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Getting Rid of My Wheat Belly!

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My husband has been reading the book Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health out loud to me recently. It started last week when we took a road trip and after five hours and a hundred and fifty pages of mind blowing information, I am anxious to take another car trip so I can hear more.

I am such an extremist that I was ready to go wheat free that same afternoon, but I made a huge mistake at the Chinese restaurant we went to for lunch. I ordered honey walnut chicken and accepted my mistake of not thinking about the chicken being breaded. I enjoyed every bite of my meal and even though I had to postpone my desire to go wheat free, I had no problem following the guidelines of CALP.

My next wheat free mistake came from soy sauce. I wanted our recipe of homemade Chinese marinaded ribs and discovered the soy sauce in the marinade contained wheat. Since the ribs were already marinading in the sauce, I postponed my desire to become wheat free again. I enjoyed two meals of this delicious recipe, delaying my wheat free desire two more days.

I never had any problems giving up flour and bread since my preference has always been to eat chocolate as part of my reward meal. There was a time when I mistakenly thought bread and wheat products were a healthier alternative than the dark chocolate and nuts I was eating. I purposely chose to include wheat in my program until my husband convinced me that my choices of avocado, chocolate, fruit, and nuts, were actually healthier for me.

I was finally able to begin my wheat free adventure yesterday, 10.27.11. Following CALP and including exercise in my program over the years has definitely gotten me to the point where I am closer to my ideal weight than I ever thought possible. My trouble area continues to be my belly and if avoiding flour and wheat products will help to make that area disappear, I am willing to go wheat free forever. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is right around the corner and my favorite part has always been the stuffing, so my reality is that I will enjoy my holiday and resume shortly thereafter.

The one time that I chose to go wheat free, I noticed that my appetite began to decrease and I was able to enjoy the foods that I was replacing it with just as much. I also discovered that wheat is found in many foods, and in order to avoid it I must be prepared. Since I continue to look for healthier alternatives, my carbohydrate choices will include corn, dark chocolate, fruit, nuts, rice, potatoes, & sweet potatoes. I will do my best to avoid wheat products but if they find a way into my diet, it will be on occasion, since it is what I do everyday that is important.

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You look fabulous!

Dear Teri,

You may be only be half the woman you were, but you look twice as good!!! You must be very close to your ideal body weight. This is very inspirational.

Thank you,

Mago

Mago

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Thank you for your support!

Thank you for your kind words and support! Receiving positive comments will always be welcome and very much appreciated.

I believe I am close to my ideal body weight with another ten to twenty pounds to go. I am happy to say that my trouble area is the most common among most people, my belly area. The best part is that now that I am smaller, it is obvious that I am shrinking in that area too.

I have found success with CALP that I was unable to find with any other weight loss program that I tried. I spent over twenty five years of my life dieting my way up to my highest weight of 236 lbs., and three and a half years later at 139 lbs., my weight is in the normal range.

My wish is for more people to discover CALP, so I will continue to publicize this program because I am living proof that it really works!

Your wheat free adventure

Hi, Teri! I'm very interested in your wheat free adventure. I'm going to download that book this week-end and start reading it.

Looking back about a zillion years ago when I was in my 20s, I cared nothing about wheat, bread, cereal, or even desserts except for the occasional splurge. Also, now I remember when I did binge, it would be on chips. I was all about meat, fruit, veg. I also weighed about 40 pounds less than I do now and had that trim waistline that I totally took for granted as something that would always be there even if I did put on a few pounds. Alas, not true!

So what happened? Among many other obvious things, I took a lot of heat from DH and others about being such a carnivore and began to try to "eat healthier." I added a lot of whole grains to my diet and I will say it did help my problem with constipation. Then we got caught up in the fat free craze and I slowly gained about 35 pounds.

So what to do? I was in my early 40s then, and had no idea how this weight had crept up when I was trying so hard to eat healthy and how on earth was I going to get rid of it? That counting calories thing I did in my late teens and 20s didn't seem to work any more.

Then we read the Eades' Protein Power and had a big aha! It seemed easy and I dropped nearly 30 pounds that year to the amazement of my co-workers and myself.

