I am cutting wheat out of my life for a while, maybe permanently if I can manage. I have done this in the past and have never felt better. My body really doesn’t like grains and functions optimally without them. It really is amazing how much more alive I feel when I’m eating mostly proteins, veggies and fruit. After extensive research on the benefits for children, I decided to make this a family effort, at least temporarily. So I asked the hubs and the kids to give me just 10 days off of wheat to see how they like it and what differences they felt. Below I will document each day and how everyone fared in case you want to try it too. We always love a good experiment and challenge here in the ole Harris household!
Boys: The realization of what is happening hit hard this morning. What was excitement quickly turned to agony once they realized all the food that contains wheat. Cries of, “No cereal?! No toast?! No breakfast bar?! No waffles?! What will we even eat??” rang out in the early morning hours. This was followed by a quick google education about what wheat is, thanks to the hubs. Pictures were pulled up on the trusty iphone with a quick explanation of grains and what foods they are in. I quickly served eggs and yogurt and all was fine again. They made it through the rest of the day enjoying cheese, veggies and some mixed nuts (which were their favorite) along with some jerky. What boy doesn’t like jerky?!
Jared: He was surprisingly enthusiastic about starting this adventure. For the man who still loves pizza rolls and spaghettios, this was a whole new world. I could have smothered him in kisses for the enthusiasm. He survived just fine and didn’t have a single complaint. Although, his world was made when I said he could still have wine. Sweet man even looked up gluten free wines and was doing all sorts of research to make sure wine didn’t contain grains of any kind. Miracles are happening, people!
Me: Well I have done this before so this wasn’t really anything different for me. I’ve kind of got the hang of how to eliminate grains, although I’m also cutting down on fruit as well so that my blood sugars can stay stabilized. However, so far so good and I can already tell a difference after one day. No bloat!!
Boys: No complaints over breakfast since they got to enjoy some kiwi lime yogurt. Although, they did have a 30 minute discussion on how to get the peel off the hard boiled eggs without breaking it into a million pieces. I’m curious to see if they can solve that one on their own. We had tacos for dinner and not a single one even mentioned that we didn’t have a tortilla. What is this compliant bliss?
Jared: He was pretty impressed with his fancy lunch of seared salmon and salad. I added some crunchy prosciutto so he would feel more manly. Seriously, that stuff is amazing!!! He said he didn’t feel much different this morning but he said he probably hasn’t, “been off it” long enough. I was worried he might have some detox symptoms…aka headache and grumpiness…but so far so good. He even said after dinner he may try 2 weeks of this. I nearly fell out of my chair but quickly composed myself and screamed lots of encouragement his way! Go baby go!!!
Me: The increased energy I usually feel hasn’t quite kicked in yet but that’s probably because I was up at the crack of dawn with the littlest man, can’t move my neck (it’s so painful) and went to bed late. However, there is still zero bloat and my clothes already fit better due to that fact. Plus, I’m not having my usual afternoon crash which is amazing. So far so good!
Boys: They are finally getting the hang of things and it really made their day when I said they could have sausage for breakfast. Yes, perhaps sausage isn’t the healthiest option but hey sometimes you pick your battles around here. We have had a lot less meltdowns and attitudes seem to be much improved. Hmmmmm….maybe there is something to this after all.
Jared: He was sending me pictures of Chinese food today so I think he is starting to break. However, I assured him it was “never gonna happen” so he stuck to the rules.
Me: I feel great and have already lost 3 pounds. Probably a lot of water at this point but I know my body really does like this the lack of grains.
Boys: “Mom we really want sausage again this morning.” That’s the new norm around here. Had to restock them up on yogurt and apples since they’ve been eating those items like they are going out of style. So far no complaints the past two days so I’m starting to think maybe their actually enjoying this?! Mason even said he was for sure going to “give it another week so he will feel good.” My precious boy you are so sweet! hahaha
Jared: Well I got more pictures of chinese food today and an informative discussion about how tacos were not made of wheat. Someone is starting to break I think. Who knew chinese and tacos would be the most missed food groups. For the record we did have tacos the other night…just without the shell. Still delicious, not gonna lie.
Me: Lost another 2 pounds which makes a total of 5 for the week. I’ve been working out consistently as well so I think it’s all starting to pay off. My hormones are finally coming back to normal so I think the trifecta is really having an impact after months of staying the same. Fingers crossed it all continues.
Boys: Logan’s new favorite thing is telling everyone that we are not having wheat and teaching Mason about all the things he can’t have that contain wheat. Mason is just over it at this point. So much for the “giving it another week.” Gavin is who I was worried about since the kid hates veggies and lives on corn aka crackers. So far though he has done really well and not even noticed….much.
Jared: More food emojis and pictures had me breaking down and grabbing fast food for lunch – at least for the dudes. One woman can only take so much coercing and I was running late after a doctors appointment and had nothing made and ready to be served for lunch. Sometimes in order to avoid meltdowns of the toddler, tween and adult variety you just have to do what you have to do. I secretly hoped he would have a stomach ache just to prove my point that getting off wheat is good – but alas he assured me he felt fine. Ugh.
Me: I refrained from a juicy burger and fries and had lunch meat slices….appealing right? It wasn’t bad and honestly had so much to do today I didn’t have much time to sit down and enjoy food. Didn’t lose any more weight but no complaints. Will just keep moving and a grooving and stuffing my face with veggies.
Well let’s just say the men in my life used the fast food junk as permission to get off the no wheat train. Woke up to cereal being eaten so fast it was practically inhaled through their nose. I also saw my husband sneaking a breakfast bar and toast. Good heavens, ask men to do something for 10 days and they just can’t help themselves. Gracious! 😉 Anyways, I guess that ends the FAMILY no wheat show but mine shall continue. Clearly women are the stronger species!!! Just sayin….
I feel great and have lost 5+ pounds so far by doing my workouts and eliminating wheat. Centering my meals around vegetables has been a great change and a lot easier than I expected. I do miss the convenience of wheat, cause let’s face it – I have 4 kids so convenience is everything. However, I’m learning to just make myself plan and adjust as needed to make it happen. My body won’t wait for things to be convenient and it deserves to be treated right soooo no time to waste. The boys didn’t make it the 10 days but I will make it 10 and then some. Anyone contemplating changing up your diet – I highly recommend. It never hurts to try anything and you might be surprised at how good you feel. Everyone has a different body that likes and dislikes certain things. I like the taste of wheat and grains but my body doesn’t process it well. However, I would have never known that if I didn’t try it for the first time 2 years ago. Anyways, you can DO ANYTHING for a week or two. So try it and see how it goes!! Happy Monday!