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About GG/Contact

Welcome to: All the Love, Without the Wheat

May 2012, 7 weeks gluten free, and 30 lbs less between the 2 of us! Feeling better all the time 🙂

Hello there! My name is Gretchen, and this blog is my outlet for recipes and thoughts about my family’s grain free lifestyle. I am fortunate to have a teenage son and husband who are game for just about anything, and without (much) hesitation, decided to go “all-in” with me and do this together! I hope to share some of my journey and experiences here along with some tips that I will learn along the way. Like many things, lifestyles (and blogs) evolve, and as our understandings change so will the things that I share with you here.

Having always been an avid home foodie, this is a challenge that I am embracing not as a limitation, but as a way to get closer to the root of good foods and excellent health! I am sharing some of the recipes that I use, or perhaps a combination of ingredients is more accurate, since I truly am not disciplined enough to always write a measured recipe when I cook (I’m getting better at that though!) I hope that my blog will be a good source of inspiration for others who are struggling to make this transition, while I also get support and ideas through sharing with others. Here’s to being free of wheat!!!

If you would like to know more about the content of my blog, read on below… otherwise just browse the recipes and articles and hopefully find something of interest!

Our Grain Free, Low Carb Evolution

Chicago, December 2011, before going grain free, low carb

In the beginning, I started out with just a thought of trying gluten free eating, as I knew some acquaintances who were feeling much better after eliminating gluten from their diet. At this point I didn’t even know what gluten was, not to mention that it came from wheat. This was the beginning of my research!

While being gluten-free helped immediately, that phase lasted only about a week, when fate would have it that I also ran across the book, “Wheat Belly” by Dr. William Davis. After reading the entire book in a day because I was so enthralled by the information, I had a whole new understanding about wheat, and all the ways that it harms our bodies… gluten is just the tip of the iceberg! I contacted Dr. Davis on his Wheat Belly Blog right after reading the book, and have maintained contact ever since through the blog and his author page on Facebook. He is incredibly passionate about the cause, and supportive of those of us following the WB plan.

Well, for the first month or so, wheat was the only grain we had given up; we were still snacking on tortilla chips once in awhile or having quinoa or rice occasionally. We began to notice though, that after eating pretty much any grain type food (and sometimes legumes), we weren’t feeling as good as we did when we weren’t eating them. We were already eating a low carb diet, so the cravings just weren’t there to drive us to want to have grains anymore, which made them much easier to give up than wheat had been initially.

My husband and I have both lost a nice amount of weight (25 lbs and 27 lbs so far at 4 months) while following this plan. Most of the loss was in the first 3 months, and for the past month we have been easily maintaining. While we hope to get off the plateau soon, the weight loss is more like a perk than the main motivation, because the health benefits for us have been life-changing!

Why Grain Free (Low Carb) and Not Just “Gluten Free?”

This is a question I have been asked many times, and it causes confusion for some people who think that getting rid of gluten is the sole answer.

I realized that by saying we were merely “gluten free” wasn’t enough because we had no desire to make use of all the processed, high carb, gluten free products on the market. And yet, we definitely are free from gluten (as well as wheat, corn, rice, potato, etc.)

While many look to these products to provide easy alternatives to the foods they used to eat, it is just trading one poor choice for another that is only slightly better, but far from ideal. These are just as unhealthy as their wheat counterparts and are often loaded with sugar as well as high-carbohydrate alternative starches and flours (rice, potato, sorghum and tapioca for example.) These foods cause BSS (blood sugar spikes) which trigger insulin release, which forms visceral fat and adds to inflammation, and can contribute to developing type II diabetes and heart disease risk factors. The health care/diet industry has vilified saturated fat since the 80’s, but the core problem is really the foods that spike blood sugars. Therefore, we are choosing not to eat processed foods such as “gluten free” crackers, flour mixes, cookies, pastas, breads or cereals because they are still made up of carbohydrates (and terrible additives) that are harmful to our health.

Instead, we eat REAL food, or snacks we make or know are healthy. Meats and poultry (organic and/or free range when possible), fish, eggs, cheeses, lots of above ground veggies, berries, nuts and nut products (almond and coconut flours), flaxseed, coconut, olives, avocadoes and plenty of healthy oils such as coconut oil (both virgin and refined), olive oil, walnut oil, heavy whipping cream, and butter. These are foods that we have always enjoyed, but we are learning to use them in new ways to make our lifestyle choice easier, and more FUN!
The Recipes


You will see that the recipes I am featuring here are mainly Wheat Belly compliant, though they often overlap with Primal or Paleo lifestyle recipes as well. These are not so different ways of eating, though Paleo allows more carbs using sweeteners like honey or agave. WB includes dairy where some do not. It’s all about tweaking your diet to find what benefits your own health the most. They are all similar though, in that they promote a diet that includes healthy fats, protein and carbs from veggies and fruits, while mainly avoiding processed foods.

