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Wheat and Cravings

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Since February 9 I have been without wheat or other grains. (I remember the date because I had just come home from a girls' getaway!) I did South Beach phase 1 for 2 weeks. During those 2 weeks I felt so good I started reading and researching some other ways of eating. I read about Paleo, and read "Wheat Belly." I decided that in phase 2 I would add oatmeal, then maybe brown rice and see what happened. I also decided to give up wheat as long as I could.

Sunday, we ate "whatever" lunches from the freezer. I found a small container of Moroccan chicken (turned out to be chickpeas) with spinach. After I reheated it I saw that there was about 1/2 cup or so of whole wheat pasta. I was hungry so I decided to eat it and see what happened.

At first, nothing happened. I ate lunch. Once late afternoon hit I was ravenously hungry so I ate a snack of almonds and some baby cucumbers as I fixed dinner. I wanted SWEETS, not nuts! I fought this urge to eat some skinny cow ice cream cones we have for DH and DD. Then I was in the pantry looking for chocolate we don't have. I finally realized it must be the wheat, because I haven't had a single craving since February 9. I have eaten beans/legumes in that period quite frequently and they do not trigger cravings for me. By sheer will I made it through the day without giving in to any cravings

I felt awful the next day. Headache, tummy issues that I won't go into. So, my conclusion is that wheat is not my friend.

I feel "normal" now, whatever that means for me! I have no intentions of testing that out again any time soon!
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    Thank you for the inspiration on this sometimes difficult journey.

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    1831 days ago
  • JOYFUL78
    thats amazing by process of elimination that you found the trigger.

    you GO girl!!!!!!!!! yeh!!!!!!!!!!!
    1885 days ago
    I can totally relate to life without wheat -- feels so much better!

    Great job getting though the worst of it!! ;)
    1885 days ago
    I did the same thing after Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet. I try not to add wheat based items into my diet and if I do, very occasionally. I checked out the Wheat Belly team and read up on what they had to say. I guess we just have to listen to our bodies. I have to remember to add enough fiber, such as flax seed in my yogurt, beans, etc. by the way, you look fantastic!
    1891 days ago
    Okay you have giving me something to research now with this wheat belly talk. Someone mentioned it to me not long ago about gluten free. Seemed somewhat complicated, but I'm bit on buying wheat products as at one time it was better for you than white products. Uggghhhh off to YouTube and kindle library for book.

    Now I just added you to my sparkfriend library but I must say you and your blog followers make it hard to concentrate on the subject at hand with all the eye candy as avitars geeeezzzz... hotties galore...but thank you emoticon emoticon
    1897 days ago
    Certain foods seem to trigger food craving with me. I notice it especially when I have oatmeal for breakfast. I still eat it but try to be extra careful after that to be sure I don't get out of line with my eating. Sugar is a really trigger for me so I generally avoid that as much as possible.
    1897 days ago
    wow that's really interesting. I'm going to see if I can get that book from the library.
    Good luck!
    1898 days ago
    Way to go figuring out your good and bad. Here's to no more cravings or feeling icky! emoticon
    1898 days ago
    emoticon Glad you are making such great progress!
    1898 days ago
    I'm just starting to learn about wheat belly, etc. I'm learning that wheat is in practically everything! Tomato soup--who would have thought? Thanks for the reminder of the wheat/craving thing. Ugh.

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    1899 days ago
    Wow, great will power! I completely agree about the cravings. I'm getting ready to start SB again and love how I feel on it...but it's those small "cheats" that send me in a downward spiral. It's easy to think that a bite here or there won't hurt...but not so! Great job!
    1899 days ago
    At least now you know the culprit and good on you for taking steps to avoid it. Wheat is a real problem for many people. I find if I eat wheat it is triggering cravings for me too so I avoid it most of the time.
    1899 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    I've read "WHEAT BELLY" and listened to his lectures on YouTube and they are REALLY good. I have stopped eating all wheat products and my legs don't hurt like they did at night. Dr. Davis says it is much more than just gluten that is the problem but the genetically changed wheat that we have today. Listen to him on Youtube.
    1899 days ago
  • SINGER73
    Gluten intolerance is very common. Most people just don't know they have it. These days it's easy to go gluten free. It's hard when you have multiple sensitivities like I do.
    1899 days ago
    Congrats on going wheat-free. That's really hard to do but at least you know how your body reacts if you have it. I'm considering starting back on South Beach Phase 1 again, it's hard but I know that it really helps with the cravings. Thanks for the inspiration.
    1899 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Congrats on going wheat free and feeling better! I'm hoping to go totally wheat free by the end of March. We've been using up the already purchased items. When they are gone I'll be totally gluten free. Sweet! Glad you realized what caused the problem and you know what to do to feel your best.

    Wishing you continued success and all the best!
    1899 days ago
  • ADZY86
    Yep, same thing happens to me. I get bloated, gassy (TMI?!), uncomfortable, headaches, lethargic, fat, the list goes on. Wheat is not my friend. Nice one on finding out what your body can't deal with.
    1899 days ago
    I've been slowly trying to be gluten-free. I did give up wheat bread and switched to spelt bread which I love now.
    1899 days ago
    Good job on being wheat-free for a month! I've been (very slowly!) re-reading Wheat Belly and nodding my head in agreement. emoticon
    1899 days ago
  • TEKRU1
    Yep - I had that reminder this weekend. Tired and stressed, so I ate something I normally wouldn't, a breaded fish. I know it's not the fish causing the knot in my stomach and other gastro symptoms - its that darn wheat!
    1899 days ago
    Figuring out how your body works best is great news. I'm glad that you are approaching this in a methodical way, learning what thing works for you and what doesn't.

    I hope that you are entering this stuff in your tracker with daily notes, too, so that you have a wealth of data to refer to as you progress on your journey. You may learn that it's only processed wheat, but that things like pearl barley are fine-- having all of this recorded can only help you in the long-term....
    1899 days ago
    I've been gluten-free since November of 2012. I feel so much better, no cravings anymore. It effects people differently. Some people do fine with it, but it seems to upset my body chemistry.
    1899 days ago
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