Just adding my experience (my lawyer is looking over my shoulder telling me to included the disclaimer that individual results might vary) - I went cold turkey to a Primal diet (no processed foods, no grains, no legumes, no sugar) and did not experience a withdrawal period - I consider myself lucky.
I do get about two days worth of cravings if I go off-plan in any significant way even after months of following plan.
So be prepared for carb-flu and stay strong until it has passed. Almost everyone who goes "all-in" finds they feel way better, in innumerable ways.
All the best on your journey.
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I agree! I told myself "one week challenge" but I felt so much better after the week was over I am sticking to it. It was scary, to decide to give up wheat and gluten. It is in almost everything! If you stay with real foods you will be fine. Dr. Davis also has a blog that has a lot of good info on it, he also puts a lot of face time on there which I like.
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I did not find it terribly difficult to quit wheat. I felt flu-like for about a week which probably helped me b/c my appetite was compromised. I approached it like an adventure. Then one day suddenly you will realize just how much better you feel and THEN you will be really excited to continue.
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Hi and welcome to the team. Feel free to ask any questions and share your experience. Everybody is a little different but most people need anywhere from a week to 3 weeks to get the grains out of their system. I think you are making it easier for yourself to stop all at once. Don't pay attention to how much you eat. Just relax and enjoy everything but grains. If there are comfort foods you are missing post somewhere in this group and people can give you suggestions. Cheers, Birgit
Hi all, I just listened to Dr. William Davis talk about his book, Wheat Belly, on an itunes podcast called Gab With The Gurus, just this week. It really resonated with me, so I am reading the book. I want to join this Spark Team and learn more about it. I think it will be scary, but I'm willing to go for it. I think it will be like he said, when an alcoholic gives up alcohol and goes through withdrawal. I start tomorrow, cleaning out all the sugar and wheat and grains from the pantry. What he describes in the book, is me all the way. I'm already feeling anxious, but I don't want to taper off, I just want to get through the initial 3-5 days of withdrawal symptoms cold turkey. I will be coming back to the Team page to see how everyone else has gotten through the initial stage.
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