Hope everybody had a great New Year! This week I’m trying the Wheat Belly Diet while at the same time a fasting protocol of 20 hours fasting and 4 hours feeding. I’ll only be “feeding” (eating) between 4 PM and 8 PM, and during those hours I’ll only be eating foods that go along with the Wheat Belly protocol.

Sound crazy? A few of my coworkers agree. Before getting into why I’m trying this, I have to admit that this is a talk-to-your-doctor-first, only-for-a-week kind of thing not something I’d typically recommend to a member. It’s my version of a cleanse. I’m sharing my story in the hopes that if you’re considering a crazy-restrictive diet or cleanse, my lessons learned will help you figure out the right path forward for you.

So why am I trying this diet?

I’ve made a monthly ritual of trying out things that our members are curious about.  In 2017, I tried a week of meditation, a week of miracle mornings, going vegetarian, and more.

For the new year, I really wanted to focus on my eating, and we recently had a few members ask about the wheat belly diet. This diet is all about eliminating grains, which I try to limit in my daily diet anyway. I figured that since I already eat a low grain diet, let’s make it even more fun. These are two experiments that can be done together, so I figured why not?

How will I track my progress?

I’ll be logging my weight, % body fat, and heart rate every morning around the same time. Thanks to my Fitbit for helping with these stats. Day 1, I weighed 184.6, my body fat was 24.5, and my heart rate was 52.

And what am I doing, exactly?

I found a Wheat Belly 10-day detox sheet that outlines the protocols in the Wheat Belly Diet, and I decided this was perfect for my needs.

I really like this sheet because it gives me a heads up for supplements I’m going to need to make sure I’m getting the proper nutrition while I detox.

One thing to keep in mind is that the Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox and the traditional Wheat Belly Diet are a little different.  The detox protocol is a little more intense because it’s meant to be done in a shorter amount of time.

Are you considering a diet or cleanse in 2018?

Here at Pack Health, we primarily recommend a more moderate and personalized approach to healthy eating. It’s all about finding healthy foods and diet and exercise plans that work with your taste and schedule because our goal is for you to be able to sustain and enjoy a healthy lifestyle long term. That said, diets are tools in your toolbox and if you want to try something more radical we want to make sure you get it right.

A few things to consider before starting a new diet or undertaking a cleanse:

  • Check with your doctor.  Yes, we know, making a doctors appointment for a diet question is probably not going to happen, but you can still call the doctor’s office and request to talk to your doctor or nurse.  Given that they have your medical history, they can usually give you an answer pretty quick about whether this diet is safe for you and worth the effort to try.
  • Don’t expect the world.  A cleanse or new diet is a great way to get the ball rolling on a healthy lifestyle, but any sort of health change takes time.  Work on managing expectations and give some thought to how you can keep healthy long term if the diet doesn’t work for you. Remember that most health changes are a marathon and not a sprint!
  • Talk with your Health Advisor.  At Pack Health, we have a Health Advising team made up of professionals that includes dieticians, exercise specialists, social workers, and many more!  We combine our knowledge to give you the best individual experience you can get while in our program.
  • Don’t go at it alone!  Having an accountability partner always increases your chances of success, and it makes the experience more fun!  Grab some buddies and see who can last the longest.

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