Life without bread or breakfast cereal.

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If you are at the start of your wellness journey you will be wondering why l would even endeavour to live without bread and breakfast cereal. Those of you already on the journey will know that these foods can really have a negative impact on your general health and wellbeing including your immunity, your weight and have a questionable nutritional status. I am a strong advocate of living a gluten free diet as l feel healthier when not consuming products containing gluten, but also avoid those products such as breads that are clearly produced as gluten free because they are still highly processed and lacking in nutrients.

On reflection, until January of this year l consumed bread and breakfast cereal everyday for as long as l can remember. My breakfast of Special K and toast appeared without me even thinking about it, and l loved a salad sandwich or wrap. Once the decision was made, after l declined various medical interventions and pharmaceuticals to control my digestive dysfunction, there was no turning back.

Giving up bread was a huge challenge, but also an opportunity to try lots of new foods and to change my diet for the better. I gave up wheat breads very easily but kept a slice or two per week of the non gluten breads in my diet for quite a while. Finally, l decided that l didn’t want to eat foods such as soya flour or potato flour which are commonly in these products. I still make sandwiches and toast for my children and use low gluten breads for them such as spelt and kamut wholegrain varieties, and don’t feel tempted at all to eat these breads as feeling well is very addictive.

At first l swapped the Special K breakfast cereal for an organic, fruit juice sweetened variety and continued with this for several months. Finally, the dietician l see, suggested that l should remove processed corn from my diet to aid the healing of my gut. It is something l still long for but the delicious pancake and egg dishes l have now have filled the breakfast menu very well.

Alternatives to bread and breakfast cereal:

Well, l think my days of eating a traditional sandwich are over but l am going to try and make some flax wraps and l have a nice recipe for seed bread that l will post which is an alternative to toast. I probably could have a quinoa based breakfast cereal if l wanted or the Kapai Puku mix with almond milk, but l prefer the pancakes and eggs. I could also make my own bread or pizza dough from non gluten containing flours which l may do as a special treat.

Cutting these foods out of your diet means that you have to think outside the box and be willing to plan ahead and try new things. Your diet still needs to be balanced, healthy and achieveable in the long term. At the beginning when you are in the healing phase you need to be very strict and have a simple diet, and then as your health improves you can start experimenting with foods again and see what suits you. Having the support of a good dietician or nutritionist who understands your goals is vital when making these changes. As it is a journey to wellness, there will be changes along the way and a positive attitude and support network are vital.

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