From about the age of 13 I struggled with my weight and at times was fairly obese. I did the typical round of diets including Weight Watches. These were mostly successful for a time but inevitably I gained the weight back. Believing I was doing the right thing I became vegetarian and maintained that for about 20 years. Having graduated as a Naturopath in 1999 I had what I thought was a very thorough knowledge of what to eat, my diet was organic, wholegrain and vegetable rich, which was following the recommendations of the food pyramid to a degree. Looking back, I can see that I had a heavy reliance on grains, mostly wheat. Lots of cereal, pasta, bread and muffins, mostly homemade with wholesome organic ingredients. Despite this I was constantly fatigued, overweight and muddle headed, I had a short fuse, sudden mood swings were just the norm, and an unending desire to collapse in the middle of the afternoon was common. I felt justified in blaming this state of being on numerous causes …. mother of four, marriage breakdown, just my build …. Ect ect. In 2014 I came across the Changing Habits 4 Phase Fat Elimination Protocol and it literally turned my health around.
I started the protocol as a vegetarian but very quickly felt inclined to try eating meat again. On my first round I lost 10kg in a few short weeks, and kept that weight off. The most dramatic change in my diet following the protocol was replacing the mountains of carbohydrates (grain) that I was eating with protein and fat. Previously, I often joked that “my full-button was broken”, after a large meal others around me would say “oh I am soooo stuffed”, to which I would readily agree simply because I didn’t want to advertise that I could eat a mountain of food and still be hungry. Following the protocol, I was eating so much less, I was happier, my moods were no longer so volatile and my energy was so much better, no more afternoon naps!
I have done the 4 Phase Fat Elimination Protocol again to lose an extra 7kg and to ensure my hormones are back on track. At 43 years of age I am now at an ideal weight and feeling healthier and happier than I have ever been before. Through testing myself I know that wheat is something that I am be able to eat on occasion provided it is an original Emmer or Einkorn variety, organic and prepared properly. Should I choose to include it in my diet it will be an occasional food only, perhaps a slice of beautifully prepared sourdough with my bacon and eggs on a Sunday morning. I do know that this is not possible for many, possibly even for the majority, however this does not mean a loss of anything only a gaining of health.
Health is a journey that happens through life as you grow, change and ultimately as you educate yourself about what works for your body and what doesn’t. There is no one size fits all. However there is a great deal of confusion around food and what is healthy and what isn’t. Wheat is certainly a hot topic of late with such a dramatic rise in people who now are suffering ill health because of it. But Why? That question has been answered, perhaps for the first time ever, very clearly and in depth in the wonderful new Australian documentary What’s With Wheat. This documentary is available as a digital download or you can order the DVD if you click on the image below.
THE STORY OF WHEAT IS THE STORY OF FOOD.
Tens of thousands of people are suffering with ill health and don’t realise it’s a result of the food choices they are making. They often assume it is part of their genetic make-up or the fact of just getting older. People need to become educated, knowledgeable and aware. They need to start making changes to improve the health of their children and future generations. A must watch for anyone who is concerned about the foods they consume or may have any kind of health concerns. Wheat can certainly be the issue for many.