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Eliminate bread?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I read an article today on Yahoo about foods to avoid (non-organic strawberries, swordfish, etc.) and it suggested, as I've seen lots of articles recently suggesting, that you eliminate bread due to multiple health issues linked (celiac, asthma, belly fat, IBS, inability to take a photogenic profile pic).

Other things in the article I didn't agree with (sprouts are bad because they are linked to food poisoning, and the solution was to substitute shredded carrots or cabbage...why not grow your own? How is that not a viable alternative to food-borne illness due to industrial farming??)...anyway, my point is, I'm not sure the article had any scientific merit or was a fluff piece paid by the word.

Anyway, I'm going to try no bread, I think. Just for the heck of it. I don't need it. I'm not a "bread person". It might force me to substitute more whole grains, like quinoa, barley, rice, wheat berries. We will see.

Thoughts? Is bread the new red-headed step child of dieting? Did eggs pay off the Fitness magazines to get the heat off of them? Is milk next?

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    I am a carb addict also and most of my weight is belly fat. This is a lot to think about but I hope it works out for you. Keep sparking emoticon
    1948 days ago
  • SUSIEQ911
    Couldn't do it, but then again, I don't have any issues.

    Keep us posted how it goes though.
    1951 days ago
  • NOREGRET2010
    I am a carb addict and bread? Well, it's my crack. Warm french bread, biscuits...mmmmm. I say addict because I had an impossible time leaving it alone. I had to have bread.

    What's my biggest issue? Belly fat. Hmm. Let me go a step further to illustrate.....A good 50 pounds of my weight (heck maybe 70!) is in my belly. My largest waist measurement was about 50 inches.

    I'm 5 feet tall.

    Then I read "Wheat Belly". I cut out wheat (i.e. bread) and quickly the belly deflated a LOT. The author's theory? that wheat causes inflammation and that inflammation is all through that belly fat as well as everywhere else. Cut the inflammatory-causing agent (wheat) and the inflammation dissapates (this is probably a big oversimplification on my part, but it's how I remember it).

    Do I believe this? Well, since cutting wheat, I've lost 4 inches off my belly, to now be 46 inches (still a big issue, but 4 inches? that's a LOT).

    Try cutting wheat, what do you have to lose? I can honestly say it's been the best decision I've made. My asthma, eczema and arthritis have all dramatically improved with that one change. Seriously. :)

    1951 days ago
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