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Doing pretty well, but I've gained some weight in Germany. Too much food ... what else?

Just 2 more days here, then back to Canada and off to another adventure, ... normal life.

I live in the prairies, just full of wheat, so its a little mentally awkward. I don't eat wheat, yet the economy of the province is highly dependant on it. Its like me against "the world". At least my house in in a hilly area where they couldn't grow wheat.

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On vacation in Germany right now. Lots of good cheese and sausage. My wife keeps trying to eat buns, thinking European wheat is different from North American wheat, ... and maybe it is, but so far she is not doing well eating it.

She is thinking it is the fuzzy coating on the goat cheese that she put on top. It wasn't moldy, but you know that white coating on Brie and similar cheeses.

She has mold issues. So its hard to tell, the wheat, or the cheese.

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I just read this response from my prior attempt to get back on track. I found Team Keto! and joined it. Hope to see you there!



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Hi James!
I meant to get back on the No-Wheat program in September, as you can see from my prior posts. However, I didn't get serious about it; and then the holidays!

In 2014 I lost 30 pounds by giving up wheat and eating a low-carb, high fat (good fats) diet. However, after my husband died in May 2015, I slipped up. Started eating whatever I wanted. Drinking too much too.

Now I find that my cholesterol is up, and the doc wants to put me on statins. I don't want to take them because of side affects, one of which is muscle pain. I have enough of that already with my scoliosis. So, I'm going to try diet, exercise, and cutting back on the martinis (zero right now!).

James, I hope we can get a conversation going to help me stay on track.

Sincerely,
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Jane,
I eat Keto. Low carb, high fat, moderate protein. In fact it is "just enough" protein.

You can hunt my profile to "Team Keto!", an active, supportive team.

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Hi everyone. I went wheat and sugar free for a year or so, lost weight and inches, then slowly let things creep back into my diet. I'm ready to eat clean again!



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I have been cooking from the Wheat Belly 30 minute Cookbook. So far my husband and I have enjoyed all except 1 recipe. No grains for me; He is staying wheat free but does eat rice and sometimes corn.

I received an invitation to a baby shower in the mail yesterday. Not sure what I will be doing for a gift yet - with less than a month, not sure I have time to make much.

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I have read Wheat Belly. A friend of mine had it and gave it to me. I don't remember about IBS, though. maybe I should get it out and read it again, or at least skim it. I also went through Grain Brain and both cookbooks and got several recipes from them. I made a nice Texas Chili from the Grain Brain Cookbook. Definitely from scratch. It calls for dried chilies rather than chili seasoning powder. I think that I have the flax wrap recipe written down if I can reach the file I have it in.

I am doing crocheting for the babies. I made two cocoons and I am working on some booties and a blanket. Blanket is a more difficult one than I have ever done before and is confusing me for when I put all the parts together. I started it thinking I needed 12 flower motifs and wondered how that was going to make a blanket. That was one "square" of the blanket. I actually needed about 120 motifs. So the baby won't get her blanket right away. The second cocoon goes to the mother on Saturday. Or Sunday if I don't make it to the shower Saturday.



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Hi Fancy - Glad to finally see someone other than me and James on the forum. Have you read the Wheat Belly book? It is very specific and very helpful to those with IBS and and other intestinal issues. I am only a few weeks in, but so far so good. It would be nice to do it with a friend. Tonight for dinner we had Tacos (from the Wheat Belly - 30 minute cookbook) with flax wraps. It was yummy and quite filling. I now have a Wheat Belly sandwich bread in the oven. I will be making egg salad for lunches. While I am trying to stay as low carb as I can, I am also getting used to the Wheat Belly recipes and adjusting to the no grain eating - one step at a time. Once I have made the adjustment, I will turn my attention to lowering the carb count. (although I know it is not very high right now).

What kind of baby gifts are you working on? I used to sew (no time now) and love to knit.
Nice to meet you.

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I haven't gotten too far on getting off grains or to low carb yet because my IBS keeps causing problems. Guess I am lower than I have been, but I am lower at everything right now than I have been. I was having trouble eating anything but potatoes. So I have started doing smoothies for breakfast. My other meals have been small and sometimes lower carb, sometimes not. I will try to get my other meals to lower again. I know when I was getting lower carbs before I lost weight. I had them around 75 the last couple days, so that was probably where they were the last week, which is about as low as they can go for me or somewhere between 50 and 75. So far I haven't lost anything this way, though. I did lose the taste for the chocolate cake they sell at Safeway, though, and that is doing something.

James had a recipe on one of these groups for some bread that I want to try. Haven't had the time to do it yet. I've been working on baby gifts. 3 babies coming to people I know in 2 months and one I took on more than I can handle, I think. I know I don't understand how to put it together.



