Once I realized that wheat was both a trigger for overeating and was making me feel ill, I was stunned. I remember standing in the kitchen and almost passing out as I thought back to about age5-6.
My whole wheat food history flashed before my eyes and it became crystal clear. I must have stood in the kitchen a full 10 minutes. Just frozen. Thinking.
Here's how it went:
The 1970's-2011- I eat the Standard American Diet, and I started Weight Watchers in 1998. I just got my hypothyroidism all balanced (with thyroid meds) out after a round of auto-immune disease.
I lose, I gain some back, I lose again, I gain it all back plus 10 pounds. Now 70+ pounds overweight. I'm short, about 5 1", so 70+ pounds is a lot on my frame. Trying to count point, track calories, exercise, and even walking a half marathon. I was hooked on Skinny Cow Ice Cream, 100 calorie packs, and healthy whole wheat cereal. (that gives me the heebie-jeebies right now..)
Anyhoo- in mid 2011, I was determined to get back to goal weight and then maintained. I knew there were lots of people maintaining their weight and I vowed a quick, silent vow to make it work for me- no matter what. I'd add what worked, I would removed what didn't.
It was almost like I was passing through some sort of portal. I was walking or driving down a path and I would not be returning. Crystal clear that I would problem solve this no matter what. Remove any barrier.
I was about 8-10 weeks along on my Medifast- Take Shape for Life program and it was working well. Weight was coming off, I felt great. The lean and green meals were tasting awesome, and spices too. In a way that food did not taste to me in Weight Watchers. That part was great- protein, veggies, etc. I could see how eating lean and green meals was going to work in maintenance.
So, I'm making a cauliflower crust pizza around July 2011 -from Sandy's Kitchen Adventures website- the recipe is here and it dawned on me what the problem might be. I was being very mindful about what lean and green recipes tasted the best. Everyone raved about the substitute pizza crust. This recipe is a favorite for people on Medifast. ( I don't eat cheese or egg beaters any more, but I did then)
I'm making Sandy's recipe and I think "What is is about regular pizza that triggers binge like eating and what is it about this pizza that does not?" Cheese- maybe, I could overeat on that, but not now. Pasta sauces- no. Pizza toppings, no. Pizza crust.......... radio silence...... what's the main ingredient?? wheat!!!!
|California Tree frog|
That was it. In that moment, I realized that the counselor was right, I had been wheat (and sugar) sensitive and that wheat would not be making it back into my diet. Well knock me over with a spaghetti noodle! It took about 8-10 weeks of eating a very strict diet to even get to the place where I could start thinking critically about this sort of thing.
It was a life changing moment. There's more to the story... I'll tell the rest soon. I know a few of my regular readers have had a lot of success with eliminating gluten and wheat from their diets. Glad I'm not alone.
I think its kind of cool that Sandy's pizza crust will forever be in my weight transformation story. And,it's super cool that I was able to find the clarity to reach that point. What a gift! Very powerful.
What worked (very clear cut)
1. Eliminating wheat and gluten and most processed sugar from my diet
What didn't work ( very clear cut)
1. Eating wheat and gluten and grains and most processed sugar