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Hockey star shares gluten-free secrets for celiac disease

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Gluten-free shake drink

Jay Beagle, who plays for the Washington Capitals, is sharing some of his gluten-free secrets. The hockey star has been on a gluten-free diet for several years and encourages other players in the National Hockey League to join him. Beagle has created a special recovery drink without gluten that helps him and others after a game.


Jay Beagle turned to the gluten-free diet because a trainer recommended the change. He admits he was initially concerned about cutting out the protein form his usual meals, but he quickly learned how to do it. Now, he enjoys “eating sweet potatoes, chicken and vegetables” and occasionally adds gluten-free pasta to the mix.

Beagle creates his own recovery shake to use after games and has a secret formula that mixes carbohydrates and proteins together in a four to one ratio. The hockey player relies on a Nutribullet to make the shakes that he shares with teammates. In previous seasons, Beagle’s special shakes had blueberries, bananas, water, ice, protein powder and almond butter. The player also adds extra supplements to the drinks, so everyone benefits from more vitamins and minerals.

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Before switching to the gluten-free diet, Jay Beagle admits he suffered from digestive problems. He felt bloated and tired, but he continued to consume large amounts of carbohydrates in the form of pasta, bread and other items. His trainer may have saved his digestive system by recommending a gluten-free diet. Beagle noticed results quickly with a reduction in bloating, more energy and weight gain.

The hockey star lists sweet potatoes and KIND bars as some of his favorite gluten-free foods. Beagle also likes to combine gluten-free corn chips with cheese, peppers and bison meat. Athletes can also benefit from snacking on bananas, dried fruit, nuts and quinoa to help them recover from workouts. Other foods include chocolate milk (nondairy versions are available), yogurt and hummus.

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Hi I am Amanda Albertelli and I am a freshman at JFK High School in Plainview, NY. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease 10 years ago when I was 5 years old.I am hosting a Bowling for Celiac Disease on March 8, 2015 to raise awareness for Celiac Disease and all the proceeds will go towards research at the CD Center @ Columbia University. We are expecting ~200 people and I was wondering if you had the time in your busy schedule to make an appearance as our guest speaker. I know you would bring tons of awareness and raise money for future research. Although I live in NY, my brother is a huge capitals fan! Thank you so much for your time..