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Has anyone tried a bread-free diet? I'm a  huge bread addict and I'm considering a bread-free diet because I've heard that after a certain amount of time without bread, your body will stop craving it. Same thing with sugar.

Thoughts? Advice?

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Bread:  Eat whole-wheat bread and multi-grain bread.  No reason to completely quit eating bread.

Sugar: Substitute honey and real maple syrup in your baking in place of granulated sugar.  Eat fresh pineapple, melons, apples, cherries, etc. to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Bread used to be my favourite food. Since I stopped eating it regularly, it's definitely lost its appeal. I never thought it would happen! I still eat it once or twice a month but I've found more satisfying substitutes for it. Like I'll make a grain-free "bread" from coconut or chickpea flour. Or I'll replace wherever I would use bread with vegetables. I never eat sandwiches, subs or wraps anymore because I've realized that bread doesn't actually fill me up. It's not hard after a while.

I was eating a very limited amount of bread and recently stopped eating it completely.  I haven't had any cravings for it at all. It may have helped that I ate very little of it when I stopped. Same with sugar...ate very few things with added sugar and have stopped except for what's in the fresh fruit & veggies I eat. 

It may be easier to taper off of it before stopping completely, if it's not an "all or nothing" type food for you.  Everyone is different, the only way you'll know for sure how your body reacts is to try it.  Good Luck!

Well in my opinion I really do suggest you try it - even for a week and see how you feel. I have almost completely cut out all bread and pasta from my diet and i have never felt better! Bread was a real binge-trigger food for me and was making me feel really bloated and heavy. Seeing as you describe yourself as a 'bread addict', if I was you I would start cutting down on bread slowly. Eat bread in moderation and maybe only a few times a week. If it is your favourite food don't deprive yourself of it! If you do decide to cut down on bread also make sure you still eat an adequate amount of low-GI carbohydrate-rich foods. Maybe try swapping bread for brown rice?

I havent eaten bread in 3 months.. Really has helped.. I use flat out wraps to make sandwiches!!!

Original Post by cheryloo19:

I havent eaten bread in 3 months.. Really has helped.. I use flat out wraps to make sandwiches!!!

 Same here..except I use low carb tortillas to make wraps (mission brand taste best)

10 monthish of low carb, which of course means no bread, and I have definitely stopped craving it for the most part.

I do take days off, and find that following one such day, I will crave it more for about a week until I readjust to it all.

I try not to have days off too frequently due in part to that.

About 4 months ago I stopped bread entirely. The rest of my carb intake remained the same including pasta. Result: I am 6'1" and started at 188. Now 180. I am quite active with tennis 5-6 times a week so it was important to keep my energy level up. No issues so far. As a substitute I started gluten free corn tortillas for brunch on Sundays and lunch sandwiches during the week. My bread days are over.

I haven't touched bread or grain in god knows how long. I don't even make "almond meal bread" or anything like that.

It's lost all appeal, and the last time I tried it I was majorly DISAPPOINTED because it was no where near as good as I remembered it being.

Seriously once you get it out of your diet, you no longer want it. It's addicting and unnesssary and most people feel much better without it.

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I also found it a bit easier to cut my bodyfat down when using a lower-carb diet.  Doesn't mean zero carb (since my gym performance would go down the tubes without any carb fuel), but I try to me smarter with my carb choices.  I still have carbs from things like potatoes, corn, fruits, beans, oatmeal, etc. but cut out most breads, or just use lower-carb wraps/pitas. 

I significantly reduced my amount of bread and pasta for about 3 months and while it didn't necessarily contribute to weight loss, I found it was great for reducing inches as I was overall less bloated. Maybe I had a bit of an intolerance, but I noticed since I've started eating bread and pasta more frequently, my stomach has expanded and my pants fit much tighter.

Instead of bread and pasta, I try to stick to white rice no more than once a day. I know brown rice would be better, but surprisingly here in Korea, brown rice is IMPOSSIBLE to find and white rice is definitely not short in supply. But still, even with eating a cup a day of white rice, I still found my belly to shrink.

havent had bread in years, stopped eating all grains about 9 months ago and soooooo happy. it makes cooking healthier, more interesting and more opportunities to fit new and more nutritious food in your daily regime

It used to be my favorite food, but then I had to go gluten free, and then I tried gluten free bread and it put me off bread
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I cut out all breads and grains 2 months ago.  I still eat healthy.  I have only lost 3 pounds (I don't need to lose much anyways), but I have lost 3 inches from my waist which was the goal.  I don't have stomach aches or bloat anymore.  I really don't think about it much, but have been really wanting a tuna salad sandwich on toast.  Sigh. I would because it would be a treat but I don't want to buy a whole loaf just for a slice.  Time to borrow from my neighbor.

Although I love freshly baked bread giving it up was not that difficult. I am now able to maintain my weight without a great deal of effort. Now and then I will have a smalll pizza and I am reminded how bloated I feel with bread. I don't miss it in the slightest.

I refuse to eat bread. It's so processed!
Use rice paper wraps instead or meat n veges or soups

I used to consider myself a bread addict, too. After a couple of weeks, you really won't miss it. I usually go cold turkey and use cabbage leaves and other vegetables in place of the bread. If you are a true carb or bread addict, I would avoid even the low-carb tortillas at first. Ease back into those after a couple of weeks. When you finally do take a bite of sandwich bread again, you will be amazed at how awful the mass-produced breads taste. Then it is just a matter of not wasting calories on awful bread--but savoring truly delicious home-made or artisan breads. Good luck!

"Eating more whole grains is an easy way to add a layer of "health insurance" to your life. Whole grains are packed with nutrients including protein, fiber, B vitamins, antioxidants, and trace minerals (iron, zinc, copper, and magnesium). A diet rich in whole grains has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some forms of cancer. Whole-grain diets also improve bowel health by helping to maintain regular bowel movements and promote growth of healthy bacteria in the colon."

Bread:  "it's important to check the ingredient list for the word "whole" preceding the grain (such as "whole wheat flour"). Ideally, the whole grain will be the first ingredient in the list, indicating that the product contains more whole grain than any other ingredient."

Source:  WebMD  -- reaping-benefits-whole-grains

I don't eat a bread-free diet (I'm a sucker for freshly baked rye bread and roti straight from the oven) but I definitely don't eat a lot of it. Growing up my parents only bought wholemeal bread but they still limited how much they gave me and my sisters. My mom especially didn't think that eating a lot of bread was good for you. I'd bring sandwiches to school once in a while or have some toast with brunch but never ate it daily. As I get older I find I eat it less and less. I don't crave it and typically only eat it if someone's offering it to me at their house or if I'm at a restaurant and it comes with an appetizer or meal. I never feel that great after I eat it (I get a weird heavy feeling in my stomach?) but sometimes it's just nice to have some bread. 

I don't think bread is terrible for you but if you feel like you're physically addicted to it that's never a good thing. I wouldn't stop it completely but definitely eat less of it. If you feel a lot better without it then maybe consider eating it only seldomly but I'd never recommend cutting something out from your diet completely. 

Ditto for me. Bread is a trigger food, and it wasn't uncommon for me to binge on it!

Recently I tried going gluten free -- which means no bread. I'm doing this as an experiment. I still crave it, but less and less as the weeks go by.  Surprisingly, I am finding that other foods, such as vegetables, now taste better than they used to.  I cut out pasta, too, which was my other weakness. In it's place I've tried millet, buckwheat, and quinoa. I like quinoa the best.

When I finish my experiment (I'm doing it for 2-1/2 months), I've determined that I will definitely be eating less gluten going forward, and quinoa is going to become a permanent item in my menu rotation.

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