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180 Quinoa Chocolate Cake

Angela: OMG this is the most amazing chocolate cake ever and it’s wheat-free, gluten-free and high in protein. Thank you Caroline Howe for another great recipe!

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup white or golden quinoa
  • 1 1/3 cups (325ml) water
  • 1/3 cup coconut water or milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp pur vanilla extract
  • 1/2-3/4 cup coconut oil (or any oil / butter substitute, if you use a butter substitute then put in 3/4 cup but if you are using oil then slightly less)
  • 1/2 or so cups of Stevia (taste it as you go, especially after you put the cacao in)
  • 3/4 – 1 cup unsweetened organic cacao powder or 3/4 cacao and 1/2 cup 180 chocolate (again, if you are using pure cacao then use a little less but if its cocoa powder then you might use more. The cacao is preferred)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt or salt substitute (you can’t really get around using a little salt in baking, it really does bring out better flavours)

Method

Bring the quinoa and water to the boil in a medium saucepan. Cover, reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 min. Turn off the heat and leave covered for another 10 min. Fluff with a fork and let it cool down. Pre heat your oven to 180 degrees celsius. Get a pan ready for the cake 8-inch round tin or even a square tin – whatever is closest.

Then combine the coconut water (milk), eggs, vanilla in a blender or food processor. Add the quinoa, the coconut oil and continue to blend it all up. Whisk the other dry ingredients together then add the wet ingredients to the dry and combine.

Pour into your cake tin and back for about 35 min. I checked the cake at 25 min and then added another 10min if needed. Keep an eye on it!

Then eat whatever you want or just on its own :)

Enjoy!

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Clean Eating Sticky Date Pudding

Sticky Date Pudding

Lynda: I am a massive sticky date pudding fan but try to avoid the store bought varieties that often contain refined sugar and gluten. This recipe has no gluten, is rich in fibre and protein and tastes exactly like those memories that are firmly planted in my mind. This cake is quite date heavy, therefore rich in “natural” sugar so please have her on special occasions. I promise it will not disappoint.

Ingredients

Cake

  • 100g organic butter at room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups pitted dates (soaked in 200 ml water for 2 or more hours)
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup 180nutrition (I used coconut vegan)
  • ½ cup ground almonds
  • 3 organic eggs
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • ¼ tsp himalayan salt

For Sauce

  • ½ cup pitted dates (soaked in 300ml water for 2 hours or more)
  • 50 g organic butter

Method

  • Preheat oven to 170C. Line a baking dish with baking paper.
  • Make sauce first. Drain dates and keep the liquid. Place dates and butter in food processor and blend until smooth. Slowly add the “date liquid” to the sauce and blend until silky and smooth. Set aside.
  • Drain dates and keep the liquid. Place “date liquid” into a food processor along with 180nutrition superfood blend, ground almonds and butter. Process mixture.
  • Add the eggs, salt, cinnamon, coconut flour, cinnamon and bicarb of soda. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Roughly chop the soaked dates and stir by hand through the cake mixture, until evenly distributed.
  • Pour mixture into the lined baking dish. Bake for 35 minutes. Cover the top of the cake with baking paper and bake for a further 20 minutes.
  • Serve with delicious sticky date sauce. You can warm the sauce in a saucepan for a lovely warm sauce. Add a dollop of coconut cream or fresh organic cow’s milk cream.
  • Serves 10

Big thanks to Naturopath Lynda Griparic for the recipe.

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Gluten Free High Protein Quinoa Bread

Gluten free high protein quinoa bread

Guy: This ‘almost’ paleo bread recipe is the bomb! I tried it first hand a few days ago and had one of those moments where I had to double check the ingredients as it was that good!

