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  • Being the font of all knowledge, I’m hoping for some help or advice with regards to the above.

    I see myself as a relatively healthy person; cycling and running 4 or more times a week and try to eat as healthily as possible to fuel my active lifestyle.
    Unfortunately, herein lies my problem. Over the past 12 months I seem to have developed a mild wheat intolerance and having anything more than 2 slices of bread a day will give me troubling digestive issues for the rest of the day (I’ll spare you the bowl-pebbledashing details).
    Admittedly I could research this on t’internet but I find it a struggle to find information doesn’t that try to sell me a diet for vast sums of money and besides, I’d rather be out on my bike.
    Does anyone else have similar issues? I know I need to cut out bread and other wheat content foods but I’m struggling to find replacements that’ll suitably fuel my riding. 30 miles on the bike fuelled on carrot sticks does not compute!

    Thanks

    Premier Icon BigJohn
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    Since I started the idiet I found I feel better without wheat. Chickpea flour makes reasonable flatbreads or falafel or pakora. And its quick and easy to make your own baked beans which will also give you the carbs you need

    Greybeard
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    Scottish oatcakes are good fuel – compact, robust, no wheat, reasonably tasty.

    Premier Icon slowoldgit
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    I found supermarket bread had a similar effect on me. It may be the Chorleywood Method, ie lots of yeast, quick job. Google it. I’m ok on sourdough and overnight fermentation bread. Sourdough is becoming common, there must be increasing demand for it.

    Oh, and porage for breakfast fuels you for a few hours.

    bob_summers
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    On the bike, bananas, figs,dates, fruit bars. At home, sweet fruit like pineapples, mangoes, smoothies…

    Try irish soda farls mate!! Think thats what they are called as a past manager went to a specialist dietition and found out he was lactose and wheat intolerant, he now eats the above and uses soya milk..

    Thanks for the suggestions, every little helps (as someone once famously said).

    I already have porridge as a pre ride breakfast and I’m not a stranger to fruit either but since cutting down on my wheat intake, I’m just trying to think of alternatives to the common wheat based produce that’s so common in my diet. Sandwiches, pasta, cake, biscuits etc, they’re all gonna have to go!

    I’ll certainly be looking at the Oatcakes and the Sourdough.

    cynic-al
    Member

    Try gluten free

    Jamie
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    having anything more than 2 slices of bread a day will give me troubling digestive issues for the rest of the day (I’ll spare you the bowl-pebbledashing details).

    No, no. We’re all ears.

    Premier Icon boriselbrus
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    I have the same thing and eat very little wheat now.

    On the bike then homemade flapjacks, snickers, beef jerky, cold sausages, oat cakes, bananas are all good. If you look in the “free from” section in supermarkets then Mrs Crimbles cakes are great, and for evening meals then gluten free pasta is fine (some better than others), but don’t usually have carbs for dinner anyway now.

    Generally its all good, the only time it’s a problem is when you just want to run into a service station to get something, as its all sandwiches Pasties and sausage rolls. 😥

    Premier Icon schmiken
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    Check out the Paleo diet. You don’t need all the carbs in your life. Try higher protein intake, lots of fruit and veg and nutsd and seeds as snacking material.

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    The missus is about to start a gluten free diet as part of a research trail into gluten free in sports training, will see what comes in the food packs. Plenty of gluten free variations available, but from what you said is it all gluten thats causing it ie does pasta have the same effect? I’d try a proper good bread for an experiment.

    It still leaves you things like rice etc.

    Premier Icon jambalaya
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    Cutting out bread isn’t so hard really. Sandwiches I found are the hardest as they are the simplest lunch solution. As above try some gluten free options – my daughter is wheat intolerant and she found some good alternatives (and some stuff she didn’t like), porridge for breakfast or eggs. Lentils / beans can substitute for pasta as a “base” for a sauce. I found bread, especially uk style processed stuff, made me very sleepy so not such a good option for lunch when at work ! M&S”fuller longer” salads I like and same price as a bought sandwich.

    ie does pasta have the same effect?

    Yeah, unfortunately. Bread and baked goods (pastry), cereals, some sauces, biscuits and cakes. It’s amazing what you can’t eat when you have a wheat intolerance. The particularly sad part is that my wife runs her own business makings cakes for a living – most days I feel like a recovering smack addict standing in a poppy field! Hopefully this change of diet will do me wonders. Thanks again for the suggestions.

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    With anything just be aware of making extreme changes/multiple changes at once as you could well end up not knowing what made the improvement. Plenty of non gluten based alternatives so get looking and search for some Gluten Free recipes online.

    lucien
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    Rice, gnocchi, polenta, beans / pulses are all great carbs with no wheat. Can be eaten hot or cold, so no issues with lunches

    Premier Icon NZCol
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    Same here probably caused by excessive consumption of pasta over the years.
    I generally don’t eat any bread and not a lot of carbs either now, certainly in the pm. I use stuff like cauliflower bread, nuts, kumara (sweet potato) to bulk stuff up. I eat heaps more protein now and generally feel better for it.

    edward2000
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    I eat quite a bit of bulgar wheat, quinoa and other grains etc and I think they are delicious. Something as easy as quinoa with toasted sesame seeds, feta and sun dried tomatoes with rocket is pretty simple and really delicious. Aside from the OPs original post I also try to avoid simple carbs, (sugars) anything ending in ‘ose.

    Premier Icon nickc
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    Pretty much stopped eating white carbs ( bread pasta potatoes flour that sort of thing) how much difference has it made to my riding?

    Eff all

    I find I eat A LOT of veg, roasted, soups casseroles, etc etc, but sleep better, and not bloated

    teef
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    Do you really have any evidence that you have wheat intolerance or is it just a bit of self/internet diagnosis? Might be an idea to seek proper medical advice before embarking on some fad diet based on anecdotal evidence.

    Premier Icon momo
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    lucien, most gnocchi contains wheat.

    MrsMomo is coeliac so my diet has gone predominantly gluten free too, I do feel a lot better for it.

    Do you really have any evidence that you have wheat intolerance or is it just a bit of self/internet diagnosis? Might be an idea to seek proper medical advice before embarking on some fad diet based on anecdotal evidence.

    You’re right,I have no medical evidence that I have an intolerance to wheat or have any other food allergies but what harm will it do if I try reducing my intake of gluten and other man-made foodstuffs and eating a bit healthier? I accept that I’ll never be able cut out all unnatural ingredients but if I’m more conscious of what I’m shovelling down neck I might feel better.
    As for anecdotal evidence – there’s plenty of good advice been posted here so I’m happy to give it a punt.

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