The wheat belly diet isn’t just about giving up wheat. If you need to lose weight you do have to watch what you eat. And because we all have different nutritional needs it is important that we tailor the diet plan as we see fit. For example, because of my high risk for type 2 diabetes (and the fact that I have a significant amount of weight to lose) I need to seriously watch my intake of carbohydrates.
The foods with the most carbohydrates are the starchy foods like bread, pasta, potatoes, soda and anything else sweetened with sugar like pastries, cakes and cookies. Non starchy vegetables are low in carbohydrates and full of much needed nutrients so they are an important part of any diet (low carb or not). Fruit is a higher in carbs than most vegetables but can still be enjoyed in moderation. So what’s left to eat besides vegetables? Plenty! Meat, poultry, fish, eggs, healthy oils like coconut oil and olive oil, cheese, nuts and seeds are an important part of the wheat belly diet plan. In fact, eating these foods throughout the day go a long way to keep me satisfied. Dinner however, can become a challenge. Lets face it, steamed vegetables can get boring and even though I love a good salad with full fat dressing even that gets old after a while. Luckily, with a little creativity you can do all sorts of things with vegetables to make them tasty and filling.
I have been experimenting with different vegetables, giving them a more of a “comfort food” feel to them. For example, if you read my post about the mock garlick mashed potatoes that I had with cauliflower you will see that it was actually very tasty and a great substitute for potatoes.
I plan to keep trying new recipes for vegetables besides that standard steamed veggies or tossed salad. I also find that if I have just have a little fruit every day, whether it is a few pieces of an apple or a few strawberries, it really helps curb my craving for something sweet.
Even if the wheat belly diet does emphasize the importance of giving up wheat it is nice to know that this plan can be tailored to meet individual needs. It also makes it easier for me to cook for other members in my family. For example, I can simply make some potatoes for my husband to go along with what I made for dinner that day.
I am still on the lookout for more low carb recipes. One book that looks interesting is Eating Stella Style: Low-Carb Recipes for Healthy Living which is on my list to buy (I have seen a few of his recipes online and can’t wait to try them). If you have any that you could recommend I would love to hear your comments below!