When You Say Good-bye to Wheat

I know I’m behind for WIW considering it is Thursday, however, I was so excited to write this post I decided to go ahead with it anyway!

Last Wednesday I re-committed to participating in WIW (Weigh-In-Wednesday) as a way to keep myself accountable on the journey to Wellness. The more I thought about it this week, the more I realized, even when I reach my wellness goals I may still need to “be accountable”. Why? Because I’m a food addict. Food junkie. One who has made food an idol and one who has used food as reward and punishment.

In the spirit of embracing accountability, let’s revisit last week’s goals and how I did:

  1. Elliptical Daily – Nope. not.even.once. HOWEVER, I have gone walking with my husband. We keep a steady pace, go two miles, and it has 400ft in elevation changes that make our legs burn. I’d still like to use my elliptical, I’m just thinking that everyday is not realistic for me. I’m going to start out smaller. This week, I’d like to use it for 20mins in the morning three days.
  2. Drink Water Before Coffee – YES. It has absolutely made a difference in my overall water intake. I’m also feeling better as my coffee intake goes back down. I’m trying to go back to having all my coffee done by noon. That’s my new focus this week. No coffee after noon.
  3. Small Daily Health Goals I Pray About Each Morning After My Quiet Time – YES. My prayer has been the same each day. Self-control with food. I’ve had some struggles, however, victory goes to the Lord. Not only has He given me the self-control I’ve asked for, He has given me a wonderful support system in my husband and mother this week. I will continue doing this in the next week.

Speaking of mother, I also mentioned last week she was sending me a book. After some delivery malfunctions, the anticipated package arrived! (Of course, because of the delivery malfunctions and my excitement to read it, she had already given me access to the e-book and I had it read! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

It’s Wheat Belly Cookbook by William Davis, MD. You can find it on Amazon. It was a very interesting read. I started thinking about my experience with Whole30, which was fantastic, however, difficult for my family to adhere to it’s strict guidelines for longer than 30 days. As I thought about the results on Whole30, how we felt as we added food groups back in, and the material I’d just read in Wheat Belly Cookbook, I made a decision.

A decision to go Wheat Free.

I’m learning what “Wheat Free” looks like and means. I never knew until I started looking for it that Wheat is in about as much stuff as corn. It’s seriously in just about EVERYTHING processed. The good news is this means we are going away from processed foods again.

The *take a big gulp news* – I’m committing to making all of our own breads. With ingredients I’ve never used before, let alone knew existed.

I’m on Day 6 of being wheat free. I’m feeling pretty good. I’m not getting as tired in the afternoons, even with reducing my coffee intake, and I have fallen in LOVE with the wheat free breads I’m learning to make. Also, the tummy aches and bloating issues haven’t been experienced while I’ve been wheat free. I’m REALLY liking that.

Mom sent me Bob’s Red Mill Homemade Wonderful Bread Mix. I am now saving up my pennies for a KitchenAid. Without the use of a bread maker, kitchen aid, or egg separator, it took me 40 minutes before I was able to let the bread sit and rise. Another 35 minutes to rise, and another 65 minutes to bake. WHEW.

The outcome?

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A delicious bread the entire family loves. Even my son prefers it over the store bought bread, and that says a LOT.
It’s not as “sturdy” as regular bread (for lack of another way to describe it) so it will crumble if too filled or soggy. It’s so tasty and filling though, I have no issues with eating it with fork and knife as needed.

I also attempted to make some “cupcakes”, however, learned two valuable lessons. The first, read the names of the ingredients carefully. I bought a few things that were close, but wrong. Secondly, don’t try the “modified” version of a recipe until you understand the standard version first.

This outcome?

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Still delicious, however, NOT cupcakes. I did put the cream cheese icing on top before tasting. The MUFFINS were fantastic. Grainy. Flavorful. Dense. With cream cheese frosting on top? Strange. So my family, being great and supportive on this whole thing, just licked off all the icing first and then enjoyed the muffin. I’m actually writing down the recipe with the wrong ingredients I used, and adding some shredded carrots next time per the husbands request. Maybe even a few raisins. I think it’s going to make a FANTASTIC carrot-raisin-muffin. (with NO icing)

My biggest challenges with the Wheat Free lifestyle will be other people’s homes. Father’s Day via the prayer for self-control and the Lord’s graciousness to give it to me, I walked past my Father-In-Law’s macaroni salad. My mouth still waters a little bit thinking about it.ย The best part was that I didn’t feel like junk when we left. I actually felt great, and still enjoyed the other non-wheat amazing things served.

This weekend we have a rehearsal dinner where pizza is being served followed by a wedding the next day. I’m not sure exactly how I”m going to squeeze out being wheat free at a pizza dinner. Scrape off my toppings to eat them?ย I’ll update with that dilemma next week.

All in all, I feel great about my progress on my Wellness journey. The commitment to being Wheat Free has removed a lot of food temptations from my path and gotten us back on a Whole30ish track without being as restrictive. As I continue to learn this new way of baking, I look forward to sharing more!

So, the WIW part of all this?

Last Week’s Weight: 141.1lbs
Wednesday’s Weight: 137.6lbs (-3.5 YAY)
Bottom Line: +7.6 lbs from Goal

I hope everyone else is working towards their goals and drawing closer to the Lord with each step. It is through Christ we find our victories and all glory points back to God. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m very thankful for the victories He has blessed me with in my particular journey with health this week.

In Love & Faith,
RaZella

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9 thoughts on “When You Say Good-bye to Wheat

  1. That is amazing you are experimenting with going wheat free. I gave up gluten 2 years ago and feel so much better. I’m excited to follow you on this journey!

    • Thanks! I am encouraged by the results I am already seeing in my energy levels and sleeping. My biggest worry is socializing when food is around, however, maybe it’s time when I’m socializing to focus on relationships instead of food anyway! LOL ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for following along, please feel free to leave any tips or suggestion you have!

    • Well, keep in mind, it’s only a glass of water LOL. It helps me a lot though! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by! Looking forward to this week’s link up too!

  2. I love how you experiment to find what works best for you. So glad you are joining in each Wednesday and also in our Facebook group. I always enjoy reading your posts and appreciate your comments on Heart Choices.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

    • Thanks my friend! I find your post encouraging as well. Sometimes experimenting is the way I’ve got to go to see what will work the very best! I’m totally impressed by your successes with exercise, that’s my next wagon to get back on! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks! It is sad…at first…LOL. Then as you realize how much better you feel without it, it gets waaaay easier. ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking forward to tomorrow’s link up already!

      • It’s true! My body has REALLy decided it doesn’t like wheat at all. Now that I’ve been off of it for quite some time, when I accidentally get it, my body is not happy.

        Can’t wait to see what you share ๐Ÿ™‚

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