Questions about Wheat Free Living

wheat free lifestyleHere are some of the Common Questions about Wheat Free Living that I come across from time to time from friends and family as well as other nutrition and weight loss enthusiasts. If you have other questions, please leave them in the comment section below the article and I will answer them as quickly as possible.

As you transition into a gluten free and wheat free lifestyle you’re going to get questions. Some of the questions are genuine. People really want to learn more about your choices and support you. They might also be considering making the change themselves. You may get some seemingly strange questions so the better prepared you are the easier it is to address their concernts.

Can You Eat Organic Wheat?

No. Organic wheat, as lovely as organic foods are, still contains gluten. And while it isn’t Fresh Baked BreadsGMO wheat, it has been bred for decades to be higher in gluten. The cross breeding has resulted in a grain that is much higher in gluten than it used to be. Additionally, if you’re sensitive to gluten it doesn’t really matter much if the gluten was treated with pesticides and chemical fertilizers. It’s still gluten.

I Thought Whole Grains Were Good For You.

Some of the components of whole grains are good for you. Fortunately, you can get fiber, healthy fats, and protein from other sources. There are also many whole grains that don’t contain gluten. They include amaranth, millet, buckwheat and quinoa. If you like whole grains but you can’t have or don’t want  gluten try some of the alternatives. And make sure you’re getting your fiber and healthy fats from other sources. Pistachios are an exceptional source of fiber and you can get your healthy fats from nuts, fish, or supplements.

Can’t You Ever Eat Gluten? Come On, A Bagel Isn’t Going To Kill You.

The truth is that there are some compelling reasons why you never want to eat gluten everything bagelagain. In the most serious cases if you have Celiac disease then a bagel can wreak havoc on your system. It’s definitely not worth it. Also, if you have other autoimmune diseases then a taste of gluten or wheat can cause a flare up.

If you’re sensitive to gluten or you were a gluten addict before going wheat free, then trying a bagel can send you on a downward spiral. Some people are more sensitive to wheat or gluten addiction. One bagel might turn into an entire day of gluten indulgence which can turn into a week and before you know it you’re right back where you started.

Finally, if you haven’t had gluten for some time and you indulge in that bagel or muffin, you might experience a serious flare up of symptoms. You can even experience some symptoms that you’ve never had before.  I’ve known some who just had to test the gluten ‘just to see’ and spent the next couple of days in the bathroom. Not fun.

Can you have gluten once in a while? You can do anything you want. Should you? Definitely not. Once you eliminate gluten and wheat from your diet, you’re better off to stay free of it. You have gone through a lot of work creating your new lifestyle and you feel much healthier now that your gluten free, so why take a chance of going back to the old way of life and all the problems gluten can add to your life.

Some might consider this a downside to going wheat free and in the next post we’ll take a look at other potential downsides. You’ll have the information you need to make the best decision for you, your health, and your goals. But before I go, I would like to share with you a short video about a no pain workout that I really enjoy…best of all I can do most of these when taking a short break from the computer…have a watch and see if you agree:

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BLT Salad with Avocado

Gluten Free BLT SaladToday the family wanted BLT sandwiches. We do that a couple of times each summer when the tomatoes are ripe on the vine. I made myself a BLT Salad With Avocado because I am eating gluten free and I did not want the sour dough bread that we use when we make BLTs. I think I got the better deal however I might get an argument about that as the family really enjoys these sandwiches when I make them.

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BLT Salad with Avocado
 
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: International
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces Hearts of Romain lettuce, washed, chopped
  • ½ avocado, peeled, diced into 1 inch squares
  • 4 slices extra thick bacon, fried crisp, diced
  • 1 medium tomato, diced into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 ounce cheese of your choice, diced
  • 2 ounces gluten free mayonnaise
  • 1 ounce skim milk
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Method
  1. Fry the bacon until it is medium well done, remove from pan onto paper towels. Pat off any excess fat.
  2. Dice bacon into 1//2 inch slices and put aside.
  3. Dice Romain lettuce into bite size pieces and place into a salad bowl.
  4. Peel and seed medium avocado, dice into ½ inch cubes add to lettuce.
  5. Slice tomato into quarters then slice the quarters into ½ inch pieces, place in bowl with lettuce.
  6. Slice the cheese into small squares and add to the salad
  7. Top the salad with the bacon pieces.
  8. Place the gluten free mayonnaise into a bowl, add the skim milk, sea salt and ground pepper,
  9. Using a whisk, whisk the mayonnaise mixture until smooth,
  10. Pour the mayonnaise dressing over the salad
  11. enjoy

As you can see, the family was able to enjoy the BLT’s the way they liked them and I was Making a BLTable to enjoy a gluten free BLT Salad with Avocado so I maintained my gluten free lifestyle without any special ingredients needed. Often times it is just that simple. So the next time you are visiting someone, just look around and thee is a good chance you will find enough gluten free foods to make a meal without anyone paying any attention to the fact that you chose to arrange your plate a little differently than they did.

