Nutrition, Wellness

Wheat Begone!

wheat dietHi guys. It’s been awhile, I know. But I’ve been pre-occupied with “stuff”. That’s life I guess. Anyway, I haven’t gone anywhere and I have decided to update you guys on what’s going on with me and the wheat diet that I embarked upon some months back.

Well, first let me just say that I have slacked off heavily in the past month or so. I mean I’ve been eating all sorts of sandwiches and roti and bread and patties. Oh my goodness, I gave myself one inch, but my appetite went and took a whole mile! That’s why I believe that this wheat business is all or nothing. A little bit of wheat will end up being a whole lot of wheat and before you know it, you have become what you used to be – a wheat guzzling, stomach protruding, foggy-brained, miserable person!

I should have had a plan to prevent this from happening but I didn’t. It all started when my sister-in-law came to visit us for a few days. Of course, as the host, I was responsible for meal preparation. Since I had cut out wheat from my diet and from my family’s diet, I had no wheat in the house. Neither did I purchase any wheat when I went shopping. After a few days of no wheat at all, my sister-in-law began to ask questions. “Ahm, you guys don’t eat bread?”, “Can we have black forest cake for dessert today?”. That was it! She had me at “black forest”! How did this woman know my weakness? If there was one thing that could get me off the wheat diet without a fight, it was black forest cake.  I am ashamed to admit it but I caved in without a fight. Like a moth to the fire, I headed straight to the supermarket and purchased some of that delicious black forest cake made by Mega Mart. And I did enjoy that dessert that day.

And on and on it went until I found myself buying bread and other wheat products regularly. Am I really that weak? In fairness to myself, I believe I succumbed to the desire to be a good host. I didn’t want to impose my diet upon my sister-in-law and I wanted her to feel comfortable while she was staying at my place for a few weeks. So I justified my behavior and tried to console myself that it would only last for a few weeks – no biggie. I figured that I could easily get back to my wheat-free lifestyle as soon as her visit ended.

Did I get back to my wheat-free lifestyle when her visit ended? No, I didn’t. Did I try to get back to my wheat-free lifestyle after my sister-in-law left? Yes, yes I did! Did it work. NO, NO it didn’t! In fact, it was near impossible since by now both my son and my husband had gotten accustomed to having wheat again and were even demanding it. What was I supposed to do? It was too much pressure!

But I have taken a stand. I have put my foot down. Because at the end of the day, it is MY health and MY family’s health that are at stake here. Going back on wheat made me realize how negatively wheat had been affecting me and my family all along. As soon as I started to eat wheat regularly again, my sinusitis issues returned, I had brain fog like you wouldn’t imagine, I felt tired even after getting a full night’s rest and of course my stomach started to protrude again like I was a few month’s pregnant. Disgusting!

I don’t want to live like this. I don’t want my family to live like this. So, guess what? I am back on my wheat free diet starting today! No more wheat! Absolutely none! Not even just a little bit because that thing is really addictive! It really is like a drug and so much of the world is addicted to wheat and don’t even realize it! Wheat is slowly killing so many people and they have no idea why they feel so off. Many people would never even think of wheat affecting them negatively but then ignorance is a hell of a thing.

We hear it every day that whole wheat is good for you and that it’s the way to eat healthily and on and on and on. But it’s not necessarily true for everybody. I know for me that my body does not do well on wheat. My brain does not do well on wheat and that whole wheat is the worst thing for me to have. It’s almost like slow poisoning myself. Okay, poisoning may be a little dramatic but you get the point.

So, wheat is out, health is in! Anybody with me?