in the midst of a body transformation – grain and sugar free

Warning; super vulnerable post. ¬†Only read if you can help offer me loving thoughts of support. ūüôā

I’m in shock people, I recently¬†found a photo from our Feb vacation. It was after seeing these photos in early march that I decided to do dive in and commit to trying the Wheat Belly way of eating. ¬†There were other things I was noticing as well that led to me deciding to make a change. ¬†First off let me start by saying, I’m a pretty healthy eater. I love healthy food and after 11 years of a vegetarian (fish only) I felt great about my eating. It was that snack part that really was getting to me as well; lots of sugar snuck in and I hadn’t noticed. ¬†To save money I had also been eating mass amounts of brown rice, beans, oatmeal and grains in order to keep grocery costs down as we worked towards getting debt free. (future post coming on that).

I admit I was someone who openly criticized the Atkins diet, didn’t understand all the craze around people avoiding bread or eating low carb.

As I read the Wheat Belly book I had to get real in challenging what I though I knew.  I had so many symptoms that matched the people before they changed their eating in the success stories I read about.

SYMPTOMS:Red dots on the backs of my upper arms (all my life), increasing skin tags, snoring, headaches and I was finding my upper abdominal area feeling so bloated after eating that I felt 5 months pregnant almost all the time. ¬†I’d wake up in the morning fine and every night I’d look 30 lbs heavier. ¬†I was at a loss on what to do.

I did the detox for 30 days, I felt great. ¬†But by not staying diligent I slowly let myself cheat a bit, I never let wheat back in my body but I gave into a popcorn and corn chips and potatoes and didn’t consistantly watch my carb count. About 6 weeks ago I dove back in 100%. I was determined this time to not focus on quick results but instead just trust and know that consistancy will get me results. So when I was able to compare a photo from a couple weeks ago to the one in Feb my jaw dropped. I hadn’t realized what a difference there was. I’ve lost 14 lbs and my jeans are started to get baggy but nothing super crazy like the success stories I was reading about where people are losing 15 lbs in 3 weeks (mostly inflammation), just slow and steady.

This is so encouraging to me moving forward! I still have a long way I’m working towards getting but I’m not in a panic about it, just eating when I’m hungry and most importantly I don’t feel pregnant all the time now, my skin tags stopped and I haven’t even noticed them lately, my snoring has greatly improved and I’m actually starting to look myself again once the inflammation in my face is going down. ¬†It is empowering feeling to find something that is working for me and my body!

I think it’s been harder for me than most will have on it because I don’t eat meat. ¬†So I’m limited to fish and a few other protein sources. ¬†I do have a Grain Free board on pinterest where I save recipies to try and ones I love. You can find it here. ¬†Some terms to search to find recipes: keto, ketogenic, grain free. ¬†I also recommend reading the Wheat Belly book or the 10 day WB detox book. They have been sources I’ve read and then gone back to over and over for clarifications. There are support groups online and a blog on the WB website. ¬†It’s pretty simple once you get a routine and find some meals that work for you.

I strongly encourage you to look into it if you are feeling like your stomach is bulging (yet hard), your joints ache or even if you have an auto-immune disease.  I am no expert but I have read countless stories from people who have gotten off medications, reversed diabetes, lowering blood pressure and more from this way of eating.

For me it’s just been about reclaiming feeling good and eliminating inflammation. ¬†It’s a long journey, I’m not suddenly a size 8 but I am feeling good and as you can tell from this photo, my face is looking so much healthier. ¬† Hallelujah!!!

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I’m posting here to share my joy but also to offer encouragement if anything I was feeling before matches what you may be feeling or going through. ¬†Wishing you all the best,

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