The Wheat Free Plan.

The Wheat Free Plan.

The plan is simple; don’t eat wheat or foods that contain gluten for thirty days. Keep an online journal of the pitfalls, the surprises that happen along the way and finally the results. I own a wine shop and for years I talked to customers with celiac disease about gluten free products, and I always felt I could never live that way. Lately though I’ve spoken to a couple of customers who recently gave up wheat, they said they used to feel the same way I did, that giving up wheat was impossible, but it turned out to be the best thing they ever did. So with this in mind here goes.   People go on wheat free diets for two reasons. Because they are sensitive to wheat, and they want to lead a healthier more enjoyable life. They want to lose weight. For quite some time weight loss “experts” have known that eliminating carbohydrates from your diet is a fast way to lose weight. These experts stress that including gluten free food substitutes in your diet is a bad thing, and for radical weight lose they are right. These foods are filled with starches, quick simple sugars and hollow calories. So what kind of wheat free person am I? I fall squarely into the first category, I feel as if there is something seriously wrong with my body and I want to feel better. But at the same time who doesn’t want to lose a little weight, or at least not gain anySome people in poor health may experience weight gain after giving up wheat., so this website will chronicle how different I feel without gluten in my diet, but I will also write about the changes in weight/body fat I experience along the way. I will start this journey with a pantry full of gluten/wheat free foods, but I will carefully monitor their effects on cravings, weight, and blood sugar. None of this will be done scientifically of course, but by paying attention to the effect these foods have on me. So here goes, follow along as I see what life is like without wheat. Next stop Day...

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Day 0 of 30 Day Wheat Free Journey

Day 0 of 30 Day Wheat Free Journey

Day Zero, How I feel the day before I eliminate wheat and gluten. So here it is the day before I give up gluten and go wheat free. I’ve been to the food store twice today and I think I’m ready.   First a list. Before I start this journey here’s a list of the gluten intolerance symptoms I’m experiencing right now. My hope is to report in the days to come how they all disappear. We’ll see. I’ll start at my feet and work my way to the top of my head. Achilles/Calf’s – This is currently my most painful affliction. Normally when I wake up my Achilles tendons are so tight I have to limp around my house for about 15 minutes before they loosen up. For about the last two weeks though my Achilles is painful all day long, they are also sore to the touch. Knees – Always sore and aching. At times I can barely bend them, forcing me to go up or down stairs one at a time. Digestive Tract – Like most people with (or who suspect they are gluten sensitive) my body runs the gamut of digestive issues. Currently things seem pretty normal. Back/Spine – my back pains/issues are constant or chronic but not the same as anyone I know with a “bad back”. I don’t have lower back pain, or throw your back out problems that most have, my back feels like arthritis a constant ache like a knuckle that needs to be cracked. Unfortunately it runs up my whole spine which makes it feel like 75 knuckles that need cracking. Rosacea – This is a problem that usually affects me in the winter. I had always assumed it was normal dry skin, but for few years it has become very noticeable and year round. Although it is less noticeable in the spring and summer I currently I have some red blotches and bumps on my right cheek, and very slight redness on the left. Dry Eye – This can be a side effect of Rosacea. It affects my left eye, but in the last couple of weeks my right eye has started to sting a little. Dermatitis – I’ve been told I have contact dermatitis, which is caused by fabric softeners and dryer sheets. But I’m interested to see if going without gluten has any effect on my rashes....

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Day 1 of 30 Day Wheat Free Diet

