It's been kind of a funny week....let me back up. For months now, my sweet baby girl has been suffering from eczema...the poor girl hasn't seen her hands in months as I've had to keep them all mittened up.
I've tried many things - coconut & castor oil, baking soda baths & multiple trips to the pediatrician, all of which have helped somewhat but not totally. As I am exclusively breastfeeding her, I realized that a potential issue could also be my diet. While I stay away from dairy for obvious reasons, I eat very clean/whole/nutritious food & drink almost 3L of water a day...I've had to re-look at some of the things I consume daily. I hadn't been taking my probiotics regularly so that was the first thing I added back in as most skin issues are directly connected with our digestive system and this would come through my breastmilk to help build up her good gut flora.
I started coming across a lot of information online about wheat being the problem. Then, I saw the sign (cue awesome 90's music). While working out this week I was listening to a couple of my fave podcasts - Making Love in the Kitchen & Ben Greenfield Fitness. And wouldn't you know that both of them featured an interview with Dr Davis, author of Wheat Belly.
I find this doctor fascinating and brilliant and really like his holistic approach as a preventive cardiologist.
For me, whenever I make a change to my diet it is usually the result of finding out that someone has been messing with my food. Well, my friends - I'm sorry if this is the first time you're hearing it, but Wheat has kind of turned into the devil.
A few of the facts I have learned so far:
- 2 slices of whole wheat bread raise blood sugar more than consuming straight up table sugar
- Back in the 70's, all wheat was genetically altered to a 2 foot high "dwarf" crop
- With this modified crop, they altered the protein of the wheat to be a powerful appetite stimulant which leads most people to consume an extra 400 calories per day.
- Wheat's lectin content (wheat germ gluten) is indigestible. When you eat it, it heads to your intestinal tract and has the ability to unlock the protectional barriers and allow foreign objects into your bloodstream. THIS IS WHY WHEAT IS LINKED TO SKIN PROBLEMS SUCH AS ECZEMA.
- Gluten free products are not any better because manufacturers have replaced the gluten with ingredients that spike blood sugar (different types of starches), making them the worst on the GI scale
- Sprouted grain/wheat products are no better because at the end of the day, they start of with the same frankenwheat. Like putting lipstick on a pig my friends!
- We shouldn't embrace something has good (such as whole grains) just because they are less bad.
So when I look at my own personal diet, I begin most days 2 pcs of sprouted toast with nut butter or oatmeal. Lunch is typically soup/salad & a sprouted wrap with beans, hummus etc and then dinner will sometimes include a wheat product such as pasta. I made the decision last night to cut wheat out for 2 weeks and see what kind of impact that has. Keeping in mind that wheat hides in many products (such as soy sauce) so I'm still learning about all of that.
I started off today with kefir coconut yogurt, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, buckwheat groats & banana. And you know the really cool part? I had a killer workout after and had to force myself to eat a big salad at lunch cause I wasn't even really hungry. This is so not me as my appetite is usually raving all day long with breastfeeding.
We'll see how this goes - as with all aspects of health living, it's all about creating different & healthier habits. My breakfast routine will be the hardest to break but I'm looking forward to seeing the changes and will be sure to update you in a few weeks! How many of you have already given up wheat? I'd love to hear from you and your experience/suggestions!