What do you get when you add water to flour? Paste. Refined flour has almost no nutritional value and does not pass through your digestive system very efficiently. It sticks to intestinal linings and makes your digestive system lazy because it doesn't need to be broken down. Flours are also quickly converted to sugar and fat.
Stop eating flour for 3 months
This recommendation applies to all refined flours from all grains and has nothing to do with wheat allergy (celiac disease). Refined flour is not necessarily "bad" for you. But it's not very good for you either and should not form the basis of your diet. Once you start to eliminate flour from your diet you will probably realize how much of the food you eat is flour based. This is a very challenging dietary change that will almost certainly produce results.
- Stop eating all foods made from refined, processed flour. This is no easy task as it requires you to stop eating bread, pasta, flour tortillas, most crackers and commercial snack products and even pizza.
- You will have difficulty "filling up" and will need to replace bread, pasta, etc. with fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Be careful not to overindulge in meats, cheese and white rice.
- Slowly reintroduce small amounts of flour-based food into your diet.
Why remedy works
Eliminating flour from your diet will force you to change your diet for the better. As you increase your intake of whole grains, fruits and vegetables your metabolism and digestion will improve.
If you stop eating flour-based foods you will need to make sure that you replace some of these calories with other foods to maintain your energy. Take care that you don't start eating a lot of animal fats to curb your hunger. If you are unsure how to change your diet in this way, please consult with a nutritionist.
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