Updated April 8, 2016
Up until now I’ve been cautious about expressing my enthusiasm for eliminating wheat from my diet. Not because it’s very un-Canadian of me. Wheat is one of Canada’s largest exports by the way. The reason is I just don’t want to seem annoying. Don’t you just hate when a friend or family member suddenly becomes some health expert because they lost 2 lbs (probably just urine) on some new diet or cleanse? Yeah I never want to be that person. Plus with so many diets, studies and books out there, people don’t know who the hell to believe anymore. Usually the loudest and most preachy experts are usually the one’s full of shit and trying to take your money. I figured I’d write this post 100% on personal experience.
History in the Making
Coming from an Italian family it’s almost sacrilegious to admit I was never a big fan of pasta or bread. I just ate these types of foods because they were always around. As soon as I began my initial weight loss journey, I immediately started cutting things out of my diet. The first things to go were foods such as cookies, muffins, bagels, waffles, pancakes ect. To the horror of my Italian friends and family, the next things to go was pasta and bread. Yikes!
I soon started noticing the positive benefits of eliminating wheat almost immediately, but I never really put the full picture together until later on. I did start to understand that it was easier to maintain my weight the less bread, pasta and carbs I ate. Over the years I continued to still consume wheat, but in smaller quantities.
Then I stumbled upon 2 book that completely changed the way I viewed food forever.
Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson
The Coles Notes
Both books are easy reads and I still refer to them every now and then. Basically both talk about how mankind sorta f@cked things up the last 10,000 years. Our bodies were built to be fuelled by meats, fruits, vegetables and nuts. Not the current processed grain train we’re on. Both books link tons of societies current health issues (autism, diabetes and cancer to name a few) to our modern-day diets filled with breads, pastas, muffins ect. Hey wait a second though. Isn’t whole wheat, whole grains, whole whatever part of a balanced diet? Doesn’t that whole wheat Wonder Bread loaf have that little heart check mark thingy on the package? Why do we keep eating this stuff but we continue to get fatter? Even if you’re a skeptic you can’t deny the numbers.
Close to 70% of us are overweight and just over 35% are considered obese. These numbers keep climbing every year by the way. Somethings up here.
Well after reading these two books I was convinced to give the whole wheat free thing a serious go. I figured I’d try it out for a couple of weeks and if I didn’t feel any different I’d go back to my old ways. Well within days of giving up wheat I started noticing a huge difference in my overall health.
Here are some of the positive impacts I’ve noticed since cutting wheat out of my diet:
When I use to have wheat in my diet I use to go through energy rollercoasters. I’d have my sugar induced bowl of cereal first thing in the morning. 2 hours later….crash! I’d start feeling weak and hungry again. This was completely eliminated when I cut out wheat as a breakfast option.
I hope you’re not eating chocolate right now but I use to poop a few times a week. Since I’ve dropped the wheat I’m droppin’ em every day now. The best part is I don’t grunt like a woman’s tennis player anymore.
I can’t say I’ve really had bad acne since high school but I’d routinely get the odd pimple here and there. Since giving up wheat this is almost non-existent. The little bit of upper back acne I use to occasionally get is gone. I use to think it was because I’m active and I sweat a lot. As soon as I cut wheat out off my diet it vanished.
I use to have dry skin. My legs, arms, face and elbows especially. In the wintertime I would have to layer and layer my elbows with cream so they wouldn’t look like snakes skin. Since giving up wheat my dry skin is virtually gone. I can’t remember the last time I had to use any moisturizer or cream on my body.
This is a big one for me. I use to get sick all the time. 3, 4 sometimes 5 colds a year. Since cutting wheat out of my diet I hardly get sick anymore. I can’t say I’ve had a full on cold since giving up wheat.
I’ve noticed my allergies are not as bad anymore. I use to have horrible seasonal allergies. First thing in the morning I’d start sneezing, coughing, big watery eyes ect. I use to take prescription medication as well. Shortly after giving up wheat my allergy symptoms drastically improved. I admit I still suffer a bit from seasonal allergies but it’s not nearly as bad as before and no more prescription or over the counter medication required.
The way my energy levels went up and down so did my mood. As soon as I cut the wheat out my mood drastically improved and became consistent. The only time I ever feel lethargic or grumpy now is when I don’t get a full nights sleep. In the past I would immediately feel shitty right after consuming large quantities of wheat.
I use to get these weird hives every now and then. I’ve had multiple allergy tests over the years but nothing ever came up. My doctor and I could not pinpoint the exact cause. These hives would just randomly show up every now and then. Since giving up wheat, never had these things pop up again.
Just like the random hives, I would occasionally get these weird red bumps on my arms. Again I thought it was just a by-product of being active. Gave up the wheat and they disappeared.
Okay I’m going to be careful with this one. I’m not advocating to go out and bake like a turkey for hours in the July sun. Another surprising wheat free revelation is I’m not as sensitive to the sun anymore. I noticed I don’t burn as easily as before. I can stay out longer and unprotected in the sun and not get burnt like I use to.
*New* NO CAVITIES
Another subtle life improvement I noticed since giving up wheat was an improvement in my oral health. The first dentist appointment I had after giving up wheat went….well…..surprisingly good actually. Huh? I’m use to going to the dentist and having him poke, prod and lecture me like a child about laying off the coffee, flossing more ect. Dr. Libstug is actually a swell guy by the way and I’ve known him for years. Anyways, my bi-annual dental visits usually reveal the odd cavity as well. Well that dental appointment resulted in no cavities and a considerable reduction in tartar and plaque build up. I thought this was kind of weird considering I didn’t do anything differently. Then a light bulb went off. Dummy. Most wheat products contain sugar in them. Less wheat=less sugar=less tartar and plaque build up. Just to be sure this wasn’t a one off, I waited for one more dental visit just to be sure. Sure enough, no cavities and considerably less plaque and tartar build up. Another point for the wheat free team!
On Final Approach
I won’t say I’ve eliminated wheat 100% out of my diet. Hey, I’m still human. I like to have the occasional beer or slice of birthday cake. Who wants to be the weirdo at the kid’s birthday party that turns down cake anyways right? These instances are occasional and are not daily staples in my diet. I’m not a doctor or a scientist. I can’t scientifically tell you that wheat is good or bad for you. But after noticing all these powerful positive impacts, I’ve come up with my own conclusions. For every piece of positive information about wheat, there’s someone out there that can surely counter it. And you know what, that’s okay. Everybody has their own opinion and needs to make their own lifestyle choices. After experiencing the many benefits of going wheat free, it’s a no brainer for me. I feel better, look better and act better. I’m 100% convinced it’s best for my body.
So there you have it. Anyone out there given up wheat? Curious to try? Think I’m full of shit? Comments are always encouraged…good and bad!
Keep the blue side up.
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