I haven't eaten wheat since October not because a Dr. told me not to but because to me wheat is a filler food. I'd much rather eat foods with a higher vitamin and mineral content and far fewer calories which is pretty much any vegetable out there.
And let me tell you the best part about being wheat free. I never have to make the decision at an outing or restaurant as to whether I'm going to eat cake, cookies or breads. I just don't eat wheat so I get to eat the vegetables and fruit instead. A much better choice IMO.
JERF - Just Eat Real Food
I'm a Certified Personal Trainer.
I'm not a doctor or dietitian. I'm just a real whole foods nutrition nerd.
I eat mostly vegetables, fats, meats, some fruit and dark chocolate. Unprocessed and preservative free. And it's changed my life!
According to Dr. Davis in Wheat Belly, even whole wheat isn't good for you. The wheat we are eating today has been modified to produce higher yields and make it weed, pest, and drought-resistant. And in turn, it is unhealthful, addictive, and can leave you hungrier and with stronger cravings.
I know that there are lots of books and advocates for different eating styles and all have different studies and science backing up their assertions, so I'm not saying Dr. Davis is the last word on wheat or any kind of healthful diet. But I can say with absolute certainty that, FOR ME, the elimination of wheat has also ended my constant food cravings.
And without wheat I am actually eating MORE calories and still losing. I'm having cream in my coffee, steak, eggs, CHEESECAKE (crustless), and lots and lots of delicious fresh veggies - usually roasted in olive oil. And I feel fantastic, am losing weight on the scale, and am seeing even better results in how my clothes fit.
Everyone needs to figure out what works best for them - both physically and mentally, so this is just my experience.
5/30/13 11:28 A
GREAT tip about the zucchini ribbons!!!!! I have been looking for a pasta substitute for a long time. THANK YOU!!
I've been exploring a sort-of modified Paleo diet for a while (although I eat dairy.) Basically I'm eliminating processed foods and trying to cut waaaay back on the bready foods. (Bread is like candy to me -- I think I have a "wheat tooth." lol. I feel 1000% better when I'm not eating a lot of bread or flour-based products.
I don't know what or why it is, but it seems to work really well for some people to reduce or eliminate certain foods from their diet. TRINCHICK -- I know what you mean about how hard it is to keep quiet. My friends complain about their health and I"m thinking, "well maybe if you gave up some of the crap you eat!" but I remain quiet for fear of getting jumped on for being reactionary. sigh.
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930 5/30/13 11:26 A
I don't buy into a lot of the hype around wheat and gluten. I know people for whom it is a real problem (celiac or allergies) but I think unless you have a real issue, you don't need to give it up. You say you don't like that wheat is in so many processed foods- then avoid processed foods. You can certainly eat wheat while avoiding the processed stuff- making your own bread isn't hard. Same with bad carbs- wheat berries are whole, unprocessed and very good for you.
Also, a lot of the gluten/wheat free products out there are just as processed, if not more. Just make more things in your own kitchen.
Currently working and going to grad school. Given my stress level and time constraints (and with my doctor's blessing), I'm not trying to lose a lot of weight, just be healthy and not gain. Once I get my degree I'll pick things up again.
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5/30/13 11:24 A
There's nothing wrong with whole wheat. Eliminating it is just a pretty decent way to eliminate some calories (the zuccini ribbons have less cals in a same size serving than whole wheat pasta), and by resolving to not eat wheat it forces you to stay away from many processed foods.
There's nothing wrong with the wheat, its the crap that gets added to it in processed food (like the aforementioned cheez-its) that cause the problems and the cravings for more artificial tastes.
5/30/13 9:50 A
I've been wheat free since reading Wheat Belly in March - almost 12 weeks now. I feel great and can definitely see a difference in my belly area.
The first couple of weeks were pretty tough with cravings and sluggishness. Then all of a sudden, those feelings vanished, and I now have tons of energy. I'm sleeping well and not craving any junk food at all. My husband can sit next to me on the sofa with a box of Cheez-Its and I can honestly say I have no desire to even taste them.
I've been especially surprised at how good real food tastes now that my taste buds haven't been dulled by processed foods. Last night I made a huge salad with arugula, watermelon, mint, and feta cheese. It all tasted so fresh and bright - like fireworks!
My family still eats wheat, and I do cook and serve pasta and such. On those nights, I will often saute some zucchini ribbons (done with a veggie peeler) in some olive oil and use that with the sauce in place of pasta. Really delicious and much healthier.
The hardest part of this way of eating right now is to stop myself from becoming "that person" who goes on and on about their diet and criticizes everyone else's food choices. I can't believe the change in just a few months.
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5 5/30/13 9:07 A
I been reading up on going wheat free. not because i can't handle wheat. because it can be so addicting. all the bad carbs and prossesed foods are not good for you. but there are so many products that have some wheat in them that you would not think they would. anybody doing it and how is it for you? what love some advice on that subject. thanks
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