Even as I read the first section of “Wheat Belly” I knew it was too good to be true. What is true is that I need to lose a significant amount of weight around my middle. Welcome to middle age! Have you heard yet about yo-yo dieters dilemma? (Hello, my name is Cindy, and I am a yo-yo dieter. I think 99% of us are) If you never gain weight, you won’t have that middle age gain. If you gain and lose a bunch of times, you are likely to keep the belly and no magic trick like not eating wheat will save you.
If you have Celiac’s, don’t eat wheat. Otherwise, it’s all about portion control wrapped in a new package. I eat too much bread and pasta. Period. So I decided I’d try to go “wheatless” and see what happened. Lots of beans and rice, fruit and veggies. Yougurt, peanut butter on a spoon instead of bread, cheese cubes but no crackers. South Beach, Atkins, done them all. More than once. I know that eating less carbs is going to help me lose weight.
So I tried it. And after a few days, I ate a sleeve of Saltines. Yes, the entire sleeve. I am not proud of myself but I did learn something. It is not good to cut all wheat from my diet. Some people under 50 might think, as I did, that there must be a magic age when you can stop worrying about your weight. And there is. But then that vanity worry is replaced with health concerns. Too much fat around the middle is the root of all evil and every disease on the planet.
This past year I let my natural hair grow in. It’s “salt and pepper” but the salt is silver and I really like it. It’s like a sheen over my hair. Plus no more three hour salon appointments at $200 a pop. That’s nice. So the truth is, there is a time when we can give up vanity. I have. But only to a point. I’m a litte worried about losing weight. I see what happens to my friends faces when they lose it. I think I’ll be okay with ten pounds gone, face-wise. But twenty? Which is what I really need to lose? (OK, 30 would be the doctor’s joy, but I can only kid myself so far…) All those sagging flaps of skin–a little scary.
I know for a fact that I’ll be losing some lbs this weekend. I have a colonoscopy (forget I mentioned it until you turn 50) scheduled so I’m going to be clean as a whistle without a crumb in my tummy come Monday morning. And even though the wheat belly flopped, I am watching my carbs again. They are my true weakness. Well, carbs and sugar. And wine.