If you want a slice of bread heaven that is wheat free, crap free, high protein, gluten free, sugar free and darn easy to make, then this is for you! Great with avocado spread, nut butter or grass fed melted butter. Just go easy and don’t eat the whole loaf at once :)

Ingredients

  • 4 scoops 180 Natural Protein Superfood (Coconut Flavour)
  • 2 tsp organic ground coffee (optional)
  • 1 tsp bicarb soda
  • ¼ cup chia seeds (soaked in ½ cup water overnight)
  • 1 cup quinoa (soaked and rinsed)
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil

Method

Preheat oven to 170°c. Place 180 Natural Protein Superfood powder in a large bowl. Drain and rinse the quinoa well and process in food processor. Do not drain or rinse the chia and chia gel.
Add remainder of ingredients except 180 Nutrition powder and pulse until crumbly and moist. Pour mixture into large bowl with 180 Nutrition powder and stir well.

Pour mixture into baking tray lined with baking paper. Place in oven uncovered for 1 ½ hours. You may need to leave in longer. Use a wooden skewer to check if centre is still moist.

Serves 10 lucky people.

lynda griparic naturopathThis recipe is brought to you by Lynda. She is a fully qualified Naturopath and Nutritionist with over 13 years of experience in the health industry. Lynda specialises in detoxification and weight loss. She has extensive experience in running healthy, effective and sustainable weight loss programs and has expertise in investigating and treating the underlying causes of weight gain and metabolic problems.

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Paleo Friendly Gluten Free Cinnamon & Coconut Bread

Angela: I love finding good homemade wheat free bread recipes that taste yummy and are nutritional dense. This one is high in protein, gluten free, paleo friendly and packed full of nutrients. It tastes amazing toasted with a thick spread of butter on the top. I store mine in the fridge in an airtight container. If you make a big batch of it you can keep it in the freezer and pull out the slices as you toast them. Mmmm, enjoy…

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup 180 Nutrition powder (whey or vegan coconut)
  • 2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 5 eggs
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (optional)
  • 1 tbsp dessicated coconut
  • ¼ tsp stevia

paleo friendly bread Process

Method

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Line a bread pan with baking paper.
  • Combine 180 Nutrition powder, coconut flour, dessicated coconut, cinnamon, stevia, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
  • Combine eggs and coconut oil large bowl. Mix until well combined using a blender.
  • Combine egg mixture with dry ingredients.
  • Add roughly ground walnuts and fold through.
  • Bake for around 40 minutes. Use a wooden stick to check if cooked through.

Notes

Serves 10. If you have any great 180 Superfood recipes you would like to share, we would love to hear from you. Simply email us support@180nutrition.com.au

lynda griparic naturopathThis recipe is brought to you by Lynda. She is a fully qualified Naturopath and Nutritionist with over 13 years of experience in the health industry. Lynda specialises in detoxification and weight loss. She has extensive experience in running healthy, effective and sustainable weight loss programs and has expertise in investigating and treating the underlying causes of weight gain and metabolic problems.

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Don’t Make These Mistakes When Choosing Sushi…

is sushi healthy

Angela: Is sushi healthy or not? Hmmm… there is quite a lot to consider. For me there’s the Japanese food I would eat for a quick and semi-healthy lunch on the run and then there’s the Japanese dinner when I relax with friends and don’t stress too much about what is being ordered. What I take into consideration for the semi-healthy lunch on the run:

