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I have improved my energy levels AND lost weight - please read!

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MirandaGoshawk Wed 07-Aug-19 11:53:17

I read an article about Novak Jokovic being advised to give up wheat in order to increase his energy, so thought I would give it a go for a week. That was 7 weeks ago and the extra energy I feel has improved my life no end. For the first time, I don't want to nap in the afternoons. I can pull my belt in a notch, my stomach is flatter and even my rosacea has disappeared. I am getting up earlier. I have the energy to go running and to a dance class, which I had given up, which of course leads to feeling more wellbeing.

I am a sugar and chocolate fiend (possibly pre-diabetic) and of course bread, biscuits and the rest turn to sugar, so if you stick with slower-release carbs you don't get that sugar high, which is addictive. Cutting out wheat (almost - biscuits at friends' houses don't count wink ) has also somehow given me the willpower to (almost) cut out choc for the first time. I have to not buy the stuff though because I can't resist it if it's in the house.

So I still eat crackers made with oats, and I make my own muesli from oats and rice flakes (from a health food shop, nuts and seeds. I thought this would be difficult but it's not - replace wheat with rice, lots of veg, potatoes, chickpeas, nuts etc. For lunch I have a huge salad bowl with leftover rice and beans, then raw peppers, avocado, leaves, carrots, courgettes,, and then pomegranate seeds/ hummus/cheese/tahini/pumpkin seeds/herbs.

You can get pasta made with lentil flour ( I think - not wheat anyway.) Sains has a decent range.

I am not a skinny - have been 13 stone. This morning weighed in at under 60kg for the first time since forever. I look around me at people with tums and puffy faces - like me - and want to challenge them to give it a try for a week. If you feel fantastic you might be prepared to cut out toast and have the willpower to cut out cakes and pastries.

I honestly wonder how my life would have been different if I'd discovered this years ago.

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Mummy0ftwo12 Wed 07-Aug-19 19:54:58

interesting, do you think it was the sugar or the wheat that helped with the rosacea?

MirandaGoshawk Thu 08-Aug-19 09:18:49

No idea! I have noticed that alcohol makes it flare up but I've had it low-level for months, until recently. I had a glass of wine the other night and it was there again in the morning.

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Constance1234 Thu 08-Aug-19 09:27:25

I look around me at people with tums and puffy faces - like me - and want to challenge them to give it a try for a week

I feel the same - I've been gluten free for years due to an mild auto-immune condition, but it was giving up sugar and processed carbs, and eating using the 16:8 principles that has really made a difference to my skin and figure. Obviously I'd never give a stranger unsolicited advice, but when friends ask me how I have lost the weight, I have to stop myself from sounding too evangelical!

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