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What Aren’t You Eating Now?

Spoke to a friend this morning who moaned, “I’m not eating carbs these days.”

“Oh!” said I, “I’m off wheat, dairy, and sugar!”

When I say I’m off sugar, I mean refined sugar, honey, maple syrup, and all artificial sweeteners (which I’ve never respected). I’m happily off caffeine too. And oh, I’ve dropped chocolate. I’m thinking the chocolate-as-healthy-antioxidant argument has allowed too many of us to eat chocolate daily, which ultimately is not a great thing. Chocolate is an allergen, and it is habit forming. I was eating too much of it.

What aren’t you eating these days? Really, many of us would do well to eliminate sugars and white refined flour for a few days and then check out how we feel. There’s never any danger in removing these empty calories from your diet. You don’t need a doctor’s approval for that.


I am eating unlimited quantities of whole grains, fruits (except citrus), vegetables (except corn), fish, meat, unrefined, cold-pressed oils, and all the beans and legumes in the whole wide world. And of course, water. We should all get up from our computer terminals to pour ourselves a tall glass of water right now.

This is not a weight loss diet, but without wheat, honey, molasses, or maple syrup, I think I might say farewell to a few pounds in the next three weeks. I’m trying to eliminate as many foods as possible that might trigger allergies and digestive problems. After three weeks, I should be feeling great, and I’ll be able to slowly introduce some of the foods on my forbidden list to monitor my reaction to them and consider limiting them for good.

Want to join me after Easter? The easiest version would be to simply refuse all sugars and refined wheat products (yep, that’s doughnuts, white crackers, and bread) for three weeks. It’s a lovely way to embrace spring.

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posted April 5, 2007 at 2:52 pm

I have already eliminated white breads, pasta and crackers from my diet. It helps with the digestive tract. I’ve also eliminated syrup and reduced the amount of sugar in my diet. Unfortunately, I haven’t lost much weight but it’s a more healty diet so I embrace it. I drink green tea and just about elimanated all diet soda from my diet as well. I try to drink water when I remember. That’s always been a little tough for me.

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posted April 5, 2007 at 3:21 pm

Yes, joining you after Easter is a good idea. Don’t want to miss out on Peeps… Sierra

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posted April 5, 2007 at 6:27 pm

Amy, glad you stopped wheat and sugars. But there are other foods like dairy and most grains that might hold onto those pounds or visceral fat deposits(tummy/waist)for an O type blood although you’re right about wheat, it is the worst for most of us even other blood types. “Dangerous visceral fat builds up if you don’t exercise, can go … If you lead a sedentary life you risk building up large amounts of visceral fat in your body. WHAT IS VISCERAL FAT? Visceral fat surrounds your vital organs … Medical News Today Don’t forget about eating when you wake and stop eating 3 hours before bedtime. And honestly, you must work out even 30 minute walks daily and some strength training a few times weekly or any weight you lose may come off as part of the lean muscle mass and leave the fat in tact.

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posted April 5, 2007 at 6:52 pm

Wow, what a coincidence (or not!). I’m doing the same thing. I’ve already been off of wheat for the last 2 or 3 years after finally confirming what I’d intuitively suspected for a long time — that I’m gluten intolerant. Made a huge difference, but lately it’s become pretty clear to me that I’m very sensitive to sugar as well (big ups & downs in blood sugar, sets off cravings/addictive type of feelings when I eat even a little), so I’m cutting sugar out and also experimenting with eliminating dairy. I seem to feel best, physically and emotionally, on a diet that’s primarily protein, fruits and vegetables, supplemented with beans, some non-glutenous grains, nuts seeds, and oils. It’s hard to resist the sugar, though, since that’s the exact thing I’ve always drawn to (another indication that it’s a problem food for me).

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posted April 6, 2007 at 5:10 pm

. . . this is what I shoot for as my don’ts: wheat, caffeine, sugar, processed food, meat, corn, soy, tomatos, chilis, peanuts, strawberries, breads and baked goods. when i don’t eat these things i feel dang skippy good :) unfortunately, it’s so dang difficult to do all this that it’s like a lazy susan of yukk more often than not. don’t you think our current food supply is filled with toxins we’ve never even considered as toxins, especially those evil refined carbs? it’s the only real thing i miss about living in nyc – the access to high quality food . . . say hi to anjelicas for me :)

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