  • Sushi rice is made with sugar and rice vinegar (on average 2 tbsp of sugar and 2 tbsp of rice vinegar per 2 cups of rice). Typical sushi hand rolls are 60 – 75% rice and the equivalent carb content of two slices of bread.
  • The type of rice used in sushi is short grain rice which spikes blood sugar levels.
  • The protein amounts in sushi are very small – I recommend a palm size of protein with every meal. You would have to eat a lot of sushi to get that covered and then there’s all that rice you would eat along with it.
  • As it’s low in protein and fat it’s low in satiety and you will be craving more sugar after lunch.
  • I would avoid processed protein like crab sticks, anything fried as it would most likely have been fried in vegetable oil and anything with teriyaki sauce (full of sugar). I generally opt for things like fresh salmon, tuna or kingfish.
  • Avoid Teriyaki sauce and Japanese mayo they are very high in sugar
  • Seaweed salads – I have them depending on the establishment. Most places don’t make them on the premises and will be commercially made and will more than likely have added MSG.
  • Avoid Tempura – they will be fried in vegetable oil. What you need to know when selecting cooking oils.
  • Edamame (soybeans) – I will eat soybeans in their whole form from time to time but I do avoid all refined soy products (tofu, soy oil, soy milk). 90% of soy products are genetically modified in the US. There is a big debate on whether soy is a healthy food, there are lots of studies supporting both sides of the argument. My number 1 concern is that they contain natural plant oestrogens that mimic estrogen in our bodies and may cause hormonal imbalances. I would avoid if you are trying for a baby, pregnant or have any endocrine issues.
  • It’s very salty – the sushi rice is made with salt and soy sauce is very high in salt. If you are on a low salt diet one to avoid.
  • Soy sauce contains wheat – If you are wheat intolerant like me you can have Tamari which is a wheat free version of soy sauce.

When eating sushi I follow these rules:

  1. I take my own bottle of Tamari… I know – a little sad! I do it if it’s a planned dinner date… no one ever cares or blinks an eye lid
  2. Stick to sashimi
  3. Ask for my rolls to be rolled without rice (depends on the establishment)
  4. If having rice, I go for brown
  5. If white rice rolls are the only option I take some of the rice off
  6. Protein sources: I go for things like raw salmon and tuna
  7. I go somewhere that I know they have a high turnover so I know it’s fresh
  8. Have a seaweed salad if you think it’s MSG free. Seaweed is a good source of vitamins and mineral, protein and fibre

Conclusion:

If you are not careful sushi can be a very high carb lunch without any protein or vegetables leaving you hungry and craving more sugar after lunch.

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Eat Right For Mental Health (& Look Awesome Too)

mental foodies

Angela: Meet our amazing friends the Mental Foodies (MF’s). They have an incredible story to tell and will teach you how to eat right for mental health. They have a great sense of humour so I’m sure you will learn a few things and have a good giggle.

Over to KT and Ash…

mental foodiesKT and Ash: In one sentence: we are two nutters spreading the word on how vital Food + Exercise are for your Mental health.

MF’s came about from two things: Mental Health and Food, but you probably could have guessed that. We both believe that ultimate wellness isn’t a destination, but an ongoing relationship with your own body; spiritually, mentally and physically.

Both of us have suffered, recovered and experienced a range of mental illnesses including anxiety, depression, attempted suicide, eating disorders and body dysmorphia.
We have trialled and experimented with a range of methods to improve our way of life, let us tell you it has been a bumpy road. Like others we have fallen down, but we are back up… and feeling pretty darn great. Ultimately we discovered this: “Constant exercise and good clean nutrition is the key in helping your mental wellbeing thrive”. Looking awesome is just an added bonus.

“Our aim is to offer inspiration to people out there in a bit of a pickle. Hell, we’ve been in quite a few pickles. We hope to give fellow sufferers some tips on how you can fight your demons with some simple steps for clean eating and releasing endorphins.MF’s offers paleo, raw and organic recipes and products, fun stuff that is relevant to our rad lifestyle, we also offer humour (good and bad), recipe books and wellness packages to help you reach your personal mental and physical goals. What we offer will constantly be evolving, as just like you… we are still learning and growing on our path to fabulousness”.

 

What Foods We Eat On a Regular Basis to Nail a Day?

We have good days. We have ok days. We have amazing days and we also have days where we just can’t function. On these days we have a list of things that help us get out of bed. At some point we all feel a little flat and it can be hard to just find the drive to even have a shower. Someone says to you “you look a little tired” and you either want to:

  • Punch them in the face
  • Burst in to tears
  • Put a bag over your head or
  • You just don’t give a **** as you can’t access your feelings on that particular day

Feel Good Foods and Supplements to minimise “moving through sticky smelly mud” days?