If you find that you do best when avoiding dairy, just substitute unsweetened almond or coconut milk or coconut cream in recipes that call for milk or cream. Try almond cheese. Use coconut oil in place of butter.

If you are not limiting your carbs as much as I am, swap out the sweetener of my choice, for the sweetener you prefer. I am still working to lose weight, so I keep my carbs low to maintain ketosis. I generally use liquid Stevia (derived from an herb), Erythritol (a sugar alcohol derived from fruit), Truvia and Swerve, which are commercial blends of the two.

If you are vegan, vegetarian or pescatarian, many of these recipes can again use alternative products such as egg substitutes, flax seed or chia seed gel, coconut oil, or in cases where the recipe includes a meat, just skip it and add extra veggies or switch to fish.

Feel free to leave polite feedback in the comment sections! If a recipe was fantastic for you, I would love to know. If it didn’t work out so well for you, I would like to know that too, so that I can add notes to the recipe that might help others in the future. This is all a learning process! I do not claim to be an expert cook or nutritionist; I am just someone who is sharing my own journey with you in the hopes that it will make it better for us both!

If there’s a recipe you would like me to work on, let me know at creativeone2u@yahoo.com.
The Articles

In addition to sharing recipes for the food we eat, I am also sharing some of my research by writing articles to support my choices. My hope is that these get you thinking about the reasons behind the lifestyle, in order to make it easier to stay the course. When we have valid information, it makes it easier to change our minds, and then change our habits.

Again, I am NOT an expert or doctor, merely a person who is interested in the substantial link between diet and health. Because I am not a doctor, I read studies by doctors and leading nutritional experts so that I can benefit from their knowledge. I also do not dismiss anecdotal evidence, as real-life changes are what we are after… most of us do not live in a laboratory setting!

If there is a topic that you think I should cover or would like to know more about, let me know… maybe it will result in a new article! You can reach me at creativeone2u@yahoo.com.

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59 responses to “About GG/Contact

  1. Julie Hansen Intuitive

    April 12, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Best wishes to you on your new food journey!

     
    • Wheat Free GG

      April 12, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you so much! I feel so much better already, as does the rest of my family. That makes it worth the effort.

       
  2. standingoutinmyfield

    April 13, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Thanks for the like! I cook a lot of GF foods for my roommate, who is gluten intolerant. Rice flour is the best, right? 🙂

     
    • Wheat Free GG

      April 15, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      That is really cool of you to cook that way for your roommate! I will be honest, I haven’t used rice flour very much (although it was a good substitute for regular flour when I was making a white sauce). I have mostly been experimenting with the non-glycemic flours such as almond and coconut flours because I am also adhering to a low-carb diet to drop a little weight. I still have so much to learn!

       
  3. glutenvygirl

    April 24, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Check it out here: http://www.glutenvygirl.com/new-awards/

     
    • Wheat Free GG

      April 26, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      Well, thank you!! I will have to educate myself about how awards work, but I am very flattered that you included me 🙂

       
  4. msmckibbon

    May 16, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Hi Gretchen – I LOVE your blog! I, too, made the decision to go gluten-free on my own and it truly has made all the difference. Some other changes I made have helped, too. But, with wheat, when I cheat, I pay for it the very next day. Keep up the great blogging!

     
    • Gretchen without Gluten

      May 16, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      Thank you so much for the compliment, I love sharing! It all started with eliminating gluten, but has evolved to be low carb and also a much greater focus on whole and raw foods along with fats and proteins. It seems like once the body starts getting what it needs, and I can really FEEL the difference with each positive change, I just want to tweak it even more!

       
  5. Debbie

    June 21, 2012 at 10:12 pm

     
  6. Joanne brearley

    August 6, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Hi, I am so happy to have found your blog, thank you for sharing your recipes. I am new to gluten free diet, My story is similar to yours, I have had IBS for 20 years, I am 42, I am a Nurse and always tried to eat healthy, eating lots of whole grains. I was always thin up until the birth of my 3rd child 4 years ago when it seemed no matter what I did could not lose the 15 pounds, mostly my belly.
    Recently I was getting so bloated I looked pregnant, also extreme fatigue , poor memory, hair loss, I had gained another fifteen pounds in the last 6 months, I had my thyroid tested and it tested fine, however my b12 is low.
    When I was first diagnosed with ibs, I tried to log the foods that triggered it, but I always got flareups when i got my period or a cold so i accepted it wasnt a food thing.
    Some Nurses at work were reading wheat belly so I picked it up hoping to eliminate my belly fat, reading it thinking there might be a link to my ibs, i tried it
    2weeks now . all symptoms are gone except the fatigue (only been taking b12 supplements for 4 days ) hopefully energy will pick up when my b12 is corrected,
    read that b12 deficiency can be caused by IBS so this too may correct on its own.
    I have lost 5 pounds and my body is changing, I am no longer hungry , food cravings gone,
    biggest cravings for me were pasta, bread and licorice which i didnt even realize contains gluten.

