It’s day NINE of my August Action initiative and I have lost the two pounds I gained on the weekend, and gone down another 2 lbs. I have not been able to move as much as I had hoped when beginning the challenge for August, but I have moved more than I would have, without it. The challenge has reminded me each day of the need to be consciously aware of how much I am moving, how many calories I am burning, and what I am eating to off set the loss or gain ratio. I love that I am not foggy headed right now, due to the lack of processed sugar in my diet. I have been reading Wheat Belly for the last few weeks, when I can find the time, and it has changed how I look at carbs, for sure.
I wanted to write a bit about Wheat Belly today, and how it is affecting my thinking about food. Frankly, it scares me. I have been depending on whole grains to provide the fiber I need in my diet for some time now. I have eaten more WGs, because I thought that it would move my digestion along better than before I started on this journey to health. And it has. Since including more WGs in my diet, my digestion has improved, quite a bit. Since cutting back on WGs, after reading Wheat Belly, my digestion has slowed. Not good. I have tried to replace the fiber in WGs with nuts-most notably raw almonds–but I am still seeing a slow down in digestion. How does one offset this, if one does not partake of WGs?
I’m a little disappointed in Wheat Belly, since the original premise of the book shifts along the way. At first the reader is told, just eliminate wheat from your diet and you will see decreased blood sugar spikes (something I want, since diagnosed with the Big D), only to read on and find that no, it isn’t just wheat and grain that needs to be eliminated to achieve health. At the end of the book, the same wisdom comes to bear in the author’s suggestions for optimal health as I am reading other places: get rid of the junk food, eat more veggies, less fruit, a whole lot less grains and you will lose weight and get healthy. Good advice, and it works, but that is not the original premise of the book, nor the hook the author puts in the water to attract bait.
As I said early, Wheat Belly scares me a little bit.
I would love to hear others comment on the removal of wheat from the diet. I do think it is responsible for a lot of the addictive behaviors I have struggled with re: carbs, in the past. I will be taking whole grains out of my diet for a few weeks, and then reevaluate how I feel.
Have you eliminated whole grains or wheat from your diet? How does it make you feel? Please share. Thanks, and have a healthy weekend!