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Monday, July 08, 2013

I posed the question yesterday whether I should focus on rewarding a Wheat Free streak vs. a Binge Free streak. When I first implemented the reward jar ( wp.me/p1N36Q-71 ), I said I would focus on rewarding NOT binge eating because that was the behavior that was more distressing to me.

However, that was two months ago. I now have an additional two months worth of reading and learning under my belt, including actually having the Wheat Belly book in hand. (Well, “on Nook” wp.me/p1N36Q-cy ). It’s clear to me now that I need to treat the cause, not the symptom.

Another reason I’m changing my focus – I did not make my 14 day streak. With only hours to spare, I gave in to my cravings for Macaroni Salad and Chicken Francese. At least I stayed away from the cake.

What. The. Hell. So, either way, I’m back to square one on both accounts.

While I do get a lot of helpful information from the Wheat Belly blog, there is one thing I’m frustrated by. Dr. Davis shares a lot of success stories, but all of them seem to be by people who have effortlessly cut out wheat. Am I the only one struggling to quit cold turkey? Given his post yesterday on “Re-exposure” -

and this one from over a year ago with a fairly vivid description about Re-exposure syndrome


– I believe I’m not alone.

Actually, just reading through some of the comments on these posts verifies it. It would be great if I could go back to “Barb” or “Erin” and find out if they were ever able to get beyond 4 or 5 days wheat free – and if remaining Wheat Free has been as life changing for them as I think it might be for me.

Perhaps I can find stories in other ways:

1. Online communities – SparkPeople “Teams” exist for just about everything people might want to talk about – including Wheat Belly.
2. Meetups – I mentioned before that I was excited to find a Gluten Free Meetup group near me. I have been debating going to the next meeting at the end of this month- it’s a Gluten Free cooking demo at a Health Coach’s office, and it’s $15 to go – not expensive, but I’d prefer to check out a free meeting first.
3. Nutritionist: Well, maybe this will help or maybe it won’t. I found out my health insurance will cover three appointments with a registered dietician. I found one that might work for me through a referral and am meeting with her next week – and, surprisingly, convinced my husband to come along to hear what she has to say.

And maybe this blog will uncover some stories from those who are struggling. If you happen to be yo-yoing with wheat as I am, feel free to leave your story in the comments section.
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    Thanks for all of your encouraging words. Today begins a new day one, so I'm optimistic!
    1689 days ago
    Bummer about your binge. I was looking forward to reading another reward blog from you.

    I'm using a broad brush here, but you have the support of your many readers. You definitely have the support of your SparkPeople community, and there are too many people who struggle with addiction of many kinds to think that quitting cold turkey is easy. It isn't. You are a strong and inspiring woman to have made this decision for change, and you're making great strides to achieve it.

    Keep going! You CAN do it!
    1690 days ago
    Oh, definitely join the Wheat Belly team. You'll also find a lot of support on most general low carb teams because most people on any low carb plan come close to elliminating wheat just because of its glycemic properties and THEN come to find that losing it eliminates all kinds of other physical problems.

    Paleo teams will also give you a good insight on peoples' successes and struggles, since paleo/primal/ancestral plans do not include grains or legumes. (Some include limited dairy, some don't.)

    If there's one thing that's a takeaway from Dr. Davis' blog it's that modern wheat is actually addicting. It would be weird if you WEREN'T struggling. But, like a smoker trying to quit and occasionally relapsing, eventually you'll probably accept the fact that to quit permanently you WILL have to just go cold turkey and say goodbye forever.

    As an ex-smoker myself believe me, I know the pain involved. It's a grieving process in many ways. It took me 4 tries before I finally quit on the 5th shot. Ditching wheat is not an easy step for most people.
    1690 days ago
    Ohhhh you are not the only one. Don't believe that for a second.
    I read wheat belly and tried to cut out wheat - and suffered. For a week or more I'd have very strong urges to eat eat eat. This would subside after about a week, ten days. But then if I had a little wheat 'by accident' (eating a food that contained it without me knowing) the whole craving would start again.

    Also, I had trouble following the suggested diet because I'm a vegetarian. In the end I have given up and started (loosely) using the guidelines of the book Eat to Live, which is much more doable for me (AND allows me to not have wheat if I wanted to. As it is I do eat spelt bread, as advised by a dietician. I noticed that spelt bread does not give me the problems and cravings and the pain in my feet and the psoriasis that wheat does. Supposedly because spelt had not been manipulated and modified the way modern wheat has).
    1690 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/9/2013 3:35:36 AM
    I am working on going completely wheat free. I am down to once or twice a month. Really want to get off it completely. Even getting this far has made a HUGE difference. I lost 6 inches off my waist almost immediately. I'm now down 7.5 inches from my waist and 27 lbs since cutting wheat out of my diet. I also feel so much better subjectively. I don't have those shaking/starving episodes. And I don't have cravings. And I can easily manage on far fewer calories. My blood sugar stays steady. It's not the only change I've made, but the only really "new change," as I am an experienced dieter... So... I say go for it.

    FWIW, I'm also following the DASH Diet Weight Loss Solution (by Marla Heller, also a registered dietician). It has really helped me.

    Congratulations on all the progress you have made.
    1690 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/8/2013 10:36:45 PM
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