But then my middle-age crazy kicked in and I decided to go to medical school. The resulting elevation in stress, lack of sleep, lack of exercise and the fact that they throw bagels at you morning, noon and night during residency took their toll and there I was 40-50 pounds overweight. Again. And did I mention we also decided to adopt DD (then 18 months) which The People's Republic of China was kind enough to permit. So need I say that sleep has not been a major part of my life in the last decade and a half?

So then I discovered this CAD/CALP thing and I've known for a long time that carb control holds the key for me. I lost 10+ pounds since 2009 when I found the site with Teri's postings providing insight and inspiration. But I have sort of stalled out. I'm NOT saying I've given up. I'm just a bit stuck.

So I'm wondering if this wheat free thing could take me to the next level. One thing that happened to me over the last decades is I've learned to love bread. DH knows I blame him for this! I tell him it was contagious. It has become the centerpiece of my Reward Meal, because it's one of the most Rewarding things I know to eat. But it's not beyond the realm of possibility that I could give it up. I mean, it's not like a religious belief or anything.

So, lead the way, Terrific Teri! I'll be behind you, somewhere!

Mago

P.s. Sorry for the long rant. I'll try to restrain myself next time! :-)

Mago

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Comments, at any length, are always welcome!

My husband and I will continue to share our findings with anyone that may be interested.

I will be happy to lead the way and even happier if you have success in finding what works for you!

I have been receiving your emails from our support group and I did notice that you include bread in your reward meals. From the CALP standpoint, there is nothing wrong with it, but I know how eating a burrito in a flour tortilla can cause me to want another one soon thereafter. Even though I only eat one tortilla, when I indulge in wheat, flour in my case, it seems like all I can think about is eating more food just like it. I would crave more flour wanting another burrito or taco salad in a flour tortilla shell which would then cause my appetite to increase. I do really well in keeping my meals balanced and when I do not include wheat in my reward meals, I can honestly say that my appetite remains normal.

I have no intention of giving up Mexican food, but I do intend on changing the foods I eat when I do. My preference has always included flour but I also like tacos, enchiladas, chile verde, Mexican steak, etc. Since the tacos and enchiladas are served in a corn tortilla, and Chile verde and Mexican steak are served with tortillas, I will be choosing corn instead of flour.

My one and only wheat free experiment was successful. I lost 6 pounds in a month and I can't believe it took me this long to finally get back to it. I was not aware of wheat being hidden in some foods, but now that I am, I will make a better effort of avoiding it.

CALP is a wonderful program but it is a bit outdated. Since my health will always be my main concern, I will continue sharing as much information as I can find.

Your postings, responses, and anything you are willing to share will always be welcome!

Teri

Soy Sauce Alternative

Have you tried the Bragg Liquid Aminos? It is Gluten and Certified GMO free. They stock it at Cost Less.

Loved seeing the new photos, you look marvelous! Inspiring!

Goaty

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Gluten Free Soy Sauce

Jen,

Thank you for your kind words! It is still hard for me to believe that I was able to lose all that weight since I had been fighting it for over half of my life. Needless to say, I am pleased!

I really appreciate you popping in to tell me about the soy sauce alternative. I just returned home after spending over a week with my mom while my dad was out of town, and when I stopped at Cost Less I totally forgot to pick it up.

Since I have to go back to town and get food for Thanksgiving, I will put it on my list and try to remember to pick it up.

Thanks again,

Teri

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Bragg Liquid Aminos

This stuff is the perfect alternative to soy sauce for me. We ended up buying a gluten free soy sauce first and as soon as the bottle was empty, we began using the Bragg.

I love the taste and since I decided to eat more soy products to see if they will help to relieve my hot flashes and night sweats, it is one item I will be using.

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About LowCarbForLife

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About me

I'm Teri and I am 54 years old. I have been fighting my weight since I was fourteen, dieting my way all the way up to 236 lbs. I started my weight loss program on March 3, 2008, and at that time I was unable to get into the largest pair of jeans I owned, size 18W. I have lost close to 100 pounds, and I now wear a size 4 jeans. My diet and exercise program have me feeling better than I could have ever imagined and I did it without starving or depriving myself in any way.

I am getting myself into better shape and my goal of becoming fit and healthy is getting closer every day.

Here's a link to my Progress Photos.

Current Diet Type
Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program (CALP)

Current Exercise Routine
Resistance/Strength Training using Bowflex, Walk Away the Pounds (WATP), & Callanetics

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