After enduring a hellish, albeit brief period of withdrawal, I’ve successfully avoided wheat products for two weeks (replacing said wheat-stuffs with whole foods). The benefits are already apparent – I’ve lost even more weight than on my previous diet (we’re getting into my teenage-years range), gained a lot more energy, and (for the most part) improved my mood.
October is probably a really bad time to make this switch – it’s increasingly gloomy, election season is reaching its’ horrifying fever-pitch, and I’m gearing up for a holiday season filled with things I can’t eat. That said, here are four main reasons that I recommend this dietary shift to anyone considering it:
- It makes weight-loss ridiculously easy. While the initial change requires a lot of discipline and resolve, after that you start naturally having less cravings and consuming few calories/carbs. For a lifelong Fat Broad such as myself, this is a godsend.
- It has a huge RIO. For the brief investment of time and energy spent figuring out logistics, I get all the aforementioned benefits plus a feeling of freedom from food addiction because I’m not becoming hangry every 2 hours…
- It helps you reconnect with youthful ambitions. I feel and (I’d like to think) look like I’m 21 again. With my increased confidence and energy, I’m wanting to return to my younger self’s dream of becoming a well-recognized performer (without sacrificing my work as a teacher and writer).
- It’s an easy way to stick it to The Man. This whole thing has made me wary of government agencies and Big Food. While there are complicated issues of food supply and GMO vs. non-GMO involved with wheat consumption (I’ll write more on this later), the fact of the matter is that eliminating wheat (and, in my case, staying vegan) forces you to support local grocers/farmer, buy bulk, etc. While this decision is mainly based on health concerns, it has the added benefit of not supporting huge, problematic food distributors.
Have you considered wheat elimination? If so, what’s making it difficult to make the leap?