This recipe is not part of the 11 article series on gluten free living that I have been writing about the past two weeks. It was my turn to make lunch today so I grabbed my camera when I went to the kitchen. The pictures were taken on the spot, no set up, no special lights. It is just an example of how easy it is to eat well and still eat gluten free if that is a lifestyle you choose. We will be offering some tasty gluten free dessert recipes sometime next week so be sure to check back often.

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The Wheat Free Life

Gluten FreePlanning Your New Wheat Free Life is a great help when getting started. Before long it will all become second nature to you but as with any new endeavor it takes a little time to adapt to the changes. Our son, the 35 year old martial art student that I mentioned in yesterdays article, has adjusted pretty well to replacing his “fast food” sandwiches with a healthier choice. The day before we started his clean eating program, he paid a visit to two different “Sub Shops” and had a large sandwich for lunch and another one around dinner time. Keeping him “eating clean” until his tournament will be easy because of his enthusiasm about the fight, but that only gives me about three and a half weeks to make the new clean eating lifestyle a habit with him.

So if your are ready to live a wheat free life, as I am sure you are, lets get started. Enthusiasm and excitement are a great start but we also need to get organized.  I can tell you from experience that the first time you slip up and eat wheat will happen because you did not plan ahead.

One mistake doesn’t mean all your prior efforts are wiped out but it’s not fun. You’ll likely experience a few side effects plus, there’s the pride factor to consider. You are indirectly making a statement to your friends that you have taken hold of your health.   After a few weeks of being wheat free you’re going to be quite proud of your new found health and your accomplishment. Slipping up because of poor planning is a huge bummer.

Let’s talk about good planning.

#1 Meal Planning

The first step, and this may sound too type A or too organized for some folks but bear with

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me, make a meal plan. Identify what you’re going to eat for every meal this week. Actually, I only plan three or four days out because I want my veggies as fresh as possible. This time of year there is a farmers market somewhere near almost seven days a week. But if you don’t have time to hit the farmers markets or supermarket twice a week, plan for the whole week.

Decide what you’re going to have for breakfast, lunch, dinner and definitely plan for snacks. That’s where you’re most likely to make a mistake.

If you’re terrible at planning for snacks you might like to make your own like I do. If not,  then consider buying a few raw bars. They’re made from nuts and dried fruit and are quite satisfying. Lara Bars, are one type of snack bar that you can buy in the store, but you will save a few dollars in the long run if you make your own healthy snack bars. It can be quite rewarding as long as you control how many you enjoy each day.

Choose recipes and make a list. When you go to the store, shop from your list. Steer clear of the processed food aisles and stick to the perimeter of the store – that’s where the produce is found. You’ll still have to read labels but there will be fewer to read.

#2 Enjoy Food

It’s important to think of food as something that’s enjoyable, particularly when you’re

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enjoy your food

eliminating something as prevalent as gluten. Some days you might feel like there’s nothing you can eat. Make eating a luxurious and delightful endeavor. So many people completely overlook this. They eat but they don’t dine. After the first two bites there is no taste to the food only they really do not notice because their minds have been trained to remember the taste of those first two bites until they have cleaned their plates.

Add fresh herbs to your meals. Eat foods you haven’t eaten before and enjoy produce that’s bright and colorful. There’s something fun about eating a purple potato or a purple carrot. Don’t hesitate to try new foods and explore. And remember to treat yourself to foods that you might miss. For example, I really like having a piece of bread in the morning for breakfast. In the beginning I found an apple and almond flour waffle recipe that helped satisfy that craving. Now I make my own gluten free “English Muffins”, their still not perfect but they are getting better and better every time I make them.

#3 Make it Easier On Yourself

I found that there were a handful of tips and tools that can make life much easier. For example, a crock-pot is a wonderful thing to have in the kitchen. You can put dinner in the pot in the morning and come home to a fully  cooked meal. That is really not to exciting to me, but I do have a few great recipes for the crock-pot that I will share with you soon.

When my wife was taking meals to work, on Sundays I would make a freezable batch of gluten free pancakes with different fruits in them. On the days that she was rushed to get everything done she needed to do, breakfast could be ready in a couple of seconds. Now, a couple of days a week we will make gluten free tortillas with almond and coconut flour so lunchtime sandwiches are simple too. I also purchase the coconut wraps you see on the top right of this page and keep them on hand for roll-ups. The trick is to create a  system and find tools that work for you.

