Regarding what avoiding wheat means to the body...
From a post on the Wheat Belly blog:1) You avoid the gliadin protein of wheat, the opiate in wheat that stimulates appetite and increases calorie consumption by 440 calories per day. (Eliminate gliadin and calorie consumption drops by 440 calories per day.)
2) You avoid the lectin in wheat, wheat germ agglutinin, that is directly toxic to the intestinal tract and causes abnormal intestinal permeability that Trojan horse’s foreign substances into the bloodstream, causing multiple inflammatory diseases. You may also restore leptin sensitivity to restore the capacity for weight loss.
3) You avoid the amylopectin A of wheat, the “complex carbohydrate” that accounts for the fact that two slices of whole grain bread increases blood sugar higher than 6 teaspoons of table sugar.
4) You avoid the alpha amylase inhibitors that trigger wheat allergy, likely the trigger for the boom in wheat allergy among kids.
There’s more, but you get the idea. Wheat is a perfectly crafted poison to humans. Wheat is such an effective destroyer of human health that you’d think that, if terrorists wanted to bring America down, they wouldn’t bomb buildings. They would just feed us turkey sandwiches on multigrain bread.
I've never really had problems with wheat. I don't seem to have any of the symptoms above. Due to my family history of Type II Diabetes, I tend to avoid high-glycemic carbohydrates in general. However, as of yesterday...I had no wheat (that I know of). Unless wheat "comes my way" and is an unavoidable choice, I think I'll eat other things today.
I'm not craving or jonesing for wheat at all. Yet?
If you're a wheat-free kind of guy, what are some of your experiences, tips, tricks, traps, during the period which you eliminated wheat from your diet?