|Posted on February 25, 2011 at 12:50 PM|
So, if you don’t know, I’ve been sick with a respiratory thing since the 1st week in January. No, I’m not kidding. Needless to say, I’m sick of being sick. I’ve been reading a LOT about the over-use of wheat in the Standard American Diet (SAD, if you can believe it), and had already decided to try to cut that out. I read further and found out that too much wheat can contribute to Candida issues (which I have in abundance), IBS, and respiratory issues. Whadya know? Also, the starch in wheat turns to sugar in the body, which turns to fat, if not properly used & processed (which my body doesn't do, thanks you PCOS). Like I need more of that. Lastly, because of my insulin resistance, I’m supposed to be eating very few carbohydrates anyway. By cutting out wheat (eventually all grains), I’m limiting my carb intake drastically. I know, most of you are saying what I said: How can I live without bread, pasta, etc.?! Turns out, that eating all that wheat MAKES you want more! I have been focused on ridding my diet of wheat for the last week. I have not noticed one single craving for cookies, bread, cereal (which I could’ve eaten 3 times a day), or pasta. NOT ONE. This can’t be an accident.
Of course, I’m also trying to be more diligent about avoiding hfcs; I can’t remember the last Coke I had. I drink lots of water, so it’s lucky I like water. However, I know some people feel like they have to choke it down, and even I want something different sometimes. To address that, I’ve been using the drink mix packets, but there is a caveat: they contain aspartame. I’d like to avoid that, too, but for now, I’m choosing the lesser of two evils. I’m sure there’s some way to have the flavor addition to water without the sweetener, or at least with something different to sweeten; I just haven’t found it yet. I WILL! A tip: the single serve packets are a waste of money. You get about 20 “servings” (I never use their recommendation, too strong) in a box that costs about $2.50. You can buy the tubs for $2.40, which has 40 servings! I use an old pill bottle to carry the contents of one or two little tubs from the canister. Voila! Much cheaper, cleaner, and I get the amount of flavor I want.
With both of these changes, it’s noteworthy that I feel sated with less food, have fewer cravings, eat smaller snacks, and don’t even WANT junk food. I guess treating my body as a temple is a good idea. Huh.
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