Me and Hubby have been experimenting. As of March 14 we have been trying to not eat wheat and wheat products. It was VERY hard for me at first. I'm the type of person that has to have a piece of bread with every meal or it's just not a meal. I love pasta, I love biscuits, I love...well, wheat! But, I love feeling good too. Since we've been off of wheat, we both have been feeling so much better! Not as many aches and pains. Hubby's back and knees don't hurt him as bad and my knees and hips don't hurt me as bad. Coincidence? Maybe. So we decided to go back eating wheat and see.
You see, every once in a while, we would go off of the "no wheat" diet for a weekend. Mostly because we were busy and we needed something fast so we would go through a drive thru somewhere and grab something to eat. Usually it was a sandwich, therefore we ate wheat. We sometimes would be asked over for supper at someones house and we hadn't told them about us not eating wheat. So instead of telling them, we just went ahead and ate it. Usually after a weekend's worth of eating wheat, we would start feeling our normal aches and pains again. It got me to thinking, were we aching because of the wheat, or because of the activities that we did that weekend? After a few days of not eating wheat, we would go back to feeling good again. It so happens that those days we also didn't do as much work around the farm either. Hmmmmmmm....
So since I LOVE breads, I thought we would try eating wheat for a longer amount of time to see if it's the wheat or the busy weekends that are causing the pains. So we did. I started to make biscuits again. I made pasta again. I even made some blackberry cobblers. We have been eating wheat for 2 weeks and........WE FEEL HORRIBLE!!!!! I have gained so much water weight. My legs have ached every night when I go to bed. Hubby has had heartburn and an upset stomach at least 5 times both week. His knees have started to ache again and, we both don't have any energy to do anything. We haven't changed anything else that we were doing. No extra activities, no hard work, no nothing! Just the wheat was the only difference. And let me tell you, we can tell a BIG difference. So I guess it's no wheat for us again. We can still have a meal every once in a while, but that's it! No more all weekenders for us.
Now, it has been a challenge to come up with different recipes that doesn't contain wheat. Wheat is in EVERYTHING! They do have breads and pastas that are made out of things other than wheat, it's just they are soooo expensive! $6 for a loaf of bread? No thank you! I will make my own. That is, if I can find a good recipe. Like I said, it's become a challenge to find foods that are good without wheat. But, we are doing it. We have to if we want to feel good.
So until next time,
Small Farm Girl, wheatless.