In 2017, I made the decision to give up refined sugar and wheat flour…and I haven’t felt healthier! After years of feeling perpetually pregnant (most likely due to my endometriosis and related IBS-C), I finally found what worked for me to eliminate my bloated belly along with some of the endometriosis-related pain and inflammation. I started out by eliminating ALL added sugars COMPLETELY for 30 days. During this time, I only ate sugars that occurred naturally in foods, such as fruit, dairy, nuts, etc.
This is when I realized I had a HUGE problem with foods containing modern wheat flour, like I was full on addicted. It seemed that I couldn’t just have a little bit of pasta or one slice of pizza. For me, eating wheat-based foods led to overeating of, well, everything. And these foods also caused the bloating and inflammation to spike. So, I decided to give up modern wheat too. The only wheat I allowed myself to eat was Ezekiel bread (not gluten-free) because it contained sprouted grains rather than refined flour, and I had read that it had a lesser effect on blood sugar because of its whole grains. For the first 30 days, I also gave up white rice and foods made with white rice flour. I’m not a nutritionist, but I had read that foods such as modern wheat flour and white rice quickly digest into sugars in the body, causing blood sugar level spikes and increased hunger levels. So, with that being said, the recipes on Sweet Enough use a variety of gluten-free flours other than white rice flour.
Now, back to the sugar. As I mentioned, I gave up all added sugars, including artificial sugars and sugars that hide behind other names (I definitely recommend Googling “hidden names for sugar” when you have the chance) for 30 days. Then after the 30 days, I reintroduced natural sugars (i.e. honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar) back into my diet. But I’m not saying you can shove 10 refined sugar-free cookies in your face and you will feel great. Of course, sweets of any kind should be eaten in moderation. Therefore, you’ll find some no sugar added recipes too.
And, lastly, if you’re interested, I am the writer of another food blog, Watch Learn Eat. I must warn you though, that it was started BEFORE I changed my eating habits; however, recent recipes reflect healthier options.
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