Friday, September 17, 2010

Bye-Bye Grains!

Source: Tambako

The hardest part of this diet for me was dropping grains.  I was already eating protein, fruits and vegetables, but always with a side of rice or wheat-based something.  I loved loved loved curry and I always used plenty of rice to stretch out that great tasting sauce across a few meals.  Bread was my best friend at lunch...and who couldn't pass up those "6 for $1" sale on corn during the summer?
The problem was the damn migraines.  Shortly After giving birth to my son 3 years ago, I started getting horrible migraines.  At first they happened every once in a while, but over time they ramped up in frequency and intensity until finally, I was getting them almost every other day.  Stupid headaches...

It was back in December when I stumbled across a tiny article about a food study that showed wheat could cause migraines in some people.  I had tried a lot of other things to decrease my headaches and nothing had worked.  I decided, "What do I have to lose?" so I dropped wheat from my diet.  Almost instantly, the headaches decreased.  Relief!  And yes, I tested it - I'd go wheat free for a week and then have a bit of wheat only to wake up the next day with a killer headache. 

With the discovery that "wheat = poison".  I could walk past the donuts place without drooling.  I could easily ignore the dessert menu - most have wheat in them.  Best of all, the nearly-constant sugar cravings slacked off.

Source Sasakei
As time progressed, I decided to kick more grains out of my diet.  I realized that I felt better when I didn't eat them.  Weight loss improved and I had energy again!  But the moment I had corn or rice, I'd feel like .... well, you know.  :-(  And I thought, "If I can drop wheat so easily, I can drop corn and rice and over grains."   Yeah right. 

The problem is...I LOVE corn, especially corn on the cob with lots of butter.  This is the season of "corn"...when it's super cheap in the stores.  It was hard to walk past the "6 for $1" sale at the store last week...telling myself the whole way "The kids don't like corn on the cob.  You'll end up eating it all.  It's just going to make you feel like crap.  LEAVE IT!"

So, as you can see, I still have some "food demons" to slay.  Battle on!

1 comment:

  1. I've had a migraine all week, and it's been awful. I don't know if it's sinuses, hormones or what, but after icing my head last night it's finally fading into the background.

    I think the hardest thing about giving up grains is that they are such a conduit for other things...they hold the sandwich/burrito together, they hold sauce, etc. I've used lettuce wraps for my burgers and have learned to eat a lot of things over chopped veggies. It's just another one of those things you get used to.

    Good luck!


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