how to go without wheat?
Thursday, October 11, 2012
OK, so I had been gradually cutting back on my wheat but I knew when I went away for the weekend that it would be more difficult to be strict about that. I was able to eat lots of healthy food while away.
I did notice then when I did have wheat, I would get this annoying cough for awhile. I also have this annoying twitch in my eye. (the twitch could be from spending the weekend with the in-laws
So I am pretty sure that wheat is something I should be avoiding. I already knew that it caused me to bloat and feel hungry again an hour later.
So I tried it out yesterday, and did fine. But the problem I have is that my calories are too low. I know I need to spend more time preparing healthy lunches, salads etc. but what are some good ideas for wheat-free lunches? (but still have some healthy grains, veggies etc.)
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Seeds like quinoa and amaranth and also squashes are good carb substitutes that are gluten free. As well beans and other pulses , which contain carbs and also up the protein and higher protien helps with not feeling hungry. I also eat low-fat dry-curd cottage cheese to up the protein. It is a natural body-builders favourite, but I use it just for making sure I get enough low-fat protein. And if you aren't feeling hungry and you are eating fewer calories, bonus (given you are not below 1200 cals)
1959 days ago
I am also wheat free and eat a lot of salads with lots of veggies and protein. I also buy corn tortillas and eat them instead of bread. My down fall is biscuits, when I eat them then my IBS starts acting up.
1961 days ago
Congratulations on getting through the weekend! I have been wheat-free for nearly 11 months now. I find it helps my fibromyalgia as well as my stomach to be off wheat. My experiences over the years with various forms of lower carb diets is a help in being grain free. I focus my meals on lean protein and lots of veggies, along with healthy fats (sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, avocado, olive oil, etc.)
For lunch most days, I have a salad. I buy romaine lettuce and/or bagged spinach or other greens. I add Perdue grilled chicken strips for my protein (or sometimes a pouch of salmon or a few hard-boiled eggs). And then, depending on what looked good in the produce department, I add other veggies -- red pepper strips, baby carrots, sliced mushrooms, sugar snap peas -- most of these need little or no preparation. I skip the croutons, obviously, but usually add a sprinkling of seeds or nuts for a little crunch, often with a few dried cranberries for added nutrition (and color). And I am totally addicted to Wholly Guacamole 100 calorie packs! I also use a little salad dressing. My favorite is Newman's Own Olive Oil and Vinegar dressing, which uses real olive oil. Easy to just assemble the ingredients at work.
One added benefit to going wheat-free has been that it gives me an iron-clad excuse to pass on the sugary baked goods that start to appear this time of year. "No thanks, I can't eat wheat, but it looks delicious," seems to be less likely to be met with an argument from the food pushers.
Good luck! I hope you find it helps you as much as it has me.
1961 days ago
Great job on the weekend behind you!
You can introduce buckwheat and Quinoa and other seeds ( Chia , sunflower, pumpkin) to your diet.
You can also increase your protein and that will be a good thing.
Try lean protein that will fill you up with veggies on the side.
You can have spelt flour I think, and that is gluten free....I have slowly introduced spelt bread and it is the only bread I eat now. I can't eat wheat bread at all...same thing, bloat and all that.
Nut butters are good too! ( not peanut)
I will look in my recipe arsenal and see if I can send you some wheat free lunch ideas!
1961 days ago
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