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Wheat/grain free eating

Postby RustyCrayon » Feb 7th, 2018, 10:37 am

I have been hearing a lot about the negative effects of wheat and grains on the body. From inflammation and bowel issues, to weight gain, as well as the link to diabetes, dementia and other illnesses etc... I just picked up the Wheat Belly book and am going to give wheat free eating it a try. I LOVE bread and pasta, but always feel tired and bloated after eating them...never mind the other digestive problems that come later :132:

Has anyone else here switched to a wheat free/grain free lifestyle?
Any advice?
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Re: Wheat/grain free eating

Postby GordonH » Feb 7th, 2018, 11:27 am

RustyCrayon wrote:I have been hearing a lot about the negative effects of wheat and grains on the body. From inflammation and bowel issues, to weight gain, as well as the link to diabetes, dementia and other illnesses etc... I just picked up the Wheat Belly book and am going to give wheat free eating it a try. I LOVE bread and pasta, but always feel tired and bloated after eating them...never mind the other digestive problems that come later :132:

Has anyone else here switched to a wheat free/grain free lifestyle?
Any advice?


Of all the grains Barley (hulled) is lowest on Glycemic Index with high fibre 17g of fibre per 100g of Hulled Barley
But if one has issues with gluten, then stay away from Barley.
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Re: Wheat/grain free eating

Postby RustyCrayon » Feb 7th, 2018, 12:15 pm

GordonH wrote:
RustyCrayon wrote:I have been hearing a lot about the negative effects of wheat and grains on the body. From inflammation and bowel issues, to weight gain, as well as the link to diabetes, dementia and other illnesses etc... I just picked up the Wheat Belly book and am going to give wheat free eating it a try. I LOVE bread and pasta, but always feel tired and bloated after eating them...never mind the other digestive problems that come later :132:

Has anyone else here switched to a wheat free/grain free lifestyle?
Any advice?


Of all the grains Barley (hulled) is lowest on Glycemic Index with high fibre 17g of fibre per 100g of Hulled Barley
But if one has issues with gluten, then stay away from Barley.


Thank you GordonH!
I don't know if gluten is an issue for me. I suspect it might based on my symptoms. I'm going to try to eliminate all grains to start, and see what that does.

I have a friend who eliminated all grain from their diet last year and lost over 40lbs. I'm not doing this for the weight loss...but if that's an added bonus, then I would be happy with that too :D
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Re: Wheat/grain free eating

Postby GordonH » Feb 7th, 2018, 12:21 pm

^^^ wish you much success (find a good replacement for lost fibre though).
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Re: Wheat/grain free eating

Postby Bsuds » Feb 7th, 2018, 12:36 pm

My Grandson has Celiac and my Daughter eats mostly gluten free as well. She claims to feel better eating less gluten.
Nowadays it's almost rude to ask a question without Googling it first!

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Re: Wheat/grain free eating

Postby GordonH » Feb 7th, 2018, 12:45 pm

Bsuds wrote:My Grandson has Celiac and my Daughter eats mostly gluten free as well. She claims to feel better eating less gluten.


There are grains with good to high fibre with no gluten i.e Buckwheat, pure Oats (unfortunately in processing can be contaminated), Quinoa & Rye etc...etc
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Re: Wheat/grain free eating

Postby coffeeFreak » Feb 7th, 2018, 9:14 pm

I actually did the wheat belly diet for over two years, and really liked it. It took time to shift out of adding wheat and grains to everything, and to not consume sugar, but I will tell you, the crazy carb and sugar cravings I struggled with were gone. I lost about 50lbs and never felt better. I hit my goal weight and was maintaining nicely, but had to go on a medication that created strong feelings of hunger and carb cravings. And about that time, I visited my niece who can make some amazing bannock, and I couldn't resist...that small compromise triggered the carb monster within, and within 3 or 4 months, I had gained that weight back. I've just purchased the 10 day Wheat Detox book and am planning to get back into it.

It is all about optimum health. You learn to read labels, and what is horrifying is to find how much toxic crap is in much of our food today. Simple things you take for granted, such as sour cream and find out it has additional thickening agents such as gelatin, rennet, guar gum and carrageenan, as well as acids to artificially sour the product. Just research carrageenan and see how terrible this additive is. There must be a mind shift with Wheat Belly eating, as there is more fat consumed than what people are used to. It does operate on 15gr of carbs per meal, with protein.

Anyhow, I am getting there, just have to purchase a couple more supplements and do a major grocery shop. They also have a Facebook group, called Official Wheat Belly 10 Day Grain Detox Book, (Private Group).

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Re: Wheat/grain free eating

Postby RustyCrayon » Feb 7th, 2018, 11:31 pm

coffeeFreak wrote:I actually did the wheat belly diet for over two years, and really liked it. It took time to shift out of adding wheat and grains to everything, and to not consume sugar, but I will tell you, the crazy carb and sugar cravings I struggled with were gone. I lost about 50lbs and never felt better. I hit my goal weight and was maintaining nicely, but had to go on a medication that created strong feelings of hunger and carb cravings. And about that time, I visited my niece who can make some amazing bannock, and I couldn't resist...that small compromise triggered the carb monster within, and within 3 or 4 months, I had gained that weight back. I've just purchased the 10 day Wheat Detox book and am planning to get back into it.

It is all about optimum health. You learn to read labels, and what is horrifying is to find how much toxic crap is in much of our food today. Simple things you take for granted, such as sour cream and find out it has additional thickening agents such as gelatin, rennet, guar gum and carrageenan, as well as acids to artificially sour the product. Just research carrageenan and see how terrible this additive is. There must be a mind shift with Wheat Belly eating, as there is more fat consumed than what people are used to. It does operate on 15gr of carbs per meal, with protein.

Anyhow, I am getting there, just have to purchase a couple more supplements and do a major grocery shop. They also have a Facebook group, called Official Wheat Belly 10 Day Grain Detox Book, (Private Group).



Bannock!!! Mmmmmm... I love bannock :cry:

Yep. This might be harder than I thought. But I really need to do this.
I'm so tired of feeling lousy, bloated and lethargic.

Also, I didn't know about carrageenan! I'll have to look that up...
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Re: Wheat/grain free eating

Postby RustyCrayon » Feb 13th, 2018, 3:53 pm

Update:
It has been almost a week of grain and wheat free eating for me. I'm also trying to cut out sugar as much as possible.
The first few days were difficult. Felt lousy, almost like I was coming down with something. But now I'm feeling a lot better. I have way more energy. Mood is more even. No more crazy highs and lows. I'm no longer bloated.

And I lost 5 pounds!
...which I'm guessing was mostly water.

The most important part is that I feel a lot better though. So I'll keep at it.
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Re: Wheat/grain free eating

Postby michewhyte » Feb 19th, 2018, 2:16 pm

I've experimented with cutting wheat out of my diet before. It definitely did help me to lose a few pounds. I try not to consume too much wheat based products these days but I do have a piece of bread every morning that has it in. Perhaps just cutting down on the amount you consume is a good idea.
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