Going through the check-out counter yesterday, I noticed the March 17 edition of the Woman’s World magazine boasting the “Wheat Belly Diet.” My curiosity got the best of me, and before I knew it, the magazine came home with me. After reading the article two or three times, I have come to the conclusion that this diet has been around before in the form of the famous “Atkins” plan. There were some things, however, that were different. This diet was mainly an abstinence of “wheat.” It included eating brown rice, beans, yogurt, dairy, and fruits. Since I love yogurt and fruit, and beans, brown rice, and lots of protein, I sincerely gave it a thought.
I have always loved bread, and as the article states “it is even in the Bible.” But, as the article goes on to say, bread has changed because wheat has changed. Today’s wheat is a genetically altered hybrid that yields bigger crops and actually raises blood sugar higher than candy, notes a Dr. Davis. Since wheat is in bread, cereal, pasta, crackers, pretzels and more, and accounts for up to 50% of our daily calories, we end up with chronically elevated blood sugar, which in turn spikes the fat-storage hormone insulin.
I decided to look around the kitchen and in my cupboard, and almost everything I picked up, from soup to cookies, contained wheat. The article was so convincing that for last 2 days, I decided to go with the diet. I have had only protein, yogurt, fruit, and of course my lovely vegetables. I must say, that like the article proposed, my cravings for sugar is greatly diminished. Those who tried the diet in the article boasts a 5 to 10 pound weight loss in one week. Now, that would sure solve my problem for getting into my pink suit that I wanted to wear for Easter this year.
So, there you have, guys. Anyone out there want to join me? If nothing else, do enjoy one of the best stir-fry vegetable recipes ever; my Italian Stir-Fry Vegetables. I must say wheat or no wheat, they will satisfy the hungry soul!