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January and the Year of the Veggies and Low Carb / Gluten Free

on January 30, 2014

 

So around the new year, as you may remember, I decided to make 2014 the year of the veggies.  However I also decided to go gluten-free and low carb.  Hey I don’t mess around 😉  I have never seriously considered dropping wheat before.  I mean I had heard about it (cause I don’t live under a rock)  but I had never done any serious research on the subject.  My biggest decision to take the plunge came after reading these two books

Grain Brain – by Dr. David Perlmutter, MD

Wheat Belly – by William Davis, MD

I actually read Grain Brain (click for more info) first.  It hasn’t been around as long as Wheat Belly (click for more info) But I ran across it while doing some research about Alzheimer’s / Dementia.  I am not going to get too into why in this post but lets just say the evidence is pretty convincing (for me at least) as to why I need to cut especially wheat and gluten OUT of my healthy lifestyle.

So what the heck is the Grain Brain diet?  Well my best description (remember I am not a nutritionist or dr) is that it’s sort of cross between a Paleo  / Wheat Belly diet.  One of the biggest difference from Paleo is that I can have some dairy (ie: cheese), although there are some other differences.

How’s it going?  Honestly it seems to be working out pretty darn good for me so far.  I have not had any wheat, bread or gluten in almost a month.  I thought giving up bread would be the biggest issue.  (Yes I know there are gluten-free breads out there, but you need to read the book)  I have upped the veggies big time which has helped me include lots of whole and organic foods.   In the future I do plan on making some gluten-free bread/muffins.  I figured I better completely stay away from them at first as too not crave it, soon I am going to experiment on homemade breads, etc.  And YES there must be gluten-free cupcakes!!!!

Anything but boring!  I have also tried to keep things interesting and tasty for both myself and my hubby, who I have dragged along into my journey!  It’s a tad bit harder for him because he is a vegetarian.  So now he is a low carb, gluten-free vegetarian kinda guy.  Anyway Google, Pinterest and even YouTube have become a bit of an obsession for me, lol.  I have made everything from Homemade Humus, Coconut Butternut Squash soup to baked (not fried) eggplant parmesan.  I have also had a few misses such as my failed Paleo chocolate chip cookies, but I am working on finding a better recipe for that!  However I just totally scored yesterday with Mint Chocolate Chip Paleo Ice Cream. 🙂

The hubby has been following the plan more for weight loss and I have been doing it more for future brain benefits. (remember the Alzheimer’s/dementia reference from earlier)  

Results so far?  My hubby is down about 10 lbs (he’s only been on it just shy of 3 weeks).  As for me my belly is the flattest it has been in a long time.  I haven’t weighed myself but my body composition is starting to change for sure.  Just as a reference I am still continuing to maintain my usual workouts of 5-6 days a week including both cardio and weight training.  I hope to give another update in a month or so.

So what about you?  Have you ever heard of Grain Brain or The Wheat Belly Diet?

Here are a few pics from my healthy and delicious adventure so far:

Mint Chocolate Chip Paleo Ice Cream

Mint Chocolate Chip Paleo Ice Cream

Homemade Hummus

Homemade Humus

Coconut Butternut Squash Soup

Coconut Butternut Squash Soup

 

 


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