Some simple bread facts to start off with:
- Did you know there are over 200 varieties of bread produced in the UK alone
- In Russia, bread (and salt) are symbols of welcome
- Scandinavian traditions hold that if a boy and girl eat from the same loaf, they are bound to fall in love – should have had that one in yesterday!
- Murphy’s Law dictates that buttered bread will always land buttered‐side down.
- In Britain, the ceremony of First Footing is traditionally observed in the early hours of New Year’s Day. A piece of bread is left outside a door, with a piece of coal and a silver coin, and is supposed to bring you food, warmth and riches in the year ahead.
- Breaking bread is a universal sign of peace.
- Early Egyptian writings urged mothers to send their children to school with plenty of bread and beer for their lunch.
- It is believed that Egyptians were eating Leavened bread (bread made with yeast so it rises) many centuries before anywhere else in the world.
- It seems that the discovery of ale was stimulated by the process of bread-making.
- The first bread produced was probably cooked versions of a grain-paste, made from roasted and ground cereal grains and water, and may have been developed by accidental cooking or deliberate experimentation with water and grain flour.
- An average slice of packaged bread contains only 1 gram of fat and 75 to 80 calories.
Wow, it’s just like an episode of How? Magpie and Blue Peter rolled into one. Ah that takes me back. Getting home from school and having a peanut butter sandwich whilst watching one of the above TV shows, learning about history and then realising that doing 101 things with sticky backed plastic was far more fun. Mind you did anyone ever have any of that exalted, mythical but very important ingredient? I think the only things us kids of the 70’s had lying around was a washing up liquid bottle (not always empty) and the middle of the toilet roll (not always finished) and we couldn’t even be sure of having sellotape in the house……
Still I digress.
However, in that digression there was the essence of a pertinent fact. The peanut butter sandwich. Bread was the staple of all people pre millennia. Toast for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and a snack when we got home from school. No doubt when the dinner was made there could well have been slices of the stuff on the table to go with it and if not, I know for sure that if I was ever still hungry after my evening meal, I would be told by a parent to have a slice of bread and jam.
The world revolved on bread.
And it was white.
“The Whiter The Bread, The Sooner You’re Dead”
Only hippy, vegetarian, I make my own shoes from hemp type’s ate anything that resembled a healthy bread such as wholemeal.
But how things change. Now there are as the first line says, over 200 different types of bread in this country alone.
But I don’t eat it, which is amazing because I was having it ALL DAY long, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, all the time. It honestly wasn’t as hard to give up as I thought it would be. I mean, I still have the occasional piece if I am out and have no choice because I need to eat and can only get a sandwich but honestly, I don’t miss it. And I don’t think it misses me.
There are a myriad of reasons why people should not eat bread, I will not be going into them the same as I will not be questioning rice or pasta. I am a daily life blog, not a nutrition blog. I am here to discuss my own experiences. What I will say is that there has to be a growing number of people who are sympathetic to the side effects of bread otherwise we would not see such a massive rise in the “Gluten free Industry”. But again, that is not for me to discuss. What I will say however is that since I have stopped eating bread, I do not appear to be so dehydrated all of the time. I found the following statement on the inter web and not being one in a position to discredit it, I shall simply say it appears to work for me…
“Water is absorbed by bread, it follows that eating bread can lead to your body being taken over by this absorptive food product, turning you into a soggy person since the human body is more than 90% water. Avoiding bread is helpful to stay hydrated”
I have to say that not eating bread of ANY description has obviously helped me reduce my carb intake which is an issue most obese people suffer from, but then that would be the same of anyone regardless of size. Don’t forget the 90’s diet was all about the Atkins plan. Protein only. Sign up here for terminal halitosis, and terrible fatty stain causing wind… Anyway, I’m not sure if you saw the TV slot with me in front of this computer but they did a close up of my hands as they typed and all you can see is the knuckles on the right hand looking like I spent my days as a street fighter. They look broken and torn mainly because the skin is a mess. I moisturise them everyday but it never seemed to make any difference yet now I have stopped eating bread, the skin complaint has almost cleared up. It is great to be able to see my hands and not feel I need to stop myself scratching them as they are so dry and red looking and I put it down to no longer eating bread.
Now I am sure I am not allergic to the contents but there certainly must be something to be said for the way I feel since I have stopped eating it. I genuinely feel alive and vibrant, more so than I have done for years and I can only put that down to removing that one main ingredient from my diet. I know it is generally believed that anyone wanting to lose weight should remove bread from their diet and trust me when I say I always thought it was easier said than done, but I really truly and honestly believe there has to be something in it.
Maybe you should try it. It has made me feel better for sure and if one of the benefits of not having it in the diet is that I also lose weight then I’m good with that.
After all, that’s what this entire blog is about so it’s maybe about time I gave some direct dieting tips.
Stay out of the fridge.