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Away with wheat and sugar

Posted on August 20th, 2014

“So are you banting as well?”

“No thanks, I won’t have that slice of cake.”

“What eating plan are you following at the moment?”

These are a few of the many questions that continue to buzz around our heads like annoying flies on a hot summer’s day. Whether we like it or not our society is fixated with finding the easiest way to lose as much weight as possible by doing as little work as possible. So I thought I’d give it a try.

I began the year with the intention of avoiding wheat. Within weeks I found I had more energy and felt lighter. I also noticed the loss of something I now call my ‘wheat belly’. I found this to be a fairly easy way to stay trim without having to think too hard about what I could or couldn’t eat. This lasted about 4 months.

The world then seemed to be hit by the hurricane commonly known by the name of Tim Noakes. I along with many other people gave up all carbohydrates and began banting. I tried this form of eating for about 2 months and was sick on and off for the entire time. I found it an unsustainable diet and so went back to eating what I wanted.

After a period of eating extremely unhealthily to compensate for the previous month’s regularities of denying cake and my guilty pleasure, chocolate, I bring you to where I stand now.

For 40 days I have embraced a healthy lifestyle by avoiding wheat and sugar as well as incorporating exercise into my daily routine. In trying to lose weight there is no quick fix which is what leads us to dieting. Instead, embrace a healthy lifestyle of eating and living healthily which will result in a sustainable and safe way of keeping trim.

The prospect of avoiding all wheat and sugar was definitely a daunting one. It meant saying goodbye to pasta and pizza as well as pretty much every dessert every created (this was not the best news for my sweet tooth). Nevertheless I rose to the challenge and am happy to tell you 40 days later that it has been a journey of incredible growth and I have learnt many new things.

I discovered many substitutes for wheat that are both cheap and easy to attain. Instead of pasta I have rice noodles. I may not be able to have bread for lunch but I can enjoy many delicious salads including rice, mielies and potatoes which are all healthy and sustainable carbohydrates. Honey is my number one replacement for anything sweet and I have discovered that blended rolled oats make for a clever replacement of flour when baking. From the beginning of this healthy eating plan I vowed that I would never buy gluten-free bread or almond flour to bake with or any of the other specifically wheat-free products because these products are ridiculously expensive. Instead I decided to find healthy and cheap alternatives that we already find in our daily food consumption.

So for the next little while I will be adding all sorts of recipes and tips to show you that living a life without wheat and sugar is a lot easier than you ever imagined.



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