Update week one no grain.Submitted by wraiththirteen on Tue, 06/24/2014 - 09:27
So in my first week I have lost 7 pounds eating no grains and almost everything else. I have not worked out this week at all the withdrawal has not allowed it but I intend to start weightlifting for weight loss this week (an uncle lost a lot of weight that way).
whoever posted that I would feel withdrawal symptoms thank you for the heads up. if you are thinking of cutting grains too I recommend reading http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/2013/09/surviving-wheat-withdr... to prepare yourself for the first week.
The worst symptom of the withdrawal was light headedness, Thursday I almost passed out, I had to go buy some Hershey chocolate bars to help with the light headedness, and it felt like my spleen was cleaning itself out. Also monday it felt like either my liver or gall bladder was cleaning itself out too and it was a lot more painful than the spleen.
I have had two annoying symptoms a random light headache and constipation it could be worse though some people get diarrhea after they cut out grains. Also randomly a joint will hurt.
I bring this up because I have tried fasting before (I have gotten to five days) and I thought lightheadedness was a symptom of the fasting I did not realize it was a symptom of detoxing from cutting off grains. In fact this week every pain I felt fasting (except for the hunger pangs) I felt cutting off grains and that makes me very grateful that I decided to cut them off when I did.
Thank you for your help and encouragement as I continue this journey.
Over the years I have heard about how white flour has no nutrients because of how they process it. The whole grain flour is often times white flour with some additives to make it "whole grain". Then I started noticing that Atkins, and several other diets cuts grains out completely. At first I thought Atkins worked because of what they said (and maybe thats why it works so fast) but after noticing several diets completely gets rid of grain it dawned on me that must be why it works. Then someone posted on here that grain is actually bad for you because of the lectins.
So I put all this together. Flour the stuff most grain products are made from has no nutritional value, it makes you fat (and I am fat) and it in fact makes you sick because of the lectins. I finally decided to get grains out of my diet.
Heres the thing, as an american grains are a pretty big part of the diet. I mean we are trained to have bread with everything, from sandwich to hamburger to hotdog, to pizza. to donut. This means no more cracker, pancake, or popcorn. No more toast with the eggs, and no more biscuits.
So I was wondering if anybody would post what you like to eat instead of this junk. I am plenty good with cooking for myself. But I am a little overwhelmed by how much grain has been part of my life and now I am getting it out as best as I can.
Personally its been years since I drank a soda, and I have already stopped eating most fried foods, so for me its simply easier to stop eating something and come back later and add good foods than the other way around. I need to subtract before I can add.