Possibly you set another New Years goal of losing weight? Has January come and gone and you are off to a horrible start and ready to give it all up? It may be a good opportunity to start to look at other things that you may have not of thought of. I know, it seems like you have not left any stone un-turned between what you put on your plate and exercise. It may be something that you were totally not aware of however, like wheats impact on the body for example. We want to help to guide you in the right direction with this.
I sincerely applaud your efforts to take the initiative to want to change things! Most of us eat the way we do not by accident, but rather due to how big food companies manufacture products. Essentially the products on our store shelves and in our restaurants are all loaded with wheat. Just take a look at any products ingredient list and you will most undoubtedly find wheat contained within. To get a handle on the obesity epidemic in this country, fat consumption suggestions were lowered and consumption of grains were increased as part of the daily recommendations in the mid 1980's. Now the recommendation is to consume 6-11 servings per day of grains and its not hard to do considering that most of our products contain wheat.
But here are the main issues. Wheat is very unique! It has a few qualities that pose problems. First is that wheat is actually addictive in that the gluten polypeptides can penetrate the blood/brain barrier. This is important because it allows these components of gluten to bind to the opiate receptors in the brain. These morphine like compounds act on the brain and essentially giving us a "high" from consuming them. The absence of gluten will create cravings. So those obsessive cravings are not your fault. You are setup to fail unfortunately. Wheat has a quality that increases appetite so if you are trying to slim down, wheat can seriously derail your efforts. The convenience food industry is thriving with this model where they see massive profits with very low cost of production. The other main point is that wheat gives you that "wheat belly". As described in the book @wheatbelly, wheat has a tendency to trigger a cycle of insulin driven satiety and hunger. We go through this cycle all day long as we are exposed to wheat continuously through the day and the main thing that happens is that fat deposits around the belly region in the body. The reason why is that wheat and wheat containing products spike the blood sugar more than just about any other foods. Its glycemic index is higher than most foods except for the types of starches that are actually used in "gluten free" products. Insulin is released to deal with the glucose and since it is a storage hormone, it will store excess glucose as fat. Ultimately the massive overload of wheat in our daily diets and the reaction our body has to it, it is no wonder that a lot of our health goals fall short.
I firmly believe that when wheat is cut out of the diet, you will see benefits in the direction of your weight loss goals. This is a tricky slope though and in order to promote success you will want to make good substitutions along with your diligence to cut out wheat. And since wheat is so wound into our current menu, it will be challenging, but rewarding however in my experience to cut it out. The key is to change your fat to carbohydrate ratios or at least carbohydrates that drive blood sugar up quickly. There is one other important fact that I didn't mention here and thats that a lot of us have gluten sensitivities and don't even know it. This is a topic for another post, but you may be accomplishing multiple things with one goal essentially. We can help with these goals from a nutritional aspect as well as from a drive/determination standpoint. It will be challenging, but ultimately this is a protocol that will stick and is a life long change.
Any change is difficult and it is for everyone! Some times timing may just not be right to implement things 100% the way you envisioned. To this end, there is no harm in taking a staggered approach to health. Maybe you dont have a lot of time and convenience is really very important to you. You do have some choices that are convenient and can be healthy. Take the best overall diet plan from Consumer Advocates as an example. The Diet-To-Go diet plan is their overall pick and its built around putting together packages that are preservative free. My main point here is that for most people, something like this is going to be a very large improvement over the current way of doing things. Check out the guide at the link below for some really good foundation information and guidance on the many aspect of dieting out there!
We focus on supporting the foundations of the body while tailoring a very specific protocol for you. If you are stuck in a rut with this whole thing, please do reach out to us and setup a free 30 minute consultation to discuss a strategy to get you to where you want to be. You don't have to do this alone. Make an investment in yourself and take this step!
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Ian Sandage is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who speaks from the personal experience of someone with autoimmune disease and the highs and lows of a health journey