    Joanne

     
    • Gretchen without Grain

      August 7, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Hi Joanne,

      I’m so glad you found me here! It makes this lifestyle easier when we find that we are not alone, and that other people are healing from similar things, with us. It sounds as if your life is already so much better in just 2 weeks! We have been wheat free for just over 4 months now, and grain and sugar free for half as long… But the most amazing changes for me happened in the first few weeks when the bloating and inflammation went away: the constant headaches stopped, there was relief from fairly major joint pain throughout my body, acid reflux stopped for my husband, and my IBS started to slowly respond. Like you, I am also dealing with some fatigue, so I am going to try the B12 that you mentioned, because if IBS causes it, I am likely deficient in it as well!

      Congratulations also on your weight loss 🙂 It feels so good when you begin to feel the difference in your body over time. While I have lost 25 pounds now, and would like to lose that much more again, the weight loss is really more like a wonderful side effect of so many other improvements in body health. If you are on Facebook, Wheat Belly has a great page where many of us who are following the plan give advice and support to one another. 🙂

      Gretchen

       
  7. changeforbetterme

    August 23, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Hi, I really enjoy reading your blog and have nominated you for the “Inspiring Blog Award” and “One Lovely Blog Award.” There are a few rules to this nomination (these aren’t my rules, so do what you want…no pressure) you need to give a shout out to me, of course, tell us 7 things about yourself and then nominate 15 bloggers, that’s the tricky part, if you don’t have 15, don’t worry, just pass it on to someone….share the joy by following this link http://changeforbetterme.wordpress.com

    If you have all ready been nominated my apologies and pass it on anyway! We all love to be recognized for our work. Enjoy!

     
    • Gretchen without Grain

      August 24, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      Thank you so much for the recognition! I enjoy following your blog as well. It may take me some time to get a new list of great blogs together for this nomination, but sharing is the fun part!

       
      • changeforbetterme

        August 24, 2012 at 1:01 pm

        You are so welcome. I always enjoy reading your blog. Take your time, it’s fun to help spread the word about other great blogs.

         
  8. Deby

    August 24, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    So glad to be here

     
    • Gretchen without Grain

      August 24, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      Glad to have you here! Feel free to look at the Recipes and Articles links for more information.

       
  9. steve helmer

    August 24, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Hi,.
    Thanks for letting me blog here, one thing I use instead of bread is coconut pancakes, i just put some cheese on two pancakes with your favorite meat, this is really filling. For man of my size i stand 6′ 6″
    weight 235ibs, i’am wheat free for about 3months now, i still have small craving mostly for something a bit sweet, i’ve notice when i eat any berries, l find them very sweet. I also use coconut milk, almond milk. I haven’t tried grass fed beef, organic eggs and meat of any organic kind are way above my
    budget, but will try and get some if possible when i can afford it,

    steve

     
    • Gretchen without Grain

      August 24, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      Hi Steve!
      Yes, coconut pancakes are a good suggestion, they really have a nice texture! Many people also make flaxseed wraps, and love them (personally, they are not my faves though.)
      I am like you, I also have sweet cravings once in awhile. I can usually ignore them, but sometimes I have to whip up a quick batch of strawberry soft-serve ice cream and just succumb to it! (Frozen strawberries in a good blender with heavy whipping cream and a dash of Truvia… man OH man!!!)
      I hear you about the expense of cleaner ingredients! The one thing I do purchase all the time is organic, free-range eggs. Even at the store they are only about $1 more a dozen, but we usually get them from local farmers for about the same price as the regular ones at the store. We can’t afford the organic, grain-fed beef by the single cut, but we are working on getting a basement freezer repaired so that perhaps we can purchase 1/4 beef and freeze it. The price ends up being much more reasonable that way. Like you, we just don’t have the extra income to spend on “ideal” food. Wish we did, because I would!
      Thank you for stopping by 🙂