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Is anybody here? Hopefully more will join in the conversation. So hubby and I are committed to doing Wheat Belly - me more than him. I am cutting out all grains, he is just cutting out wheat. I am also eating low carb high fat. Last time I did this I lost weight but got stuck on a plateau. This time I have the books and online support to help me out. We'll see how it goes but I am hoping for good success.

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Hello emoticon - I am new to this team, but not new to low carb. This time, however I will be following the Wheat Belly books/recipes. I hope to have good success. Nice to meet everyone emoticon .
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A slow team, but such a good book.

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I'm on vacation. But still eating low carb, well very low carb, and that plan has no chance of including wheat. Wheat is mostly carbs. Sugar is 100% carbs, but wheat is way up there too!

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Here is that recipe, with 8 grams of carbs in the entire loaf of bread:
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A single regular slice of bread has almost twice what that whole loaf has.

Yes not quite the same as regular bread, but you can slice it and make a sandwich.

As for bananas. When I was first diagnosed as a diabetic and had my first home glucose meter I found my blood sugar spiked after eating cereal, milk, and half a banana sliced on top, but no sugar (I was avoiding sugar which I usually also put on top). The cereal was not good for me, but the banana was very bad too as I did a lab rat experiment on myself the next day.

So this is 17 years later, and I have not eaten a whole banana since then, just the ver occasional (like every half year or so) single chunk as a taste.

Flaxseed is very high in fibre, and the digestible carbs (net carbs) are very low. A bread made with that would be great for me. I think I'll have to investigate that.

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I do need to try those recipes, James. A friend made some gluten-free pancakes with bananas, but that might raise the carb level too high. Can't remember what he did, though. They were good, if the bananas doesn't raise carbs too high.

I saw a bread recipe I would like to try, but I will need to change the flour used. In Grain Brain recipes he uses flax a lot.



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FANCYQTR,
I suppose whole grains are a little better than those that are finely ground into flour, that is because they are more slowly digested and cause less of a blood sugar spike.

For myself as a type-2 diabetic it is my overall daily carb load that impacts me. Whole grains might not cause a spike, however they will raise my overall level a little, but for a long time. So a lot of slowly digested carbs then get a chance to "add up" over the day.

I just avoid wheat period. Have you seen the recipes that I've posted for bread made from protein powder as a flour substitute? I also make pancakes using protein powder as the flour. The "bread" is a little dry, but heck, if you want a sandwich its better than no bread. As pancakes with oil and egg in the batter it comes at pretty good. Again a little try, but once you put butter and low carb syrup on it, really really good.

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I like that book, but I think I like Grain Brain a little better. I just can't seem to get over the bread yet. I have found a few more recipes in the Grain Brain Cookbook. I am hoping I can get things together soon.

Actually, a list that my doctor gave me gets pretty close to the Grain Brain stuff. Maybe a little different and does allow a bit more of the carbs, but says to avoid the grains unless whole grains.



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Where is everyone? This is a great book, by a very wise Doctor.

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Yes, LCHF.

For me it is LC for sure. About 30 grams a day, 50 on a high day. At 30 that is about 120 calories from carbs. Then my protein intake is around 60 grams a day, not 60 grams of meat, but the protein component of foods, so another 240 calories from that. A total of 360 calories a day so far.

The rest, my other 1500 or so calories must be from fat. Either cheese, or butter on my veggies, or things like that. Maybe bacon with my breakfast.. I'm avoiding more than 100 grams of protein, not because of kidney issues with higher protein, but because higher protein than you need as a daily minimum can indirectly raise blood sugar through a process called gluconeogenesis. Not that I've ever seen that happen to me (and I've done tests with large protein shakes and blood sugar strips).

Of course if one has problems with dietary fat, like if your gall bladder has been removed, then one has to do what is best for one individually. That should always be the case, there is no one size fits all when it comes to diet.



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You do the LCHF, don't you? I am having problems with the HF part, because any fat is giving me problems. So I am thinking it will have to be higher protein that is very lean. I would certainly like to get to where you are.



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FANCYQTR,

We have very similar health problems. I have type-2 diabetes and ulcerative colitis. My digestion got a whole lot better after eating low carb. I don't fully know why, but it may be that I don't tolerate wheat. My ulcerative colitis went into remission.

I am no longer taking the anti-inflammatory medication for that, which I had been for years and years. I used to run to the toilet with great urgency, sometimes 4 or 5 times a day. Now that is just the opposite, about once every three days. It seems a little long, but I'm not uncomfortable in those 3 days. Some folks complain about constipation on a low carb diet, but for me it is a blessing. I guess it's constipation, but not uncomfortable.

