Team Luna Gluten Free Athlete Chat

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September 27, 2011 by Danielle

Last week,  pro triathlete Tyler Stewart and Team LUNA Chix San Francisco Bay Area member Kelly Oliver came into our office to host a webcast on being gluten free athletes.

Tyler and Kelly after the Vineman Half Marathon

Tyler Stewart recently qualified for the Olympic trials in the marathon and holds the all-time record for the fastest Ironman bike split. In addition to being a Team Luna Chix Bay Area member, Kelly Oliver is the chief of staff for the Northwest division of Microsoft and she also competed in her first IronMan competition while undergoing breast cancer treatment. These are two pretty amazing women!

During the webcast, Kelly and Tyler discussed everything from why they went gluten free to their favorite ways to fuel up before a competition and even the bathroom benefits (ahem!) that came from going gluten free.

Here are some of the highlights-

  • Both Kelly and Tyler went gluten free so that they could train better and speed up the recovery process.
  • Their families are anything but gluten free 🙂
  • Being gluten free has helped them eliminate bloat and “bathroom issues” (think gas and mid-training bathroom sprints), so now they can just focus on training and training hard.
  • Tyler is going to Kona to complete in the IronMan World Championships in a few weeks. Check it out here.

You can check out the video here and visit Team Luna Chix to learn more about the team and its mission to bring women together through sport.

Tyler and Kelly talk gluten free-Click here to watch the video

After the event, I was able to test out some of the Luna protein bars. I tried the mint chocolate chip, peanut butter and cookie dough-here’s a pic of them when they were all in one piece…you don’t want to see them when I was sampling…it wasn’t pretty.

Luna Protein Bars (from the bottom, PB, Mint Chocolate Chip, Cookie Dough)

Anyway, my favorite flavor by far was the peanut butter, followed by the mint chocolate chip. The cookie dough just tasted too “protein bar-y” for my taste. I brought my mom in for a second opinion and she also liked the peanut butter flavor the most. She said it “tasted like a Snickers bar…without the Snickers bar guilt.”

Nutritionally speaking, there are some definite pros to the Luna Protein bars. The bars contain 13-15 grams of sugar depending on the flavor and 12 grams of protein. They actually contain less sugar than some other energy bars and also serve up an ample dose of protein for muscle repair (and to keep you full!). They’re also gluten free, so they’re great for people with gluten sensitivities.

The only thing I didn’t like about the bars were that they tasted a little bit like protein bars, if you know what I mean. Chocolatey better than what I’m used to protein bars, but protein bars all the same. Even though you know how I feel about soy, the soy in these bars is non-GMO (gentically modified) and organic, as Clif Bar (the company that owns Luna) is dedicated to using non-GMO, organic ingredients. So if you want your soy, this is the best option!

Between getting to try out the bars and listen in to a chat with two amazing female athletes, it was a pretty cool webcast to attend and I’ll definitely be watching Tyler as she heads to Kona to compete in the Ironman World Championships!

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