I was tested over a decade ago and told that I was wheat intolerant, so I gave wheat up then.
For me it was a cruel blow. There is nothing that comes out of a bakery that I wouldn’t eat. There is no bread I don’t like, no pastry I won’t devour and nothing that doesn’t taste better in a pie. Sigh.
Occasionally I’m stupid enough to throw caution to the wind and pile a plate high with buttered toast and gorge. Wow, do I come to regret that; usually sufficient for me not to do it again for another 3 months.
There are good arguments against eating grains in the quantities our societies have come to – but I don’t believe that as a pleasurable addition to, rather than a staple of, a diet grains will cause any harm to the eater.
There are those who have made a great deal of money out of making us terrified to eat gluten and believing that gluten-free alternatives are necessarily healthy. They aren’t and many people don’t need them. And generally they taste rubbish.
I think it’s great though that the terror of gluten has led to a much wider variety of grains being brought back into the mainstream. Variety is good.
I have to say though, I feel like crap after I’ve eaten any grains.
I suspect that if you’re trying to lose weight after menopause, grains aren’t your friends, so I’m not including any grains in Defatting.
Again, you’re a big girl and can make your own choices.