I recently decided to eliminate wheat from my diet, and seriously restrict other grains as well. I also decided to “give up” sugar. By “give up,” I mean reduce the amount I consume on a daily basis from 5 pounds to 2 or 3 pounds. Don’t laugh. While I am exaggerating, giving up even a small amount of sugar is really, really hard for me. That’s because it’s addicting…REALLY addicting. And I like sugary stuff. Remember, grains are sugar in disguise, so I’m almost insanely sugar free. Thankfully, there are some wizards out there who have come up with alternatives to the white stuff, and they are just fabulous if you have no taste buds, whatsoever.
The first would be fake sugar…Equal, Sweet and Low, Natrataste, etc. These are shitty tasting chemicals that cause cancer, digestive issues, the bubonic plague, hangnails and other icky things that people tend not to enjoy. There is also Stevia, the “natural” sugar alternative that people like to use because it’s much better for you. Let’s be honest though…it gives food a nasty aftertaste that leaves me feeling that it’s nothing even close to sugar. Stevia is okay in baked goods, but it’s atrocious in a cup of coffee. I love my coffee, and I’ve tried hard to like sugar alternatives in my coffee, but I just can’t do it. I still drink my coffee with good, old fashioned, white table sugar. If that makes me unhealthy, then so be it. Nobody messes with my coffee.
Another love of mine is ice cream. There was a time, not so long ago, that I could and would eat a ginormous bowl of ice cream with either hot fudge or chocolate sprinkles piled on top. It really is my favorite dessert. I never get tired of it. I could eat it every single night for the rest of my life and die a happy woman. However, in my quest to lose weight, feel better, and be all around healthier, I have seriously restricted my ice cream intake to maybe once every few weeks (except for the past 3 nights because I made the mistake of buying mint chocolate chip and I hear it calling my name from the freezer at approximately 10 p.m. every night until it’s gone). This morning, I stumbled across a suggestion by another wheat and sugar eliminator, to eat yogurt topped with strawberries for dessert because it’s “just like eating ice cream.” Um, excuse me? What kind of delusional, crack smoking, half wit has the nads to suggest that THAT would be anywhere close to the same as eating a bowl of ice cream? The only thing even remotely close to ice cream, is friggin ice cream. End of story.
There are numerous grain free desserts that call for ground flax meal. I was so excited to try a chocolate muffin-in-a-mug one night, because I was PMSing and I wanted some damn chocolate. It was really quick and easy to mix up and pop in the microwave for two minutes. They suggested topping it with whipped cream, so I did. It smelled heavenly. I couldn’t wait to eat it. I took one bite of that atrocity and nearly gagged. It was like eating chocolate flavored coffee grounds. I tried to like it for several bites. I decided that it wasn’t fit for the dog. I don’t care how good it is for me, I won’t bake anything with flax meal again.
One food that is allowed and encouraged when you eliminate grains and sugars from your diet is chocolate. However, it should be 85% cacao. The antioxidants are really good for you, and it’s low in sugar. VERY low in sugar. TOO low in sugar. In fact, it’s nothing like a Hershey bar, or Dove chocolate, or kisses, or M&Ms, or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. The “anti wheat people” claim that it’s such a wonderful treat. They eat one whole square of it and are satisfied. These people are freaks. They shouldn’t be allowed to breed. I will eat dark chocolate…the normal dark chocolate, thank you. And I will eat more than one square.
Don’t get me wrong. I am really enjoying the wheat free lifestyle, and most of the food is just delicious. I feel great, have a lot of energy, and have started losing weight. I don’t miss wheat, or other grains, and I’m okay with not eating most sugary stuff. Sometimes, I fall off the no-wheat-no-sugar train, and that’s okay. I’m not doing this to prove to anyone else that I can do it. I’m doing this for me, and if I choose to drink my coffee with sugar, or eat a bowl of ice cream once in a while, or eat a Hershey bar with almonds one night, then I’m okay with that. I don’t need to impress the non-wheat people, or the people in my life who point out that I’m not following my “diet,” or who think my way of eating is “just a fad.” The point is, I’m a lot healthier, but I’m still enjoying a few of my favorite things.