So for years I’ve been battling exercise-induced anaphylaxis (allergies). A real bitch but something I’ve learned to cope with. As I’ve upped the intensity of my workouts recently and started eating a lot more I’ve had a couple of bad reactions. After going for a run I actually felt my throat swell and tried to work past it until it got to the point where I was wheezing and about ready to pass out. So I talked to a doc and figured out that a reaction to wheat could be part of the problem. Sure enough after cutting wheat out my reactions have been minimal and I haven’t had to cut a workout short.
Obviously this has caused a major diet change. Oatmeal is out as breakfast, which is killing me because it was a major staple before. So far I’ve replaced it with hashbrowns, but there’s got to be a better choice out there. I’ve heard about quinoa and I’m considering that but I’m wondering about preparation and the nutritional value of eating it raw. Any other ideas? It’s been a lot of potatoes and rice lately.
On the plus side it’s gotten a lot easier to eat clean. It takes a lot less will power to avoid pizza when you know you’ll look like a red-faced version of the Michilin man next time you have to do anything mildly athletic.