Yogi diet: So how’s that no-wheat thing going?
Hey, thanks for asking! It’s going great!
I’ll admit up front I fell a tiny bit off the wagon last weekend; we had a little bread, cheese and some tapanade for dinner last Friday. But otherwise, there’s been no wheat — not even while I was in Vegas.
That’s not bad since it was Oct. 4 that I officially started this little experiment.
So, what conclusions am I drawing? (Again, thanks for asking!) These:
- I don’t feel particularly different or better. It’s not like there’s been an energy boost or I’m sleeping better or my mind is clearer.
- My appetite has, however, changed pretty dramatically. I’m definitely less hungry, and there are fewer highs and lows — meaning I don’t suddenly crater into a ravenous maw. And that really was what we were trying to determine, so on that front the idea that wheat spikes your blood sugar and stimulates your appetite beyond where it should be seems proven — at least in me.
- I suspect, as a result of the calmed appetite, I’m consuming several hundred calories less than I was. That doesn’t necessarily mean I’ve lost a ton of weight, though. Maybe a few pounds, but that is coming off of an August and September when I did lose in the neighborhood of 10 pounds, for whatever reason.
- It does seem — to go all self-in-the-mirror on you — that fat is burning off, and I assume being replaced by something akin to muscle. (That’s what I keep telling myself, anyway.)
- I maybe, maybe, felt like my appetite reverted a bit after eating the bread on Friday. But it was Monday when I felt like I wanted more food, and that seems like a long delay. So I’m not sure the two are related.
This all is pretty well in line with how I was feeling about two weeks into this test. (My worry then about feeling less flexible has subsided; the hamstrings seem looser again.) And my conclusion then — that I’ll put wheat/bread on the “something to consume every now and then, and savor it” list — holds up.
Probably the most important conclusion, though, is this: I’m not really missing bread very much. Normally, on a day with a Led Primary class under my belt, I would have gone and grabbed a sandwich for lunch. But I’m OK with a salad, as long as maybe there is something a little “carbie” to it — beans, hummus, something like that.
And if I can reach this place, then, I absolutely promise you, so can you.
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