No Flour, No Sugar

I can’t recall exactly where I heard about the fad diet proposed by Dr. Peter Gott. His plan is simple: eliminate all milled grains and added sugars from your diet, and safely lose 1-2 lbs every week. For added bonus, be sure to exercise and watch your portions. Presto! Weight loss!

Now, dieting and weight loss are not really subjects I know anything about. What little I do know is that when the Romgi and I started eating more fresh foods, cutting down the amount of processed foods we ate, and trying to get a good balance of nutrients, we felt great. Sadly, we didn’t keep it up very long, but while we did, eating was fun — and so was cooking. There seemed to be more options for what we could eat, because there are thousands upon thousands of recipes that use basics like chicken, spinach, herbs, etc. Salads are a great side dish, a light dessert once a week is heavenly, and life in general is getting better and better.

So I ask you. Why would you eliminate flour from your diet? Maybe it’s just me, but I really don’t think flour is the bad guy here. Personally, I love bread. Krista gets extra rolls from her catering job and I eat six at a time. Yeah, I know, that isn’t moderation. But think for a minute. Isn’t the key to every successful diet finding the right combination of exercise, smaller portions, and healthy food? People have been eating milled grains for centuries, right, and they’ve been ok so far! The bigger problem is that as Americans we have little or no self-control; sure, trying to eliminate all flour and sugar from your diet will test your self-control, but I fully believe that it is much healthier to form eating habits that seek for balance. “No flour, no sugar” is an extreme, and I don’t particularly like extremes (except for some gospel ones: All people will be resurrected, for example).

That about finishes my tirade. I’m going to go eat some pizza now.

Oh, and here’s the link to Dr. Gott’s revolutionary book.

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2 thoughts on “No Flour, No Sugar

  1. romgi says:

    I think that crazy diets like this really only show that it really doesn’t matter what you eat, as long as you eat in moderation and exercise you can lose weight. I think it also shows that people like to have strict rules about things. We don’t want to hear “eat less and exercise” we want to hear “don’t eat carbs!” or “don’t eat anything with flour and sugar” because those things are much more confining and definite.

  2. Bread of Life says:

    If we weren’t supposed to eat flour, we wouldn’t have common expressions like “the bread of life” and “better than a three-pound butter Danish.”

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