Hey hey hey! I am about to embark on my 30 Day Lose the Wheat Belly Challenge and I am very excited about it. Today is officially the first day, although I started unofficially on Saturday when I went shopping in order to prepare for this challenge.
Why I Decided to Go on A Wheat Fast
If you follow my blog, you know that I have a challenge losing the extra fat around my waist. I have tried numerous different strategies including taking diet supplements but the results have not been lasting.
I would lose inches only to have them pile back on. And it certainly is not for lack of exercise. I exercise diligently and see great results on other areas on my body. But when it comes to my abdominals/belly, I can never seem to make a breakthrough.
I have been reading Dr. Peter D’Adamo’s book about eating right for your blood type and I fully buy into his argument that different blood types react differently to different foods.
In his book, Dr. D’Adamo points out that wheat is not good for persons with type O blood. According to the goodly doctor, wheat gluten interferes with insulin efficiency and also slows the metabolic rate.
I have also been reading Dr. William Davis’ blog about the harmful effects that wheat can have on the body and I have decided that this is something I need to look into.
More importantly, I have decided to go on this wheat fast for more serious health issues. Recently I did a diagnostic scan and I realized that my insulin levels were above the normal range. I repeated the test 4 weeks after the first test and the results were the same. My insulin levels were above the normal range when tested 2 hours after I ate.
Diabetes scares me. But I am at risk for developing diabetes because both my parents actually have diabetes. This is not a disease that I want to contend with. It has been shown that wheat has a very high glycemic index. Glycemic Index is a scale that rates food between 1 and 100 based on their effect on blood sugar levels.
The higher the glycemic index, the more that food raises the blood sugar level. Wheat has a very high glycemic index of about 75. This means that it raises the blood sugar level very quickly and very easily, causing a spike in insulin levels.
Foods with glycemic indices at or below 55 don’t cause the release of insulin into the blood stream. The fact that I consume wheat every single day and usually have 2 meals with wheat products everyday, I know that the wheat is a very likely culprit for my high insulin levels.
Apart from that wheat has been shown to have negative effects on the brain leading to memory loss and even depression. The fact that I have been suffering more and more from brain fog and short term memory loss has made me really pay attention to what is happening within my body when I eat.
I have family members who have cut out whole wheat from their diets because they tend to suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome and have negative reactions to wheat products. Since I have been reading up more about wheat I realize that the effects of wheat on the body tends to run in families.
I tend to believe that it runs in families because families usually eat the same way, consuming the same food. So I believe it is more of a lifestyle issue rather than a genetic issue. But that’s just my opinion.
Anyway, based on all the evidence stacked up against wheat, I have decided to cut it out of my diet for an initial period of 30 days and then make a lifestyle decision based on what happens.
My Approach to the Wheat Fast
So I went shopping on Saturday to get items that are wheat free. I have decided that I will not have any flour in my house for the next 30 days. Neither will I have any biscuits or other wheat snacks in my cupboard.
It was not easy finding items that do not contain wheat. In fact, it seems like the vast majority of carbohydrates that I consume are made with wheat. Anyway, I managed to get a few items that were wheat free.
What I couldn’t get over was how expensive wheat free products are. My goodness, it’s as if you have to be rich to have a diet that does not include wheat. Nevertheless, I am determined to stay wheat free for the next 30 days.
The good thing about living in Jamaica is that we grow lots of ground provisions and produce that are excellent replacements for wheat. We have an abundance of yams, and green bananas, pumpkins, breadfruit, cocoa, cassava, dasheens and much more. This makes it a bit easier I think. So instead of making dumplings I will just prepare one of these ground provisions instead.
I have already cut out dairy from my diet because I discovered long ago that I am lactose intolerant. So I will continue with this.
Whether my family likes it or not, they will be included in this journey. My son is already rebelling because he longs for his biscuits and fried dumplings but I know that in the long run, we will all be better for it.
My Wheat Free Day #1
Here is what I ate today:
For breakfast I had boiled yellow yam and Grace Mackerel. For a hot beverage I had Tetley Honey Lemon Ginseng Green Tea. I also had a few slices of pineapple as fruit.
Looking back I think I overdosed a little on caffeine today. The multivitamin that I take contains both guarana and green tea caffeine. After I drank the tea, I read the label and realized that it too contains caffeine. So I won’t make that mistake again. As of tomorrow I will have cocoa instead of tea.
For lunch I had some of the boiled yam that was left over from breakfast along with sardines and Tang for mt beverage. I also had a piece of watermelon for fruit.
For dinner I was not at home and I ended up getting fried chicken with potato wedges. Not the healthiest meal but it was the best I could do considering it was a public holiday and most places were closed.
I realize that I didn’t get any vegetables today. This is an area that I have to make a concerted effort to improve in. Tomorrow I will be sure to have adequate servings of vegetables.
For this wheat fast I will be monitoring my waist measurement in order to gauge my progress. Today my waist measured 31.5 inches.
I felt pretty great today. I did not get hungry as quickly as I normally do which is a good sign. I also did not feel sleepy after eating. Because I was out on the road, I did not get a chance to exercise today.
Let’s see what tomorrow holds!