Congratulations! Giving up grains (wheat, corn, quinoa, rye, etc.) is one of the best decisions you can make. Your body will thank you.
The best way to get through the initial shock to your body (breaking the addiction to grains and processed food is more like it) is with Dr. Davis’ 10 Day Wheat Belly Detox book. He provides recipes as well as coping strategies to get you over the hump. Many people that detox from grains experience headaches, body aches, and worst of all, cravings for the junk that is trying to kill you!
By following the book to the letter AND getting online support from the 10 Day Detox Facebook page, it makes this transition easier knowing you’re in it with others experiencing similar reactions. The group Detox happens every month, too. No more excuses!
Now, what CAN we eat? Dr. Davis provides an abundance of recipes in his books. The Wheat Belly Cookbook and the 10-day Detox cookbook are a great place to start.
Another fabulous resource is the world wide web. During my ugly breakup with the highly addictive Bel Vita cookies, I was in search of a cookie recipe that could get me through the cravings.
Lo and behold, I discovered Melissa Sevigny and her incredible blog “I breathe I’m hungry” www.ibreatheimhungry.com. Her snickerdoodle cookie recipe was exactly what I needed. And it still is to this day!
Searching her site, I found many delicious, compliant recipes that are surprisingly easy.
Continuing my search, I found Carolyn Ketchum of “All Day I Dream About Food” www.alldayidreamaboutfood.com and boy have I found some winning recipes that make it into our menu rotation! So decadent! So yummy! How can this be a “diet”?
Truth be told, this way of eating (or WOE) is NOT a diet. A “diet” is something usually unhealthy and unsustainable that may let you drop a few pounds for the short term, but it just sets you up for failure in the long term. “Diets” thrive on deprivation, which leave you feeling sluggish, hungry and cranky. In this WOE, you eat real, delicious food that doesn’t come out of a pre-portioned package filled with soy, fillers, dyes, and chemicals.
This WOE is nutritious and delicious. Full fats, like heavy cream and grass fed butter, delicious uncured bacon, thick juicy steaks and lots of fresh veggies are just a sneak peek into what we DO eat.
Our friend Keoni Butcher is a Wheat Belly success story. His motto is “Becoming grain free doesn’t mean we sacrifice on food”, and he is correct! Keoni is an amazing cook who creates incredible meals for his family. You can find him on YouTube at “Keoni’s Grain Free Kitchen”. Get ready to get inspired! Keoni also hits the road a great deal for his work, and he even has tips for staying compliant when you are away from home.
You can also see his story here:
So, the answer to the question, “What the heck do I eat?” is PLENTY.
So find some recipes and get cooking!