Hidden Grains

Suzanne here:  WOW.  So it has been over 2 weeks since I began this journey.  2 weeks without grains.  Or at least I thought so.  Tonight, I had a special treat.  I’ve been quite faithful to what the Lord put on my heart to do.  As a treat, I took my kids to Chick-fil-A.  We LOVE Chick-fil-A.  But it is a treat for us to eat there.  For a family of 6 – our meals can exceed $50.  That gets pricey.  So there were only 4 of us tonight, so we stopped to eat there.  I had a wrap – I just removed the tortilla wrap and ate it like a salad with alot of Chick-fil-A sauce.  But we splurged and got shakes.  It is afterall the Christmas season and they have their Christmas Shakes.  I’d not had one in a couple of years – so I was so EXCITED.

Not so much anymore.  About 15 minutes ago my stomach started rolling.  I started praying.  What did I eat that could cause me to have this symptom.  I won’t go into details, other than to say, the result was not vomiting but something else.  I asked the Lord to show me what could have triggered this.  No, not the wrap.  Not the waffle fries.  ?!?

The shake?  NO……OOOOOOO….OOO…O!!

This is what the website says is in the shake:

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake: Icedream (whole milk, sugar, nonfat dry milk, artificial flavor, corn starch, mono & diglycerides, microcrystalline cellulose, carrageenan, guar gum, Yellow 5 & 6), milkshake base (whole milk, sugar, cream, whey powder (milk), nonfat dry milk, artificial flavor, disodium phosphate, mono and diglycerides, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, guar gum, cellulose gum, carrageenan), Peppermint syrup (corn syrup, water, glycerin, natural peppermint flavor, citric acid, sodium benzoate as a preservative, red 40), red & white dark chocolate peppermint pieces (peppermint twist [sugar, corn syrup, natural peppermint oil, artificial color {red #3, Red #40, Blue #1}], confectionery coating [sugar, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil {palm kernel, coconut, palm}, cocoa {may be processed with alkali}, whey (milk), soy lecithin as an emulsifier, vanilla], powdered sugar [sugar, corn starch], corn starch, silicon dioxide), whipped cream (cream, milk, sugar, sorbitol, nonfat milk solids, artificial flavor, mono and diglycerides, carrageenan, polysorbate 80, mixed tocopherols [vitamin E] to protect flavor, propellant: nitrous oxide), cherries, (high fructose corn syrup, water, potassium sorbate [a preservative], sodium benzoate [a preservative], citric acid, artificial flavor, FD&C Red #40, sulfur dioxide [a preservative].UGH!!! UGH!!!
Big sad face!

But to add insult to injury…I got curious. Wonder what is in Chick-fil-A sauce…

Really – do I even need to post this?!
Chick-fil-A® Sauce: Soybean oil, sugar, BBQ sauce (tomato puree [water, tomato paste], high fructose corn syrup, vinegar, corn syrup, salt, modified food starch, soybean oil, hydrolyzed soy protein, natural hickory smoke flavor, mustard flour, onion*, spice, garlic*, natural flavor), water, mustard (distilled vinegar, water, mustard seed, salt, turmeric, paprika, spice, garlic*), distilled vinegar, egg yolk, salt, cider vinegar, lemon juice concentrate, mustard flour, natural flavor, xanthan gum, garlic*, calcium disodium EDTA added to protect flavor. *dehydrated.

So, did I mention, I CANNOT have Soy? Thyroid+Soy=NON FUNCTIONING THYROID!! Yeah, and then did you see the 2 counts of CORN SYRUP in the CFA Sauce? Ugh…but even scarier was this ingredient: MODIFIED FOOD STARCH.

I don’t want to get all legalistic here but really, is it necessary to add a MODIFIED food to this? Couldn’t it just be a food starch – pretty sure corn starch is a food starch. That is bad enough but whatever they are putting in there as a thickening agent is so bad the FDA is making them list it as MODIFIED. Yeah, sorry, CFA – I’m saying “peace out” on your secret sauce! And I won’t be letting my kids eat it anymore. SAD FACE!
Modified Food Starch is made by physically, enzymatically or chemically altering starch to change its inherent properties. In this instance, modified does not necessarily mean genetically modified, however some modified starches are likely made from geneticallymodified ingredients.
I once knew a girl who NEVER ate out. She told me every time she did she got sick. I thought she was weird. Guessing on the food subject, she was wise beyond her years. I think my body had grown accustomed to processed foods, modified things, and grain. And 2 weeks without it – my body said, “WHAT IS THIS?” and got it out quite quickly. I still feel yucky.What is even worse is that CFA is the BEST fast food restaurant we have. McD, BK, Wendy, and the like aren’t nearly as healthy or good. So I am thinking…yeah…no more fast food.

God is good all the time. What He made – it doesn’t make us sick…unless it has been modified by human hands/minds.

So, stepping off my soap box. Not gonna post a picture as I don’t want to get sued for disparaging any food chain. But, this was sure a wake up call.

G’nite y’all.
-Suzanne

Where to Start

Grain-Free Family Table CoverOkay…so P- and I are jumping ALL in on this thing. We downloaded and bought hard copies of Carrie Vitt’s book. Since we are both going to need to get well versed in the world of Grain Free.

Thankfully, both of us have in the past done moderated eating plans.  P- was Vegan for quite a while as she trained for trail marathons.  I’ve gone gluten and sugar free for a month fast as well as no longer eating corn and pork.

But to not have any grains FOREVER.  <Gulp>.  Okay, our older sister is all organic and raw milk.  Our brother is low carb.  He has lost a huge amount of weight.  But P- and I are not doing this to lose weight.  That is an unfortunate side affect of what our bodies are doing – but she and I know we can “tweak our diet” and do the “lemonade diet” or a fast to drop pounds and then we could start training for marathons and drop pounds.  That is NOT a long-term plan.  Stop training and running – the pounds come back on.  Eat normal foods after “fasting” the weight comes back.  Why?  Our thyroid and other adrenal glands aren’t working.  PERIOD.  Then add perimenopause to that – and yeah – we are a mess!

So, I have been reading this other blog that says as we ease in to grain free (which sorta is like low-carb/no carb) we are going to need to be aware of symptoms our body might have as we “detox” from grains.  Who knew?  Am currently reading Melissa Sevigny’s I Breathe I’m Hungry’s article on Keto Kickstarting.

What a crazy time to start this, I’m thinking to myself.  But it is now or never.  Neither P- or I are slow going type of people.  We are either in or not.  P- decided to do her first marathon and she was ALL in all the way – many times over.  So I know we can do this!

She’ll be writing soon too.