We are a week into our challenge and I am already seeing results. I vowed that I would not consume wheat for the month. Before I share the details with you all, let me tell you why I made this decision:
I wanted to go full on paleo. I have done it for a few weeks here and a few there, but I thought this was the opportunity to really give it a shot. Many of you know, however that I am back in school, so, I bounce from The Cave, to school, back to The Cave, out to run some errands, and so on. My schedule right now is crazy. The thought of preparing a meal ahead of time is out of the question. I have to prioritize sleep, and it’s usually last on the list (something we could all do better—and need to).
I needed to make a smart decision about what is realistic for me to accomplish. When you are on the go, with 5 minutes to spare in a grocery store, it is really hard to find something without wheat, rice or corn. Preparing lettuce wraps in the car on the go isn’t such a good idea, so I thought about which of these three items I would like to test. And yes, I am using this challenge as a test. I have done some diet testing before; finding out what affects my body. Dairy is definitely one of them. I bloat, big time! Cheese seems to be ok, as long as I consume it within limits. And heavy cream…yum. I am not going the soy route because of the hormonal basis it has. And more recently, I have been noticing some bloating after eating bread. I didn’t want to believe it, but it’s true.
I don’t eat much bread on a regular basis anyway, and I think it’s because of this that I realized the bloating when I consume wheat products. My one staple…flour tortillas. I could eat flour tortillas with every meal; with my eggs, as a wrap, as a snack (yeah, I heat them up and eat them plain), or even dessert (a little honey on a warm tortilla reminds me of sopapillas I used to get in Santa Fe as a kid). Within the last month, these were my must have item every day. I come home, I eat my tortilla. Then came Roger…
“Switch to corn,” he says. But corn tortillas are not nearly as delicious and fluffy as flour. “OK, well, just so you know, what they use to bleach the flour is used to induce diabetes in rats…” I am deflated. Seriously, I cried a little inside.
Back to the challenge: No wheat and it’s not hard. Reading labels has been important. Found out today that there is wheat in the rice they use to prepare sushi (thank you Nick). Consequently, it limits a lot more that I can eat out of a store. Sports bars, pre-prepared meals, salad dressings, etc. are mostly out. When I need a fix of something with that substance (that texture), I add a corn tortilla, eat some sweet potatoes, or a few corn chips (a few).
So my results so far: I measured my waste at my navel, and then at the widest point, approximately 1 inch below my navel. I took this measurement Sunday night. The pooch, the lower abdominals that bloat and inhibit the super flat tummy is already ½ inch smaller, in 3 days time. Yep, it’s true. And when I look down, I visibly notice the difference too. If that’s not an incentive…I don’t know what is. First, I am getting rid of the bad stuff, and looking better (and feeling better) for it.
My point: Make small changes that you are able to accomplish. Do some tests. Take measurements. The scale can be so depressing. I am a fluctuater, so when I expect to see something on the scale, and it tells me something different, I don’t feel so happy. Plus, the scale, unless your primary goal is weight loss, isn’t the best tool to measure your success. It should be one of your tools, not the only one.
Put your name and your vow on that board. Mark each day you stick to your vow. Its not too late to start. I think you’ll be surprised with your results.