It's been two weeks since I embarked on this wheat-free journey at the recommendation of my favorite health coach and let me tell you, there might be something to this. I've done tons of reading over the last few weeks apart from Dr. Davis endorsed materials and it's clear there's a whole sub-culture of people who don't eat wheat (including those crazy paleolithic followers who pretty much eat nothing - never gonna happen to this gal!) and not only survive but thrive. It's only been a couple of weeks, but so far I feel like it's pretty sustainable and might even be contributing to my well-being.
That's not to say I'm signing up in blood or anything. I'm just saying I like myself better like this. So far.
It hasn't been all easy but it hasn't been all that difficult either. I have dug right in to a few of the recipes in Dr. Davis' Wheat Belly cookbook and recreated a few of his creations - for better or worse. Mostly though, I've just been making my own food and ordering smarter in restaurants.
Preface: I love to eat and go out to eat. I can do that and not eat wheat. Although Dr. Davis isn't a big fan of rice, I have had sushi - both with and without rice - over the last few weeks without incident. I've jumped on the gluten-free soy sauce bandwagon and steered clear or weird, unidentifiable sauces along with any "crunch" inherent to many sushi rolls (crying shame though. I do love me some crunch). We had thai food prepared totally gluten-free by the good people at our local Thai establishment and while I didn't feel amazing after (who doesn't overeat a little at Thai?), I definitely didn't feel as though I'd "cheated." I even pushed myself out of my comfort zone and ordered a piece of fish at a restaurant, feeling as though I'd ingested too much red meat over the course of the few weeks and to my utter amazement, I loved it. That was a total first for me and I feel like it opened doors for me that will help push me toward my goal.
As for homemade foods, I haven't varied too much but I think I'll need to be more mindful of what I'm eating and how much going forward. I've seen a really nice weight-loss in the few weeks, but based on what I'm reading and the drastic change, I feel like it should be more. That said, I feel great and Dr. Davis' promises have so far lived up to my expectations.
A sample day might include either an omelette with veggies and maybe cheddar or my standard pre-wheat free breakfast of skim ricotta (no skim, Jill, old habits...), blueberries and granola only instead of the gluten-free granola I usually eat, I've switched to what is my new fave food - Paleonola (available at Whole Foods). It it awesome, only nuts and flax and doubles as snack food too. I like the apple pie flavor and it seems to contain less sugar than some of the other flavors.
For lunch, I've uncovered a love for Dr. Davis' wheat-free foccaccia (SO GOOD), topped with avocado and homemade chicken salad (I don't think I've ever included chicken salad in my diet before - so fattening!). My recipe includes light mayo and light yogurt combined with dill and white meat - so not too bad. Best part is the total satisfaction after lunch. My craving for something sweet at 2p.m. is definitely decreasing and if I feel like I need something to bite into later in the day, I bought a three pound bag of almonds at Costco. Or, I've actually had cucumber and avocado on occasion. A piece of cheese, some natural nut butter (Whole Foods has the best natural pb mixed with dark chocolate - addictive.) Dark chocolate is also an option once or twice a week.
Dinner has been more challenging because I'm not home to prepare it very often. My extra freezer unfroze last week so I cooked a bunch of lean ground beef and have had it with pesto or tomato sauce a few times and even quinoa pasta as a treat (carbs!). We've been barbecuing steak and chicken and eating with grilled veggies or salad. I'm concerned about the amount of animal protein I'm ingesting but something I'll discuss with Susan this week.
I haven't been missing bread or pasta (yet). The issue seems to be in those foods you never knew were made with wheat and it feels like it's almost everything including soy sauce, vodka (I've switched from my beloved Grey Goose - made from wheat - to Tito's or Smirnoff) and most salad dressings! I've been watching my sugar intake too which has been hard at times - milky way rice crispie squares made their way to my kids hands (via my freezer) and I admit I had a bite. But I want to say I've stuck with this about 95% and my body is feeling better already.
Curious to see how the next two weeks goes and if I can keep this up longer term. Also, any ideas for great recipes or ideas for meals are welcome. I'm going to test out wheat-free, carob chip cookies this week made with insanely expensive almond flour and xylitol - I'll let you know if the kids notice the difference. And if they do, more for me I guess.