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General Discussion / How can we really make this forum GREAT!
« on: April 19, 2013, 06:02:04 PM »
I think it would be great if we can make this a very active and fun forum.   

I'm open to ideas of contests, of doing challenges, etc.

I'd love to see viewers become posters to where they share and get involved.  Viewers can still give karma points, so I hope they do that.

So tell me what you'd all like to see here.

Also, are there other discussion categories that you'd like me to add?

I'm all ears.

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General Discussion / Re: Is there a wheat free pasta?
« on: April 19, 2013, 05:55:46 PM »
I've been trying to give everyone Karma whenever I see a post and I think about it doing it, but I can't give karma to the same person more than once an hour, as that is a limitation on the system.   

Anyone who views ( even people who read but don't post ), can give karma too.  So I urge people to give karma points.

Eventually maybe we can make up some kind of fun contest on Karma, number of posts, or something to that effect.   I'd like to make this into a really fun community board, so I'm very open to all ideas.  In fact, maybe I'll start an idea thread.   I'll do that now.

Update:

Okay ...  here's a thread to get the idea mill going :)   
http://wheatfreeforum.com/index.php/topic,32.0.html

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General Discussion / Re: Is there a wheat free pasta?
« on: April 19, 2013, 02:41:36 PM »
I agree on the shirataki noodles, although the versions sold around here also contain soy, which I try not to eat too much of. Once you'd adorned them with sauce, you really can't tell the difference except they're not as chewy as al dente pasta. I like to use a quick Alfredo sauce, I just mix some melted butter, heavy cream, and all the grated Parmesan I can spare and throw in a little French thyme for good measure. Okay, now I'm hungry, guess I should go fix dinner.  ;)

I couldn't find the soy free version locally either, so I ordered from Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Miracle-Noodle-Shirataki-7-Ounce-Packages/dp/B004CLCEDE  .   From my understanding, you have to refrigerate the soy version, which is why I wanted to order the non-soy one.

I agree that once you cook them and put your sauce on them, it tastes fine.  But there is a fishy smell when you first take them out of the package that geeks me a little.

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Wheat Free Tips / Re: My new favorite cooking tool
« on: April 19, 2013, 01:10:46 PM »
Interesting!  I think I might have to get one of those!

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Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Re: Hello, I am anntsy
« on: April 19, 2013, 01:06:08 PM »
Welcome Anntsy!  And what a great success story!

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Wheat Free Recipes / Re: My morning cereal
« on: April 19, 2013, 01:05:16 PM »
Yummy.  Never heard of blueberry flavored flax.

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Thanks Jan.

And really?  Feeding GMO corn to talipia?

I tell ya...  we humans are ruining our food supply.

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Morning!  I had shredded roasted chicken in a bowl, with a smidge of salsa, and then piled shredded cheddar cheese.  Nuked it for a minute, and it was wonderful!  Added sine cherry tomatoes alongside.  I have trouble finding things for breakfast, but my mainstay the last month has been my wonderful hamburger soup.  I brown a lb of lean hamburger, half a package of nitrate-free chorizo, pour into a crockpot with a couple of pints of my canned tomatoes (no sugar) from last summer, various veggies chopped (onions, zucchini, carrots, celery, turnips, and especially kale or spinach).  Add a little water, put the lid on and it's ready for the next day's breakfast.  I used to drain the meat really well, but now I don't.  I pour the whole saucepan into the crockpot.  Chorizo has enough spices for the soup without adding much of anything else.  Yum!

Sounds like a good dish Loanne... but a little strange for breakfast!  lol

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General Discussion / What are some of your favorite snacks?
« on: April 18, 2013, 08:10:18 PM »
I'm still trying to figure out this one, so I'd love to hear what all of you do.

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I made an easy dinner tonight because I had Zumba from 5:30-6:30.   I didn't feel like doing a lot of cooking when I got home, so I just pan fried some talipia fillets in lemon juice and lemon pepper, with brocoli.   A pretty basic meal.  Nothing exciting.

What did you all have for dinner tonight?   Or,  what will you be cooking for dinner tonight?

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Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Re: Hi, I'm Barbara
« on: April 18, 2013, 07:44:26 PM »
Welcome Barbara.

I've been shopping Sprouts too.  I'm always amazed at how many items I can get for my money there, vs going to the main supermarkets.

That cruise will probably have a lot of tempting wheat desserts there.  When you come back from it, it would be great if you could post some learning experiences and tips on how to stay wheat free on a cruise.

