Post-Holiday Diet: It’s Time for Healthy Eating Without Wheat
Chocolate-covered nuts, caramel, peanut butter brittle, marzipan (my personal favorite) and marshmallow-riddled hot chocolate are just a few favorite treats that I’ve been indulging in this holiday season. Of course, a girl can’t live on sweets alone, so after the clock strikes noon, I’ve started in on the holiday meal leftovers (everything from the standing rib roast I made Christmas Day to mashed potatoes, gravy and side dishes). Needless to say, I’m stuffed, bloated and scared to try on anything that doesn’t have an elastic waistband. And unfortunately, my bathroom scale agrees – it’s time to face the music!
So what will I do? I’ve had a plan in place for a while – just waiting to execute post-holiday season. So here goes:
Starting today, I’m adopting a gluten-free diet. My husband has had celiac disease (a gluten-intolerance) for three years, and he lost 10 pounds by eliminating wheat, oats and barley from his diet. In reality, this means to stay away from pizza, beer, bread, anything breaded (and deep-fried) and the good ol’ staple: pasta. Sounds like a life sentence? Not really (well, at least I hope not).
It is becoming increasingly popular to live gluten-free, and stores are responding with an abundance of substitute products. Just go to CobornsDelivers Web site and do a search for gluten-free products – I bet you’ll be surprised at the vast selection of products available. This morning (since this is my first day without gluten), I made homemade gluten-free bread (from a package where all I had to do was add yeast and water) and it tasted delicious.
In addition (and to make sure that I will lose these extra few pounds that I’ve accumulated over the month of December) I am also planning to eat an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables with every meal to ensure that I feel full (without adding fatty foods and meats).
Happy New Year to everyone! And may I add, good riddance to beer, pasta, pizza and bread.