Wednesday, April 10, 2013
I haven’t blogged for a few days, well, because, frankly it was getting a little boring!!! But I thought I better write down a few thoughts on this process in case I want to look back. For the multitudes that may be reading this, I have been following (more or less) Dr. Davis’ book, “Lose the Wheat, Lose the Belly.” I have had no wheat and extremely minimal sugar, and although I have lost a couple of pounds and do feel some better, I certainly can’t say that it is as remarkable as promised by the “book.” My chronic cough was no better. Now the one thing I had not done was to give up more morning cooked oatmeal/Red River/oat bran cereal (he says there is cross-contamination between oatmeal and wheat). Reading more on oatmeal sensitivity, there can be respiratory and digestive symptoms and I realized that over the years, I have been using it daily, either as cereal, topping for crisps, filler for meatloaf, etc. etc. Could I possibly have sensitivity to my beloved oatmeal? (I do have peanut and tree nut allergies).
So I thought, I have come this far, let’s give it a whirl….may as well give up one more thing!! Off to the health food store on Monday and I have been eating a lovely (and I use that term with slight sarcasm) cooked mixture of quinoa flakes, flax and hemp seeds with cinnamon and blueberries. Not bad, rather mushy, but palatable. Now I am not sure, but today (48 hours later), I do think the cough has lessened and I almost feel the way I have in the past when I gave up coffee (that did not last…I am holding onto that one with clenched fists). I am drinking lots of water with lemon juice and will persevere with this.
Otherwise, the sugar/wheat cravings are minimal, so I will carry on with my experiment for another 3 weeks. I will be glad when the weather improves so I can get out and concentrate on some other activity other than food preparation! I do get moments of "what's the use", but then I think, I will never know if these dietary changes will make a difference unless I give it a fair trial. And the longer I keep at it, the easier it gets.
Hope everyone is having a good week….we are to get freezing rain and snow tomorrow here in southern Ontario.