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Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Re: Hi
« on: April 18, 2013, 07:40:37 PM »
Welcome Rockyroad!   You'll find that forums are a lot of fun and that there's great information that is shared.  I'm glad you joined.  :)

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Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Re: I'm Joan from MN
« on: April 18, 2013, 02:44:48 PM »
Wow... our 2nd Joan!  :)

Welcome to the forum!  And, you are very welcome.  :)   ( I just added a bunch of cat profile avatars to the gallery, so you should see if there is one that looks like your cat, as it's your cat who started you on your journey).

You know, it's funny.   I was just thinking about our dog food this morning, and wondering if dogs would have a gluten sensitivity.   I haven't looked at the ingredient list, but my guess is it's probably full of fillers like wheat.

That's so great to hear that your health issues are improving so much, and that you've lost that many inches on your middle! 


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Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Re: I'm Joan from Arizona
« on: April 18, 2013, 02:11:57 PM »
Welcome Joan.   I've read so much stuff lately on wheat, that I really do think that it's a cause of a lot of health issues.  Keep us posted!

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Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Re: my name's Merlin
« on: April 18, 2013, 02:10:54 PM »
Welcome Merlin!  Awesome on the 32 pounds!

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Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Re: Hi there, Bing here.
« on: April 18, 2013, 02:10:11 PM »
Welcome Bing.   (  Ik kan en beije Hollandse praaten, maar ik kan it niet schriejven) -  lol

Love Amsterdam!   And I love Reis Tafle

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Forum Rules / Video overview of the site
« on: April 18, 2013, 12:52:45 PM »
Here's a video overview of the site, with tips on how to use the quote function and the youtube function.

http://www.screencast.com/t/mIHU0CRp0

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I had a half a grapefruit, and 2 scrambled eggs with feta and green onion in it.

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General Discussion / Re: Who's into green smoothies?
« on: April 18, 2013, 11:35:52 AM »
We have one of those Vitamix blenders, where we really create some odd concoctions.   What are some of your favorite blends?

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Wheat Free Recipes / Re: tip for cooking trout/salmon/char
« on: April 17, 2013, 04:41:58 PM »
Yum!  I'll have to try that.

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General Discussion / Re: Why are you on the Wheat Belly Diet? ( poll )
« on: April 17, 2013, 04:23:14 PM »
That's great Loanne!  40 pounds is awesome!   ( I have to admit, I was embarrassed about the title too, especially around my teenage son ).

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Wheat Free Recipes / Goulash
« on: April 17, 2013, 02:34:55 PM »
I made a very tasty goulash this week.

I bought some cubed pork at the store because it was on sale.   I usually never buy cubed pork, so I was in quandry on what to make with it other than green chili.

Decided on goulash.

So I sprayed the frying pan, added the cubed pork, put a little salt and pepper on it, with about a 2 teaspoons of paprika.  Also cut up an onion and let all that sautee.

In another pot I emptied a can of diced tomatoes, added a couple of bay leaves, and added one of those combo  frozen bags of green peppers, red peppers and onion.

When I finished sauteing the meat, I added the meat/onion mixture to the tomatoes/pepper mixture and let that cook on low for about 30 minutes to bring out the flavors.

I wanted to add a beef boullion cube to it, but discovered that had a wheat product in it.   

Didn't matter though.   It was yummy.   My family had at it over rice, while I ate it like soup.  Everyone loved it.

I bet adding a dallup of sour cream would be good in it.  I might have to give that a try next time.

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Wheat Free Recipes / Chicken Tarragon
« on: April 17, 2013, 02:23:06 PM »
I had such a yummy dinner last night!   And it was easy peasy!

You know how you can buy those rotisserie chickens at the store?  I took one home and pulled off the hunks of chicken.   

Then, in a coffee cup, I mixed 1 part dijon mustard to 2 parts half and half  ( you can also use cream ).

I mixed that up and poured it over the chicken.

Then I cut up a bunch of fresh tarragon and mixed that in with the chicken/mustard/half & half blend.

Then I squeezed lemon juice over it, added some pepper, and nuked it in the microwave until it was hot.

I made some jasmine rice for the family to go with it  ( I didn't have any of the rice ),  and served it with a salad.

Very tasty, and my family loved it!

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General Discussion / Wheat Belly Diet Plan
« on: April 17, 2013, 02:12:30 PM »
So here's a link to the wheat belly diet plan if you are choosing to go the weight loss route:

http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/2012/12/wheat-belly-quick-dirty-2/

If for any reason you are not losing the weight it could be due to one of the issues mentioned here:

http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/2012/10/i-lost-the-wheat-but-didnt-lose-weight-2/

Also be sure to check out these books by Dr. Davis:


Wheat Belly Book

Wheat Belly Cookbook



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I find that I'm not hungry at all if I am well stocked with healthy proteins and good fats.

I stick a tablespoon of coconut oil in a meal whenever the opportunity presents itself.

