of pizza. Now normally my diet is between Mediterranean and Paleo. For those of you who don’t know, Mediterranean is more your breads, cheeses, wine, and the seasoned meats and Paleo is more of your good fats, your vegetables, and your fruits. Because I have to give so many of those things up now, my diet is going to be strictly Paleo… (I’m crying inside.)
I have asked you to join me on this wonderful world of strictly Paleo and gluten-free diet. OK now we’re gonna talk about how to keep your calories and macros in check while going to need gluten-free or being on the Paleo diet. Now usually my calories are 2,120 and my macros are 40% carbs, 40% protein and 20% fat. I was able to calculate my macros and my calories by knowing my base metabolism rate and body fat percentage.
I found all of this information out by using CASS Fitness’s own personal trainer Samantha Bowman’s InBody Composition Analysis Machine. Her machine lets you know your body fat percentage your basal metabolism rate and your water to body fat ratio. Now as you know or may not know there is a lot of food that we eat on a daily basis that have gluten in them. Foods such as Quinoa, Buckwheat, Barley and sometimes Oat. Only reason I say sometimes Oats is because they do not naturally contain gluten, but because of so much cross contamination people with severe allergies to gluten have to stay away from it. Next let’s talk about the new food in my life.