Why Your Diet Should Be Wheat-Free
I have been dealing with irritable digestion for about 4 years now. Terrible stomach pain after eating many foods. A friend of mine also had the same symptoms after eating bread, pizza, pasta, and even some beef for her. She gave up wheat after too many uncomfortable and painful situations. I started paying more attention to what I ate, and began avoiding those items that I really had a hard time digesting. Some improvement was made, but all too often I would eat something and unexpectedly have a problem. I got sick of it, especially when I was on vacation.
My sister-in-law (who is a doctor) sent me a book called “Wheat Belly” by Dr. William Davis M.D. Fantastic book on educating about wheat and it’s evolution, and how wheat interacts with the body. Not so sure I believe that all of the studies were presented correctly regarding weight loss. I’ve read some of the reviews for this book from others who prove that Dr. Davis’ conclusions based on the research studies he sights were not accurate (see No Gluten Non Problem )
In any case, the book was written well enough to educate me about wheat and it’s non-benefit to our bodies. I’ve decided to give up wheat!I was not a big carb eater before. I ate more fruits and veggies, and I’m a very big meat-eater! So giving up wheat was not going to be so “cold turkey” for me. I think I’ll miss cookies the most. It’s been about 2 weeks, and all is well. No digestion problems at all. I lost 2 lbs so far. Let me know if any of you have similar issues. Follow me as I share more about my wheat journey.
Here are some facts about wheat.
The gluten contained in wheat products can cause or contribute to digestive disorders and joint problems. If you suffer with these conditions, a wheat-free diet may be cure or relieve your uncomfortable symptoms.
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Cutting wheat out of your eating plan can also help you shed those unwanted pounds. Wheat often times causes inflammation due to sensitivity, which will in turn make your body retain water and will contribute to weight gain.
Eating the wrong food can actually produce a temporary high, as such found in opioid drugs like morphine. After this feeling wears off, you crave the same food in order to get another euphoric experience again.
Millet is commonly used as a wheat substitute for both gluten-free and wheat free diets, as well as quinoa, brown rice, and sprouted grains. If you still want your carbs and who doesn’t, stick to these types of grains to see the best results in your health and weight.
- Brown Rice
- Sprouted Grains
A wheat-free diet is often confused with a gluten-free diet. Although wheat products contain gluten, these two types of diets are not the same.
When eating wheat-free diet, you simply eliminate all foods that contain wheat. When you follow a gluten-free diet, you not only give up wheat but you also eliminate barley and rye.
Digestive Problems Caused By Wheat
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can cause abdominal pain, bloating, gas, changes in bowel movements and cramping. People with IBS may be constipated one minute and have diarrhea the next. The urge to have a bowel movement can get so intense and is sometimes hard to control.
The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome vary from person to person and they can come and go as they please. Gluten intolerance has been shown to produce or pronounce IBS symptoms. Since gluten is found in wheat, eliminating it from your diet can help reduce the symptoms.
You don’t have to have irritable bowel syndrome for wheat to cause digestive problems. Eating wheat can clog up the intestines and make digestion difficult. A wheat-free diet can promote a healthy digestive tract by allowing food to flow through easier.
Go Wheat-free and Drop a Few Pounds
Wheat is found in bread, pasta, baked goods, cereal, ice cream, gravies and other processed foods. These types of foods have no nutritional value and they make it near impossible for you to lose weight. On top of the empty calories you get when you load up on processed wheat products, you also ingest all kinds of unhealthy chemical additives that once again cause, among many other things, water retention.
When you kick wheat out of your diet, there’s nothing left to eat but lean meats, fish, poultry, fruits, beans, nuts, legumes and vegetables. These foods are nutrient-dense and lower in calories than processed foods. When you opt for healthier foods, you automatically reduce your caloric intake, so you have an easier time slimming down.
Eliminating Wheat Can Reduce Joint Pain
Gluten can hinder your body’s natural defenses against joint pain caused by osteoporosis or osteoarthritis. If you have either of these conditions, a wheat-free diet may help reduce discomfort. Also, when you suffer from joint conditions, being overweight will amplify the pain. The weight loss you experience from a wheat-free diet will take some of the pressure off of your joints and help ease pain.