Admittedly following a wheat-free diet is challenging, but the reward for wheat free living is better health and wellbeing.
When you think about what you eat, you realize that wheat exists in nearly every meal. Cereal for breakfast, sandwich for lunch, pasta for dinner, your system is on wheat-overload! So, weaning yourself off this for health reasons like losing weight, or simply because you are wheat-intolerant, is beneficial. Granted it is a real test at first.
Cut all products made from wheat out of your diet.
Following a wheat-free diet involves cutting out all products made from wheat and wheat flour, such as breads, crackers and pasta to name a few. There are a variety of wheat-free products available from health food stores and most big supermarkets, so it`s not too difficult. A lot of the time, you really have to try a little bit of everything to realize your likes and dislikes.
The benefits of living wheat free for me definitely outweigh the cons. The first thing is that you automatically notice that you aren`t as sluggish as before. No more pains in your stomach, no more bloating and its associated issues. I even suffer fewer headaches, which really surprised me.
Create a wheat free diet plan.
At first, it is difficult as you are a little confused about what the alternative foods are and what to eat. It`s all in the planning!
For breakfast, there are a range of options once you look into it more. Instead of cardboard cereal, you can actually eat something nutritious with its added benefits. Oats are a fantastic start to the day, filling you up for longer sustaining your energy. Porridge is a warm and nourishing breakfast and can be eaten with almost any topping – honey, fresh fruit, dried fruit, or simply on its own with soya milk, or milk if you eat dairy. Oats also come in granolas, toasted and raw and are delicious. Other options are buckwheat and spelt cereals which again are an alternative to wheat and are just as filling.
Lunchtime is always a challenge. Sandwiches have been he staple lunch diet of the 21st century, so it can be hard to find anything else, unless you make it yourself. There are a vast array of choices, from rice cakes, to oat cakes, corn cakes and gluten free breads, which I review on my blog www.wheatfreeliving.blogspot.com Other alternatives are soup, but be careful what you buy, cause some are loaded with gluten (a derivative of wheat), so my advice is to avoid soup, unless you make your own and you know what`s in it. Soup is easy to make and you can buy gluten free stock.
Dinner is probably the easiest meal to eat. As you are avoiding wheat, you can still eat rice, potatoes and any type of wheat-free pasta – corn, millet, rice or buckwheat pastas. There is a good variety available. So, it`s a matter of testing and seeing what you like. I find the country markets great for pesto and hummus, which are always a delicious snack on bread or crackers. The pesto can be mixed in with pasta, for a quick, easy and nutritious dinner.
So, all in all, I salute wheat-free living, think it`s better for your body, and gives you more variety and energy, as it makes you think about what you are eating. Is it time for you to beat the wheat?
Article submitted by Aoife Luykx