Weight Loss – Thoughts From the My Own Journey In Abstaining From Wheat
This is the story of my transformation from an invalid with over 70% loss of my functions to a striving writer with multiple websites and multiple books detailing the foundation of all modern disease and what we as consumers can do about it at no added cost other than an addiction. My injuries occurred over thirty years ago and for 29 of those years, I followed a recommended diet that kept me sick all of the time.
Eight years and 60 lbs ago, I decided after looking at my driver’s license picture, that I had to make some changes in the form of weight loss or I was going to die much sooner than I had planned to. I knew that I had to get back to where I used to be, twenty years ago when I weighed 155lbs. It seems that all of a sudden, I turned into a very “cheeky fellow”. I mean that my cheeks looked like they belonged to chipmunks. Problem was, they had nothing in them…except fat. I had become very comfortable eating every kind of pastry, pasta, and bread that I could find, thinking that it was all healthy for me and wasn’t affecting my weight in the slightest. Boy, was I wrong!
Fortunately for me, a farmer’s market opened up by me, that carried a lot of bulk foods. This allowed me to cut down or even stop eating processed foods and concentrate more on preparing everything for myself. I soon learned the best way to lose weight for me was to limit my intake of bread (which I love) and grain-based snack foods and eat more fruits and vegetables, not only for meals but for snacks between meals.
I’m one of those that believes that fruits and vegetables should be at the bottom of the old food pyramid that I followed growing up. instead of grains because it’s the fruits and vegetables that are really the most nutritious. Now don’t get me wrong. I didn’t say to stop eating bread, I’m just saying that you should limit your intake. But I am saying that you should stop eating all snacks made out of grains, especially wheat.
For me, the ratio was directly proportional, the more fruit and vegetables I ate, the more weight I lost. The more bread and snacks I ate, the more weight I gained. For me it was easy, just cut out all the bread and snacks and eat only fruits and vegetables.
That worked until I became anemic and had to start taking B-12 tablets. That was when I decided to put the meat back into my diet and with meat came the grains in the form of bread, pasta, and cereals. After the meat and grains came the weight. I say this to point out the fact that balance is what’s most important, for when I became anemic, I was 10 lbs under my optimal weight after losing close to 50 lbs. I lost it by eating nothing but fruits and vegetables and in doing that I lost the balance. I may have lost some weight but I lost some of my health also.