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
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: