Grain Free 2.0 is my second attempt at going grain free. I have always been gluten free due to auto-immune disease, but I did not go grain free until 1 year ago. Unfortunately I did not stick to the program.
Terrible mistake. Let me say it again, terrible mistake.
When I first went grain free, I felt less pain, more energy, alertness and my brain fog was gone. I felt amazing and I lost weight and puffiness. But as we all do, I thought “one bite” would be OK. But it wasn’t “just” one bite. It became two, then three and on and on.
And here I am. I have been grain free (again) for 1 week and I feel wonderful! I made it through the first week, which can be difficult, with more ease than I could imagine. I only suffered “detox” for 3 days. The first time it was 5 days.
Detox symptoms can be the following: aches, soreness, headaches, irritability, fatigue, and cravings for carbohydrates. If you can be strong those first 7-10 days (and I know you can), it will become easier and easier.
I have added a probiotic and prebiotic to my daily ritual to help rebuild my gut. I no longer have those 2-3 hour cravings now my blood sugars are leveled out. And I have resumed exercising.
I feel great and I wonder “why did I stop in the first place?”. The simple answer is that I wasn’t prepared and I got lazy.
So to prevent you from stopping like I did, I have a few suggestions.
Be prepared before starting. Clean out your fridge and cupboards of any offending foods and drinks. Purchase the recommended vitamins, minerals, prebiotics and probiotics. Prepare food in advance for those moments you feel hungry and a fast food item looks an easier choice. Do the life style (not diet) change over a non stressful time, for you may feel crummy for a few days as you detox.
If any of you are interested in following an actual program, I would highly recommend Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis who is a cardiologist. He has numerous books available as well as delicious cook books.
And finally, be kind to yourself. Making a lifestyle change is a marathon not a sprint. Take it one day at a time.