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Where to start?

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I have several friends wanting to embark on this wheat-free, low-carb journey. The best I can do is say “clean out your pantry and jump in my world.” Attitude is everything. Recipes are everything. Encouragement is everything. 🙂

Attitude… You have to quit looking for an exact replica of something you love. If something happened to your husband and you remarried later, you wouldn’t expect the new husband to be just like your first husband. He would be different and you would adjust and even celebrate their differences in a new way and a new experience. That should be your attitude here. Yes biscuits and gravy the old way are off the table. A new biscuit and gravy recipe is very different with different ingredients and very good. http://mariahealth.blogspot.com/2011/11/sausage-gravy-and-biscuits.html Don’t compare them just enjoy the new flavors.

Recipes… You can google almost any recipe and add “low-carb” and get a plethora of recipes! The Low-Carb and the Grain-free communities are expansive and creative! Breakfast seems to be one of the initial challenges. There are several recipes that I love for a quick breakfast. One minute muffin recipes of every flavor are all over the web.  Saturday I made cream cheese pancakes ….http://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/2012/01/cream-cheese-pancakes.html they are very crepe-like and I am in love!  My sister shared a chia-seed, flax and cream breakfast recipe I also really like.  Here is the recipe for a healthified version of “cream of wheat” http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/2012/10/grain-free-hot-cereal.html

Encouragement… Friends and family are the best! But if you are embarking on this alone, fill your encouragement space with Maria’s blog, Wheat Belly Blog, All Day I Dream About Food blog, Peace Love and Low-Carb blog – there are so many ways to inspire and encourage you in the journey. My daughter has been an incredible encouragement. She is always ready to try new recipes and be with me in the kitchen. Wish I could roll her up and share her because she is the best!

Journeys and Journals…

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This part of my story began in May.  I just didn’t feel right.  Stopped in to see my doctor, he ran a few tests and about 4 days later he tagged me with a dreaded word in my family, “diabetic.”  My fasting blood sugar was 268.  Somehow I thought I would avoid this family fate.  Mom, dad, brother and sister had all been labeled.  I didn’t eat any different but somehow it didn’t fit me.  My doctor handed me a piece of paper and said “I believe you can be healed from diabetes.”  What?  Seriously?  The piece of paper outlined Dr. Davis’ new book “Wheat Belly.”  I left the doctor’s office with my head spinning.  I went immediately to the bookstore and dug through titles like Wheat is the Devil, Healthier Without Wheat until I found Wheat Belly.  I could only read it in pieces, initially,  but I started with his quick and dirty guidelines which you can find here http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/2012/12/wheat-belly-quick-dirty-2/.

Since May of 2012, I did not check my blood sugar until September.  Mostly out of fear.  Somewhat out of dread.  But I had lost almost 20 lbs and was feeling alot better so I thought I would check.  Fasting blood sugar… drum roll… 77!  Crazy!  Now I am always below 117 in the morning.

Since that initial stick I started experimenting with my blood sugar and the different foods that trigger my blood sugar spikes.  Grains do it every time!!  Wheat is my enemy!  I have committed to living low-carb, wheat free and grain free.

After a few months of sharing with my sister she was ready for a new challenge as well.  We are constantly on the search for new recipes and healthier ways to make things we love!  It is fun having someone helping to spur you on.  Meat, cheese and salad can get boring fast.  The quest for new delicious recipes has been fun.  Especially finding recipes my family will like that also work for me!  So thinking that most people in our situation may not have the research stamina nor inclination to experiment, we thought we would share our adventures in a shared blog.  Our facebook pages are getting quite crowded with our propaganda and new finds!  Our Pinterests are overflowing!  Plus, we wanted a centralized place to catalog all we found too!  So….ta da…. Throw Momma From the Grain is born!

In this incredibly overwhelming life change we have researched and  fallen in love with some blogs, recipes and tips that might benefit someone else walking this journey too.  Join us!  Experiment with us!  But mostly…get healthy with us!