I just ate ‘Campbell’s Tomato Soup’ for breakfast. Am I nuts? No, I’m in the middle of a wheat war within myself. This all started on the weekend; I was shopping at Costco’s book aisle and I saw ‘Wheat Belly’ by Dr. William Davis. I perused through it quickly, finding out that wheat my ancestors ate was fine; people remained slim and healthy. Wheat of today is not fine, because it has been genetically modified; It’s not fit for human consumption. I didn’t buy the book, but I kept thinking about it. I decided that Saturday night, I was going to be wheat free. Just to see if I would notice a change in my life. Wheat is a VERY big part of my diet. I eat lots of pasta, breads, baking etc.
It’s Thursday today, so I’ve been wheat free for 4 days. This is HUGE for me. I’m kind of going crazy. Have I noticed changes? Well, I notice I’m not bloated, sluggish, or tired, like I usually am; I definitely notice I have more energy. I suffer from eczema and being wheat free for 4 days hasn’t made that better.
I went out with a friend last night at Prairie Ink (one of my favourites). I did something that I never thought I’d do; I ordered from the gluten free menu (see I’m determined!). Of course there aren’t as many choices; but they all sounded good. I started off with the ginger carrot coconut soup; Very rich and tasty. I then ordered the salmon salad, which was loaded with vegetables, with baked salmon on the side; That was a nice meal. Last, but not least, my friend and I ordered a dessert to share; A gluten-free chocolate cake (I was very curious as to how it would taste). It was very, very good. It actually tasted like a chocolate mousse cake with cream cheese in it. The waitress told me it was full of eggs to substitute for the flour.
I woke up this morning starving. I couldn’t think straight, I was too impatient to cook my oat cereal. I went straight for the tomato soup. After I devoured it, I checked the ingredients list; 5th ingredient said wheat flour. Argh! I wouldn’t have suspected. So I guess I have to start over. Today will be day one. I know I need to plan my meals better. If I don’t then I’m thinking with my stomach and not my brain. It’s funny, because I decided to give up wheat when recently, I gave up milk (mostly). I’ve been drinking almond milk; It tastes FANTASTIC! I love it! Not to mention, I also have given up potato chips (my other weakness) for Lent. I wanted to sacrifice a food that I really indulge in, to prepare my heart for Easter. It’s hilarious, the timing, giving up pretty much everything I hold dear in the food world. O’well. It’s been interesting.