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Change Diet

Thursday, June 13, 2013

I have attempted a gluten free diet for the past 2 or 3 weeks but I am not getting it. The 1st week I had too many leftovers from the week before which composed of gluten products so I had to postpone. The second week although I still had leftovers not so much and my weekly meal plan had more gluten free ideas. I didn't want to go totally into it like buying all kind of gluten free flours and pasta. I did buy a brown rice pasta - penne. I overcooked it - it was really soft - almost mushy (euphemism for 'mush') - so gotta try it again (I have some of the pasta left). My real problem is the starch portion of the meal - pasta, flour products - crackers, bagels etc... On the meal plan is potato, rice, corn and beans. Tried the Chicken fajita stuffed peppers. It was nice. Breakfast usually has a bagel or muffin (made from flour).

It was an interesting experience and I did try some new foods and recipes. I just wanted to see how a gluten free diet would make me feel. But I can't say. It also highlighted to me how we are a product of our culture or our upbringing and changing has to take place over time and not in one week or even two weeks. There are alot of things in my pantry which I'd have to get rid of, there alot of things I'd have to add to my pantry. I'd have to learn new recipes. When in a hurry I notice I resort to my instinct - so a food I know how to cook automatically.

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GLC2009 6/13/2013 6:42PM

    i quit eating wheat in january 2012. initially it was kind of difficult, mostly when eating out,especially fast food. my go to was subway subs. but, i stuck to it except for 4 or 5 times when i had something. each time i did have wheat i got very unpleasant side effects that reminded me why i was trying this to begin with. it's now ingrained in me and i don't think twice about not having the wheaty bun or pasta or why.
the goal isn't really to replace the wheat with other starches, as you are still eating just as unhealthy as before. high starch/carb is high starch/carb whether it's wheat flour, potato flour or rice flour. all those gluten free products in the store are just as unhealthy as the wheat versions and should only be used on occasion.
for me it helped with joint pain, acid reflux, digestive problems and bad skin for a start.

also, just like anything else, there are good brands and poor brands. i have had some crappy wheat free pasta like you describe, but, there are really good ones out there. i can't remember the brand right now, but, if you're interested let me know.


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MS.ELENI 6/13/2013 4:44PM

    I would rather eat a variety of foods and count calories. I don't think I could eat like that.

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JENSHAINES 6/13/2013 3:07PM

    Sweetney, when you try a gluten free diet, you have to cut out ALL gluten and usually try it for at least 3 months to get the effects. You also sometimes need supplements to heal your gut. There's no real reason to do it unless a doctor suggests it. You can learn new habits, etc., and try new foods, but it's a huge pain and takes quite a bit of getting used to. I'm on my second year of a gluten free lifestyle and enjoying it tremendously, but I started, then quit, then started again in late 2011 and have stuck to it. I've seen and felt real changes, but I did have a fairly major issue. If your doctor DOES feel you have to do this permanently, sparkmail me and I'd be happy to help with ideas/links, etc. Have a wonderful day!

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