Monica Whaley

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No Wheat, No Cravings

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.

Categories: physical health

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Reply monica
8:38 PM on February 25, 2011 
mel and i went out to eat a few weeks ago, and the waiter (someone we know) coordinated the appetizer plates to our outfits.
it is what the paleo's say, but i'm not doing it because of them.
Reply matthias
8:33 PM on February 25, 2011 
what's this about coordinated plates?

is this no wheat thing still part of the pale e oh spiffy diet or are they not relationship?
Reply monica
2:04 PM on February 25, 2011 
LOL on the last coke! is she still eating sugar and hfcs? if not, it may be the choosing vs it being sucked away theory. we have timbits at work today, and someone just offered to take a cupcake order, and i have no interest in either. i STILL need to get to dings and dents!
Reply melonator79
1:24 PM on February 25, 2011 
hm. maybe the cravings come later. you should talk to jasmine. she hasn't been able to eat wheat for two years and would kill a man for a donut. maybe it's the difference between making the decision to not eat it and being forced by threat of death to not eat it.

that's an excellent idea about the drink mixes. i have this empty pill bottle i've been looking to reuse for something. the single packets i have now i got from dings and dents so i don't feel too bad about them.

also, i remember the last coke you had. it came with coordinated plates. :)
Reply monica
1:09 PM on February 25, 2011 
One extra note: I am eating sourdough bread till I work up the nerve to make my own. It does contain wheat, but according to my smart farmy uncle "Sourdough is chemically different than other wheat products. In the "pickling" process, the gluten is used up." Therefore, it doesn't contain the gluten that is a problem for so many, so it seems to be ok.