Good morning everyone! I've gotten quite a few questions under the 'wheat & dairy-free' posts I've written, and wanted to take the time to respond to some of the most asked questions. It's so good to be curious, because that's when we learn! It's also important to do research on your own as well - I literally Google everything these days :) Feel free to leave any other questions or comments below and I will get to them in my next FAQ.
This looks so good (plus it's healthy)!
Wheat & dairy affect your hormones and wheat especially, is very inflammatory. Irregular hormone levels and inflammation cause a lot of problems in your body, one of them being acne and breakouts. Read more about this in the first blogpost I wrote about going wheat & dairy free here.
How are you not hungry by cutting out wheat?
If ever I'm hungry between meals, I eat fruits or nuts and/or have a juice, smoothie and always drink lots of water.
Do you take a daily calcium supplement for healthy bones from the nutrients your missing from dairy?
I don't take any supplements, but I do eat a lot of food that has calcium in it - like almonds, kale, broccoli, salmon etc.
Would you ever become vegan?
At this stage in my life, I don't think I would, just because I like having chicken now and then, and I love fish and eggs. I do limit the intake of animal products because they aren't the best for you technically, but I do enjoy it once in a while for the protein. Who knows in a few years maybe? But it's not something I've actively thought about.
Do you drink alcohol?
My drink of choice is definitely champagne :) but I only have it once in a while. White wine is also nice, but it's very rare that I drink if it's not a super festive occasion. If I've had anything to drink I always drink extra water the next day to remove it from my system as alchol is inflammatory.
Do you ever miss pasta? Bread?
I always tell myself "I know what it tastes like" and then, I just carry on. I'd rather eat something my body can actually USE and that I will feel great about eating, if that makes sense :) It's seriously amazing how my brain has just reconfigured itself lol. But most importantly, what I don't miss are my random breakouts. I also think about that :)
Do you ever have "cheat" days?
I don't believe in 'voluntary' cheat days. It's like telling a smoker, give up smoking but you can have a cigarette every sunday - they will remember the taste and it won't do much good for their health. The reason I eliminate is for a good purpose :) But the exception I do have is, if I'm at a friends or family members house, and they've prepared food, I can't really be picky and say no if it's got wheat or dairy in it - so this is considered my 'cheat day'. Life isn't perfect, but we can do things to compensate - like drink extra amounts of water and include extra servings of fruit or veg the next day.
Some healthy options! More of these types of pictures here
If you are dealing with breakouts, body aches, sleep deprivation, mood swings - it's really worthwhile doing researching into eliminating wheat & dairy thus regulating your hormones. It may be hard at first, but the results will serve as great motivation!
Side Note :)
It's so nice when I read comments that eliminating wheat & diary from your diet has helped improve the condition of your skin :) Congratulations! It's one of those things that, unless you research into, you may never know about, so share this information with your friends if they're dealing with any of the above symptoms! XOXO
Read the full post about going wheat & dairy free here: How to: Clear Acne-Free Skin
Also check out Wheat & Dairy Free Breakfast
And How to: Stop Craving Bad Food
Something else I want to mention:
- If you're not dealing with any of the symptoms mentioned, then you're probably not gluten sensitive which is great! This is just for people who've been dealing with acne and haven't found a solution to clear it. Everyone's body reacts differently to certain foods, and if my body for instance, can't tolerate gluten then I just don't eat it. No biggie. If you still love your breads and pasta, that's fine! :) Just sharing my experiences with you as I think it might help others.
- This way of eating is never about "reducing" the amount of food to eat. Just about filling your plate with the right healthy stuff - leaving less room for the unhealthy things. When you eat a clean diet, you never have to count calories or think about fat content. Eat till your full and satisfied!