Including gluten-free and paleo options in your menu plan for individual family members can seem overwhelming. My husband still struggles with accommodating my gluten-free diet when he’s got a pasta-based meal planned for dinner.
I dropped wheat and other grains out of my diet for the second time over 2 weeks ago. I had just finished a course of amoxicillin for a double ear infection and bronchitis, yet I still was sick. For the past few years, I’ve been dealing with way too many infections and fatigue despite a whole foods diet, supplements, plenty of sleep, and exercise. Yes, I have 5 kids, and I still think my health issues stem from something going on in my body. I know I have allergies to pollen, grasses, and pet dander. What if I have an allergy or sensitivity to wheat?
What Happened When I Dropped the Wheat Out of my Diet
When I dropped the wheat out, my nasal congestion cleared up a lot, and I felt more energized. I also didn’t want to eat as much. I lost the mild ups and downs I still had despite a lack of sugar in my diet. My right ear infection did come back, and I was able to fight it off with supplements and herbal remedies.
Then, I heard about Wheat Belly and started reading it. Blown away by the persuasive evidence offered about wheat and its disastrous effect on our bodies, I thought maybe I do have a wheat issue, after all. Maybe it’s affecting my family, too. Even if we didn’t have issues, the changes in wheat resulting from hybridization and genetic modification have never been tested on humans, nor do I see a point at which they will. There’s too much money at stake.
How we eat now
My kids eat a lot of wheat each day. There’s toast, cereal, oatmeal, or pancakes for breakfast, and the occasional cheese and crackers for my daughter. My preschool daughter and Kindergarten son both get snacks at school – cheese balls (yuck!) and pretzels. My second grade son gets a snack from home. Since he likes my black bean brownies, I often give him those, a piece of fruit, or something wheat-based. Lunch is a sandwich or tortilla wrap with a filling. On the side, I generally have fruit, though sometimes pretzels or goldfish make it into their lunches.
When the kids get home, I try to encourage fruit before anything else. Sometimes I’ll have a smoothie prepared. Other times, they’ll have crackers, bananas, or applesauce. Less often do you find wheat in our dinner menu. We have pasta once or twice a week, plus homemade pizza on Fridays. Other than the pizza, I find it much easier to get the wheat out of our dinners by using potatoes and rice.
I’m tackling breakfast first. One of the easiest ways to reduce or cut wheat out of breakfast is by preparing a fruit and yogurt smoothie ahead of time. Only my daughter won’t drink the smoothie. Instead, we’ll give her raw milk.
- fruit and veggie smoothies
- veggie smoothies
- quiche – This is iffy with my kids, and worth a try
- pumpkin and banana pancakes from the Internal Bliss GAPS cookbook
- breakfast sausage
- slices of cheese
- yogurt with honey, maple syrup or homemade jam
- Leftovers – rice and gravy, roasted potatoes
- My old post on grain-free snacks
- No Egg Breakfast Ideas from Easy Paleo
- Grain-Free Recipes shared by the Nourished Living Network on Pinterest
How do you handle taking wheat out of your family’s diet?
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