       
      • steve

        August 27, 2012 at 10:31 am

        Hi gretchen;
        Thanks for your reply. Yes organic beef, or chicken anything is expensive, One dozen organic eggs is absolutely crazy here where i live for price, i buy the omega 3 eggs when i can afford them. i love cheese, but recently came down with a throat infection that has left me without much of a voice. I thought going wheat free, and going through the detox would only be a couple of weeks, i’ve had all kinds of achs and pains, my left eye has develope cataracts. So you see detoxing has lasted longer and longer, depending how quickly the cleaning process happens. Enought complaining, i have a question for you i have noticed that some of the healthy guru state that one should eat only sugars the are low glycemic, and others say use honey, agava, etc. This is confusing, please comment.

        steve

         
      • Gretchen without Grain

        August 27, 2012 at 11:21 am

        Hi Steve, I have a couple questions for you…

        Have you quit ALL grains (corn, oats, rice, etc and other high carb sources like quinoa), or only wheat?
        And have you read the book, “Wheat Belly” by Dr. William Davis?

        The reason I ask, is that while wheat is the cause of many health issues, other grains can also have inflammatory effects and raise blood sugar. This ties into the question that you asked as well, about low glycemic sweeteners. On the WB plan, we don’t use sweeteners that have the effect of causing BSS (blood sugar spikes.) That would include ALL sugars regardless of the source, be it coconut sugar, palm sugar, date sugar, honey, agave, or any other type. That’s why I use Truvia, Stevia and Erythritol. What is OK for you will depend on what your goals are. On WB, the food choices that we make (no grains, no sugars) are in line to avoid any BSS which in turn cause the release of insulin and lead to health problems.

        You have been wheat-free long enough that I wouldn’t think you should be going through the detox or withdrawal stage any longer, so I would suspect that there is something else in your diet that is causing havoc with your system. Or perhaps there are undiagnosed underlying health issues at play here.

        Again, I strongly suggest making contact with Dr. Davis (after you have read the book) to see if he has any suggestions for your particular case.
        I am not a doctor, nor a nutritionist, just someone who is offering recipe suggestions and information for other people who are following the same eating lifestyle that I am.

         
  10. steve

    August 27, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Gretchen:
    By no means did i expect you to give out diagnoses on my health, i applogize if you thought any different, but input and experience from others have taught me alot, As to your questions, yes i have read Dr william Davis book wheat belly.. The only thing i use everyday is fresh groung flax. I know that the paleo people use honey, but forbid dairy of any kind. Gretchen i have been through everykind of diet that i think possible, and none have worked.. I also know that a certain cleaning of the cells are required durning detox, this happens at periods of time, not everyday. I am in contact through doc, davis blog, so i will ask him more questions. You got to also take into account that i am just about 64, so my youth is behind me. I really have to pay attention to exercise, diet, etc, to even maintain a decent amount of health. But i will keep working at it and thanks for you support.

    Steve

     
    • Gretchen without Grain

      August 27, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      Hi Steve,
      I didn’t think that, I just wanted to make sure that you knew that I was only giving my opinions 😉 I have also poked around on the Paleo sites and at this point in time, I want to continue to keep my dairy and give up the sugars. The reasons are that dairy provide fats and nutrients that are important in health, and the sugars have minimal benefits, and can undo some of the progress made in other areas. I think that the low-carb aspect of WB is very important. I find that WB is a lot closer to Primal eating, which sits really well with me. Flax is good… for myself, I also use almond flour and coconut flour on a weekly basis, though not daily.

      I agree, that input from other people is of huge value! At 63, I would think that diet has a tremendous impact on health. I’m glad you won’t give up trying, it’s worth the effort! I feel that for any of us who are interested in improving our health through diet, it becomes a bit like detective work, there are so many differing opinions and variations and some things work better for different people. In addition to WB, I have read some interesting information from Maria Emmerich (nutritionist) on her FB page, and am considering purchasing a book from her when I can.
      ~Gretchen

       
  11. steve

    August 27, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    hi Gretchen:
    i read some of Maria Emmerich’s book *Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism* It’s fine, the list of engredence that you need to stay healthy are necessary for sustaning good health, l guess it boils down to how much you have to spent. Most of the ordinary folks that i know cannot affort to buy, raw cheese, and butter, grass fed beef. They are like me they will buy what there budget calls for, and if there health suffers, they will just think its something else. I know i will never be able to affort the grass fed meat and dairy, on a sustaining level, unless i win a lottery, So…….Gretchen that leaves me doing my best with the resources i have at hand, and trying a stay away from chemicals in food, as much as possible. Thanks for you support and guidance, i hope i can keep blogging.

