Why Go Wheat Free

Let’s talk about what might happen when you stop eating wheat. There is a very good chance that you’ve been living with symptoms that you thought were just a part of life. When you stop eating wheat these symptoms are going to disappear and you’re going to experience a whole new level of life and vitality.

I know this is true because it happened to me. I was researching a fitness program called CrossFit. Many CrossFit enthusiasts follow a Zone diet or a Paleo diet. The Paleo diet eliminates grains, all grains, and by default it also eliminates gluten. I am not a “dieter.” I never have been, so I thought I’d ease into this Paleo thing, which also calls for eliminating sugar, legumes, and starchy foods like rice and potatoes.

I took it easy and transitioned into it by cutting out wheat and dairy first. I love sugar so that would be the last thing to try to eliminate. Dairy was easy, I’m allergic to it so no problem. Wheat was a little trickier. How do you eat a sandwich without wheat? You don’t. I slowly made those necessary lifestyle changes and my life turned upside down.

What to Expect When You Go Wheat Free

Better Skin – For many people acne is an immune response or a side effect of a compromised immune system. If your body has to make a choice between protecting your internal organs or letting you get a few pimples, guess what…you’re getting the pimples. Going wheat free reduces the immune strain on your body. If you have eczema or psoriasis you’ll likely see an improvement too.

Weight Loss – People who cut wheat out of their diet lose weight. They lose it for a variety of reasons. One, your diet is healthier because you’re not eating so many starchy carbs, which are empty calories. Two, these same carbs also lead to insulin resistance, which causes your body to eat more and crave sugar so you get calories and energy to your cells. You overeat in an attempt to supply your cells with energy.

Three, you’re eliminating a protein in wheat, gliadin, that has been shown to be an appetite stimulant. Finally, wheat and the corresponding immune response causes systemic inflammation. Your body essentially swells up. When your body no longer has to fight, the swelling goes down and you look and feel thinner. How much can you lose? According to some experts, you can lose a pound a day for the first ten days and about 25-30 pounds over the next six months.

More Energy – You’re going to be surprised how much energy you have when you cut wheat out of your diet. You’ll sleep more soundly. Your blood sugar levels will stay more even and your body won’t be spending all its time battling the effects of wheat. You’ll have energy to spare.

People who cut wheat out of their lives also enjoy:

  • Fewer headaches
  • Improved digestion
  • Improved mood
  • Fewer aches and pains
  • Improved allergy symptoms

And much more. I know that when I stopped eating wheat my seasonal allergies practically disappeared and I stopped experiencing weekly migraines. I sleep like a baby and I wake up feeling energetic. That energy lasts all day. It’s changed my life and it’ll change yours too.

In the next post we’ll take a look at surprising foods that contain wheat and begin to talk about how to eliminate wheat from your diet.  see next in series…