Category Archives: Wheat Belly Diet


Life has changed for me. It just hasn’t changed for me, it also has changed for Tony too. I have found out and has been confirmed that I have celiac disease. I am okay with the news because I can finally start getting healthy. I know what is making me sick all the time. I’m tired of feeling weak, time to start feeling strong!
Now, the doctor also said my thyroid is also very high, but she said once the weight comes off, that will ease up as well. But with that being high, it will be hard to lose weight. But I’ve been eating right and will start exercising on my days off. It is a start! It’s more than what I do now.

What the awesome thing about this change in my life, is that I have great support around me. Tony made dinner last night for us, all gluten/wheat free. He made chicken and rice. He spiced the chicken up good, and everything was great. I am happy that I can have the foods I love, but just with different sides.

Another thing that I have been doing this past week, is leaving the fast food out of my diet. I can’t depend fast food anymore. It’s literally killing my insides. When you eat fast food every day, it is something that you depend on. It’s like a drug. You depend on it, because it makes you feel like yourself. I know it’s only been a week, but I feel so much better without the fast food.

At work has been difficult for foods though. I will tell you that for snacks I have been eating carrots and grapes. (My two favorite things in the world!) At work, they give us free snacks when we hit our numbers, the snacks that they give are chocolate, chips, ect… I know on my first day, I picked up a kitkat bar, and gave it away. I had my grapes and my carrots to depend on.

This disease will not define me. It will only make me healthy into the person I want to become.

I will be weighing in on Friday to see if I lost any weight with changing how I eat.

Soon to be Mrs. 🙂

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Engaged On Christmas!

You read the post title…That’s right. Your little writer on The Sam Slam is engaged! We are so excited.


We are so cute!

We are so cute!

I just wanted to say how thankful I am for his family. They are just the best. Words cannot describe how much I appreciate and love them. They definitely given me the best Christmas to remember.

Okay, so not only did I get a beautiful ring, I also got a Hello Kitty bike, an iPad mini, Tardis cookie jar, sonic screw driver (obsessed with Doctor Who!), a spanking brand new camera, and more Hello Kitty things, a stuffed Piglet…..and did I mention I got engaged?

I’m excited, who wouldn’t be?

So now the real challenge awaits…What type of diet should I go on for this wedding? Oh wait, I’m already on one. You know the one, where I can’t eat wheat, rye, breads, stuff that makes my stomach twist in knots because I’m allergic to all that kind of stuff. I’ve decided that going to get my 4th meal these days, aren’t the best option for me.

There is this girl on facebook who weighs more than me but lost 53 lbs, and you can tell a difference. She is beautiful no matter what, but she is losing the weight for herself. That’s what I want to do, I just don’t have the best will power. If I eat the food with gluten, I get sick. When I eat the food without gluten, I’m like a bright light bulb, ready to explode. I can tell you right now, I hate having celiac disease. Why can’t I eat all my favorite foods?



It’ll be okay though. I am a little bit broke at the moment. (All of us get to these moments…) But once I do get caught up in all my lovely bills, I will be shopping for healthier foods. Right now, rice is my best friend. Tony did make me chili this weekend. It was delicious. And then I was hungry for pizza, and so I ordered it, ate it, felt horrible after I ate it..So it really does cost me when I eat something bad. So I’m just going to stick to my rice.

My apartment complex is big, so I guess I could go walking the whole complex, but it’s freezing outside. It goes into the twenties at night in georgia. WHO WOULD OF THOUGHT THAT WOULD OF HAPPEN? It’s depressing. I can’t wait till it’s warm and I can start riding my awesome hello kitty bike. 🙂 Best dayyy ever!

Well thanks for reading my rant.

Soon to be Mrs. 🙂

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Mini Nutella Brownies (GF TOO!)

So I found a recipe for Nutella brownies online through Pinterest. (My favorite site to go to for everything. If it doesn’t have it, I tend to curl up in a ball and cry. ….Just kidding I think) Anyways, I changed the recipe into mini brownies because it can be served with appetizers too. Who said you can’t have delicious brownies with delicious food? Not me…:) The cool thing about this recipe, it only has 3 ingredients!
I made two batches. One with regular flour and one with oat flour. Here’s the recipe!

Mini Nutella Brownies

1 Whole container of Nutella (just the small one…I use Kroger off brand because I believe it to taste better!)
12 tbsp of all purpose flour (or you can use oat flour like I did. If you use oat flour, I reccommend putting in a little of vanilla to make it just right.)
2 eggs

Step One: Preheat oven to 350.

Step Two: Mix all ingredients into a bowl and stir until it looks ooey gooey.

Step Three: Spray TBSP with pam or cooking spray and use that as your tool to put in the mini pan. (Or use a scooper if you like.) Fill 3/4 of the way.

Step Four: Put in oven for 12 minutes. If you wish to have them really ooey gooey, I would leave them for 10 mins.

