There is a paradigm shift happening and for many it’s life changing.

I think it’s safe to say I love being in the trenches learning. It’s where I find so much enjoyment.

I love asking questions and then having to figure out the answer.

Kinda like figuring out a rubik’s cube.

We can change anything in life if we stop and reflect on the lessons. And stop making the same
mistakes over and over.

I’m guilty of doing this as much as you are.

We cannot fix our current circumstances with the same level thinking that got us here!

Re-read that.

A little over 6 months ago I still believed an 80/20 rule when it came to eating gluten. Why not…
if you were great 80% of the time then that 20% didn’t really matter right?

I know understand the fallacy of that thought process.

The absolute craziness of “this won’t hurt” or “it won’t happen to me” mindset.

Boom … and then I switched on my HLA-DQ8 gene and low and behold at 36 I have an
autoimmune condition. I can’t switch it back off. It’s a one way switch. It’s on for life.

Best thing to happen to me.

Why the hell would I say that? Especially when some days are a real struggle, eating out is like
playing Russian roulette. And that I’m right now figuring out a rubik’s cube like puzzle on how
the gut is affecting my diaphragm, my respiratory system, my feelings all the while taking a
huge chunk out of my training consistency. (this pains me greatly).

It’s in the challenges that we grow. We become stronger and when taken head on
(i got myself here right!) we can do great things.

This past 6 months I have learnt so much. When you’re motivated on a subject matter and the
desire is high … what you can learn, absorb and apply is immense.

It reminds me when my youngest sister was diagnosed with leukaemia. The day I found out is
still a crystal clear memory. I can still remember the snow falling as I stood at a phone booth in
Whistler village after a day snowboarding. I remember the tears streaming down my face as my
step mum told me the news. I remember the anger, the raw emotion and the looks on my
buddies faces when they saw my tears – something they had never seen from me previously.

In the three days it took me to get home and get to my sisters side before that first hideous
dose of chemo – I knew incredible amounts about Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) that the
doctors looked at this young snowboard punk with a ‘how on earth’ does he know this.

This was way before google.

It’s amazing what you can do when there is a deep burning desire to understand. To ask the
hard questions to understand more and hopefully be of help in some small way.

Looking back … I think that was the starting shift in me. It was the kindling to the fire that
keeps burning inside me to be better each day.

To learn and understand.

To be grateful.

To give value.

This past week we have been really fortunate that there has been this online gluten summit.

I have learnt so much and I haven’t even scratched the surface of the education.

Dr Tom O’Bryan is the brains behind the summit, gathering 29 of the world’s experts and opinion
leaders on the topics of gluten-related disorders, nutrition and healthy living.

There is so much life changing information within.

When I got diagnosed with Celiacs, that wasn’t even on my radar. I thought I had some parasite.

I didn’t know that the brain fog, the major loss of motivation, the playing nodding donkey sitting
at my computer in the morning when I should have been full of beans.. was all gluten related.

Amazing how quickly those symptoms disappeared with the removal of gluten.

Below is a question to Dr Alessio Fasano a world leader in celiac condition and gluten disorders
was asked in his interview.

“Dr. Fasano, our first question is about the digestibility of gluten in humans, especially for those
who do not have any recognizable symptoms when they’re eating gluten. Is it a problem for

Dr Fasano – Well, the matter of fact is that, indeed, gluten is not digestible by any human kind.

That interview is eye opening and so are many others.

It’s probably the best $67 dollars I have spent this year. A huge investment into being healthy.

I recommend checking out the gluten summit information that could just change your life.

I’ll leave you with a couple of questions I asked myself recently.

Is it training fatigue or gluten?

Could is just be the gluten in the diet is sabotaging athletes health and results?

Food for thought (pun intended).

Life in the trenches,

Coach Kristian