Spicy Stir Fry (You really can’t go wrong with this)

I am all about what is super easy to make because I know that as soon as I look at a recipe that is asking me to “julienne” and “coddle” things, I get confused and daydream about wheat again. Stir fry is actually the first thing I ever learned to cook by myself, so you really can’t go wrong with it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 red pepper
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 1 can baby corns
  • 1 can sliced water chestnuts
  • 1 1/2 cups bean sprouts
  • 8 asparagus stocks
  • 1 chicken thigh cut into strips
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp wheat-free soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp chili flakes
  • green bean noodles (optional)

That looks like a pretty long list of ingredients, but it basically comes down to adding all of your favourite veggies into a sauce pan with chicken and frying it all up. I was using raw chicken so I fried that in the pan with some olive oil before adding the veggies, just to make sure it was thoroughly cooked.  Then I added the veggies (except the bean sprouts) and fried it up on med-high heat with wheat-free soy sauce and chili flakes.  I like to scorch in on high heat for a couple minutes because I like my food slightly blackened.  I added the bean sprouts last and only for about 1 minute because they shrink down into nothingness really quickly.

I also boiled some green been noodles to mix in.  They’re much like rice noodles but kind of slimier and they take literally 30 seconds to cook.  They taste like nothing so they take on the taste of the stir fry nicely and are a great substitute for wheat noodles.

Stir fry almost never goes wrong, and probably every single one of you is capable of making one without my instructions, so this recipe, like many of my others, serves as more of a reminder of what you CAN eat when you are beating the wheat. 🙂

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Progress Report – 3 Weeks down

Hey Everyone! 

So I’ve been definitely slacking on the whole “posting” thing, and I think I owe all of you some recipe ideas and an update.  Unfortunately, my scale broke *insert fat joke here* so I can’t monitor my weight at the moment, BUT my pants are all getting a little loose so I will just assume I’m doing something right. I really just hate the act of purchasing a scale because you just know the clerk is doing a mental scan of you and debating whether or not you are fat.

I have found that I no longer crave carbs like I used to.  I can be in the room with a bunch of people eating a pizza and  not experience my entire mouth filling with saliva immediately. I think the biggest hurdle is attempting to go out for food.  It’s really easy to whip up a meal without any wheat in it, but it’s a whole other ball game trying to order something off of a menu.  I went out for breakfast with my mom and didn’t realize that the hashbrowns had wheat in them… 5 minutes later I had a massive headache. You know, the kind that makes you hate everyone and everything no matter how undeserving of your hatred they are.  (Sorry, Mom.)

Basically I am limited to ordering salads when I go out for dinner now, which is less than exciting a lot of the time.  Some restaurants have great salads, like beet salads or pecan strawberry, but many really just have a house salad and a caesar salad which are kind of just put on the menu out of pity. The lettuce actually looks unhappy somehow. And long gone are the days of ordering pizza!  Eating wheat-free really just kills the beauty of convenience.  McDonalds, Wendy’s, etc., are all open super late, while the market stores are closed at 6:30pm!  So if I haven’t done the grocery shopping, I’m kind of screwed.

I still have KILLER allergies…. I’m guessing that the wheat is probably not the cause of them…. or milk. Gah. But on the whole, I feel better than I ever did before beating the wheat.  🙂

And Benny keeps me healthy and exercising, all while being a Jedi. 

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Tasty Greek Salad

This is a great dish if you are trying to stick super close to the “Wheat Belly” diet.  Just veggies, oil, vinegar, and cheese 🙂

Serves 1-2 people

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Red pepper
  • 1/4 Red onion
  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • 10 Kalamata olives (pitted works best)
  • Feta cheese
  • Garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Dice all of the vegetables and mix together in a bowl.  Crumble about 1/4 cup of feta cheese into the bowl.  Separately, crush one clove of garlic in a garlic press and mix with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.  Drizzle over the salad and serve 🙂

Easy-peasy, wheat-free, and healthy!

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Wheat Test = Bad Idea

So I visited my parents last night and, as usual, they sent me home with some homecooked food after. Unfortunately, the salmon they gave me had been cooked in salmon sauce which has soy sauce as its first ingredient. I admit, I knew this going in, but who can turn down a nice cut of BBQ’d salmon?
Anyway, I ate it for breakfast. Result? I vomited my breakfast. And now I feel like garbage. So I guess there’s no going back! I can no longer tolerate wheat in any amount. I know it’s not food poisoning because my parents both ate it and are fine. Sigh… Bye forever, wheat.

Wheat-Free and Energized!

I continue to be amazed at the amount of energy I have just from cutting wheat out of my diet.  I don’t feel like just lying around the house and being useless.  So today I went to a provincial park and took my dog, Ben, on a 2.5 hour hike!  I think I actually wore him out! I should have brought my nice SLR camera, but alas, all I have are cell phone photos to commemorate the occasion.

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Breakfast of Wheat-Free Champions

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This is my favourite breakfast that I’ve made so far!  It’s just like the big breakfast I used to eat on Sundays with my parents, except it’s wheat free.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 rice cake
  • 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • Honey
  • 1/2 a tomato
  • Dash of sea salt

Shred enough cheddar cheese to cover two poached eggs.  Break two eggs into a small pan on low heat. Cover in shredded cheese and let simmer until cooked to your desired firmness.  My pan is really terrible, so I add a bit of water to the pan once the eggs start firming up, just so they don’t stick.  It should only take about 2-4 minutes.  Then spread peanut butter on the rice cake and drizzle honey across it. Chop up half a tomato and add a bit of sea salt.  Place everything on a plate and you’re done!

I enjoy my breakfast with a cup of French vanilla coffee with coconut milk.

Oh and a tip for keeping you food warm: I place a wet paper towel onto the plate I’ll be using and put it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds.  It heats the plate up nicely which makes your breaky stay warm 🙂

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Progress Report – Almost 2 weeks in!

Wow, I can’t believe I have not eaten any wheat in almost two weeks!  My life used to revolve around wheat-eating; it was the sun and I was just a planet spinning around it.  I can’t express how much better I feel since giving up wheat.  I definitely went through a period of withdrawals for the first 3-4 days, I must admit.  I would get these lightning quick chills that pulsed through my entire body out of nowhere.  Thankfully, those went away and now I can just sit back and not think about wheat.

Something interesting I’ve noticed is that I actually enjoy eating a lot more than I did before.  I used to look through the fridge and, despite having a ton of food, I would veto practically everything and crave something specific like a pot pie or pasta. Now when I open the fridge door I just pull out mixed greens, chicken, rice, etc., and put a meal together almost intuitively.  Salad is more delicious when you aren’t lusting over tortellini.

So far my allergies have improved, but aren’t entirely gone.  I’ll take the improvement, gladly.  I now weigh 122.8 lbs — 7.2 lbs less than my starting weight.

I still have loads of energy and feel better than I ever have before.  I should mention that while cutting out wheat is the main idea, lowering your intake of starches and sugar is also important.  So if you give up bread and switch to corn-based tortillas, you probably won’t see a ton of results because starches still spike your blood sugar. I also find it easier to avoid sugar, the less I eat it at all. When I’m feeling like I need a treat, I eat a couple squares of dark 85% cacao chocolate and that usually solves my problem.

Overall, so far so good.  I’m still not seeing a ton of results in regards to my body changing, but I figure that will come later.  The fact that I am losing weight, eating more, and not really exercising is pretty remarkable on it’s own.

That being said, my dog is thinking that I should put all this extra energy to good use and take him for a nice run!
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