I have spent the last 24 days enjoying a delightful, hedonistic carb-fest.
It is hard to avoid them in England. The British diet is loaded with wheat, sugar and fat.
And I love it.
I only visit my homeland once every couple of years and made a promise to myself this time to avail myself of every and all delectable fancy that caught my eye should the need come over me.
Never one to break a promise, I ate whatever I wanted, as much as I wanted, whenever I wanted it.
I normally eat a very healthy diet – light on the dairy, wheat, sugar, salt and caffeine – but for the past three weeks or so caramel shortcake, Victoria sponges, sticky toffee pudding, cream teas, sausage rolls, pates, and prawn-filled baguettes have consisted my dietary staples.
Of course, I knew this would have a cost and as I write this to you, I am accompanied by an extra nine pounds that were not known to me the last time I wrote this blog.
But c’est la vie.
They will be chased away, horrified by the fruit, veg and nuts that will be coming along to the party.
Another promise to myself was that as soon as the plane wheels hit the tarmac on my return to the West Coast, the major culprit will be banned from my lips.
The one that I know has the most negative effect and is the most addictive to my system will be selected and banished.
Conventional wisdom tells me that it takes 21 days to break a habit. Or maybe it’s 28, I forget. No matter, I want to be serious about this and go for a 100 days as this is a tricky one; past experience tells me that a little leads to more consumption, then more, then more in ever increasing circles so only a long-term, cold turkey approach will do.
So goodbye wheat.
Goodbye to the puffiness, the bloat, the water retention, the lethargy.
And of course the extra pounds.
It’s like saying goodbye to a comfortable old friend you know is secretly not good for you. It’s hard to make the break and you won’t appreciate the benefits of not having them in your life until they are well and truly gone but go they have to.
(Read my update on going gluten-free.)
Have you gone gluten-free? What benefits have you seen? Or do you think it is unnecessary? Let me know in the comments!
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