    Steve

     
    • Gretchen without Grain

      August 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Hi Steve,
      Yes, I have seen some of the more expensive ingredients used in Maria’s recipes. I’m with ya, I can’t afford many of them either. And since I don’t play the lottery, that’s not going to help! Haha. But I think that doing the best we can with the choices we do have, is a lot more than many people choose to do (and more than I used to do before I was aware of the health risks!) We’re going “against the grain” of what Big Food wants us to be buying, so we will be paying a premium for those products as they aren’t supported with farm subsidies the same way that wheat and other grains are. But we push forward and do what we can. The more of us that get on board, the stronger our collective voices will be 🙂 ~Gretchen

       
  12. steve

    August 27, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Gretchen,
    Sorry to be a pain, but i have a question, l noticed that all the cured meats especially bacon and smokies which l love, and of coarse they are full of nitrates, and chemicals, but l know there is a lot of saturated fat there too, which is suppose to be good for,us. So do we do without our favorite bacon smokies, or turkey bites, because of this, or take a chance and as the experts say get cancer? Also i buy orange, white block cheese and motzzeralla cheese made by kraft, its not grass fed, it has know perservatives in it according to the people at kraft, but this is the only cheese when on sale that i can afford and i just love mixing it with salads, cherries, walnuts, seeds, again when i can afford these, so does pastureized cheese not count a good food or what? Or take a chance and have our arteries lined with who knows what next that the experts will come up with. Sorry that’s two questions.

    Steve

     
    • Gretchen without Grain

      August 28, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      Hi Steve, I know that many people following WB do eat bacon and also real sausage (I do), however, I don’t know if smokies would be on the OK list. I guess check the carbs and ingredients. My focus is on eating real food with as few additives as possible, so I would skip something like that in favor of a ground pork sausage that just has seasonings added. The Kraft block and shredded cheese is fine on WB, just stay away from processed cheese “foods” like Velveeta. Everyone has to adjust to what they can afford, but there are plenty of choices that are reasonably priced. Remember, our arteries become lined with plaque when there is inflammation that causes our body to try to fix the damage done. The cholesterol is not what “causes” clogging, but is rather the effect of the body attempting to heal damage done by wheat and other highly inflammatory foods. ~Gretchen

       
      • steve

        August 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm

        Thanks Grerchen, i try and eat real food too, it just that a lot of the smokies and turkey bits are my favorite, and loaded with who knows what, and why. Again thanks for your input. The damage that wheat has done to my arteries is done, all i can do is not add more of the same inflammatory items that clogged them in the first place

        Steve

         
  13. steve

    August 29, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Hi Gretchen, i am taking all the space and time up here please forgive, its just seems convenient. On thing i Noticed while going through the WB book, was this, Wheat gliadin is a component of gluten, and it causes a inflammatory response in the blood stream. What i am suspicious about gretchen is it just in wheat gluten or is it in all grain gluten? This would tell the tale, as to how much inflammation is being deposited in our blood stream durning ingestation of gluten. If this is true, all grain that product gluten, are like a slow acting posion, that eventually leads to a multitude of problems within the human system, am i right or wrong?. I also believe that high responses to glycemic foods, is another problem, that most people take for granted, the diabetes and kidney, liver problem are just a tip of the iceberg. It all leads back to gluten, and inflammation, that in turn leads to all kinds of problems. Gretchen l believe that the more educated people are about wheat and its distructive gluten, and get rid of the problem, the healthier we all will be. But there is so many people that make a living off of wheat, that to have it cut down in use, is going to be like taking candy from a baby. There will be pros and cons, and arguements amongs the people whom have the most dollars to loose. Only time will tell.
    Steve

     
    • Gretchen without Grain

      August 29, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      Steve, Your suspicions are correct, all grains have some form of gluten. Wheat gluten just happens to be the worst of the worst and in the highest concentrations because of its hybridization and modifications. That’s the reason I no longer eat any grains at all! Yes, other grains also contribute to systemic inflammation. I will occasionally partake of a little white rice which seems to be the most benign, but even so, I am talking maybe a cup over an entire month! I even made sushi rolls without rice the other night and used cauliflower “rice” instead. Educating people is going to take time, but it is happening. Some people will never hear the message, but many do, and many are already benefiting from it. It does come down to a dollars game, and the bottom line is that we will only see REAL large scale changes when it becomes more profitable for companies to change than to remain the same. ~Gretchen

       
  14. Sue Z

    October 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Hi Gretchen! I am so excited that I found your blog. I am day 62 of my renewed health and wellness lifestyle. Lost 10 pounds and another point of visceral fat since Aug 13…. I think I can see my abs!! 🙂 The Wheat Belly book and the info it contained was my missing link as I exercise every day either cardio or weights but my diet needed that little tweaking I found from going wheat/grain-free and it helped me get over my plateau. My husband and I have seen the benefits of taking out the grains and now I can get back to adding some yummy treats I found on your site. Just made the chocolate chip cookies and the pumpkin muffins are next on my to-do list. Also thanks for heads up on nuts.com. The flours are half the cost as in the grocery store and I await my order so I can get baking!!

