Bread is something that I still love - especially dark, chewy pumpernickel or rye... or a fresh-out-of-the-oven whole grain honey oat... I'll find room in my calorie range for it when I'm in the mood for some!
Pasta, however, I just am not interested in anymore. I much prefer one of my home-made sauces over steamed or roasted vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, rutabaga, parsnips, etc) or over spaghetti squash.
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I use to eat a lot more bread. I would take a piece of white bread and roll it up and eat it. Now I eat whole wheat bread when I eat bread. I do still enjoy homemade bread occasionally especially with olive oil at Italian restaurants. I don't eat much pasta anymore either because of my diabetes. But nothing is off limits for me because I have learned in the past if I totally give something up I will eventually binge on it. So I have a small piece of cake or pie on occasion.
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When I started my journey I tracked everyday and came to realize how high calorie grain products are. Over time I have found that vegetable carbohydrates are much more filling and satisfying than bread, cereal, and pasta for me.
I have always had digestive problems that improved when I cut back on grains and are eliminated when I avoid them completely. My skin issues are greatly improved since avoiding grains but I have noticed the dryness and bumps go away when I cut dairy completely, but I am not ready to do that permanently yet, I love butter and heavy cream!
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I'm not big on bread either. I see bread as the original fast food. I never liked fast food anyway. I grew up in a house that ate pasta everyday. But that was only a side dish, only a ounce or two. Bread makes food more portable so you can eat on the go and not sit down to a meal.
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Clue....whole wheat bread makes me feel bloated....and the wheat bread has chemicals and additives....Not all wheat breads contain pure, whole grains and many contain partially hydrogenated oils, artificial sweeteners, high-fructose corn syrup.
When I have bread I eat rye since pure rye bread contains only rye flour, without any wheat...the darker the rye the better...because of the way the sugars get absorbed into your blood. For some reason (that scientists are still looking into), the sugars in rye flour are absorbed into your bloodstream much more slowly and the fiber helps keep me full.
Pasta isn't any issue either as white pasta contains a large amount of high carbs and has refined flour...refined white flour will release sugars into the bloodstream quickly and thus more fat storage. Also eating a lot of white pasta will also raise your blood’s levels of the bad LDL cholesterol which I track daily.
Quinoa pasta is my choice if I have it. It is a great substitution for white or even whole grain pasta and is gluten free. I learned when a person eat healthy fats that the body will not search for glucose and then it starts to use its own stored fat.....reduce the intake of starch and sugar from which the glucose is made, and to fill the void with another fuel...healthy fat...that's the clue.
I have been surprised how much less I like bread once I changed my eating habits. First I quite all artificial sweeteners and then most of the added sugar. I then decided to also cut out the grains but then occasionally added them in once a week. Gradually over the next six months I noticed how much less I like bread now in comparison to starch vegetables. Tracking calories almost every day I noticed I do great with starchy vegetables, potatoes, onions, radish, corn mixed with my protein(meat). Those starch vegetables, seems to satisfy my hunger 10x compared to grains mixed with protein. I have not had traditional pizza or ice cream in over 6 months and never will again. I find it very easy to avoid added sugar and grains in place of fruit and starchy vegetables. Since added sugar and grains are responsible for about 99% of my hunger issues it's no wonder why it's so easy for me to loose weight now.
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Yes, I'm eating far fewer grains. I find that I prefer to eat some quinoa (which is actually a seed, not a grain) or nuts with a salad, rather than a sandwich. I still like pasta, but if I don't have it in the house, I don't crave or miss it. It's kind of a treat food. In the past, I'd eat pasta with garlic bread. Grains and other carbs were the centerpieces of every meal. Now that doesn't appeal to me at all. So I'm with you, I'd rather eat veggies, fruits, seeds, nuts and healthy proteins, with grains almost as a condiment or small treat. I think getting my body's insulin response to calm down, as a result of healthier eating, has brought about this change. All the carb craving was a sign of dis-ease in the body, and now I'm at a healthier place, so my body's desires are healthier.
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I never really liked bread, which may be why low carb has worked for me. I hear people acting like the loss of bread is going to kill them, and I wonder why..lol. I have always preferred meat fruit, and veggies.
Even when I ate pizza, I used to scrape off the toppings, because the bread just made me bloat, and I didn't like the taste. Loved the meat, veggies, sauce, and cheese though. . My biggest carb issue was sugar. I drank lots of pop, and ate lots of sweets, especially ice cream. I ate a pint of Ben & Jerry's every day.
I quit them all, and have no cravings for them, which may be what has happened to you with bread. Sometimes the food that we love, makes us crave more of it, so by abstaining, we no longer are obsessed with eating it. This usually takes 3-4 weeks to get over these cravings, but then as long as we don't re-introduce the food, we have no problem not eating it.
My guess is that if you ate some bread, you would find yourself craving more bread than you do now.
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Wow---Congrats on those lost 79 pounds!! Way to Go!!
Yes...I also lost my fancy for breads, etc. when I lost my initial 25 lbs following a Pre-Diabetes diagnosis. Not to say I don't still love that first slice of warm homemade bread!!
I believe as we lose weight and focus on Nutrition, it becomes apparent that the calories spent on simple carbs are better spent on good Nutrition sources.... We learn that we only need so many carbs, and that the flavor and nutrition of good whole grain cereals, veggies, dairy carbs are a so much better way to spend those (limited) carb calories. Focusing on getting the proper range of carbs/fats/proteins really becomes more important.
And once we lose some weight, we just don't *need* as many calories a day either! All the best on your continued journey towards better health!! patti
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When I started this journey I was a carb-o-holic lol. I could eat an entire loaf of bread with one meal. After about 3 months of eating healthy, exercising, and losing weight, I noticed I was eating considerably less breads. I was eating 100% whole wheat breads and pastas when I did. I am now 3 months away from my 1-year health anniversary and I've seemed to stop liking bread all together. The thought of eating something with bread like a sandwich or pizza is very de- appetizing. The only change I have made to my diet prior to this is that I now eat fruit and veggies every day. It's just very strange because I can now pass up rolls or tortillas at meals when I go out to eat when before I would be eating mine and everyone elses. Is this common or any clue why this is happening now?
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