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Mark Teixeira calls gluten-free diet meant for celiac disease ‘no fun’

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Baseball player Mark Teixeira has switched to a gluten-free diet originally created to fight celiac disease, and he is already calling it “no fun.” The New York Yankees star claims that he changed his diet to avoid injuries and improve his health. He hired a new trainer and eliminated all the gluten from his diet, but he also decided to cut sugar and dairy.


Mark Teixeira states he plans to be on the gluten-free diet for the rest of his career. ESPN reports he believes the diet changes have reduced the inflammation in his body. He points out that he has gained muscle while losing fat. The New York Yankees player joins a long list of athletes who have switched to gluten-free diets.

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Teixeira follows a strict gluten-free diet, but he calls it “no fun” and also avoids sugar and dairy. He admits he misses eating regular muffins in the morning with coffee, and he also wishes he could join his children while they eat pancakes for breakfast. Instead, he eats turkey bacon and a smoothie in the morning because he does not want to fill up on carbohydrates. The glazed doughnuts, he used to call a guilty pleasure, are no longer part of his life.

Teixeira’s diet also includes a large amount of bison and salmon. He focuses on fruits, vegetables, fish and meat for his meal planning. He tries to make his smoothies simple by using coconut yogurt, berries and spinach as the basic formula. Since he cut out dairy, he avoids regular yogurt and milk. In the past, he admitted to drinking large quantities of raw juice and even invested in a juice company. He hopes the drastic diet changes will improve his health and baseball career.

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