    Have a great day!!

     
    • Gretchen without Grain

      October 14, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      Hi Sue, I’m glad you found my blog as well! It sounds like you have seen some wonderful changes already, and it just seems to get better the longer we’re on it. The Wheat Belly book has been revolutionary in my understanding of food and health. It’s nice to have a sweet treat once in awhile, and the chocolate chip cookies are a go-to for our family a couple times a month. The muffins are also really popular as breakfast for my son, and I have made many variations with different berries to add some variety. Today, I made an experimental chocolate cake for his birthday, and as long as it tastes as good as it looks, I’ll be posting the recipe soon! Have a great day too, and thank you for visiting 🙂
      Gretchen

       
  15. Geri Peterson

    October 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    I am reading Wheat Belly, and love the information even though it is a little overwhelming at times. We have been researching health for almost a year, and have lost almost 50 lbs between my husband and I, with the change in our diet. Really looking forward to trying some of the recipes on your site.
    The biggest problem to date is popcorn. My husband loves it, and says he can’t live without it…
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you Gretchen!!!

     
    • Gretchen without Grain

      October 28, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      Hi Geri,
      Congratulations on the life change and weight loss for both you and your husband! It’s such an empowering feeling to be able to eat this way.

      My son still eats popcorn as well, and I figure if that is his only real vice, I won’t worry about it too much. For adults, it depends more on how the popcorn affects your blood sugar, it seems to vary with different people. I think making it with coconut oil may help to keep the blood sugar more level.

      I don’t have any popcorn replacements per se, but Kale Crisps can be nice to snack on, and everyone in our house really likes them. You can change up the seasoning if you want, as well. I hope this helps!
      ~Gretchen

       
      • Geri P.

        October 28, 2012 at 10:50 pm

        Thanks Gretchen, He makes popcorn in an air popper, so no oil is used. A little salt over the popcorn in the bowl.

        I guess I won’t worry about it. 🙂

         
      • Gretchen without Grain

        October 29, 2012 at 8:06 am

        The coconut oil can work to minimize the effect of the carbs from the popcorn. With the WB way of eating, healthy fats are important. But we all have to choose our battles 😉

         
  16. Geri Peterson

    October 29, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Maybe there is something he can eat along with the popcorn. I’ll have to think about that.
    Thanks…

     
    • Janzo

      December 24, 2012 at 11:58 pm

      CHEESE, Geri! 🙂

       
  17. Grace

    November 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Hi Gretchen – I just found your blog. LOVING your recipes. Thank you for the time and effort you put into sharing them so the rest of us can enjoy. My printer has been humming as I found many recipes I intend to try! We have been “mostly” wheat free for about 3 months now. I say mostly because we did go to the Food and Wine Festival in Epcot for week and just couldn’t resist trying some goodies. But here at home, we adhere pretty strictly. Hubby has trouble giving up his craft beer – he really loves it. I have a hard time chastising him for drinking it since it’s one of his favorite hobbies (he used to brew his own, and he is totally a moderate drinker). But as you’ve stated many times this whole thing is a process and we are a work in progress! We aren’t really losing weight though, which is a little annoying (and hubby is pretty frustrated – he doesn’t really notice any changes in anything), but I feel so significantly better than I used to, I have decided that I don’t care about the weight, ultimately. Also just read Dr. Davis’ take on the whole weight loss thing, so I just have some more tweaking to do. People have commented though that I look like I lost weight (and my clothes do fit differently?) but I think that is loss of inflammation and not actual weight because the scale hasn’t budged. But I’ll take it! I’d rather lose infllammation than weight anyway. All my weight is in my butt and thighs so it’s not really the dangerous kind anyway. But you didn’t need to know all that – I really just wanted to say your recipes are terrific and so helpful. I will look forward to each addition to the blog! Thank you again.

