By Laura (The Gluten-Free Traveller)
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Triumph Dining had the pleasure of speaking with Pete Bronski, ultra-marathoner and coauthor of several books. We spoke with Pete about himself, his relationship with gluten, his ultra-running and his new book, The Gluten-Free Edge.
Hi Pete, Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself and what you do….
I’m a married father of two beautiful girls, rapidly approaching my mid-thirties. In my work as a member of the gluten-free community, I’m cofounder of the blog, No Gluten, No Problem; coauthor of several books: Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking, Artisanal Gluten-Free Cupcakes, and The Gluten-Free Edge; and a spokesperson for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. I’m also a passionate endurance athlete focused on ultra-distance mountain and trail running, and an award-winning writer and editor.
When and how did you discover that gluten wasn’t your friend?
I’d been particularly sick for about two years, from 2005 until the beginning of 2007. Desperate for an answer (and hopefully, a diagnosis), I started seeing a holistic doctor in Colorado where we were living at the time. After describing my laundry list of symptoms and problems to him, he looked at me and said “Your problem is gluten.” To make a long story short, once I went strictly gluten-free, my health pulled a 180 and I felt better than I had in years.
What led you to believe that a gluten-free diet could provide an edge to athletes who don’t need to be gluten free?
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