I’ve recently re-read two books. I read them annually as one year ends and another begins. The books are Food Addiction: The Body Knows by Kay Sheppard and Trust God (and buy broccoli) by life coach Gerri Helms.
Every time I read these books I’m reminded of what I already know: there are certain food ingredients that I simply can not eat because ingesting them sets up cravings for more. Those ingredients are sugar and white flour. Admittedly I’ll let white flour sneak back into my food plan, I feel gross, and then I make the decision to once again abstain. After a detox period that lasts between three and 10 days, I begin to feel better and I don’t miss flour at all. If I feel great without white flour, why reintroduce it? I may now have the answer.
This time when I read the books I picked up information that I seem to have ignored in the past. (I think that’s called denial.) The authors suggest that people like me may have issues with wheat in addition to white flour. The thought is that some people are sensitive to wheat; that particular grain causes cravings. I’ve never before tried to abstain from wheat. Even while eliminating white flour I’d still enjoy whole wheat pasta, etc.
Last week I tried to kick wheat. I had some fits and starts. I pretty much caved over the weekend. But I’m going to give wheat-free living a 30 day try. I owe you a report on February 9. In the meantime, if I feel miserable from the detox, I’ll be sure to whine about it here.
So what about you? Do you abstain from wheat? Anyone want to give me tips, recipes or pearls of wisdom? Is there life after pizza? Please share in the comments section.