What happens when a sugar-free eater also ditches wheat?
Cutting sugar automatically eliminates most store-bought/processed foods, which includes a lot of bread products. Since going sugar-free almost two years ago, I’ve cut down on my intake of wheat products because of this.
I still consume the healthy baked goods I make, oatmeal on the regular, often sugar-free bakery bread for a sandwich or with eggs, and sometimes pasta. This is generally fine for me – I don’t have any intolerance to it.
However, lately, I’ve been inhaling a lot more wheat-based carbs than I’m used to.
It started with a delicious homemade lasagna my husband and I made (no regrets), followed by a pizza night, tortellini soup, and lots of meals subsisting off of avocado toast.
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And I just felt bloated. You know the feeling? Less energy, a feeling of overall “puffiness” and general “blah.” It coincides with me feeling like I need to do a green juice detox for a week (never going to happen) – but that’s the sentiment; that I need to just inhale a ton of veggies and reduce the general bodily malaise.
So post-carb loading and pre-vacation, I decided to cut out wheat for a week to test out how I’d feel (I still ate oatmeal).
Given a week is likely too short to notice any other significant changes associated with cutting it out, the major expectation I had was correct – overall, I felt lighter. It really wasn’t that difficult for me, mostly because I don’t consume that much generally to start with and because I made sure to eat full, protein-rich meals (and lots of them) with whole ingredients, so I wouldn’t be hungry.
The only trouble I ran into was having a tea date with A at Bridgehead one evening and saw avocado toast on the menu – fought my momentary urge to order it. The next day, I ate an avocado sans toast and, although not as Instagrammable, very satisfying and delicious.
I’m going to return to my healthy relationship with refined sugar-free wheat products and their consumption in moderation. I know now, though, that a wheat-free week is always an option to reset my system and reduce that puffy feeling.