This month’s mission is going to be tough, no doubt about it.
For April, I’m cutting all wheat and wheat products from my diet.
Seeing as my favorite nights in the college cafeteria were bread night and the annual Flapjack Fling, you can imagine how tough this month will be for me. But with all the talk about caveman diets and the paleo movement, I think it’ll give me a good base for offering honest advice for people if they have questions about these diets. But it’ll be tough, no question.
The genesis of this month’s mission is the book Wheat Belly, which was written by Dr. William Davis. I’m not yet completely through the book, but from what I’ve read (over half of the book) the phrase “healthy whole grains” isn’t 100% accurate. Especially if you are already overweight, pre-diabetic, or diabetic. Dr. Davis also makes the claim, and I more or less agree with him, that modern wheat has been so bastardized by hybridization, that we struggle to digest it. And that struggle causes out blood sugar to sky rocket and fat to be stored around our mid sections–hence wheat belly.
Luckily, or maybe not so much, y’all will be able to go on this journey with me. I’ll be devoting about a post per week to how this monthly mission is progressing, and addressing any changes I notice in myself that may be attributed to the wheat withholding. So whether it’s energy level, bowel function, weight loss, or anything else, be ready to have a front row seat to how going wheat-less affects me for the next 30 days. I’ll also be keeping up with my typical physical activity level, to see how this lack of wheat affects my running.
- According to my
less thantrusty bathroom scale, I am currently topped out at about 168 lbs in just some workout shorts.
- My current waist circumference is 33 1/2 inches, and my hip circumference is 39 1/4 inches. That gives me a waist-to-hip ratio of 0.853, which isn’t great but puts me solidly in the ‘normal’ category.
- Currently, my main form of exercise is running, and I’m averaging 15-18 miles per week. I also do some body weight exercises and light weight/theraband exercises focusing on general overall strength 4-5 days per week.
Hopefully, you’ll enjoy this journey down the road of wheatlessness that I’m about to go on. I’m actually looking forward to seeing how it goes. It’ll be tough, but I’m confident I’ll behave.
Any of you guys go out of your way to avoid wheat and wheat products? Do you do it just because, or do you have a wheat allergy or Celiac’s disease? I’d love to hear what your experiences have been.
- One More Word on Wheat… (theconfluencecountdown.com)
- Of Wheat, Research, and the Hundred Breath Headstand (theconfluencecountdown.com)