I apologise to those readers who are not interested in what I am having for tea. I thought about setting up another blog as this whole diet thing seems to be taking over a blog that is supposed to be about single motherhood, but the reality is one blog is easier than two.
Anyway, I did briefly mention before that I have been thinking back to what I was eating on the elimination diet when I felt so great - or more to the point what I wasn't eating, and I came to wheat. In the past wheat has been thought to be an issue for me, one GP even had me tested for celiac disease once. I expected wheat might be a problem on the elimination diet, but in terms of weight gain it wasn't. I continued to lose about 100g a day during the 3 days that I ate wheat every day. I did feel it though (see the original blog post). It felt like a brick in my stomach, my eyes were sore, I was very slightly breathless and my energy levels were down. I think this was the point when I stopped feeling so good.
A couple of weeks ago I decided to cut down on my wheat. I haven't had cereal or bread in all that time and I feel much better, though I haven't cut wheat out completely.
The difference I felt from eating much less wheat was enough to convince me to get a copy of the Wheat Belly book. It is very compelling reading so far. Some of the benefits it lists for giving up wheat include improved energy levels, better sleep, diminished joint/arthritic pain, clearer thinking, better breathing, thinner, weight loss... ALL of which I observed myself when I wasn't eating wheat.
It also has some interesting facts on wheat that I didn't know, such as the fact that whole wheat bread has a higher GI than table sugar, and that wheat is addictive, so eating wheat makes you eat more wheat (on reflection I can see that does happen in my case).
So, as of tomorrow I am going to try and do it properly, with no wheat at all. If I can manage it, I will eliminate wheat for one month, and see what happens.
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