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General Discussion / Why are you on the Wheat Belly Diet? ( poll )
« on: April 17, 2013, 01:00:25 PM »
I'm curious what the main reason is that you are on the wheat belly diet.   I realize that for many of you the answers are all of the above.  But what's the
main reason you got started in the first place?

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Success Stories / My triglycerides are amazing!
« on: April 17, 2013, 12:29:06 PM »
I've had pretty sucky triglycerides.   2 years ago, my triglycerides were at 236   ( they are supposed to be under 140 ).

Last year they were 196.

And just a few days ago, I received new results from my lipid panel.

85   !!!!!

Can you believe it?

I should mention that I've also been drinking dandelion root tea for the last 3 months, so it's possible that I have some good results from that.

So now my profile is:


Triglycerides:  85   (  Is that amazingly low or what?!!!  )  Woot!
HDL:  40
LDL:  124

With those changes, I'm wondering if I could still be considered insulin resistant, since triglyceride are a measurement the doc uses to determine insulin resistance.


What's amazing to me is that I've always had a low fat diet, and now I'm doing a much higher fat diet.  I'm adding a lot of olive oil to my diet.

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Wheat Free Recipes / My morning cereal
« on: April 17, 2013, 12:15:16 PM »
I love having cereal for breakfast, but couldn't find a good alternative.  So I decided to make one up.

I went to Sprouts and hopped on over to the bulk food section and purchased:

Chia Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds
Slivered Almonds
Ground Flax    ( now I buy this at Costco )
Hemp    ( also buy this at Costco )

I also purchased Stevia to sweeten things up.

I had to do a little experimenting, but I found a hot cereal combo using these ingredients that I really like:


2 tbsp  Chia
2 tbsp  Pumpkin
2 tbsp  slivered almonds
2 tbsp  ground flax
2 tbsp  hemp
2 tbsp  ground flax
1 tsp  cinnamon
about a cup of vanilla soy milk    ( I like soy milk, but you can do whatever you want here )

I then nuke that for a minute, stir, add stevia to sweeten, and cut up strawberries or blueberries on top.

Yum!!!!

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Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / I'm Rita
« on: April 17, 2013, 12:06:41 PM »
My name is Rita, and I thought I'd start this forum since we needed a place for wheat belly users to come and connect.   Dr. Davis, the author of the wheat belly book and cookbook has a terrific blog at http://www.wheatbellyblog.com that you should still go and visit for daily inspiration.

I myself am relatively new to the wheat free lifestyle.   I'm on week 7 as of writing this today.   I stumbled across it as I've had a hard time losing weight due to insulin resistance.  I work out 3 times a week, and had what I thought was a pretty decent diet.  Yet, the weight kept creeping up, mainly in my stomach.

I also have PCOS, and I ran across an article online that said 80% of people who have PCOS have wheat sensitivity, and how that was related to insulin resistance.

That then led me to more research, which then led me to the Wheat Belly Diet.

I've never been much of a bread eater, but I had been enjoying my morning cereal, which was a multigrain/flax/pumpkin seed cereal.  Sounds healthy right?   Well, I think those whole wheat grains were my problem.

I've eliminated that cereal, along with other wheat products, and after 2 days, I already noticed how different I felt.   I wasn't hungry at 10am, my hair wasn't falling out, and I felt inflammation go down in my stomach.

I've also chosen to not do high glycemic replacement carbs.   Not sure yet how much weight I've lost ( since I never weigh myself ), but people say they notice.  I can tell that my clothes are more comfortable.

I find this to be a very easy diet, as there is no calorie counting or carb counting.  I've come up with creative dishes that I really enjoy.   I'll share some of those in the recipe section.

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Forum Rules / Forum Rules
« on: April 17, 2013, 11:53:51 AM »
This board is meant to be a positive place where people come together to share and support each other.

There is no room on this board for inconsiderate or mean remarks.

If you disagree with someone that's okay.  But disagree in a polite way.

We will also not tolerate spamming of any kind. 


Please report posts that do not meet these rules to me so that I can remove them.  ( There is a 'report to moderator' link on every post )

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Recommended Resources / Wheat Belly Book and Blog
« on: April 17, 2013, 11:25:28 AM »
Be sure to check out Dr. Davis' Wheat Belly Book and Blog.


Wheat Belly

Wheat Belly Cookbook

Wheat Belly Blog

Here's a link to the wheat belly diet plan if you are choosing to go the weight loss route:
http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/2012/12/wheat-belly-quick-dirty-2/


If for any reason you are not losing the weight it could be due to one of the issues mentioned here:
http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/2012/10/i-lost-the-wheat-but-didnt-lose-weight-2/

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