I loved bread. No, I still love bread. Even though I’m no longer eating anything made with flour, there will always be a place in my heart for a warm slice of bread right out of the oven, spread with some delicious, real butter. Which is why I am amazed at myself that I have gone almost 10 months without eating bread or anything made with flour. A lot of my friends comment about how they could never give up bread. I was the same way just one year ago.
I remember when hubby and I did the South Beach Diet, I agonized over the fact that we could not eat any carbs the first two weeks. I was so happy when we were able to reintroduce bread two weeks later. It wasn’t until I stopped eating flour that I realized how much I relied on bread to fill me up. Everywhere you look something is made flour. Here are some examples of all those yummy things I used to love eating.
Breakfast consisted of eggs with toast or just cereal, and on the weekends I would have pancakes, waffles or french toast.
Lunch would always include bread, especially if it was a sandwich, hamburger or hot dog. I loved getting a Panda Express Panda Bowl of Orange Chicken or if I was being healthy a six-inch sub. One of my favorite places to eat was a Mediterranean restaurant that served their dishes with pita bread. Even a wrap was wrapped in bread. Let’s not forget salads with their yummy croutons.
For dinner I would make a pasta dish which of course had to have garlic bread or bread sticks. If I made a chicken dish I would sometimes bake rolls/biscuits to go along with our dinner. There was always the option to eat pizza, and who doesn’t like pizza? I didn’t fry foods at home, but if we went to a restaurant I’d order a burger or chicken sandwich, maybe some chicken strips with all their breaded goodness.
My favorite dessert came with bread: ice cream with a waffle cone. Cookies, cakes and brownies are nothing but bread. If I baked a cake I would eat some for breakfast. Cookies didn’t last very long, and I admit that I once at a whole pan of No Pudge Brownies when I was home sick. But they were fat free!
So ya, giving up bread wasn’t easy. I didn’t go low- or no-carb with my new diet, but eliminating flour cut out so many carbs. Since I wasn’t filling up on bread, I had to find other things to fill up on. Like more fruits and veggies. Which is a good thing.
I’ve since discovered baking with almond and coconut flours. I’ve made cookies, cakes, muffins, scones, cupcakes and even a cheesecake. They are just as yummy as the conventional baked goods. I have to remind myself that they are still treats and make sure to make them sparingly.
Funny thing is, my body is doing so much better without bread. Interestingly, if I eat anything with flour my body feels like it has a hangover. It’s easy to stay away from breads knowing how my body will react.