A few dozen weekends, followed by a few dozen late weeknights (cause who cares about sleep!) of egg maggi, cheesy maggi and sausage maggi made our love deeper and also made us cuddlier. Well, cuddly was all okay, but when I started panting like a dog after climbing a single flight of stairs, I knew I had to do something about this. I had to put a stop to this midnight maggi binge! Oh-nooooooo.
Do you know how hard it is to say no to a sweetheart husband who spends half hour in the kitchen at 3AM, while you’re glaring at him for pausing the show, to make steaming, warm buttery maggi with crispy grilled sausages? You have no idea how much I had to fight my drooling before I made a decision that would change both our lives forever.
Taking the Big Step…
I decided to go off wheat, for a month to begin with. Simply because it is rare to find a pack of instant ramen noodles made of rice! I wanted to cut down on my naans and kulchas, pizzas and pastas, momos and freshly baked breads (my husband loves to pamper me with food…). All of my cravings, indulgences and binge-eating revolved around one simple, beautiful and versatile ingredient – WHEAT.
Why not Gluten-free?
Gluten-free is confusing. I cannot put a finger on what has gluten and what doesn’t. All I wanted was a stunning bikini body, a luxury yacht and a smaller circle for a face. Is that too much to ask for? I think not. So I decided to drop all the refined flour based convenience food that was leaching my body of all its energy and nutrients and decided to choose myself over a Family Pack of Maggi. It was that simple.
Of Course it hasn’t been easy. It’ll take me a few weeks to get the hang of eating no roti, no bread and above all no pasta or noodles. Although, I do have a cheat, I can pick up a pack of rice noodles for the days when the craving becomes unbearable, but for now I am doing good. Fortunately, my family is supporting me and not teasing me with too many noodle parties. So far, it shows 2 kgs down on the weighing scale, but I’ve been exercising as well, so I don’t know if the skipping wheat has helped in that area. But I will keep you updated, and if you too have any stories about missing samosas or pav bhaji, then please share your sob story with me, so that I have someone to share this journey with. I’m sharing a few alternatives that I have picked to help me through my Wheat free month.
Finding alternatives for my Wheat favourites
- For Roti – I am making smaller rotis using Jowar (Sorghum) or Bajra (Millet) flour. Just mix it with hot water, dust it and roll it out. It takes a little practice to get the hang of this.
- For Bread – I use lettuce leaves to sandwich something. I’ve been trying to come up with creative wraps with cabbage, lettuce and raw spinach. Will share recipes that really work.
- For Noodles – Rice noodles have no wheat. Soba noodles contain wheat, so I am not having Soba.
- For Naans and Kulchas – I try to pick dosa, neer dosa or appams or just eat rice with curry when I go to restaurants.
- For Pav – This doesn’t have a real alternative. When other people are eating pav, I eat rice, dal cheela or dosa in its place.
I think, so far, this has been a great way for me to cut carbs and use alternative grains, but only time will tell whether I can continue it successfully, with roti and noodles being a big part of my food life.
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