Step Five: Take a toothpick and put it in one of the brownies. When it comes out, it will have just a little of the ooey gooey. You made it right! (When cooking on 12 mins, I do not do this because they are done!)

Step Six: Let it cool off and enjoy!

My family has enjoyed this, and I hope you do too! 🙂


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What could go wrong?

So, my doctors think I may have Celiac Disease. It’s not exactly what I wanted to hear before Christmas. I am going to miss all my favorite foods. I am deciding whether or not to hold a funeral by the trash can as I throw it all out. (It is all about to go bad.) Celiac Disease is (quoted from WebMD) a problem some people have with foods that contain gluten. Gluten is a kind of protein found in foods like bread, crackers, and pasta. With celiac disease, your immune system attacks the gluten and harms your small intestine when you eat these kinds of foods. This makes it hard for your body to absorb nutrients that keep you healthy.
As soon as I my doctor told me, I was kind of relieved to know what could be wrong with me. I told myself, I can finally get better. It’s only been a week, and I am still having trouble staying out of the bread cabinet. It’s all I’ve ever wanted. I don’t have what people like to call…a strong will.
My other half has been supporting me and trying to find information about what I can and cannot it. It’s been hard to find websites though. I found a list of ingredients of foods I can eat, which has been a great help at the grocery store.

This Christmas, I’ve decided that I’m going to eat turkey, veggies, and desserts I am making that I know I can eat. (Oat Flour is my new best friend.)

Is there anyone else out there just finding out that you have this disease? Find any information or recipes we can make? Please share below. I will be posting more about this once confirmed! And even if it isn’t confirmed, I am going to be eating this way because it just makes sense. I am always sick when eating wheat, and all that other junk. It’s time to be healthy.

Please post your comments below.


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Fear The Grocery Store

Imagine yourself at your local grocery store, shopping for all your family needs. What aisles do you go down? What food are you taking off the shelves? Do you read the ingredients to know if wheat are in them? The answer would be no. Most people who aren’t on the WBD do not know why they are having the chest pains, joint pains, little acne, etc., but they don’t know the truth behind wheat and how it affects us.
When I am in a grocery store, I don’t do these things either. Atleast, n’t do these things. I shop at Kroger and they have this organic section with everything I need to be wheat free. The only problem is, I have to go around all those aisles just to get to the meats and veggies. I love finding good quality meat when it’s on sale. The only hard part of shopping is seeing all the chocolates, ice cream, candy, crackers, bread (oh my gosh, I miss bread so much!)


A lot of people mix Paleo with WBD, and I myself have done the same. I know it’s only my 3rd day with WBD, but I absolutely love it.

“I’ve been eating the Paleo style for a couple months now, of course we all fall off the wagon every now and then, all have to get that small amount of cheat in to cure the cravings we are having, but have to try to focus and not go off course 100%. That’s what’s awesome about Paleo… its an 80/20 rule, 80% Paleo with the remaining 20% allocated to cheat foods (aka: unhealthy cravings). After switching over to this style of eating I personally have found I have more energy, feel refreshed throughout the day, have toned up in my percentage of body fat.” From –
I love what this blogger says about Paleo. I hope this helps my readers also. And stop by crazyaboutcross fit to follow their adventures!
Today’s goal:
Find a food that you’ve never tried before. Make sure it is WBD/Paleo. Please tell me what you tried! And I’ll post what I tried on tomorrow’s post!

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Wheat Belly System Condensed

Wheat Belly System Condensed edited lightly from Dr. Williams Davis’s article.
(I do not own any rights to the following, Er asked me to post this for her so we could print this out later. We just have a small copy from photobucket with very small print.)

Eliminate: all wheat-based products (breads, all breakfast cereals, noodles, pasta, bagels, muffins, pancakes, waffles, donuts, pretzels, crackers), oat products (oatmeal, oat bran), corn starch products (sauces or gravies thickened with cornstarch, prepared or processed foods containing cornstarch, com-meal products like chips, tacos, tortillas), sugary soft drinks, candies, either high-carb items to include so-called “gluten=free” products (usually loaded with other grains and sugars)


Meats- red meats, pork, fish, chicken, turkey, eggs
Vegetables- fresh/frozen, not canned, no potatoes, sugarbeats, other high-carb veggies
Roasted peanuts (not roasted in oil); pumkin and sunflower seeds
Healthy oils (unheated) – olive, flaxseed, coconut, avocado, walnut, macadamia
Non-wheat grains-ground flaxseed, chia seeds
Teas, coffee, water, unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk or coconut water
Cheeses-real cultured cheeses only (not Velveeta or single-slice processed cheese)
Avocado or guacamole, hummus, unsweetened condiments, e.g., mayonnaise, mustard, oil-based salad dressings, ketchup without high-fructose corn syrup, pesto, tapenades, olives

