|Elana's Silver Dollar Pancakes|
It's been a tough and interesting transition. The first week I gave up wheat, I was still eating rice, quinoa and oats. I lost four pounds of water weight and bloating. I also stopped having so much pain in my joints and muscles. I felt less tired and had better digestion. However, after the first week my weight loss stalled, so I decided to try low-carb, like the "Wheat Belly" book suggested. The first week of being low-carb was tough. I was hungry all the time. I had no energy to do my work-outs. I wasn't sure if this type of diet was for me, but I kept going, mostly because I didn't know how to go back. Here in week four I'm feeling a lot better. My body is adjusting to not being fed carbs that it doesn't need. I'm not as hungry and my energy is slowly coming back.
I found a website that has been a great source of recipes for my new diet: Elana's Pantry. She has bread, pancake and cookie recipes that are gluten-free (and thus wheat-free) and have almond flour as the main ingredient. Almond flour is a great alternative to regular flour or other gluten-free flours. It has less carbs, and more protein and good-for-you fats. It also tastes pretty good. Another benefit is that you don't have to use weird-sounding ingredients like xanthan gum or guar gum to bake with it. The one drawback: it's expensive. I ordered mine from Honeyville. So far I have tried Elana's Paleo Bread, Banana Bread (love!) and Silver Dollar Pancakes. They are all pretty darn good!
|Elana's Paleo Bread|
I'm pretty excited about almond flour and have already started developing my own recipes using it. Hope you stayed tuned!