– wheat – food – sustenance – sandwiches – French – Italian – toast – crisp – spongy – white – comfort – brown……..
Oh there are so many words that spring to my mind when I think of that one simple word – Bread. However, something that never really sprang immediately to mind was the simple fact that maybe my body didn’t really like it. Don’t get me wrong, I personally love the stuff, French bread in particular, but maybe the team inside that stoke the furnaces that keep the metabolism going, move food through the system and generally get it from A to B weren’t getting on well with it at all.
I only came to this conclusion this weekend. I know, I know what a slow coach, always the last in line, but hey, better late than never. I have been struggling to lose weight this time. Have been disgusted with myself that having lost so much weight 4 years ago I have let it creep back on over the past year. It was only when I read Marissa Peer’s excellent book You Can Be Thin that I really got to understanding something of the workings of my gut and how certain foods can create havoc in there. Bread and wheat in particular.
Her book is all about our associations with food, how we think about it and how it plays a part in our lives. It is not a faddy diet book and actually aims to show you how it is all your own thoughts, imaginings and words that keep you hooked on certain foods. She gives you graphic information on what some of those harmful foods are like inside your body, how they effect you, what they do. The great thing is that she does this with really clear images, for example bread is made basically from flour and water. Now what else is made from flour and water? Think about when you were little and playing with paper and glue, you can make a really strong glue from just flour and water and it sets like rock. Now imagine that flour and water gluey mess in your stomach. It is going nowhere fast, it coats the linings and means that the nutrients you take in with other goodies can’t be used properly becasue they can’t get through this yucky glue.
Now that my friends is a picture I can really see myself. It scared the shit out of me.
So I have decided to cut out bread and all wheat products from my diet. I also want to cut right down on dairy too as the associations relating to that one are seriously horrendous and will make you want to throw up when you read about them.
So yesterday I scampered off the the supermarket to stock up on as much protein, fruit, nuts, veggies et al as I could. I bought in some gluten free flour so I can still bake and create and goats milk yogurt instead of my usual type.
I want to sort out this weight issue once and for all and am now prepared to really get a grip on things. I’m not banning bread etc for life but I want to try this gluten free business to see what difference it makes to me. I’m hoping that I will be pleased with the results and it will give me the oomph to carry on.
I still have some lovely recipes all photographed and ready to blog about, so I’ll be posting those even though I’ve already eaten them and am no longer indulging.
What are your views on going gluten free? Has anyone got any advice on this one?