So that is one medication I no longer take. The second set of medications being for type-2 diabetes, which I also no longer take.

p.s. As for the original question on pushing grains. I think they are cheap calories, with a long shelf life. Why dietician should suggest anyone eat them is beyond me.

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Why is it that dietitians push whole grains so much? I was just reading up on IBS problems I have (yeah, that plus the diabetes) and it said not to eat any whole grains. It did say that white bread was good for that. They contradicted themselves in a lot of what it said, so I'm going to have to ask on Wednesday. The IBS helps were all high carb, so that is a problem, but they did say NO whole grains.

Do all the dietitians push whole grains because the wheat industry pushes it with the government?



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BEAU_JOLLY,

There are a couple of health issues with wheat. For me, since wheat is 60% net carbs by weight, it impacts my blood sugar the same way as something that is 60% sugar.

I'm a type-2 diabetic, do I don't eat spoonfuls of sugar. Likewise I don't eat wheat.

Also, Dr. Fuhrman rates food by how much nutrition it provides per calorie.
Here is the nutrition on wheat:
nutritiondata.self.com/facts/cereal-
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Spin the quantity to 100 grams. You will see that it has no vitamin C, for example, and 100 grams provides 11% of your folate needs. To get your daily folate you need to eat about 9 times that, 900 grams, about 2 pounds of wheat, and about 3000 calories.

If you compare to green pepper, 100 grams of that provides 134% of your daily vitamin C needs, and 11% of vitamin K
nutritiondata.self.com/facts/cereal-
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So again, you need to eat 9 times that to get your vitamin K needs, but in eating 9 times that, you consume 180 calories, not 3000.

......

Anyways, wheat is fairly low in nutrition.

Lastly many people don't do well eating wheat, not a full blown celiac, hypertensive to gluten found in wheat, but perhaps just not doing well. Continued consumption of wheat makes you think that is just how you are, when you would feel better not eating wheat, and giving that a go takes a few weeks until you say, hey I feel better.

On an evolutionary time scale we have modified, or genetically selected wheat at a pace that far outstrips our ability to adapt. So perhaps people who don't tolerate wheat well are slowly but surely being weeded out of the gene pool.

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Thanks for that information James. Not really trying to lose weight. Just trying to get the health benefits of no grain...

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Interesting post, James. I learned a few things I didn't know.





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BEAU_JOLLY,
The official team leaders are inactive, but I'm a team leader on other teams. I'm a low carb guy, not a wheat belly guy, though I've read some of the book. However, wheat is high carb, so by default I'm anti-wheat.

I'll answer your question from my knowledge of carbs, and experience with alcohol as well.

Calories come from these sources:
- carbs (4 calories per gram)
- protein (4 calories per gram)
- alcohol (7 calories per gram)
- dietary fat (9 calories per gram)

Alcohol is rarely (I've never seen it) listed on "nutrition" labels, not even on bottles of alcohol. However, there you have it. Neither dietary fat, nor alcohol impact blood sugar. I can tell you, not only have I read this, but I'm a type-2 diabetic, and I have blood sugar test strips, and I like alcohol sometimes. So I've drunk a fair bit of alcohol at times, and indeed I've measured no impact to my blood sugar. That said, it was pretty pure, like vodka, not a wine, or any sweet drink.

Carbs raise blood sugar, insulin tries to rescue you from that by storing excess carbs into body fat. You need to eat about 50 to 60 grams of protein per day. You also need a minimum of dietary fat per day. You can live without carbs or alcohol.

That said, alcohol is only going to slow weight loss (if that is your goal), that is unlike carbohydrates that both slow weight loss and mess with blood sugar and put you on a hunger rollercoaster ride.

But be careful, if you have cut carbs and have switched into fat burning mode (ketosis) then you are more sensitive to the effects of alcohol.

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James, thanks for the cracker recipe. Even before trying to get grain free I haven't been able to find good recipes for crackers when I wanted some so that will be great to have.



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Welcome HEALTHNFIT.

I'm actually a low carb guy. I shun wheat because it's weight is 60% carbs. Sugar is 100%, but 60% ... that is pretty high too.

Wheat has other issues. It's genetic makeup differs significantly from even 2000 years ago, and mostly due to breeding, not even any genetic engineering. So in short, I think plenty of people can't handle it. When you eat whet frequently (breakfast cereal, sandwich break, cake, pie crust, buns ...) you don't even connect health problems that you have with the source, you just think that is the way your body is.

Welcome, and get healthy.