Day 1 of 30 Day Wheat Free Diet

30 Day Wheat Free Diet Day 1 Day one is over. I have to say it was slightly more nerve racking than I expected. For weeks as I’ve told friends what I was going to do, they all told me they couldn’t do it. I always told them about the many gluten free food alternatives around now and how they taste pretty good, but as I woke up and started a brand new day with completely new eating rules I was a little scared. This was a work day, I would be far from home and far from my little pantry of gluten free goodies. In the past when I was hungry I could  grab a slice of pizza, a burger or a bagel all within fifty feet of work, but now I had to plan all the food I would need for the day.   First Recommendation Start your Diet on a Day when you stay home.   Beware your brain is not your best friend. One thing I didn’t expect was the remorse I felt each time I thought of a food I could no longer eat. Was this my head playing games, trying to get me to give up this diet? Cravings? So on day 1 did I have uncontrollable cravings for wheat or wheat products? No, I don’t think so. I say I don’t think so because I had deep hunger pains. A feeling of starvation like my stomach was empty. I’m not sure if this was my brain trying to fool me into eating, or if I was in need of something like protein. Tomorrow I will pack more protein based foods. I am also not sure if the foods I am eating have as much fiber as the foods I am replacing, which would make me feel hungry sooner after I ate. I will have to look into a gluten free source of fiber. So What About The Old Decrepit Body? As far as my list of gluten sensitivity symptoms I have to say that most of the day and evening there was no improvement. No surprise there. Right thru the evening I limped around as my Achilles ached with every step I took. But as I type this it is late at night and I have to say I can walk around with very little limping. Too soon to say for sure,...

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Day 2 of 30 Day Wheat Free Journey

Day 2 of 30 Day Wheat Free Journey

30 Day Wheat Free Diet Day 2 Day two of my wheat free journey didn’t seem that much different than day one. Day two arrives without any of the apprehension I felt yesterday, plus the cravings or feelings of severe hunger stay away most of the day. On day one I thought the empty stomach feelings I had might be due to the fact that my body was in need of protein. So I made sure I had more for day two, But all day long at work the cravings never came, even before I ate the protein packed foods. Late at night though as I sat and typed this post they returned and wouldn’t go away no matter what I fed them; carbs or protein. Headaches I noticed late at night on day one that I had a slight headache but I didn’t think much of it. On day two the headaches came back in the same spot, on the side of my head by the temples. Today though they were much more pronounced and came and went most of the day. Tendon Pains The tightness in my Achilles seems the about the same, no real change. On the Bright Side My energy level all day was great. I’d almost say off the chart. I first noticed this as my legs wouldn’t stop bouncing. This also led to a much more alert feeling that lasted though out the day and night. I really hope this continues. All in all a good...

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Day 3 of 30 Day Wheat Free Journey

Day 3 of 30 Day Wheat Free Journey

30 Day Wheat Free Diet Day 3 No gluten for three days, no problem? OK maybe a few. Today was my first day at home since starting this wheat free diet. I thought being home would make things easier since I’d be closer to my pantry of gluten free foods, but what I didn’t think about was all the temptations I’d be around as well. The cookie jar, the chips, muffins, etc. I want them so bad. Big Headaches Today the headaches are bad, before they seemed to be on the left side of my head, but today it’s both sides. I usually only take aspirin once or twice every few yearsYep every few years, but I had to take them today. The headaches were actually making it hard to think (OK harder than normal). I fought off the urge to take the aspirin as long as I could because I didn’t want to affect the monitoring of my other body aches. But by lunch time I couldn’t take it and gave in. Achilles Pain If I wasn’t on this diet, and thinking about my calf pains I wouldn’t think there is any improvement at all. But since I’m watching and waiting every day for some improvement I do believe there is some very, very slight improvement maybe this is the aspirin or just my mind tricking myself. Trying New Gluten Free Foods So far the most disappointing but not surprising thing about gluten free foods is bad pasta. So after the first two days of bad pasta dishes I spent today grilling chicken and making rice dishes for the week. I will have to work on some stronger sauces for my pasta, and then I’m sure things will improve. One good thing I discovered is that one of my favorite packaged rice dishes Vigo-Black Beans and Rice is gluten free. The label has no mention about gluten on it and the website for Vigo has been down for a few days, but celiac.com has a list of gluten free products from...

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Day 4 of 30 Day Wheat Free Diet

Day 4 of 30 Day Wheat Free Diet

30 Day Wheat Free Diet Day 4 OK this is the day I was dreading when I started this wheat free diet, and decided to post about it every day.   So here goes. I feel about the same as I did yesterday. I knew posting about the changes going on in, (or to) my body would not change that much from day to day, and today proved it. I feel about the same as yesterday.   Headaches There are no headaches today, and that’s good, but that’s about it. Tendon Pain Same as yesterday Did you really think I was going to deviate from the story line . I still don’t know if I can say there is any improvement? So that’s it, I could waste your time with some written fluff, but I wouldn’t do that to you so go ahead and see if day 5 is any more...

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