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Toasting the Toast-Less

Monday, July 29, 2013

Im really happy I decided to get the Wheat Belly Cookbook from the library, and not necessarily because of the recipes. The first 100 pages delves into a lot of what to do, which is a great supplement to the original Wheat Belly book that explains why we do it. There are certainly some redundancies in both, but thats ok it takes some reinforcement to really internalize what committing to this lifestyle means. For individuals new to Wheat Belly, Id actually recommend reading the cookbook first its a bit easier to get through.

I think what Im most excited about is that I dont have to restrict what I imbibe as much as I thought I would. The reason? Barley, although it contains gluten, is not on the Wheat Belly restricted list. I mistakenly thought all gluten-containing grains would be problematic so when I opted for something other than wine, it was usually a Gluten Free beer or cider ( ). Dr. Davis lists out some additional choices for beers, and I was surprise to see that Bud Light made the cut (its brewed with rice and barley malt). Now Bud Light has never been on my personal go-to beverage list, but because it is also very low carb (6.6 grams per 12oz compared to 10g+ for other beers) I think I might be willing to give it a try. Because barley has the green light, this also means most wine coolers are ok to drink.

Ive also had a lot of questions about liquors. For example, a few weeks ago I wasnt feeling that great after making myself some Irish Hot Chocolate ( ) and wasnt sure whether to blame the Baileys Irish Cream or the sugar in the cocoa. Dr. Davis puts Baileys in the liqueur safe list, along with Kahlua, Triple Sec, and Amaretto di Saronno. Only those with a true gluten allergy need to avoid liqueurs made by fermenting grains, as Baileys is. I am thinking Ill make my own sugar-free cocoa with Baileys in the future and see if I feel differently.

Brandy, cognac, and rum are generally safe. Whiskey is generally NOT safe. Vodkas are a mixed bag most of the biggest names Ive heard of DO contain wheat (Absolut, Grey Goose, Ketel One, SKYY, Stolichnaya, and Van Gogh). He mentions other vodkas made from potatoes, grapes, and corn (Smirnoff), but I dont really think Im going to be able to remember this. Plus I have my suspicions about potatoes and corn.

My go to drink is usually a glass of wine. And Im happy to have more beer and liquor choice now. I wont even miss vodka.

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KNYAGENYA 7/30/2013 11:48AM

    Good to know.

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LILLITH32 7/30/2013 8:47AM

    Ugh, looks like most of my favorite poisons are off the menu (Vodka and Whiskey). I guess I will be sticking to wine too, and maybe a bit of rum. Thank you for the informative blog! I never thought much about gluten content of alcoholic beverages before.

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MSKRIS7 7/30/2013 8:25AM

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NOWYOUDIDIT 7/29/2013 9:08PM

    love beer! emoticon emoticon

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