I'm not the official team leader of this group, but I feel like it.

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Oh ground almonds are great too.

Here is a recipe using ground almonds (almond flour) to make "crackers". Great with a slice of cheese on top. Loads of pictures to show you how.

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Pictures of my hands making the crackers too ... what a bonus.
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I haven't tried it yet. I don't have enough to get the protein powder right now. I have $2 for food and I have enough for one of the 3 bills I still have to pay. You think you can get a little caught up, then something else comes up. Might be able to find protein powder on sale this month and try it then, or at least your waffles. I have the almond meal and coconut flour and flax seed for things. Going to try a nut crust for cheesecake tonight if I can find the recipe I saw a couple weeks ago. It's low carb.



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FANCYQTR,

I previously posted a link to a "bread" recipe, where wheat flour is replaced by protein powder, and a few other changes. It ends up being very low carb, like a gram of two per slice.

Have you tried that recipe?

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I just got the Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox and am getting some of the recipes from it. Haven't read the whole book. Don't know if I can get it read before it has to go back, but will try. I am wondering about making some bread (that fairly flat kind) that it has in it. Boy, the calorie counts are high, so far, and the carb counts aren't all that low. Have to get farther into it.

Last week I ended up eating more carbs than I have been because I was sick with a bad cold and everything else was causing more coughing. Wasn't eating much food, though, and I gained weight. Just proves carbs are what keep my weight up.



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CDEES6,

So you are a member of 50+ with 25-49 pounds to loose. That pretty much describes me too. I'm 57 years old with about 20 pounds to loose.

Those are interesting groups. I'd have to gain about 5 pounds to join that group. Then after joining, if I loose more than 5 pounds Ifeel like I'd have to leave. But I've seen other groups like that. In fact I'm a member of 50+ with over 50 pounds to loose. Hmmmm...

Anyway, the wheat belly book has evolved into more of a low carb book, and you've got the right carb range in my mind. So what is holding up your weight loss, or are you currently on the way down and it is just a matter of time?



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Thank you, James.



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Here is that waffle recipe, just look down the thread, you'll find it.

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All variations on the same theme ... try using protein powder in place of wheat flour.

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Thank you, James. I have been trying to find things on the internet, but I am always ending up with things that are mainly coconut flour. While cheaper, I don't want that much coconut. I figured out last night that it is the carbs and high blood sugar that is causing my dizziness, so the one loaf of bread I have I am trying to give away. I want to be able to make things that I like, but keep them low carb. Have been having problems getting the diabetes back under control and can't take the drugs because of side effects. The grain bread is also causing other problems.

I would really appreciate some links to the recipes. Your waffles look good.



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FANCYQTR,

I make things with almond flour. I'm type-2 diabetic and wheat for me is evil. Sugar is pure evil for me, at 100% of it being carbohydrates that hit my blood sugar, and wheat, though it doesn't taste sweet, is 80%.

But I do make bread and cookies with almond flour. I'd be happy to point you to some recipes.

I also use protein powder in place of wheat flour, and that was the base of this morning's waffles.


Happy to point you to that recipie too.

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I haven't been following all the posts on this team, but saw on TV last week about the book 10-Day Grain Detox. Was wondering if anyone has read this book or checked it out.They made pizza crust from a recipe in it. I put it on hold at the library (there were already 2 holds and all 11 books checked out, so it will be a little while before I can get it) because I would like to see how they do some of the substitutions to make grain-free recipes. It is by Dr. William Davis or Wheat Belly. The recipe interested me because it used almond flour, coconut flour and flax seed instead of cauliflower or something like that. I was having problems with figuring out the things I have read before for recipes.



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Subject: why is Wheat Belly hard?

GIGGLEYONE,

Carbs (wheat included) are genetically hard to resist. It's not just poor willpower. Carbs fatten you up for the winter (when carbs are not in abundance). So you get an insulin reaction to carbs to keep your blood sugar under control. Insulin helps store excess carbs into body fat, to be used in the "lean" low carb winter.

It would be foolish for you body to dip into your body fat in the plentiful summer time, it is prime fattening up time. Your insulin locks up body fat pretty much too, you get hungry for more carbs before the body fat is unlocked. This is a natural fattening up process.

The problem is that wheat stockpiles well, perhaps as ground flour for bead and cakes,so you can eat it in the winter too, and you keep fattening up in the winter as well as summer. That and global teade which bring you sweet fruits all year long.

Sadly, this is an addiction, and it goes against your genetics to break it. You ancestors probably survived the winter with the help of yet his natural addiction, and so you are ultimately here.

