When my husband came home from the doctor a few months ago and told me his doctor recommend a wheat-free diet, my heart momentarily sunk. I have a long, complicated relationship with food. While I have never had terrible eating habits, my motivation for eating healthy food was mostly so that I could indulge in whatever I wanted later on. When I heard wheat-free, I immediately started thinking of all the things I couldn’t eat if we chose this nutritional path.
Then I started some research. Diabetes runs in my husband’s family, and he has been on medicine for “pre-diabetes” for quite some time. His doctor assured him that cutting all wheat from his diet would lead to weight loss and getting rid of the medicine. Our doctor himself is on a wheat-free diet.
I won’t go into the science of why many scientists and doctors are recommending the diet, but our doctor recommends the book Wheat Belly as a starting place.
I also happen to have a brother who adheres to the Paleo diet and sings the praises of the health benefits he has experienced. Paleo goes a few steps beyond eating wheat-free. Again, I won’t go into the science of it, but you can read more about it here.
Our family has landed somewhere in the middle. We are eating a strictly wheat-free diet, and are getting closer to a strictly Paleo diet, although we occasionally consume rice, potatoes, corn, and dairy. For us, the changes have been drastic. I try not to focus on numbers, but in about 6 weeks, I have lost 13 pounds. I feel more energetic overall and feel better about the foods I am putting into my body. We attempt to eat the highest quality foods possible, buying mostly organic and buying high-quality meats from the Noblesville Real Food Market. We have cut out nearly all processed foods and very rarely eat out.
If I were a food blogger, I would have fantastic photos to share with you of the kinds of meals we eat. A food blogger I am not. However, I will share with you what a typical weeks looks like for us, just to get you thinking.
*Please note that nearly all of the ingredients should be organic and high-quality. Also, these are not recipes, but merely examples of a meal plan.
Breakfast: Egg muffins (made on Sunday) with organic eggs, chicken sausage, mushrooms, onion, and green pepper
Lunch: Chicken sausage hash (same that I used in egg muffins), organic red pepper slices, fruit salad
Dinner: Large spinach/baby green salad with artichoke hearts, heart of palm, tomato, cucumber, mushroom, feta cheese, kalamata olives, red/green peppers, onion, and protein of choice (shredded chicken, chicken sausage, pastrami, bacon, etc.)
Breakfast: Pre-made egg muffins
Lunch: Pastrami wrapped red peppers, mixed nuts, Greek yogurt, cucumber slices
Dinner: Broiled tuna steaks, sweet potato oven-fries
Breakfast: Last of the egg muffins
Lunch: Large bowl of tomato salad with feta, basil, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper
Dinner: Oven-fried chicken (breaded with almond meal, corn meal, and spices), pumpkin sautéed in pork lard, spices and maple syrup
Breakfast: Egg scramble with ham, mushrooms, spinach, peppers, onions and feta.
Lunch: Avocado topped with bacon, berries
Dinner: Chicken sausage (cut into chunks), sautéed with lots of red and green peppers, onion and spices. sautéed kale, spinach and beet greens as a side.
Breakfast: Chorizo hash with potatoes and onion, fried egg served on top
Lunch: Canned tuna mixed with olive tapenade, served on gluten-free crackers, pear
Dinner: Ground pork meatballs with marinara, roasted broccoli, salad
Please remember that I am by no means an expert. I am just getting started and am learning as I go and I do not strictly adhere to the Paleo diet. My favorite Paleo blog is Nom Nom Paleo. Do yourself the favor and download the Nom Nom Paleo app for iPad if you have one. It is the best food app I have ever seen, with detailed shopping lists, easy to follow recipes and huge photos of the food. There are also so many great blogs, books and recipes if you are interested in learning more about this lifestyle.
I am really thrilled with the transformation in our eating habits. I no longer crave carbs (although I emotionally crave ice-cream from time to time!) and am eating more fresh produce than I ever have. Our entire family is losing weight and feeling better. I’m even adjusting the way I feed my guests when we have company. I am learning that if my body is truly a temple of the Holy Spirit, it is my responsibility to take care of its every component.
What about you? Have you heard much about the Paleo or wheat-free lifestyle? Would it be hard for you to make this kind of change? Do you have any tips for this wheat-free/Paleo beginner? I would love your feedback! If you want a more detailed recipe from the foods mentioned above, just comment and I will get back to you.
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