Hi all, I'm a long time reader of the comic and lurker of the forums, but I figured I'd finally register up and get some more diet ideas.
A month and a half ago I went to the doctor with severe stomach pains, and some other GI related issues. He took some blood, did some tests, and it turns out I have Celiac Disease. This means that when I eat gluten, it rips the cilia out of my lower intestines, causing me to not be able to digest things normally. The only way to deal with this at the moment is to cut gluten out of my diet completely. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, spelt, triticale (and most oats grown in the US).
So when I found out about this I had to change my entire diet around. I was a horribly unhealthy eater before this. One giant meal of chinese food or mexican food for lunch, with no breakfast or dinner wasn't out of the question 3 or 4 times a week. I've been telling myself I have to start eating healthier (food and habit wise) and this provided me the perfect impetus to change.
Right now I'm eating something along the lines of rice chex cereal, with a banana or orange for breakfast. A cold cut sandwich on gluten free bread for first lunch, peanut butter and jelly for second lunch, some sort of chicken or fish with some salads/greens/potatoes for dinner, and some assorted raw nuts/grapes/gluten free granola bars for snacks throughout the day.
When switching to this diet I lost 9 pounds in 3 days, but my weight has stabilized since and I haven't lost anymore during the last month.
I'm currently 6 feet tall, 158 pounds. I practice Ashtanga yoga about 4 times a week, and am on my feet a lot at my job (often carrying around very annoyingly heavy boxes)
I'm currently looking for some suggestions on things to add/change about my diet that might let me put on a little more muscle, while still remaining gluten free (if you're not sure if something's gluten free that's fine, I'll worry about that)
Yes I do realize that I'll probably need to add something to the yoga exercise wise in order to put on muscle, yoga's not exactly good for that
So I'd just like to thank you all in advance for whatever suggestions you guys come up with.