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Day 13 of 30, Wheat Free Diet – More Cravings, Less Fatigue

Day 13 of 30, Wheat Free Diet – More Cravings, Less Fatigue

Wheat Free Diet-Day 13 of 30, More Cravings, Less Fatigue Today was like yesterday and the day before in that I feel a teeny tiny bit better. I have to admit I had hoped the joint and muscle aches would have diminished more, but at least I see some very slight improvement.   Still Craving The cravings for sweets continued today, as I assumed they would. When they kick in I eat a few M&M’s or a gluten free cookie but that doesn’t seem to satisfy them. So I just ignore them. Fatigue, What Fatigue? One thing I noticed today is that I don’t seem as lethargic. I feel as if I have a little more energy, not the nervous jittery kind of energy I felt on day two but a more natural improved energy level. I would say it feels like one of those “good days” when the weathers perfect and you have a little more pep in your step, or you feel a little lighter on your feet. I might just think this was one of those “good days” but looking back I believe this has been building for a few days.   Gluten Free Improvements are So Subtle One thing I’ve noticed is that the improvements I’m feeling are so subtle and so slow that it’s hard to notice them when they happen, instead its slow realization after the fact.  Like feeling a little less fatigued, I never mentioned that in the previous posts but when I noticed it today I can look back and sense very slight improvements for the last few days. What’s most amazing about this slow realization is the fact that I am paying such close attention to changes in my body so I can write about it on this blog. For anyone following this blog and considering starting a wheat free diet I would recommend waiting till you finish the diet before coming to a final conclusion....

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Udi’s Gluten Free Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Udi’s Gluten Free Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Udi’s Gluten Free Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Just when I needed a sweet and delicious treat I find one, Udi’s gluten free chocolate chip cookies are yummy. They are not greasy like some store bought soft cookies I’ve tried before. These cookies are soft not crunchy with a toffee like flavor, which I assumed came from some nut by products. I was wrong; these cookies contain no soy or nuts. These cookies are very good when they are compared to a store bought cookie not a homemade or bakery cookie. You can think of them as a much better version of a Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookie. They’re not cheap about eight cookies for six bucks but they stay soft for a while after being opened, so I always try to keep a tub in the cupboard.   I know your all waiting for the rating. I was going to give these cookies a 4 star rating but I knocked it down half a star because before I got a chance to write this review I tried another great cookie by Tate’s Bakery. Could this be my first 5 star...

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Late July Organic Gluten Free Red Hot Mojo Snack Chips

Late July Organic Gluten Free Red Hot Mojo Snack Chips

Late July Organic Gluten Free Red Hot Mojo Snack Chips I grabbed these chips the other day and can’t wait to try some of their other flavors. Mojo snack chips are organic tortilla chips with a kick. I like a little spice so these chips were just right for me, they have enough flavor to be eaten alone or work well with salsa. Flavored with jalapenos, red pepper, garlic and sea salt, these chips come off like a nice hearty tortilla chip with a little spicy heat. There is a subtle jalapeno flavor but not strong like other jalapeno flavored chips. They have a full rich texture like a crunchy whole grain corn chip; in fact they contain 18 grams of whole grains per serving.  All the flavors are integrated into the chip rather than being a chip with a powdery flavoring sprinkled on top. Mojo Red Hot Snack Chips are Gluten Free Vegan Non GMO Organic Contain no Trans Fat, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Artificial Flavors, Colors, Preservatives What’s the skinny on the fat? These chips weight in on the fatty side of my 30% of the calories coming from fat rule, with 46 % of their total calories from fat, but they have zero Saturated or Trans fats so I can forgive them. How to calculate the percentage of calories from fat To figure out how many calories come from fat checkout the nutrition facts panel on the back of your food package. Divide the calories from fat by the total calories per serving then multiple by 100.  For example if each serving has 60 calories from fat and 130 total calories, divide 60 by 130 which equals .4615… Then multiple by 100 to get 46.15 or roughly 46% It’s Better to Give How about something besides these chips to make you feel all warm inside; Late July Organic donates 10% of the profits to the American Camp Association an organization that offers summer camp scholarships to needy...

