أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
A`ūdhu billāhi min ash-shaitāni r-rajīm
b-ismi-llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīm
SF brothers and sisters:
Are you up for a challenge? Insha'Allah the intention is to re-gain control of the body and control the nafs. I could write more about what it feels like when you're giving up wheat (been there, know what it takes and how it feels) but I won't and I would ask that you not look into it too much (just so you don't go into this with a specific expectation). Just try it and take note of what you're feeling.
No wheat doesn't mean no food This might be a good opportunity to try out some things you might not have tried before. Legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts, other types of grasses and grains, meat, fish, eggs... Here's a grass/grain you might want to try: QUINOA. Then of course there's rice (ideally brown rice), corn, millet, oats... etc.
So here's what I ask:
- try to keep everything else as consistent with how you normally live. So, for example, don't change the milk from 2% to skim or from cow's milk to soy milk etc. Or, if you use sugar don't cut it out. These are other products that you should think about but for the duration of this little 2 week quest, just keep it simple and only eliminate the wheat.
- if you normally fast certain days of the week, continue doing so... don't change what you normally do.
- try to keep exercising as you normally would. So, for example, if you don't normally exercise, try to wait until the 2 week experiment is up just so it is easier to see the effects of cutting wheat out without changing much else. Or, if you do exercise, keep at it as you normally would.
- Be careful when you're eating because sometimes wheat is hidden in the sauce etc. Read the labels!
Keep a food diary. Start off by noting how you feel over the next 4 days or so (weekend eating habits may be different from weekday, fasting days may be even more different), what you eat, what you crave, how much you eat and how often you eat... headaches, dizziness spells, etc. etc... Also, use this time to shop for the alternatives and think of how to prepare them. Then, come mid-week, insha'Allah you can eliminate wheat to see if it makes any difference for you. 2 weeks is a good minimum for you to see how your body responds initially and then how you feel at the 2 week mark. If you want to continue past that... great! Let's just focus on 2 weeks.
If you are under the care of a physician, do not take part in something like this until you've consulted with your physician.
Continue with the food diary throughout the 2 week challenge. Take note of what you eat, what you crave, how much you eat, any headaches, bloating, cramping, fatigue, dizziness spells... etc. etc.
No need to make your intention public here though you might find it helpful to share and feel support during the trial phase but of course it is totally up to you if you just want to try it at home, quietly.
Are you up for the challenge?
Next up... eliminating refined sugars and homogenized/pasteurized milk. But that's a separate challenge for another time. Insha'Allah, just focus on the wheat for now.