To Wheat or Not to Wheat? That is the… Privilege?

To Wheat or Not to Wheat? That is the… Privilege?

The last couple months have been a blur of trials and titles. Wheat-free, gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free. It all started with this post. I’ve scoured blogs, articles, medical resources and Pinterest for information, recipes and the truth about the foods we eat. But I’m shocked with what God showed me… So what is the truth? There are tons of articles claiming one side of the story, and just as many articles refuting them. There are people who blog passionately on both ends of the spectrum, and many who meet in the middle and tend to be a bit more balanced. But who’s right? In the end, I can only go by the testimonies of people I know who have shared with me about their families. Like the kind-hearted lady whose whole family has been able to go off of all kinds of medications for different maladies by going wheat-free and grain-free. Or my new friend who shared how her husband’s blood pressure and cholesterol has dropped to normal levels after only two months of removing wheat from his diet. They still eat fatty foods like bacon and butter, yet his own father continues to struggle with the same issues despite being on all kinds of medications and eating ‘low fat’, but still eating wheat. And then of course, there’s one of the most wonderful women I know, who has dropped her insulin from 60 mg a day to just 20 mg because removing wheat and sugar has made all the difference in her diabetes. I have no doubt that going wheat-free and gluten-free can definitely make a HUGE difference to...
Wheat Free? Not Me! Here’s Why…

Wheat Free? Not Me! Here’s Why…

Two, very-long weeks after we started, our family’s wheat-free experiment has come to an end. The goal was to increase our quality of life – to be healthier, more alert and fit. So yes, those things might have occurred. But at what cost? Call me a quitter. Call me a failure. But I have my reasons… We don’t have to – None of us are Celiacs. Although I can’t deny that wheat does affect our bodies in other ways, there is no physically violent reaction to it that forces us to stay away from it. I don’t like being in the kitchen for most of my day – Going wheat-free requires an awful lot of work. I don’t mind cooking, but I don’t love it enough to do it four hours a day. Yes, there are great recipes to be found but each requires a lot of preparation. I not only had to cook a full-on supper every night (no easy nights like pancakes) but I also had to cook at lunch time every day too. There is no plopping a loaf of bread on the table and having the kids make their own sandwich. Lunches had to be prepared meat, salads and other sides. We like to eat out – One thing about being a minimalist means finding a few things you really enjoy and focussing on them. Our family really enjoys eating out – not at fancy sit-down restaurants, but at take-out places where you bring your food down to the river and enjoy the scenery while you laugh and eat and enjoy each other. Sure, there...
Wheat Free Week 1: The Good, The Bad and the Oh, So Ugly

Wheat Free Week 1: The Good, The Bad and the Oh, So Ugly

Our family is in the middle of our first week going ‘wheat free’ according to the diets listed in Wheat Belly and Grain Brain.  Read about our decision to change our diet in last week’s post, Goodbye Wheat, Goodbye Anxiety? I’m About to Find Out. Week 1. Oh… it’s been interesting! It was full of surprises from the store, my kids, my plate and my body. I’ve spent a considerable amount of time on Pinterest and the internet, gathering recipes and looking at menu plans. I knew before I started this change that I would have to invest that time and prepared for it, so at first it didn’t seem too overwhelming. I brought some new foods into the house to try, and didn’t replace any of the bad foods. After a week of gathering recipes, I wrote out the ‘plan’ for Week 1 and went grocery shopping. Surprise #1 – You can spend A LOT of money in the bulk food store even when you’re NOT buying candy. Almond flour is how much? Ouch. Surprise #2 – For the first time ever, I kind of wanted people to notice the foods in my cart while at the grocery store. Surprise #3 – The kids rooted through the grocery bags when I got home. They loved the different smells of things and begged me to shop ‘wheat free’ all the time. Coconut – yay! Lots of nuts – yay! Dark chocolate – double yay! Not-So-Surprise #1 – The enthusiasm lasted all of five minutes until Oldest Daughter realized ice cream is now a forbidden food and there is an ice...
Goodbye Wheat = Goodbye Anxiety? I’m About to Find Out

Goodbye Wheat = Goodbye Anxiety? I’m About to Find Out

Although I hid it for many, many years, it’s no longer a secret that I’ve struggled with anxiety my entire life. As a kid, I remember nights where I would lay on the sofa with my head on my dad’s lap when I couldn’t sleep because my head was swimming in a way I couldn’t describe. As a teen, I spent as many as two nights a week vomiting before bed because of nerves. In my twenties, fear of going places for dread of an attack started to set in and take a regular hold. By my thirties, there were weeks on end where I couldn’t bring my self to go to Wal-mart and going to church meant sitting near the back. Public seating in any location always required an aisle seat where I could have more ‘space and air’. Conversations with others in crowded foyers or at parties often resulted in my ‘smiling and nodding’, pretending things were normal while inside my mind was sinking, struggling to stay afloat. It was only when I was about thirty that I learned what I struggled with was anxiety. Giving it a name seemed to help, but I still lived in shame and didn’t start sharing with my closest friends about it for another couple of years. Now, a lot of people know. And I’ve found out I’m not alone. The healing journey has been a long process for me. For a long time, I struggled with guilt. As a Christian, should God not heal me? Is my faith not strong enough? Maybe I need more exercise… maybe I need less...