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Fried eggs topped with chile verde

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Getting started with gluten-free living

So you decided to give up the gluten. Share your experiences!

  • What made you decide to kick the wheat habit?
  • How did you get started?
  • Did you go through "wheat withdrawal?" How long did it last?
  • What kinds of problems did you experience?
  • Was it hard to find gluten-free foods to your satisfaction?
  • What kind of results (health, weight loss) did you experience?
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Getting Rid of My Wheat Belly!

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. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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Book Review: Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

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Updated: Oct. 31, 2011: Paragraphs added (see below).
Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health, by William Davis, M.D., is an eye-opening and provocative book. Davis examines the history of modern wheat, and the health problems associated with its consumption.

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Dr. Davis describes the evolutionary path from ancient wheat to the human-engineered varieties found in modern products. The bad news is that humans have engaged in genetic engineering of wheat over the last fifty years, much of it done without concern for potential human health impact.

When seeking a likely cause of the recent rise of obesity, diabetes, and other health problems, it seems reasonable to look at what's changed in the typical American diet.

Wheat has come to dominate the typical American meal. Official health guidelines and other authorities tell us to put "healthy grains" at the bottom of the food pyramid, and many if not most people have. A trip through the typical supermarket shows us just how much the American diet is dominated by wheat-based products. Pasta, cereals, breads, rolls, muffins, cakes, snacks... the list seems endless. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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Grain Free Scale Results After 7 Days!

I began an experiment beginning on the 11th of June. A friend of ours mentioned to my husband that he lost weight by cutting grains from his diet. I have been trying to introduce other carbohydrates into my diet besides chocolate, and I didn't realize that every carbohydrate that I like to eat besides avocados, chocolate, fruit, and nuts, contain flour.

I was really excited to begin eliminating grains in my diet because I hope to find out how certain foods affect me. I want to know why my scale has been bouncing around so much lately and going without grains for thirty days sounded like the easiest experiment I could try.

Six days after going grain free, I ate lunch at an all you can eat pizza parlor with a group of six of us. My intention was to eat from the salad bar, hoping I could get enough protein. I had already mentioned to some of the group that I had gone grain free and since I had no problem going to the pizza parlor, one of the women asked me if I was going to eat the toppings off of the pizza. I didn't think of that and once she mentioned it, I knew I could get enough protein, not missing the bread at all.

I continue to follow the guidelines of CALP and I have lost weight every single day since going grain free. I have noticed since I have given up grains that I am not as hungry during mealtimes which has lead me to eat less. Is it coincidence, or do grains...flour in my case, affect me negatively. Only time will tell!

Weight
6.11.11 - 146-1/2 lbs.

6.12.11 - 146 lbs., lost 1/2 lb.

6.13.11 - 145-1/2 lbs., lost 1/2 lb., down 1 lb.

6.14.11 – 144-3/4 lbs., lost 3/4 lb., down 1-3/4 lbs.

6.15.11 - 144-1/2 lbs., lost 1/4 lbs., down 2 lbs.

6.16.11 - 144 lbs., lost 1/2 lb., down 2-1/5 lbs.

6.17.11 - 143 lbs., lost 1 lb., down 3-1/2 lbs.

Positive results so far!

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Grain Free for 30 Days!

I have been following the Carbohydrate Addict's LifeSpan Program for the last three years and I have lost around 90 lbs. I feel as if I am in complete control over my food choices so I am at the point where I am curious to see how some of the foods that I choose to eat may be affecting me.

I just celebrated my 52nd birthday and I will admit that when I began this program, menopause had already become a part of my life. My hot flashes are getting worse and since the doctor confirmed last year that I am at the end of menopause, I am wondering if it is something that I am eating. I stopped drinking coffee after drinking it for over thirty years and I have been avoiding tea, blaming the caffeine in both of them for my flashes. I have been taking Estroven hoping to alleviate the severity of my problem, but they don't seem to be helping.

My husband and I were discussing my weight loss, or more precisely, my progress chart. The fact is that I have been losing weight at a nice, steady, pace, keeping my weight under the trend line, and since I deliberately began eating more grains, I have noticed that I have been hovering above the line instead of under. Since I believe that grains may have an effect on my diet and my hot flashes, I am going to be eliminating them for awhile.

On June 11, 2011, my weigh in was 146-1/2 lbs., and it was the first day that I eliminated grains from my diet. My plan is to avoid them for 30 days and see how it will affect me. I am so happy that I have never had a carbohydrate addiction to grain based carbohydrates because eliminating them will not be a problem for me. I am looking forward to my experiment and will continue to weigh myself daily.

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