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Gluten and cheat day

Any find that their cheat day weight takes all week to drop even with damage control? If so, does gluten maybe have something to do with it?

I just stocked up on some gluten free treats and am going to try a gluten free cheat day...but I do love bread!

Any experience?

Alright, so I've been doing some research and apparently, as some of you may know, there is a strong correlation between arthritis and gluten. So I'm going to try it out for a month and see what happens.


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Many are finding that grains and the gluten in the them make them retain water and hold onto it for longer. For myself, I have found there are additional negative impacts (cramps, bowel distress, energy crashes, non-stop sugar cravings) that come with consuming any grains.

I have gone completely off grains even on cheat day and it's been great.

For more information, look into Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

  • BabyDolphin commented Apr 14th 2012:

    Wheat Belly is a great book. I have only read the first few chapters, and I think by the time I read the whole thing, I will have a funeral for the wheat in my life!

  • Nin Nappi commented Apr 14th 2012:

    I also considered because I have arthritis and I heard that can help. I agree with you on other negatives, but after avoiding all week it's hard to fathom never having. I'm still going to check out that book. Thanks.

  • arctichacker commented Apr 14th 2012:

    i wasn't planning to cut grains permanently at first but after couple of grain free weeks, I was convinced. I'd rather live a life free of the bloat, cramps, belly distress and skin issues than eat bread.

    It's your body and it's up to you.

    I don't think of never ever having any, I just have accepted that if I do have grains I have to accept that I will be dealing with some pretty bad consequences.

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Nin nappi -- for me, there is DEFINITELY a correlation between my rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune disease) and wheat. But it's not specifically the gluten per se. I avoid all products made with regular white flour or any other flour-- breads, pasta, croutons, crackers, tortillas, cakes, cookies, pizza, etc etc etc.

Please read my post from Dec 24 2011 on wheatbellyblog.com. Here's the link.


If I had not lived it myself, I'd think it was a bunch of hooey. But it truly has been amazing what getting away from grains has done for me. In his book, Dr Davis recommends NOT going to all the gluten-free products. They spike blood sugar just the same and have their own bad effects. Best just to go cold turkey for the most part. I do have some bready things now and then on cheat days. But when I do, I expect a "hangover" the next couple of days, with increased pain, weakness and stiffness.

Wheat Belly explains that so many diseases and conditions stem from the damage that modern wheat does to our guts -- aka leaking gut syndrome. How it manifests is dependent upon one's predisposition, family history etc, so one might develop RA like me, or IBS/Crohn's, or migraines, obesity or diabetes, or acne, psoriasis, and even ADHD and Alzheimer's....a whole host of problems can be traced to it in so many. There's enough science in the book to substantiate the claims.

I WAS a bread freak! I mean, I could sit and eat almost a whole loaf of good bread back in the day, if I was in the mood. That's how the one over-the-top cheat day during which I feasted on Asiago bread and bagels (in my story) cemented it for me. I ate those all day, and by 3 pm, I could barely walk from my living room to my kitchen. I'm not exaggerating! My daughter was here to witness it. I wish I'd had a video. I suppose I could replicate it sometime, but I'd REALLY RATHER NOT! LOL!!

Good luck with whatever you choose to do!

  • Nin Nappi commented Apr 14th 2012:

    That is amazing! Definitely the motivation I need to just try going completely gluten free. Thanks :)


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It sometimes takes me until Tuesday or Wednesday to see the pounds gained from my cheat day gone. I haven't tried going gluten free on my cheat day but I've also wondered about it.


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Yes! I have one day, where I am actually down 1-2 pounds. I have posted concerns/question. Not sure about the gluten. I am, however, interested.


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Let us know how it goes!

  • Nin Nappi commented Apr 14th 2012:

    Well my husband came home with bagels and was planning to make me breakfast. Hard to turn down on a cheat day so we'll see.

  • erdunn75 commented Apr 14th 2012:

    lol. I hear ya! I'm having pancakes with Boysenberry syrup for breakfast!


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Last weekend (Easter Weekend), was my first cheat day and a half (I gave in to mama's great cooking). It took me until Thursday to lose the 5 lbs I had gained over the cheat day and a half.

We will see how it goes this week, with just 1 cheat day.

Good luck with the gluten-free cheat day. I cant wait to hear about the results.

I am a carb-o-holic too.

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