So that sounds great right!? No, wheat but I lose tons of weight. That sounds fantastic where do I sign up? While now that I've been wheat-free for over 2 years, I have to tell you, I'm not strict. Once I backed off the strictness of my wheat-freeness, the weight lose stopped. I've maintained but the losing has stopped. Not a problem for me. I'm happy. I didn't go wheat-free to try to meet Oprah or Miley. My DH was diagnosed with a wheat allergy in 2003. My DD was born with a wheat allergy. I have no issue with wheat except that it causes my family pain.
I've talked about my journey to wheat-freeness before but today's pain is, wheat-free shouldn't be a fad. I really struggled with going wheat-free. I cried. I prayed. I cursed. I wanted a quick fix. I've accepted my life as a wheat-free person. Wheat will never be in my life like it was before Ravebaby was born. Wheat-free is the way I eat.
So back to the weight loss thing. Yes you will lose weight. You would be surprised at the number of things that have wheat. If you go wheat-free, you need to be strict. Once you go strict you realize that unless this is a life/health thing, it ain't fun and you go back to wheat.
Here is the number one reason I say don't go wheat-free unless you have to: It Takes Work! Much like any diet, you have to plan. I have to plan all of my meals. I can't just go out and pick up a burger. No just heating up a Hot Pocket for lunch. No bucket of chicken for dinner. Being wheat-free is inconvenient. Being wheat-free and going out to eat requires you to speak up; you have to pester/educate the waitstaff. You have to plan.
What I miss most of my wheat filled day? Convenience. Seriously, the days of going to McDonald's for nuggets are missed only for the convenience it held. I don't miss the food with wheat anymore. I've found replacements for all of my favorites. I've found food that I prefer wheat-free, like Udi's Chocolate Muffins, OMG! Really, I miss paying $1 for a loaf bread instead of going to the specialty health-food store and paying $5 for a loaf that is smaller.
I have to think out going out to eat; this is especially a problem when I'm going out with others. How about pizza? Sorry, can't Martha doesn't eat wheat. Burgers? Well I can just get it bunless. (Sad looks all around.) Even sushi is a problem. Notice I said I'm not strict anymore. Sushi is why. I never have my wheat-free soy sauce. I have cut back on my soy sauce usage. I try to avoid eel sauce. I love sushi. DD doesn't react so I allow myself to use regular soy sauce.
Like I've said, I would go wheat-free for my family again without hesitation. No hamburger is worth my DD screaming in pain. No fried pie is worth my child being sick. You want to go wheat-free to lose weight, go for it but don't say I didn't warn you.
|Before going wheat-free, circa 2007|
|Post-30 lb weigh loss|