  1. GREENS. Eat as many of these as you can. Snort them. Kidding. Although that would be hilarious. Include at every meal as they act as digestive enzymes to help process your food better. Greens also include Vitamins A, C, K, folate and minerals such as iron.
  2. CUCUMBER. This vegetable is extremely calming on your insides. Whack it in a green SMOODIE or just slice it up and eat with a good dippy dip.
  3. PUMPKIN SEEDS. Zinc is essential for immune health and stress management and pumpkin seeds are loaded with it. Symptoms of zinc deficiency can include; loss of appetite, irritability and depression. Throw some in a salad or lightly pan fry with a little tamari (wheat free soy sauce).
  4. Smelly wee ASPARAGUS. This spring vegetable is not only high in antioxidants but also a good source of tryptophan, an important amino acid that the body uses to make serotonin, which helps us sleep and support a healthy mood. “Serotonin deficiency is the most common cause of panic attacks.”
  5. BERRIES and rich coloured fruits. These little gems not only taste amazing but contain plant nutrients that protect you against certain diseases and are loaded with Vitamin C. Vitamin C becomes severely depleted in times of stress and anxiety.
  6. COCONUT WATER. High in potassium and magnesium and is particularly good for re-hydrating and re-energising. Magnesium is our GOD – see below info.
  7. CHIA SEEDS AND WALNUTS. High in omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins and magnesium (all of which support metabolism, reduce stress and improve mood). Walnuts are excellent brain nutrition. Throw them in your SMOODIE!
  8. CHAMOMILE TEA. Chamomile is a natural relaxant. Sip this baby all day.
  9. CARBS. We tend to eat more health PALEO friendly carbs when feeling a little flat and funny enough often crave them. This is one tip we tell a lot of people – increase your carb intake to get your mood back on track. Opt for stuff like Sweet Potato and we love BANANAS for a good mood boost. The connection between carbohydrates and mood is all about tryptophan, a nonessential amino acid. As more tryptophan enters the brain, more serotonin is synthesized in the brain, and mood tends to improve. Serotonin, known as a mood regulator, is made naturally in the brain from tryptophan with some help from the B vitamins. Foods thought to increase serotonin levels in the brain include fish and vitamin D.Here’s the catch, though: While tryptophan is found in almost all protein rich foods, other amino acids are better at passing from the bloodstream into the brain. So you can actually boost your tryptophan levels by eating more carbohydrates; they seem to help eliminate the competition for tryptophan, so more of it can enter the brain. But it’s important to make smart carbohydrate choices like fruits and vegetables, which also contribute important nutrients and fibre to your insides.
  10. Dark Chocolate and RAW CACAO. Cacao contains serotonin and precursors to serotonin, our brain’s natural feel good molecule. Many people feel a rush of well-being when eating chocolate, dark chocolate, and cacao. These also boost production of serotonin and other endorphins and neurotransmitters that result in feelings of deep pleasure, decreased pain, reduced stress, less fatigue, and increased contentment. We eat cacao ALL.THE.TIME.
  11. OILY FISH. In recent years, researchers have noted that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (found in fatty fish, flaxseed, and walnuts) may help protect against depression.
  12. Get your GUT HEALTH pumping by consuming foods such as full fat organic yoghurt, a good probiotic, Kefir, fermented foods, Kombucha and avoid foods that contribute to leaky gut syndrome (like Grains)! There is a definite gut-brain connection and problems associated with the gut can have serious effects on mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. Digestive problems and its impact on mental health are commonly overlooked by mental health practitioners despite studies showing a strong relationship between gastrointestinal disorders and mental health. For example, many studies have shown strong links between depression and celiac disease, poor diet and depression, food allergy and depression, candida (yeast overgrowth) and depression, plus many more. Get that gut happy chappy.

