Today is the day that I have decided to begin the Wheat Belly 10 Day Grain Detox. It’s a pretty simple plan really, and involves consuming zero grains and sugars for 10 days. You also add in healthy fats like coconut and olive oil and eat lots of veggies and proteins. I already feed my family mostly organic produce, cook a lot of our meals at home, and don’t buy a lot of processed foods, but I could definitely stand to get back on the straight and narrow at times! We have been very busy with foster care and homeschooling, and that has led to quick and easy eating more times than I care to admit. I’m excited to see if going grain free can help us get back on track!
When I googled the detox plan, I found mostly reviews from the Wheat Belly blog or from book sellers. That is great, but I really wanted to see some real people posting about their own experience. I found just a few of those. So, I am going to share my opinions and results as I go ! Good or bad, I will let you know how it goes for me and my family.
What I am hoping to gain from this detox is a general sense of wellbeing, less tummy trouble after carb and grain filled meals, less inflammation, a reduction in allergic responses to the pollen flying around everywhere (I expect that would take longer than ten days, though), and if I lost a few pounds I would be thrilled! I have gained about 30 pounds in the last four years and it really drags down my self esteem. I know that who I am should be more important than how I look, but let’s be real, squishy is pretty much a sign of not respecting myself enough to take care of my body. It’s time to change that, stop grabbing cookies to make me feel better, and give my family the most nourishing meals that I am able to. My two oldest boys are on the heavier side of the scale too, and while some of that may be genetic from their daddy, I think they could all benefit from a healthy diet.
My concerns at this point are simply that this plan could be difficult to sustain long term due to the complete absence of grains. We as a society eat many grains and they are so much a staple in our meals, that it is going to seem strange to leave them out entirely. I also am a little concerned that we will miss out on the nutrients in grains, but from the research I have done it seems that we can get those nutrients from other whole food sources as well. I am particularly going to keep an eye on our intake of the B vitamins as they do come with a lot of the grains and are important to consume.
I’m off to the kitchen to make some new recipes for breakfast! Have you tried grain free, sugar free, or Paleo eating for a detox or as a way of life? I would love to hear how it went for you ! I’ll keep you posted, too.