Cindy’s Gluten Free Success Story - Read when it seems impossible to loose weight. . .
Sometimes no matter how much you exercise and how careful you are with your food intake, nothing works. A gluten intolerance may be the problem.
Here is Cindy's inspirational story. After finally discovering gluten was the problem, she lost 50 pounds (22 kilos).
Cindy got in touch with us after reading a couple of our gluten-free articles: Gluten Intolerance Symptoms, Gluten Free Food List, and The Benefits of a Wheat Free Diet. Thanks Cindy for sharing your story. We hope many people benefit from your experience!
“I'd been “dieting" for about 5 years with no success. I tried everything, and gave it my all. I even hired a personal trainer and was exercising up to 2 hours a day. . . still no success. I tried every diet, read several books, and went to numerous doctors. One doctor I visited every month, showing him my food journals and exercise journals. He kept prescribing meds. After 5 months he looked at me and said “Only you know how come you are not losingweight. What is it?" ARG! I didn't go back.
I went drastic and lowered my calorie intake to 300-500 a day. That kind of worked, but not reliably. I still had days and weeks where I gained weight. I wondered “How is that possible?"
It was then I realized that instead of how much, it had to be “what" I was eating. I did some research on the internet and found wheat allergies, and gluten intolerance. As soon as I read the symptom list, I knew I hit on something.
That day, March 2, of this year, I quit eating gluten. Within one week I lost 8 1/2 pounds! I could pinch my skin and not feel squishy! I lost a total of 50 pounds.
I am so excited I want to tell everybody! I am disappointed that not one health professional suggested looking into what I was eating. I think many people would benefit from trying one week without gluten, especially those who have battled with their weight, or have had problems with any of the other numerous symptoms.
The only problem is, for some, giving up gluten is a challenging task. My daughter and my sister for example. They are both sure they are also effected by the gluten. However, they both are overwhelmed with finding alternatives for everything they are used to and enjoy. "
Cindy's last point is precisely why we are passionate about what we do. We want wholefood preparation to be easier and more fun for those who want to improve their diets. Our recipes are usually wheat and dairy free, and if not, there are always simple alternatives. Because Roger and I have had extremely limited diets at times, we've learnt how a little creativity and enthusiasm can give you thousands of delicious options.
Email us if you have any special requests about how to make healthy food and living with a food intolerance easy!
Here's a delicious Buckwheat pancake Recipe
Gluten Free Buckwheat Pancakes
Makes 6 or 7 deliciously light pancakes.
½ cup buckwheat flour ½ cup quinoa flour or quinoa flakes 1 cup yoghurt (or kefir or 1 cup water + 2 T lemon juice)
Mix all these in a bowl, cover with a plate and leave overnight, or 12 – 24 hours. When ready to cook, add:
1 egg ¼ tsp sea salt ½ tsp baking soda 1 T rice bran oil (or melted butter) Whisk batter until well combined. Heat frypan over medium heat with 1 tsp butter or olive oil. Use a big spoon of batter for each pancake. Allow each pancake to cook until bubbles appear across the whole surface before turning over. They may not be as firm as wheat pancakes so be careful handling them.
What to eat them with? Here are a few ideas:
* Tuna Salsa
* Sliced banana
* Lemon juice and honey
* Yoghurt and berries
Copyright Wild Health and Anna Wilde 2007
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