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Monday, February 25, 2013

Giving Up The Wheat....For A While Anyways.

"Any fool can make something complicated.  It takes a genius to make it simple." ~ Woody Guthrie

This is a particularly true statement when it comes to food and how nature intended it versus how it's processed for consumption by all of us.  My friend, Mark, has a blog where he frequently comments on the quality/state of food in America.  So, after being pummeled to death by Mark's blog...ah, just joking!...but seriously intrigued by it, Eileen and I will give up wheat for a while and see what impact that has.  Eileen was pinching her belly fat, all 6 oz of it, while we were talking about it.  My belly fat was shaking nervously.  It's more than 6oz, I assure you...unless I'm on a bicycle tour.  Then it takes a hiatus.

Some of the sources Mark uses are: Fooducate and Wheat Belly blog.  Now, I usually don't get into this type of thing because, for the most part, Eileen and I eat a pretty healthy diet, excluding the beer.  Even including the beer.  What Mark has brought to my attention is the widespread changes in the production of wheat and it's widespread use in quite a few products.  Something akin to corn syrup and others of that ilk.  You might also look at some of the other lovely items that food companies, a.k.a., mega-corporations, put into their processed foods.  Anyways, most of what we eat, I make from scratch, so there's very little processed foods in our house.  However, in looking at the ingredients of some of the processed foods that we do have, mostly crackers and some flour tortillas purchased locally, they all contain wheat.  One of the foods we recently added, brown rice pasta, we actually like better than the regular pasta we'd been eating.  We also enjoy corn tortillas as much as we like flour tortillas.  Add to that the rice crackers we've been eating of late, it should be easy to eliminate those crackers with wheat in them.  Neither of us eats junk food, per se, like processed snack type foods.  We do eat organic blue or yellow corn chips, but they don't have wheat in them.  Or corn syrups.  Mostly healthy stuff.  Trying to eat like this on a bicycle tour is almost impossible, but I'll see what I can do next time I'm on a road trip.

To help with eliminating wheat, my plan is to purchase a new grinder this year.  A hand grinder, at that...called the the Wonder Jr. Deluxe.  While it is a hand grinder (they do make an electric version of this, too), it can grind nuts to make any type of nut butter you might fancy and a few you've probably never had.  For a hand grinder to be able to produce a nut butter speaks highly of it.  Any grinder can grind grains, coffee beans, etc., but making nut butter is a whole different level of quality,  particularly in a hand grinder.  It cost about $230 including shipping.  Now, settle down.  Yes, it's a bit pricey, but, if you look at the cost of grains, nuts, etc., you'll see that grinding it yourself means considerable savings.  Plus you can make all  kinds of flours, such as quinoa, almond, amaranth, corn, and many others.  And, yes, you have time to do this since you only need to grind a small amount at a time resulting in fresher flour and nut butters...not to mention a greater variety, too.  And the grains, nuts, etc., stay fresher longer when in their original coffee beans.  You could actually grind what you want to use for the week, if your days are too busy.  Even that would be much fresher than anything you could purchase in a store, including a health food/co-op type of store.

I'll keep you posted with our progress and any results that we may notice.  As I said above, most of what we eat is what we make from scratch.  The interesting part will be when we eat out.  Yikes!  That should prove interesting.  Anyone out there who has experience with eliminating wheat from you diet, I'd love to hear what you've experienced.

Ok, a tune to exit with...Woody Guthrie singing "Better World A-Coming".