Natural Supplements We Take That Help Us When We Have a Foggy Brain:

As always – consult your doctor before taking any natural supplements that may interfere with any medications you are currently on:

  1. VITAMIN C. In times of anxiety (stress) the adrenal glands (where stress hormones are stored) tend to be particularly depleted of their normally high levels of vitamin C. Make sure you are getting a good supplement – get one from your local health store.
  2. We recommend both FISH OIL and a GOOD B VITAMIN to anyone experiencing depression and anxiety. Study after study has shown that taking a high quality fish oil supplement containing both the potent omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA can help with symptoms of depression and anxiety and even bipolar disorder. In addition, the entire range of B vitamins, including vitamins B12, B6, and folate, may also be helpful in regulating mood.
  3. MAGNESIUM has so many benefits and most people are deficient. It offers better sleep as the sleep regulating hormone melatonin is disturbed when Magnesium is deficient. Furthermore, Magnesium brings balance and controls stress hormones. Stress and tension are often reasons why people suffer from insomnia in the first place. It also relaxes the nervous system. Magnesium is important in the serotonin story because it is a necessary element in the release and uptake of serotonin by brain cells. With proper amounts of magnesium, nature makes sufficient serotonin and you experience emotional balance. It can help migraine sufferers, PMS sufferers and is a must for anyone who is depressed or anxious.
  4. 5-HTP (available at any good Health Store). It is a compound produced in the body from the amino acid Tryptophan. It is a precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin and the hormone melatonin. 5-HTP supplements have become popular because it is thought that providing the body with 5-HTP in pill form can boost the body’s serotonin levels, similar to the antidepressants that are thought to increase the amount of serotonin available to the brain.
  5. EPSOM SALT BATHS. Basically a magnesium bath that instantly relaxes you. Your skin is so porous and magnesium is just cranking through your body after a bath with Epsom salts. Can buy these in the medicine section in your local supermarket.
  6. MIND DUMP. Keeping a private diary or a written record of your thoughts can be one of the most effective ways of dealing with mood disorders. The mere act of writing down our thoughts and feelings instantly makes us feel less anxious as having too many tasks on our mind makes us feel bloody overwhelmed. Makes us feel like important journalists too.
  7. GET SOME HUGS. Oxytocin is the hormone responsible for us all being here today. You see this little gem is released during childbirth, making our mothers forget about all of the excruciating pain they endured expelling us from their bodies and making them want to still love and spend time with us. When we hug someone, oxytocin is released into our bodies by our pituitary gland, lowering both our heart rates and our cortisol levels. Cortisol is the hormone responsible for stress, high blood pressure, and heart disease. FREE HUGS ALL ROUND. If you can’t find someone to hug you… we will.
  8. EXERCISE. Releases endorphins, makes you feel strong and sexy, boosts your confidence. Enough said.
  9. Find something you enjoy.

Ultimately everything is so individual, we just want to be a voice and perhaps even a virtual shoulder to lean on when it feels like there is no sunlight. Perhaps try include some of the above to help you on your path to overall wellness (nuttiness).

If you are feeling a little flat whip out one of these bad boys to give you a little pep:

CACLIUM KING

Calcium King

SERVINGS One RAD person.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp of chocolate or natural protein
    (We use 180protein chocolate flavour)
  • 2 tbsp of natural yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp of coconut milk or a couple of heaped tbsp of natural yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp of tahini
  • A slug of icey water or coconut water
  • 2/3 of a frozen banana
  • 1 heaped tbsp of raw cacao

Method

  • BLEND
  • POUR
  • INHALE

Health Benefits of the Calcium King

Apart from tasting delicious:

  • It contains tahini…
    (high in Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and Iron and also helps to maintain healthy skin and muscle tone)
  • It aids in liver detoxification
  • High in B vitamins
  • It contains 20% protein
  • High in healthy fats
  • Apart from the health benefits of Tahini in this smoothie, it also has the banging benefits of raw cacao, protein and banana. Raw Cacao is an instant mood booster. We eat Cacao almost every day. Seriously it is loaded with magnesium and just puts a smile on your dial.

