Thursday, April 26, 2012

Wheat? No, Thank You


If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you may have read about my wheat free experiment.
If you haven't, I am not eating wheat.

Or staying away as much as possible.

Those marketers and their sneaky ingredient wording can trip a person up.

So far, it has been going well.
Until, I realize I can't eat a food I saw on a blog.

Ritz cracker cookies.
Yesterday there was a picture in my reader.
Oh, man!
I love those things!

But, I am trying to see if I feel better.
So far, I do.
My muscles don't so get sore after I do exercise or work in the garden.

Right now, I am not eating gluten.
Only because wheat was about my only source of gluten.

I am learning how to cook without wheat.
Trial and error and lots of it.

I have successfully made pizza crust and rhubarb crisp.
Some cookies- eh.
Those could use some work.

I can still make my wheat flour recipes for yummy stuff.
I just can't eat them.
I get awesome feedback from the wheat eaters.
And I used to eat them.
I just can't now. OK, I could. But, I'm not gonna.

From what I read, it takes 6-9 months to get it all out of a person's system.
After that, I am reevaluating.

Until that time, I will be enjoying my multi-grain wheat free crackers.

They are actually quite good.

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Last year's W- Hi, My Name is Ruth and I am a Washer

23 comments:

  1. Kudos to you! It's hard to give up ANYTHING, especially something so common as wheat. So, congrats and keep it up - - especially if you feel better by not eating it!! Great incentive!

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    1. Thanks, Judy. Telling myself I feel better is what keeps me hanging in there.

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  2. so glad you are feeling better--i have heard this, just haven't been able to do it yet!

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  3. When I was young I had celiac--the disease where your body can't tolerate any gluten. By the time I was about ten I had grown out of it. My mother and some of her family also had it. Later in life my mother's went away, but not her siblings' or father's. Weird.

    I hope gluten free makes you feel better. Thanks for following!

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    1. Julie, I never knew that was something you could outgrow.

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  4. Man...just think of all the things we use WHEAT in! It's difficult to avoid, that's for sure. We bought rice bread once. GROSS. I don't eat a ton of bread, but my son survives on it. I hate it, but I'm just happy he hasn't starved himself to death.

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    1. Yeah, I heard rice bread was horrible. It's amazing to realize how much wheat is in everything. I am just glad I still have some control over what my daughter eats. In a few years, I worry what her diet may consist of.

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  5. "I get awesome feedback from the wheat eaters.
    And I used to eat them."
    You EAT the wheat eaters????
    Man o maneschewitz, I'm not gonna tick you off!

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    1. I knew that line would come back on me. Didn't think about in what way though.
      But, you don't wanna tick me off!

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  6. Hmmm....you've got me wondering now. I have fibromyalgia. Do you think going wheat free might help with the pain?

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    1. Gail, I have heard a lot of people talk about how gluten free or wheat free helps their inflammation. Average Girl- who can be found here: http://goodgirlgoneaverage.blogspot.com/ swears by giving up gluten to combat her chronic pain.

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  7. Good for you, Ruth. It's tricky to avoid wheat/gluten altogether. When I cut down, I definitely feel more energetic.

    xoRobyn

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    1. Thanks, Robyn. Did you know you can buy chocolate wheat free pretzels?

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  8. Hi Ruth, I've been gluten/wheat free since last November - love, love, love it! Feel great, look awesome (vain little bitch, eh) and my stamina is right up there - my twenty-five year old daughter had to run to keep up with me when we were in Disneyland two weeks ago (for her birthday).

    Yup...you will love it...but, it does take a few months to start feeling the effects. For me, it was about two and a half month, almost three. But after that...WOW!

    Love this post - great "W" choice. (I secretly hoped you'd be doing something like this)

    Jenny @ Pearson Report
    Co-Host of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

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    1. Jenny, I am about halfway to more energy. That is good to know.
      Maybe my excellent telepathy skills detected the you wanted me to write about wheat. Until a few hours before I wrote it, I didn't have a clue.
      I am going to read all of your posts later.
      The day I went and checked and realized it was a 26 parter and I already missed some of it, I decided to wait until I know I'll be able to have time to read all.

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  9. I really admire you for doing this! I hope you continue to feel better and stay strong! Julie

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    1. Thank you, Julie. My first major hurdle will be going to my aunt's 50th anniversary party. If I can make it through that I think I am good. :)

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  10. I will be watching your experiment, Ruth. A couple weeks ago, a truck driver told me his doctor had recommended going gluten-free. It had been two months, and he said his joints felt so much better, especially his knees. :-) Kudos to you :-)

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    1. Teresa, I have read so much about how the gluten can affect so much from inflammation to depression and other neurological orders. I have a friend that had to quit gluten due to a health issue and he said he has never felt better in his life and he never wants to go back to the way he ate before.
      Thanks.

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  11. Where are you getting these multi-grain wheat free crackers. I've been looking for a good cracker for ages. So far, I am stuck with nut crackers, which I don't like, or rice crackers, which are sometimes good.

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    1. I get mine at Costco. It is Crunchmaster brand. I have seen them on Amazon, but they are more expensive there.

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