I can safely say that the wheat that I ate in that cake yesterday, affected me negatively this morning. When I got up this morning I was still tired and felt like I hadn’t slept all night. I yawned uncontrollably all morning. In addition, I had huge dark circles around my eyes from the lack of sleep.
There was nothing that I did differently to account for this adverse reaction other than eat a lot of wheat. My husband and I would usually treat ourselves to generous servings of black forest cake on Saturday nights. Whenever we would do so, I would always feel very tired in the morning and would usually end up waking up very late on a Sunday morning. This is exactly how I felt this morning. It has to be the wheat that was causing me to feel so tired like I hadn’t slept for an entire 24 hours.
Anyway, I fought the sleepy feeling because I had work that I needed to get done. The rest of the day went quite well. I managed to go for the entire day without eating any wheat and I am really happy that I managed to do so. I didn’t do my workout today but I will make up for it before the week ends.
For breakfast I had oats porridge sprinkled with ripe banana cubes. I had instant chocolate for my beverage.
For lunch I had stew chicken, steamed callaloo and rice and peas. I forgot to take out the kidney beans since they don’t work well with my blood type. I will remember that next time. For a beverage, I had pineapple flavoured Tang.
Dinner was wonderful and I had stew chicken, boiled yellow yam and steamed pak choi. All in all I did get a good amount of veggies in today. And the fact they they were dark green and leafy means that they were choc full of all the right nutrients.
I am beginning to wonder how I am going to manage eating out with wheat restrictions. The Jamaican diet is largely comprised of wheat products in the form of flour. Not to mention that I normally tend to go straight for burgers when I need to grab something to eat on the road. I guess, I will have to have the burger meat without having the buns if push comes to shove. I should be attending a function soon and I really wonder how I’m going to resist the usual pastry hors douvres (did I spell that right?). Whatever happens, I have made up my mind that I will not eat wheat voluntarily except in dire circumstances. Lord, help me!
The cravings for wheat were unbelievable today! Donuts looked so attractive to me today….I mean they looked so sexy to me!
While I resisted the urge to indulge in those donuts that were beckoning to me from the vendor’s trolley, I must admit that I cheated today. Yes, I am not proud to say it but I cheated.
I had a slice of my son’s birthday cake that he had left over from his birthday this Sunday. And I know I said that I wouldn’t keep any flour in the house but I couldn’t figure out what to do with the rest of the cake…..Well I knew I could give it away but really I didn’t want to.
So instead I pushed it to the back of the refrigerator hoping that since it was out of sight it would be out of mind. And it was until my son found it and asked me for a slice. Why this temptation Lord?
Why did that boy have to find that cake and come and tempt me in my moment of weakness? I convinced myself that it was just a small slice and that one single slice would do no harm.
Hmmmm, Eve figured that a single bite of the apple wouldn’t have hurt either. Anyway, I am not going to beat myself up too much over that. I am moving on because despite my shortcomings today, I am still determined to give up wheat. This wheat belly has got to go!
On the positive side, I did manage to get in lots of exercise today. I walked for a half an hour in the morning and then in the evening I did my 30 minutes aerobics and strength training session. I enjoyed it but my shoulders are still aching from this wheat fast.
Apart from the cake, I didn’t do too badly in terms of eating either. Here’s what I had today.
Oats porridge (Yes, porridge again)
Chocolate (cocoa) tea
Steamed white rice and corned beef (Not the best choice of protein but that’s the easiest thing I could prepare considering how hungry I was feeling)
Orange flavoured Tang for a beverage
Stew Chicken, boiled yam and boiled bananas with a slice of avocado pear. I also had a ripe banana for fruit.
So I am noticing a trend here. Firstly that I really don’t eat enough vegetables and secondly that I tend to eat my fruits with my last meal instead of with breakfast. Strange.
Anyhow, my wheat fast is in full swing and I WILL NOT QUIT! But I need to do better. I need to keep a good stock of acceptable foods on hand so that I don’t yield to temptation. And I must eat more vegetables. I must. No more wheat belly for me. Anniversary is coming up in December and I will not look like this when that day arrives. I refuse to.
Hey hey hey! I am about to embark on my 30 Day Lose the Wheat Belly Challenge and I am very excited about it. Today is officially the first day, although I started unofficially on Saturday when I went shopping in order to prepare for this challenge.
Why I Decided to Go on A Wheat Fast
If you follow my blog, you know that I have a challenge losing the extra fat around my waist. I have tried numerous different strategies including taking diet supplements but the results have not been lasting.