To cut the wheat, and the carbs, break the addiction, and transition to a low carb wintertime takes a good week, maybe 3. Even after that there are moments. Take comfort that it is not poor willpower, it is your very genetic programming. Strangely you may find extra willpower just knowing that. Make through the dietary fall, and into winter and you will feel better. Two weeks.

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Getting back into the swing of things... I'm realizing the less processed a food is, the better.
I have discovered quinoa... it isn't wonderful for one trying to be low-carb, but it makes a nice breakfast cereal for me. My DH's PT suggested it. Her whole family is grain free. Her sons both have celiac disease. I gather she read Wheat Belly and decided to go grain free.
I go back to my PCP tomorrow to talk about my next step. The weight loss has leveled out. Now I need to get moving more. I am eating well. Getting the carbs managed will help to get the weight coming off. I'm not eating a lot of calories, and that needs to change. I need to eat more fat, protein and good carbs.



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CATHOLICCORGI,

A www, I hope your DH is significantly better.

Stressful times. I think you are right though, eating good stuff allows you to manage other bad stuff better.

I've been low carb for the last 4 years, and I've never felt less stress, except way back in about high school. My work was continually with stress.

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emoticon I've been MIA due to DH being sick since Thanksgiving, and in hospital from New Year's Day until the 9th. Being online has not been a priority...
Today is day 245 being grain free/lower carb.
I survived the stress and didn't have an RA flare... no pain other than achy feet due to excessive walking to and from the hospital parking garage that was in the lower 40 from actual hospital. I actually didn't mind the pain, as it was totally different from RA pain. I didn't gain any weight. I had a clear brain... no fog and was able to make informed decisions as needed. I LIVED through the stress and overwhelming emotions. It wasn't fun nor easy, but I made it because I was grain free. Yes, it DOES make a difference in ALL of your life, not just how much you weigh! My BP stayed normal. I was rational. I maintained my sanity in insane circumstances.
There were not many smart choices in the hospital eating facility. I found out I can eat a Luna bar and a salad and survive. You have to be very diligent with meats... the chicken on the salad bar was grilled, but it was dusted with flour. Why, I have no idea. But I asked, and didn't take any. The BBQ ribs were coated with flour, too, before cooking. I'm glad I like olives, sunflower seeds, spinach and raspberry vinaigrette. And the Luna bars...LOL!
I hope to be back into my SP routines now that life is returning to some sense of normalcy.
We are snowed in probably until Monday. I'm making the most of it and indulging myself... reading and unwinding.
Hope everyone is doing well... will try to catch up on posts later.
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Back in the prairies of Canada. Lots of wheat is grown here.... I feel guilty just being here.

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I'm here. Right now I'm avoiding wheat in Amsterdam (tough life hey?)

A little boy is looking at me typing his in the hotel restaraunt. The Dutch boy is about 2 years old and chewing on a bun.... If he only knew.

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are you folks coming back?

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Carbohydrates raise blood sugar the most, and for a diabetic should be avoided the most. On another team, a diabetic team, I saw someone post a recipe for date bread. As you may know I'm low carb and so I don't eat wheat for that reason. But a quick look into date bread show this percentage of carbs (by weight):

Wheat (70%)
Dates (68%)

Lower than pure sugar which is 100%. Her previous suggestion for the day was oatmeal, a mere 12%. A lot better. I'll eat a small amount of unsweetened peanut butter from time to time, also around 15%, but not a bowlful of peanut butter.

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Well Tess seemed to come in on the 14-th, post on 15 and 16, and then she may well be gone forever. I hope not, but ...



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Okay, I'll vow to be here daily if others do the same. It is difficult to come to a thread that doesn't have anyone participating in it.

Welcome Tess and DEEO12 and I hope you are doing well on your new lifestyles. I am nowhere near perfect on it, don't really expect to be, but would like to get a lot better than I am. I am so addicted to bread that I actually eat it without realizing it until it is too late. But I have noticed that I am not so slow on thinking of other foods before bread now. That means I am progressing even if I am not dong the Low-carb, grain free thing yet.

Hope you are doing well.

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DEEO12,

Plenty of people have wheat allergies, and get inflammation when they eat wheat and don't make the connection because by eating some wheat frequently (a daily sandwich..) and think that is how things are.

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Tess,
If you are on day 3, and not eating many other high carb things (rice, sugar ...) then you should be feeling out of sorts around now. How are you feeling?

By the way, I just accepted that I am not going to eat wheat again and moved on to focus on what I could eat. Today I ate lunch at McDonalds (of all places). I ate a chicken burger, but left the bun. Out of curiousity I ate one tiny nibble of one bun. As bad as I remember it to be. So "fake" and overprocessed.

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