Adding Coconut Oil to Your Wheat-Free Diet

Hey Wheatbeaters!

I’d like to share one of my little secrets for warding off mid-day hunger pangs.

It’s coconut oil.

A lot of people are resistant to adding something so high in fat to their diet, thinking that it will make them gain a ton of weight. I’ll admit—I was hesitant at first. But the thing is I just replaced my regular cooking oil (olive oil) with it so I don’t actually take in any extra calories per day. Coconut oil is healthy in so many ways! I find that two tablespoons per day (which is about 200 calories) WILL make you lose weight by making you feel full. 

To fit it into my current wheat-free diet, I changed up my breakfast plans a bit. Protein is absolutely essential to making me feel full and stopping me from gorging on carbs throughout the day. Seriously, if I haven’t had protein in the morning I will just wander aimlessly around the kitchen for an hour until I cave and eat bread. Previously, I have had two eggs and a rice cake with peanut butter for breakfast (with coffee, of course).
Now I start my day with the following:

  • a bowl of oatmeal (make sure the bag says gluten-free)
  • 1 tablespoon hemp hearts (nutty and delicious and keep you, erm, “regular”)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • a splash of milk if it is too thick
  • 1/2 of a small banana diced (I highly recommend adding this because it makes it taste one zillion times better. One zillion.)

So just make your oatmeal and put all this healthy crap in it and voila! Honestly, it keeps me full beyond lunch a lot of the time. PLUS coconut oil has all these great qualities:

  • aids in digestion
  • makes your hair all shiny and stuff
  • prevents premature skin aging (also, reduced my red marks from acne SIGNIFICANTLY)
  • promotes immune system health
  • reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease (never hurts to start early!)
  • increases weight loss

There are a million more things that could be added to that list but those are some of the biggies. So I guess my point is that you should add coconut oil to your diet, stop using the other oils, and maybe even comment on this post about how that works for you! I love hearing back from everyone about their progress 🙂

PS: You can add a bit to your dog’s food and his coat will get shinier. Gentle Ben likes it!

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My Return to (Almost) Wheat-Free Eating

I have a confession to make… I have been a giant gluten-glutton since October. I have indulged in bread, dabbled in cupcakes, and even baked a loaf of real bread or two. Sigh… 

So that’s why I haven’t posted anything in a while, in case you were wondering. I think the biggest issue with being gluten-free has been going out for food. I started dating someone last summer and he wants to go out for food constantly, almost DAILY, and eating from a restricted menu at the same old restaurants gets really old, really fast. I guess you could say I caved – and boy am I regretting it! 

All that weight I lost? Oh yeah, that’s back. I’m possibly in the worst shape of my life also because I’m in class 7 hours a day sitting at a computer. I’m more lethargic than ever, I swear to god my vision is worse, my allergies have been so bad that I might have to start getting allergy injections again, and I’m pretty sure the bags under my eyes are going to start their own colony. Square one is the worst place to be. 

That being said, I’m going to go back to a *mostly* gluten-free diet. Being 100% absolutely gluten-free is tricky when you go to the occasional birthday party or nice meal, and I’d rather sporadically cheat than be like, “Well, guess I’m not gluten-free anymore! BRING ON THE PANCAKES!” and just binge for months like I’m going into hibernation. I keep having to remind myself that I am not a bear. 

Little Benny has been feeling the effects of my gluten obsession as well. All the carbs make me super tired and lazy, so he hasn’t been getting the long walks he so deserves/needs. Getting back into the groove of things is tricky, but I actually miss eating a clean diet. I look and feel like a whiny bag of garbage. To kickstart this (again) I made a delicious grilled salmon salad! I’ll post the very simple recipe in the next blog entry. 

Also, a little bit of potentially life-changing information for any of the ladies that follow my progress, some of you may recall that I struggled with anxiety/depression which was one of my initial reasons for going gluten-free. Firstly, let me just say that it did help a lot and I was much happier for it. Absolutely try going on a gluten-free diet if you want to elevate your mood and have more energy. But I also learned that my body wasn’t tolerating my birth control, which I had been taking for almost eight years, and I ended up going off of it. I have never been happier with any decision in my life. I know now that putting extra hormones into my body was completely changing  my mood and stopping me from being happy. I’d never even been able to have a long-term relationship before because I was so anxious all the time. I highly recommend looking into alternatives if you’re struggling with anxiety and you’re on the pill. I know that’s not related to being gluten-free, but I think it’s a really important thing to know!