In the next post we’re going to take a look at the one thing that trips most everyone up, going out to eat. But before I go, here is a little something you might enjoy:

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Transitioning To Wheat Free

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It is easy to make wheat free sandwich wraps

Now it is time to review how to make Transitioning to Wheat Free as painless as possible. Believe me, the pros out weight the cons when it comes to making the switch to a wheat free/gluten free lifestyle. One of our sons turns 35 today and he is very worried about his eating habits. He is at the gym daily as part of his martial arts training but his eating habits need a lot of work. Because he has a tournament in about 4 weeks he has asked me to help him start a clean eating program. This week he is going wheat free so he gets any side effects out of the way. Next week we will be doing clean eating for all his meals. I will follow this series with information and recipes about clean eating as I work with him on his training program. He will be surprised, as well some of you might be at how many of our favorite recipes only need a tiny bit of adjustment to be a “clean eating” recipe, but more about that next week.

Some people are going to tell you that going wheat free is easy. You just stop eating gluten and you start losing weight and it is wonderful. Well, for some people that is not exactly how it happens. Unfortunately, there will be a few days where you may very well experience withdrawal symptoms. In fact, it is estimated that about 40 percent of people who go wheat free experience what they generally describe as Continue reading

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Dining Out Gluten Free

Gluten Free eating outAs I continue working with my son as he trains for the tournament, Dining Out Gluten Free is one of his first challenges. He goes from work to the gym and of course he is hungry so he must stay alert if he wishes to eat clean and remain gluten free. Not an easy task when first starting the program. I have warned him not to be surprised if he doesn’t get complete support from his friends or community. The gluten free diet comes attached to many biases and misconceptions. There are definitely many people who just don’t get it. However, he tells me that many of the people he works out with, have much the same lifestyle and are concerned with clean eating and what they put into their bodies.

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Gluten Free Products

Gluten freeGluten Free Products have become much easier to find now the more and more people are requesting and using them. Much like when organic food first got “discovered” by a market that wanted only the best for their family, gluten free products are a tad more costly but the price continues to fall as more companies enter the market.

Almost everywhere you look there are gluten free products. You can find gluten free mustard, gluten free cinnamon rolls, and gluten free pastas. When you’re eliminating wheat and gluten from your diet, it’s Continue reading

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Eliminating Wheat from Your Diet

wheat freeThe First Step To Eliminating Wheat from Your Diet is to find out where all that wheat is hiding.

Did you know that your soy sauce probably contains wheat? Your lipstick might too. Most of us are pretty naive about how many foods actually contain wheat and/or gluten. Yes, I know lipstick isn’t a food but if you wear it, then you ingest it. It happens when you lick your lips or eat something that touches your lips. Probably not a big deal unless you’re allergic to gluten. Let’s get back to that soy sauce…

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Benefits of Going Wheat Free

Gluten free What are the Benefits of Going Wheat Free? Well for most of us there are many. These articles are written for those people because like anything in life, this lifestyle will not be for everyone. It took me a while to convince myself that I was indeed better off living wheat free.

Let’s talk about what might happen when you stop eating wheat. There is a very good chance that you’ve Continue reading

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What Is Wheat

Gluten Free LivingWhat is Wheat and Why Are So Many People removing Wheat from their diets? We will attempt to answer those questions in the next few articles. To go wheat free does require a certain amount of adjustment in your eating habits, but for some of us it is well worth it.

When I tell people I don’t eat wheat sometimes I get an unfavorable response. Some people roll their eyes, others simply nod and check out. They’ve heard it before and they don’t want to hear it again. Occasionally, someone will be interested in the why. Why go wheat free? If you have read this far, I am hoping you are one of those that wants to learn more and perhaps make some adjustments in your clean eating practices.

What is Wheat?

The first question to answer when talking about living wheat free is what is wheat and why is it Continue reading

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Wheat Free Living

Wheat is glutenWheat Free Living appears to be gaining in popularity as more and more companies are adding gluten-free, wheat free products to their well known brands

As awareness of how wheat affects the body and the rise of known cases of Celiac disease, more and more people are turning to a wheat-free diet. Despite the media coverage and ever growing list of gluten-free products on the market, some folks are still confused about this topic and how they can take part in this ever-growing trend or even if they should.

I started reducing my wheat and gluten intake just a few months ago and at that time started researching to learn more about it. While it seems that the gluten free Continue reading

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