I would lose inches only to have them pile back on. And it certainly is not for lack of exercise. I exercise diligently and see great results on other areas on my body. But when it comes to my abdominals/belly, I can never seem to make a breakthrough.
I have been reading Dr. Peter D’Adamo’s book about eating right for your blood type and I fully buy into his argument that different blood types react differently to different foods.
In his book, Dr. D’Adamo points out that wheat is not good for persons with type O blood. According to the goodly doctor, wheat gluten interferes with insulin efficiency and also slows the metabolic rate.
I have also been reading Dr. William Davis’ blog about the harmful effects that wheat can have on the body and I have decided that this is something I need to look into.
More importantly, I have decided to go on this wheat fast for more serious health issues. Recently I did a diagnostic scan and I realized that my insulin levels were above the normal range. I repeated the test 4 weeks after the first test and the results were the same. My insulin levels were above the normal range when tested 2 hours after I ate.
Diabetes scares me. But I am at risk for developing diabetes because both my parents actually have diabetes. This is not a disease that I want to contend with. It has been shown that wheat has a very high glycemic index. Glycemic Index is a scale that rates food between 1 and 100 based on their effect on blood sugar levels.
The higher the glycemic index, the more that food raises the blood sugar level. Wheat has a very high glycemic index of about 75. This means that it raises the blood sugar level very quickly and very easily, causing a spike in insulin levels.
Foods with glycemic indices at or below 55 don’t cause the release of insulin into the blood stream. The fact that I consume wheat every single day and usually have 2 meals with wheat products everyday, I know that the wheat is a very likely culprit for my high insulin levels.
Apart from that wheat has been shown to have negative effects on the brain leading to memory loss and even depression. The fact that I have been suffering more and more from brain fog and short term memory loss has made me really pay attention to what is happening within my body when I eat.
I have family members who have cut out whole wheat from their diets because they tend to suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome and have negative reactions to wheat products. Since I have been reading up more about wheat I realize that the effects of wheat on the body tends to run in families.
I tend to believe that it runs in families because families usually eat the same way, consuming the same food. So I believe it is more of a lifestyle issue rather than a genetic issue. But that’s just my opinion.
Anyway, based on all the evidence stacked up against wheat, I have decided to cut it out of my diet for an initial period of 30 days and then make a lifestyle decision based on what happens.
My Approach to the Wheat Fast
So I went shopping on Saturday to get items that are wheat free. I have decided that I will not have any flour in my house for the next 30 days. Neither will I have any biscuits or other wheat snacks in my cupboard.
It was not easy finding items that do not contain wheat. In fact, it seems like the vast majority of carbohydrates that I consume are made with wheat. Anyway, I managed to get a few items that were wheat free.
What I couldn’t get over was how expensive wheat free products are. My goodness, it’s as if you have to be rich to have a diet that does not include wheat. Nevertheless, I am determined to stay wheat free for the next 30 days.
The good thing about living in Jamaica is that we grow lots of ground provisions and produce that are excellent replacements for wheat. We have an abundance of yams, and green bananas, pumpkins, breadfruit, cocoa, cassava, dasheens and much more. This makes it a bit easier I think. So instead of making dumplings I will just prepare one of these ground provisions instead.
I have already cut out dairy from my diet because I discovered long ago that I am lactose intolerant. So I will continue with this.
Whether my family likes it or not, they will be included in this journey. My son is already rebelling because he longs for his biscuits and fried dumplings but I know that in the long run, we will all be better for it.
My Wheat Free Day #1
Here is what I ate today:
For breakfast I had boiled yellow yam and Grace Mackerel. For a hot beverage I had Tetley Honey Lemon Ginseng Green Tea. I also had a few slices of pineapple as fruit.
Looking back I think I overdosed a little on caffeine today. The multivitamin that I take contains both guarana and green tea caffeine. After I drank the tea, I read the label and realized that it too contains caffeine. So I won’t make that mistake again. As of tomorrow I will have cocoa instead of tea.
For lunch I had some of the boiled yam that was left over from breakfast along with sardines and Tang for mt beverage. I also had a piece of watermelon for fruit.
For dinner I was not at home and I ended up getting fried chicken with potato wedges. Not the healthiest meal but it was the best I could do considering it was a public holiday and most places were closed.
I realize that I didn’t get any vegetables today. This is an area that I have to make a concerted effort to improve in. Tomorrow I will be sure to have adequate servings of vegetables.
For this wheat fast I will be monitoring my waist measurement in order to gauge my progress. Today my waist measured 31.5 inches.
I felt pretty great today. I did not get hungry as quickly as I normally do which is a good sign. I also did not feel sleepy after eating. Because I was out on the road, I did not get a chance to exercise today.