Countdown to Wheat-Free


I’ve let wheat sneak back into my diet.

Wow, that sentence really takes the responsibility off of me, doesn’t it? Let’s try it again.

I’ve made a conscious choice to consume food containing wheat even though I know I am allergic to it.

OK, that was a cleaner, more accountable statement.

I feel better when I don’t eat wheat. I read Wheat Belly about a year and a half ago and that book clearly explained why I feel better when I “abstain from the grain.” (Ooooh, I love the way that rhymes!) A few weeks ago I attended The Gluten Summit online and received more affirmation that a wheat-free food plan is best for me.

And so I’m getting back on the wagon beginning December 26. Why December 26 and not today or January 1?

  • I don’t want to go through uncomfortable detox (moodiness, cravings) during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day when I’m surrounded by family.
  • I don’t want to wait until New Year’s Day. This is a lifestyle choice, not a New Year’s Resolution. I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions.
  • By starting on December 26, I’ll have four days behind me before I go back to work on the 30th. I care about my co-workers and having the first four days behind me will give them a safer work environment. 🙂

I almost didn’t tell you about my next attempt at wheat-free living. I’m actually taking the coward’s way out by posting this on a Saturday. Every blogger knows Saturdays are where “blog posts go to die.”  And I’ve posted about this topic before. I’ll go anywhere between 18 and 30 days with no wheat. Then I’ll eye a cracker and tell myself, “one cracker won’t hurt.” But it does hurt. It hurts a lot because my addiction to wheat kicks back in. I decided to tell you up front for several reasons:

  • Accountability. Once it’s in writing, it’s out there.
  • I want and need your support. To those who read this and know me personally, I’ll happily accept your encouragement when we bump into each other. And to my “cyber-friends,” your support will mean a lot as well.
  • For the tribe. I don’t like the fact that I have to “start over” with this. But those of you who’ve tried to kick booze, cigarettes, sugar or any other substance that’s addictive to you, you know how this feels.

And so beginning December 26, I’m going to spend 100 days laser-focused on detoxing and substituting wheat with lots of veggies, lean meats, healthy fats and fresh juices (which my friend RJ refers to as grass clippings.) Prepare yourselves for some whiny blogs posts in the beginning. I’m also going to take some photos along the way. I follow Wheat Belly on Facebook and the transformation photos people post there are amazing. Maybe I can inspire someone, just as all those people inspire me.

Thanks in advance for your support.

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