     
    • Gretchen without Grain

      November 2, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Hi Grace,
      I’m glad you found my blog and are enjoying the recipes! You have mentioned not losing weight, and being frustrated about that… ditching all the grains (including the beer) is KEY in losing. It’s not that you need to chastise him (like that would work anyway!), but he also needs to recognize that he is likely trading the beer for weight loss. When one doesn’t see benefits and results, it is much harder to stay the course. When he still chooses to ingest the beer, he is still experiencing the appetite stimulating effects of wheat as well as the bloating and inflammation. It wasn’t easy for my husband to give the beer up at first either (nor me for that matter!) but after a week or so of actually being clean, it was a cinch. Also, when my husband stopped the wheat and beer, his heartburn vanished completely! There was a time when we thought that certain foods or drinks were the culprits for the acid reflux, but it was actually all the grain-based products. Just something to think about!
      ~Gretchen

       
  18. Grace

    November 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Thanks Gretchen! I do totally get it. He gets it too, but he’s 100% German (off the boat) and he loves craft beers and just doesn’t want to live without the ability to enjoy what he really loves most. I make him sound like a drunk who can’t give up his alcohol. Of course he can, he has before when he was really trying to lose. But the reality is he’s not that particularly overweight, and right now the motivation to lose more weight hasn’t outweighed his desire to enjoy all the different craft brews there are. And when I say chastise him, I only mean I sometimes remind him of his goals and what the wheat does to us. But he’s a grown man and has to decide for himself what he wants to do and I just feel bad when he works so hard all week and he’s there enjoying his beer so much, I hate to even say anything, so usually I don’t. But at the same time he’s worked hard all week to avoid the wheat and I hate to see him “blow it” and undo what he’s tried all week to accomplish. He suffers no health problems whatsoever. He has seen no decrease in anything, he had no bowel problems, no acid reflux, no arthritis or swollen joints, no nothing, so seeing no weight loss either doesn’t really help me with proving to him that this way is healthier – he says he feels exactly the same (and he looks the same too). I am the one with the acid reflux and the extended stomach (even though I have a very small waist in general, I had terrible swelling from the bowel issues). And I had TERRIBLE bowel issues which are totally cleared up now. I am on half dose of my acid reflux meds and maybe one day will be totally off, we will see. So I’m a definite believer. He’s not saying he wants to eat wheat or forget the program – he sees the change in me, and understands there are good things going on inside him that he can’t see when he doesn’t eat wheat, but without some actual visible changes to motivate you, it’s hard to stay completely 100% on track and motivated I think. So it’s just going to boil down to how badly does he want to lose those last few pounds. Only he can decide that. Same for me. I only want to lose another 5 pounds or so, and so the motivation to become super strict (ie with the elimination of dairy) isn’t really there. We really are strict with the wheat though in what we eat (only exception being his beer). We probably over do the carbs with dairy, sweet potatoes, etc. and fruits. I’m not so wild about going into total ketosis. As I said, just not motivated enough. Anyway, thanks for the encouragement and especially for the recipes!

     
    • Gretchen without Grain

      November 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      Grace, I didn’t think he sounded that way at all! I used to love a good craft beer as well 🙂 I do miss it sometimes, but not the way I felt afterwards. As you said, when there aren’t substantial health issues and not much weight to lose, it’s not as easy (or as critical) to be perfect with this WOE! It’s fantastic that you are doing this together, and that is worth a whole bunch. Being super strict to the degree that it affects your enjoyment of life with very little or no return is the opposite of the freedom we seek in being well. Keep up the good work, and I’ll get back to posting more recipes soon! ~Gretchen

       
  19. Janzo

    December 24, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Gretchen, just a short thank you for your blog and recipes! I’ve just found your site, so it will take me awhile to dig in, but your recipes look delicious! I have been living “Wheat Belly” for eight weeks so far, and love hearing everyone’s stories (mine: diabetes under control, out of danger and heading for “true normal”; tension and depression GONE; have never felt better or had more energy, at age 55). I am truly moved hearing how so many people’s lives have changed; how amazing your husband and son are to join you in this! Thank you for speaking up on this issue .. more people need to hear it! XXOO Janzo

     
    • Gretchen without Grain

      December 28, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      Thank you Janzo, I am glad that you found my site! It really is a game-changer to go wheat-free, and I am very happy to know that you are experiencing such renewed health as well 🙂 I am very fortunate that my guys are on-board with me, it definitely makes it easier for shared meals. I hope that you find lots of useful info here as you dig in 🙂
      ~Gretchen

       
  20. johnnysenough hepburn

    December 26, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Hi, Gretchen. Thrilled to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Blog of the Year 2012 award. All details within my post: http://feedthepiglet.wordpress.com/2012/12/26/blog-of-the-year-2012-award-02-03/
    Happy New Year!

     
    • Gretchen without Grain

      December 28, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      Happy New Year to you as well, and thank you my blogging friend! Such a compliment coming from you 🙂 I need to find some time to accept nominations and share the love. Wishing you a year filled with wonderful food and great friends!