Fruit-no more than 2 servings a day (one serving is level handful), preferably in this order (best first): berries of all varieties, citrus, apples, nectarines, peaches, melons. Minimize bananas, pineapples, mangoes, and grapes. Focus on the carb level and keep it low.
Fruit juices- only real juices and in minimal quantities (no more than 2-4 oz)
Dairy-max of 1 serving day of milk/cottage cheese/yogurt, unsweetened (fat content doesnt matter) legumes/beans, pease, sweet potatoes and yams, rice (white and brown); soy
Dark chocolates-70-85% coca min; no more than 40grams (approx 2 inches square) per day
Sugar-free foods-preferably stevia-based, avoid aspartame, no wheat, limited grains of any kind

Fried foods Fast foods Hydrogenated “trans” fats
Cured meats- hot dogs, sausages, bacon, bologna, pepperoni, meat sticks, etc
High-fructose corn syrup foods; honey, agave syrup nectar, sucrose
Processed rice, rice flour or potato products, rice crackers, rice cereals, pretzels,white breads, breakfast cearals, potato chips
Fat-free or low fat salad dressings

Quick Tips:
For breakfast choices, consider ground flaxseed (with nut meals maybe) as a hot cereal (e.g., with soy milk, milk, or unsweetened almond milk; blueberries, strawberries, etc.)
-Consider eggs, raw nuts, cheese, try dinner for breakfast, meaning transferring salads, cheese, chicken, and other dinner foods to breakfast
-Add 1 tsp or more of taste-compatible healthy oil to ever meal. for example, mix in 1 tbsp flaxseed oil to ground flaxseed hot cereal, or add 2 tbsp olive oil to eggs after scrambling. oils blunt appetite.
It you suspect a wheat “addiction,” use the first week to add healthy oils to every meal and reduce the amount of wheat by half, in the second week, aim for elimination of wheat while maintaining the oils
-Reach for raw nuts first as a convenient snack
-Learn how to bake. Create wheat free low carb sweet goodies and savory items; endless possibilities exist, easing the transition into letting go of all the wheat-based junk you’ve eaten for decades.
-In restaurants, tell the server you have a wheat allergy. They’ll be glad to help with wheat-free choices.

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Fear The Scale!

Day 2 of Wheat Free

While I was at work yesterday, I went to the nurse station to step on the scale. The picture above was exactly how I felt before and then after. I wanted to cry, but didn’t. It said 247 lbs. I was like “What happened?” I feel beautiful when I look in the mirror. I just stopped exercising one day, and that’s what happened. When you lose so much, you gain that back plus double….That’s exactly what happened to me.

Last night, I made cube steak with green beans. On a scale of 1 to 10, I asked my other half what his rating was…He said 12! I guess I can cook after all…(I definitely typed coke first..haha)

Today, we are meeting our mother (his mother but I stole her) at Panera Bread. Yes, we can’t eat bread, but I always get the same thing. I get grilled chicken Caesar Salad with no croutons and potato soup with no bread on the side.

We will be going shopping after wards and doing laundry tonight so we can focus just on the family this weekend.

I am also going to be borrowing Er’s (our mother) wheat belly diet book and paleo book to take notes and to help me further.

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Emptying the Cabinets

The one thing about starting this diet is that I have to empty my cabinets of wheat products. I am so in love with bread, it’s going to missed very much. I decided to supplement pita bread for right now until I can completely wing myself off.

Looking through the cabinets, I actually find food that I bought, but never wanted to eat. There are nights where I’ll go in my kitchen starving, but looking at these foods, I just want to eat them right here and now! The cool thing about the canned foods I have, is that my post office is having a food drive and is taking anything and everything. I am putting the food that I don’t need anymore to a good cause!

We love left overs? Not my family. Well, I love to eat left overs the next day, but my other half hates left overs. He’ll only eat left overs if he makes it. He has had a lot of food poisoning and doesn’t want to experience that again. I think he just had too many bad restaurants.

One thing that goes fast in my household is milk. I am going to have to say goodbye to milk and start on Almond Milk. I am not thrilled about this, but I can’t wait to taste it for the first time.

I have had almond biscuits and almond bread from my future mother-in-law, and she can cook quite amazing. I want to start something small and work my way up. To be honest, I don’t know if I can quit cold turkey and work my way up, or just quit eating wheat all together and start this diet.

Yes, all diets come with a price. For the wheat belly diet, it’s mostly food. You can buy that membership to the gym, but are you really going to go? You have to be super motivated to go to the gym. I know myself, I’m not one of those people. I don’t even like to work out at home. But, if you want to buy that membership and can stay loyal to it, be my guest.

The one thing about the Wheat Belly Diet that made me want to try it so bad, is the fact that I won’t crave food when I am really not hungry. As I said before, you could put anything in front of me, and I will surely eat it. I don’t want to be like that, and I know a lot of women, even men too, could agree with me on that.

Today, I weigh 240 lbs. The most I have ever weighed in my life. My weight goal is to be under 200 lbs by my birthday…(Which is July 9th) Some people lose more then 50 lbs in the first few months. I would be happy just losing 15 to start, but 50? Who can’t beat that?


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