The Wheat Belly Part 5Cutting out the things you like sucks, it...
Posted Aug 10 2012 9:53am
The Wheat Belly Part 5
Cutting out the things you like sucks, it really sucks. The first thing I ever stop having was soda. I didn’t see the point of drinking it anymore, lots of sugar, and compared to food I didn’t really get the same satisfaction. At first it was hard, you always have that craving for the taste and feeling on your tongue. With time, you know why you gave it up. I’ll occasionally touch a soda, maybe once a year in a mixed drink. It almost always makes me sick to my stomach.
Over the years I’ve cut back and cut out many foods. My energy has never been higher, and my strength, stamina, endurance and recovery has improved with less actual physical training. As well my skin is clear, and I have very few break outs. When I do, I know what caused it. For the first time in my life I feel I’m in control of how I look and feel.
Am I a food Nazi? Not at all. I make conscious decisions at the appropriate times. I will eat “bad” things on occasion. Mostly if there’s no other option, I’m on vacation, or I don’t want people to be offended or have them feel like I’m judging them. Because I eat well most of the time, my body handles these occasions very well. I do party on the weekends sometimes even the weekdays, but I make sure I eat well during as well as the next day.
So can we really give up wheat? Wheat is essentially in everything. Before reading this book, I had multiple clients cut out breads, pasta’s, and pastries. I’ve always found these people have loss weight quickly as well as had a noticeable improvement in their hunger.
The biggest hurdle is sticking to your guns. It’s easy to call it quits after the first or second day. But you’ll never change until you make that sacrifice to go at least a week and give your body a real chance.
So how do we go about it? Davis has some fantastic recipe’s in his book “Wheat Belly” which I encourage you to take a look at it. In the mean time choose foods from the following categories Vegetables These can be juiced. Which is the greatest way to achieve the most micro nutrients. It’s important to get a wide variety of colours when eating vegetables in order to get all your required vitamins and minerals. Green vegetables are always your best choice, eat as much as them as possible. They will not only clean out all your toxins, they will boost your energy levels 3 times the level of caffeine when eaten on a regular basis.
Fruit Davis warns to keep your fruit servings lower than your vegetables. Fruits are high in sugar. I personally recommend them post workout, due to your body’s ability to process and use them more more efficiently after exercise. Especially avoid tropical fruits like pineapples, banana’s, mango’s, and papaya’s on a regular basis.
Raw Nuts Pretty much anything except peanuts. You can eat them but don’t overdo it. Other types of nuts such as almonds are full of fiber, filling and improve your lipid profile. Some sources warn that over consuming nuts can slow the metabolism. I know that fats always slow digestion. My suggestion is not to consume any more than a handful at time. I’d be more worries about bread adding extra pounds than nuts.
Meat & Eggs Saturated fats can be an issue. However there effect is magnified with the inclusion of carbohydrates. Your best bet is to buy organic meat and free range eggs when possible. Animals are much healthier when there fed with grass instead of soy, grains, and corn. It’s also much better when there not pumped for of hormones. If the animal is sick and unhealthy at the time of death, you can bet the meat will have a negative effect on you. Give “The China Study”, and “Skinny Bitch” a read if your curious why.
Dairy Products Limited your intake. Davis recommends cheese, as it will have the least harmful effect on your digestive system. Plus its filling. I don’t agree with this 100% but yes cheese is great if you don’t over do it. My best suggestion here is eat it last. Cheese, more particular the fat in cheese, will slow digestion.
Oils Olive oil, coconut, avocado, and cocoa butter won’t lead you astray. Only cook at high temperatures with coconut. Pour olive oil on just about everything. In the Mediterranean olive oils comes free on the table, butter usually cost money. I’m willing to bet that they eat more bread than us during dinners, however there much skinner. Olive oil could have something to do with it. Just remember not to heat it.
Davis also suggest removing as much complex carbs as possible such as potatoes, rice, quinoa ect. This allows your body to rely more on fat for fuel, and glycogen from fruits and vegetables as opposed to complex carbs which will cause you to constantly storing weight. The choice is yours. Our systems are designed to have these carbs periodically through the year, however we live much longer than our ancestors and our work load is a little a higher. Some how I think eating quinoa, rice and the occasional sweet potato may help active minds.
This can be tough, but only if you make it that way. Anyone who makes time to cook good wholesome meals and lunches on a regular basis will have no problem. As I always come back to. Preparation and education is the most important thing if your want to achieve your goals.
Some other tips I can offer is:
Eat your sandwich without bread or a wrap. It’s strange at first but you’ll get used to it.
Stay away from breaded meats. Always choose grilled.
Try to rely on spices and olive oil more than sauces and dressing.
Adding a fiber supplement to your water or food can help give you that feeling of immediate satisfaction you get from bread.
So your skinny, you have lots of energy, and eat tons of wheat. Do what makes your feel best. Everyone is different and don’t let yourself think anyone is judging you on your food choices. This is purely for people who are gaining weight and struggling getting through a work day. Fix your diet, and let food be your medicine. I can guarantee you eliminating wheat will change your body, no one wants to depend on drugs their whole life to keep them going.