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Day 12 of 30 – Wheat Free Diet-Sweet Cravings

Day 12 of 30 – Wheat Free Diet-Sweet Cravings

Wheat Free Diet-Day 12 of 30, Sweet Cravings I keep feeling better every day, not a giant leap forward but a tiny step that I hope will eventually lead to a healthier body. The inflammation and joint pain is just about the same if not a little bit better, so little in fact that if I wasn’t paying such close attention I probably wouldn’t notice.  But I do notice, it’s subtle but it is definitely improving. Cravings Cravings Cravings I’m noticing now that I am having strong cravings for sweet foods. I’ve always had a late afternoon sweet tooth, I would keep a small bag of M&M’s in my drawer at work, and after a small handful I’d be fine. Lately though the cravings come all day and night. On a scale of one to ten I would rate my old cravings at a one or two, but these new cravings are easily a six or seven. Could it be Carlo’s Bakery? About five months ago Carlo’s Bakery of “Cake Boss” fame moved in around the corner from work and all day long customers come in with Carlos boxes filled with cakes, pastries and other goodies. At the beginning, before I started this diet I would see the bags and just imagine the treats inside, cannoli’s, napoleons, or dark chocolate mousse cakes and I would think “boy I bet those are great” and move on. Then when I started the diet seeing the bags would fill me with a sadness thinking that my days of delicious bakery treats were over, but now the bags start a craving for something sweet that almost makes my stomach ache. Over the years I’ve gotten pretty good at figuring out what my body is craving, whether it’s sweet or salty, protein or carb, but I can tell that these new cravings are different, they seem to be more mental not physical. I wonder how long they will go on.  ? Sweet, I Found Something to Help Just in time, I found Udi’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies. These cookies are really good.  They are a soft chocolate chip cookie but not in a greasy way like some soft chewy chocolate chip cookies I’ve tried in the past. I like these better than any store bought cookie made by a big commercial baker like Nabisco or Keebler. They might be my favorite gluten free...

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Udi’s Gluten Free Thin and Crispy Pizza Crust

Udi’s Gluten Free Thin and Crispy Pizza Crust

Udi’s Gluten Free Pizza Crust As I said on the day 11 post of the 30 day wheat free diet  I love Pizza, I love it just about any way you can get it. I live in New Jersey and I love the thin east coast style with greasy cheese and a bread like crust, I also love deep dish Chicago style that I first tried while delivering pizzas for Teddy’s a pizzeria owned by a transplanted Chicago pizza man, I love pizzas with funky topping from the California Pizza Kitchen as well as pizzas I grill myself. I even like, notice I didn’t say love frozen pizzas, I’ll always keep one in the freezer for when I’m running around and too busy to make something else. So Far I’ve Been Almost Pizza Free For 11 days, That must be a Record So far I’ve been Wheat Free for about a week and a half, and I’ve only tried one gluten free pizza, Amy’s Frozen Gluten Free Cheese Pizza, not too impressive. I told myself I would keep one in the freezer in case of emergency but I still haven’t bought another. But today…  I Finally Found a Decent Gluten Free Pizza It was one I made myself using Udi’s Gluten Free Pizza Crusts. They are pre-shaped, precooked crusts that come ready for you to put any topping you want on them. I buy these at room temperature at my local Whole Foods but they can be frozen for up to six months. I’ve used them fresh and also frozen and cannot tell the difference. Fresh Food is Better This pizza tastes as good as almost any frozen pizza I’ve tried, but since I make it myself using fresh ingredients I’m sure it must be better for me. Making this pizza takes only a few minute longer than a prebuilt frozen pie. The crust is a little less than a ¼ inch thick so when I use it frozen it always thaws out while I’m putting the toppings on. Speaking of toppings I find myself using tons of fresh vegetables when I make a pie from scratch. I’d say I get two full veggie servings on each pie. (Side Note)  I’ve noticed after going wheat free that I’m eating much better without even trying. Since I have to make all my food in advance I’m using better ingredients and a lot...

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