Love always,

MF’s

P.S. Feel free to email us about anything or everything

P.P.S We love Crossfit

Angela: Find out more about the Mental Foodies on their website here.

Healthy Guilt-Free Pizza

healthy guilt free pizza

Angela: It’s Friday night and your looking for a pizza fix. We have the answer… keeping it paleo, primal and gluten-free is our friends the Mental Foodies. Over to to you KT and Ash…

Ingredients

PIZZA

  • 1/4 cauliflower
  • 3 teaspoons of almond meal
  • Good pinch of pink himalayan salt
  • Good pinch of dried oregano
  • 1 egg

TOPPING

  • Shredded chicken
  • 1-2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup sliced mango
  • Goats cheese
  • Spinach
  • Fresh ‘erbs – basil, oregano etc

Method

  1. Whiz up the cauliflower in a food processor
  2. Place in a microwave proof bowl and zap in the microwave for about a minute
  3. Mix through one whisked egg and rest of the pizza ingredients.
  4. Line a baking tray and shape the base on the tray with the back of a spoon. Place in a preheated oven @ 200 degrees and bake for ten minutes or until crispy
  5. Pull out and add your toppings
  6. Bake until desired crispiness!

Servings

Makes one good sized pizza! Double the recipe for sharing.

Health Benefits

Ummmm… it’s PALEO. BOOM. A great alternative to Friday night’s traditional pizza. Man friendly.

Recipe by our friends at Mental Foodies.

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Berry and Ricotta Protein Muffins

berry ricotta protein muffins

Angela: Thanks to the awesome Alison at Paleo Foodies for this great muffin recipe. Muffins are a great one to make in bulk as an easy go-to snack. Much better than the store bought ones full of bad oils, sugar and wheat. Enjoy her high protein, sugar-free, gluten-free, paleo version…

Alison: It’s always handy to have a few healthy snacks in the pantry for when you need some pre-workout fuel or just feel like a healthy snack between meals. Healthy muffins are one of my go-to’s, and I recently discovered how well 180 Nutrition Superfood Protein goes in my base muffin recipe. I absolutely love berries and ricotta together, so I tried a berry and ricotta combo using coconut protein. They were delicious!

Ingredients

  • 3 x scoops 180 Nutrition Superfood Protein in coconut
  • 1⁄2 cup coconut flour
  • 4 x free range eggs
  • 1⁄2 fresh or frozen mixed berries
  • 1⁄2 cup ricotta (plus 1⁄4 cup for crumbling on top of the muffins)
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey (you could also use stevia or rice malt syrup)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

Method

  • With a hand held blender, mix together all the wet ingredients (except the berries) until smooth
  • Add the dry ingredients and blend until combined. The mixture should be a thick pouring consistency. If it looks too dry you can add a drop of coconut water or coconut milk
  • Fold through the mixed berries gently
  • Spoon the mixture into pre-greased muffin trays or muffin cases. I grease with a little bit of coconut oil or butter
  • Top each muffin with a teaspoon of ricotta
  • Cook in the oven on 170 degrees celsius for 20-25 minutes (until golden brown)
  • A little tip – pre-heat the oven about 10 degrees hotter and then turn it down when you put the muffins in

Notes

  • Makes 12 small muffins

Recipe by Alison Sims, editor of Paleo Foodies 

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Easy Wheat Free Seed Bread

Stu: Want to try ditching wheat for a while but still attached to bread? This healthy gluten free seed loaf will not disappoint, it’s super simple to make and will provide around 20 slices. Big thanks to Emma from Primal Life for the recipe :)

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Why I Do Not Eat Wheat

Why I Don't Eat Wheat

By Angela Greely

Angela: Wheat… it’s a delicate topic, and a topic we feel well worth looking into. The aroma of toast & vegemite wafting under your nostrils in the morning is enough to make anyone’s heart sink when you’re avoiding wheat. But hey, we’ve come to the conclusion that we are better off without it, & we wanted to share with you why.