       
  21. johnnysenough hepburn

    January 20, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Hi, Gretchen. I’ve nominated you for The Kreative Award. Details with my post: http://feedthepiglet.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/three-awards/

     
    • Gretchen without Grain

      January 24, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Thank you Johnny! I have to accept all these awards when time allows, but it means so much to me that you think of me and send people my way 🙂 ~Gretchen

       
  22. Tom LoCascio

    March 28, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Hi Gretchen, I have just begun to dig into my Wheat Free life. I have been on it for 28 days, have lost almost 14 lbs so far, all aches and pains, tiredness and headaches are gone. Best of all, my Blood Sugars are normal. I used to average anywhere between 180 to 210 every morning. I now, after only this short time I morning fasting Blood Sugar is 83 with my daily levels at110…I have lessened my Insulin to almost nothing.I do not go to my Endocrinologist until May 21st. My last A1C was 10.5 so I can’t wait to see the results. My sister told me about your blog and it is great!! I will keep on reading..
    Tom

     
    • Gretchen without Grain

      April 5, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      Hi Tom, Good to hear that you are already experiencing such great success! It can be so amazing when we get used to living with pain, and then it is suddenly gone because we stopped eating something we have had our whole lives. It sounds like you are well on your way to a new & improved phase of life, and glad to know that you can enjoy my blog along the way! ~Gretchen

       
  23. cookingupthecure

    August 4, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Gretchen, I wanted you to know that the results of a recent study on Stevia cautions against its regular use! Apparently our intestinal bacteria transforms steviosides into something called steviol, which is toxic.
    The absorption of steviol through the lining of the colon caused a big spike in mutagenic DNA damage.
    For now, and until we get a study proving otherwise, Erythritol is the alternative sweetener to use. It has antioxidant properties, and unless it bothers your tummy, it is safer to use. Siighh.. I wish satisfying our sweet tooth without harming our bodies was less complicated! Cheers!

     
  24. Jan

    August 27, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Gretchen, Where are you and where have you been? I haven’t seen anything new in your Blog lately. Miss you and love the cauliflower soup base.

     
    • Gretchen without Grain

      September 5, 2013 at 11:13 am

      I’ve been MIA, I know! I am catching up on comments as I type 😉 and will be posting new recipes soon. Thank you Jan, for giving me a nudge!! ~G

       
  25. Jan

    September 5, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Good to hear from you G. My parents love the cauliflower soups I bring them.. So good for us. Look forward to more recipes.

     
    • Gretchen without Grain

      September 22, 2013 at 1:07 am

      I now have a stainless pressure cooker that I LOVE for soups! I’ll have to take some notes, as it speeds things along quite nicely!

       
  26. Marina Bols

    October 19, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Hallo Gretchen,
    Here news from Belgium. The book is called hier “Broodbuik” and out of curiousity i read it and it was really a wake up call for me and my friend. I am 53 years young and after my 30ties getting bigger. I tried diets, shakes, sports …. but after a few weeks i quited always because the results were not so good. But know after reading the book and two days later starting to eat weathfree we are so happy. We lost wheight but the most important thing is that my energy for doing the thinks i want is higher again. Also my head and thinking are clearer. Also my friend is loosing his belly. We give Biodanza classes and we want to do that for a very long time.
    Here in Belgium it is the beginning and when we tell people what we are doing they are not believing that it is healthy. But our results in a few months will tell otherwise. The bloodpressure of my friend is slowing gowing down and we believe that in a few months he can stop the medicine.
    I was very happy to fiend your blog and the recipes. My Englisch is not perfect but i believe you understand what i write. By the way, you have a beautifull name.

    Marina

     
    • Gretchen without Grain

      October 29, 2013 at 6:42 am

      Hi Marina,
      Thank you for visiting from Belgium! I am happy to know that the wheat free message is spreading to your part of the world as well. We have been doing this for 18+ months, and still run into people who tell us it’s not healthy to not eat wheat, but we know differently! My husband was always an overweight guy, but he’s easily maintained a healthy weight now for well over a year, and the only thing he really does is avoid wheat and eat less sugar. I hope that the recipes here and elsewhere online help you to continue this new lifestyle. Soon you will have friends who try this diet as well, when they see how well you are doing! Thank you for the compliment, and best of luck to you!
      Gretchen

       
  27. Marina Bols

    October 29, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Thanks Gretchen,
    i am very thankfull. Saturday my weight was for the first time sinds…… below the 70 kg. Know i have to give a party for my family, that was the deal. With little thinks we stimulate each other do eat weath free. Sometimes it is a bit difficult because when you eat outdoors or have a dinner with your family, the weath is always part of the menu. But then I concentrate on other thinks, drink a glass of water. I notice that when I eat thinks that are not healthy, my body has an instant reaction. This is a good thing because I learn to listen to the signals.If you want i will sent you some recipes from Belgium. It is always nice to sea what people eat in other country’s.
    Good luck to everyone,
    Marina,

     

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