This book was a free kindle book for a couple of days when I first posted this article (the freebie special is over now). I literally just got it so I haven't had a chance to try any of the recipes yet. At a glance flicking through it many look interesting enough to try. It has very gotten good reviews.
The first part of the book has what almost looks like a summary of the information in the very well researched and eye-opening book Wheat Belly by William Davis MD that I have been reading. I'll be posting a review of it when I finish and more articles that talk about how wheat affects our body. But let me just say here, for anyone who is interested in eating healthier, I think the book Wheat Belly should be mandatory reading.
Now, getting back to the book Wheat Fast Low Carb Cookbook let me tell you a little more about the recipes at a glance…
A Quick Look At The Grain Free Recipes
- Some of the 49 recipes in the book contain meat. But many, possibly the majority, of the recipes are vegetarian.
- It looks like all the recipes are not only wheat free, but grain free. So that makes them gluten-free as well.
- Many of the recipes call for cow milk or soy milk. Soy milk is NOT healthy, and I don't recommend it. But if you don't want to consume dairy, they may still turn out fine if you substitute a nut milk, like almond milk.
- Some of the recipes contain nuts (for those who have an allergic reaction or intolerance to them), but there are plenty that don't.
- There are a few recipes that replace traditional foods that are wheat-based, such as bread, muffins, crepes. The majority however are for complete dishes that will satisfy you and don't happen to contain any wheat (or grain).
I used to balk at recipes like this (that don't normally contain wheat) when they were included in a wheat-free or grain-free cookbook. I considered it cheating to include smoothie or omelet recipes in a wheat-free cookbook… of course they are (I would think)! Those recipes have never contained wheat. Now I'm softening my opinion on this a little. I think that many people who have only known a SAD (Standard American Diet), but want to start eating healthier and cut out wheat really don't know where to start. If every meal you eat contains wheat, cutting it out can seem an impossible task, or at least like you're going to be depriving yourself of so much.
Eliminating Wheat From Your Diet
In reality it's not hard to eliminate wheat from your diet if you stay away from processed, packaged foods (which are unhealthy anyway). Wheat is so pervasive in the SAD, mostly because it contains so many processed foods. Did you know wheat is used in the packaged grated cheese you find at the supermarket? The cheese is coated with it to prevent it from sticking together, but they don't make that clear on the label. But a book like this makes it easy to cook delicious, filling foods. Just open it up to any recipe and have at it!
I am going to be writing an article on wheat, and the havoc it wreaks on our bodies (whether or not you have an ‘intolerance' to it). In the meantime, this book has a very concise summary, and recipes to make it easy to eliminate wheat from your diet.
I have stopped eating wheat and I feel so much better for it. Every once in a while, maybe every 3-5 weeks I might have some vegetarian lasagne for instance. I can feel the difference in my body. I wake up feeling like I have a hang over and I'm really sluggish the next morning. Pasta is one of the ‘easier' forms of wheat for our bodies to handle too. Because it is made from low gluten flour and something about the process of making it, putting it under pressure when it's extruded into the pasta shapes also slows down the spike in blood sugar that we get from wheat.
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