Resounding feedback from health and wellness circles worldwide is that wheat makes you sick and fat! I have never heard anyone say they have taken wheat out their diet and felt like crap. I always hear things like: I lost 5 kilos; I don’t have brain fog anymore; my skin is glowing; my asthma or joint pain has gone…

Modern day wheat isn’t the same as wheat from the 60’s. It’s so far removed from it, after years of geneticist’s hybridisations to increase yield (make it easier and cheaper to grow). Wheat gluten proteins experience considerable structural changes with hybridisation. “Modern day wheat contains higher quantities of genes for gluten proteins that are associated with celiac disease” 1. Could this be the cause of increased cases of celiac disease and gluten sensitivities?

 

Regain Health Eliminate Wheat

If you’re interested in finding out more from an expert in the field then we recommend the book “Wheat Belly” by Cardiologist Dr William Davis, MD. He treats his cardiac patients with diet alone and the message he voices is quite clear: “don’t eat wheat and reverse heart disease”.

His story is compelling as he followed a low fat diet including lots of healthy whole-grains while running 3 – 5 miles everyday and ended up with diabetes! He also treated his patients with a similar ‘recommended government’ diet and watched their health decline. Dr Davis had a light bulb moment and eliminated wheat from his patients diets and saw miracles happen. These changes included patients with extreme joint pain go from hobbling to running among a long list of radical improvements.

Eat good quality natural fats, eliminate wheat!!!

 

Bad Building Blocks of Wheat

  • White and wholemeal breads have been shown to increase blood sugar levels just as much as some chocolate bars. Repetitive increases in blood sugar levels can cause insulin resistance that shows up as visceral fat. This can contribute to diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
  • Amylopectin A (a carbohydrate found in wheat) increases blood sugar levels more efficiently than about any other carbohydrate, including table sugar. It’s a super starch that is highly fattening.
  • Glycation (bonding of sugar molecules to proteins or lipids) of cartilage – the more wheat products we eat the higher and more frequent we increase our blood sugar levels. Cartilages in joints are long-living cells and are incapable of reproducing. They are heavily affected by glycation. The more we raise our blood sugar levels the more damage we are causing our joints. This is irreversible.
  • Gliadin (protein found in wheat) is an appetite stimulant and has been compared to cocaine in terms of its addictive nature.
  • Wheat contains the wheat germ agglutinin, which blocks leptin receptors (the ‘satiety hormone’, a hormone, which regulates the amount of fat stored in the body. This makes it impossible to lose weight. Dr William Davis goes as far as saying this is one of the possible causes of worldwide obesity.

Common Benefits of Eliminating Wheat

  • Natural weight loss
  • Enhanced mood
  • Better quality of sleep
  • Increased clarity of thinking
  • Gastrointestinal relief
  • Relief from joint pains
  • Improved asthma symptoms
90% of health problems in most people improve!

 

If you are one of the very few that do not notice any major changes to your health when eliminating wheat then rest assured, as there will be metabolic changes occurring. Blood sugar levels will drop, inflammation and blood pressure will reduce and you’ll benefit from improvements in nutrients absorption.

Conclusion

Here’s a challenge – try and eliminate wheat from your diet for 30 days and see how you feel. It’s easier than you think and you’ll soon gravitate to a myriad of alternatives that are readily available. Breads, pastas and baked goods are the best place to start and can be replaced with whole foods like meat, fish, vegetables and fruits.

Check out the food diaries below for a wide range of ideas to get you started:

You can also try making wheat-free alternatives using almond meal and coconut flour instead of conventional flour. We have some awesome recipes here to get you started on your new health journey :)

References:

1. Van den Broeck HC, de Jong HC, Salentijn EM et al. Presence of celiac disease epitopes in modern and old hexaploid wheat varieties: wheat breeding may have contributed to increased prevalence of celiac disease. Theor Appl Genet 2010 Jul 28.

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