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The Bachelor on the Cheap Gluten-Free Diet Challenge 2023 - Day 27

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Wow, what a high-carb day!  In chasing a craving, I went WAY over my target of fewer than 60 grams of carbs per day and never mind the whopping 830 calories - OMG!  What can I say, it's been a while since I've had hash browns, tater tots, that kind of thing, and hitting the drive-thru at Spangles satisfied that craving.  It's out of my system, for a while anyway.  Treating it like a treat, and not a regular menu item... Eating the chickpea pasta didn't help with the day's carb count either.

Here's the Day 27 menu:


GF Diet Day 27

In tweaking this diet as I go along, I've found it pretty easy to break a meal into two parts.  For example, a normal breakfast back in the day would have been some kind of breakfast sandwich, AND a side of hashbrowns or tots, washing it all down with a cup (OK, two) of Joe.   Today, I split that menu, having the tots for breakfast, and the sausage, egg, and cheese (no biscuit or croissant) for the morning snack.  Portion control, in addition to the elimination of gluten, has helped my body burn fuel more efficiently.

On the day, the calorie count was good and the protein count wasn't bad, a bit low, but not bad.  In addition to supplementing my diet with a daily vitamin, I started drinking lime water (yes, using real lime juice, not the fake stuff ) to get some additional fruit nutrition in.

If you noticed, Ive been making an effort in recent days to reduce my intake of red meat.

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The Bachelor on the Cheap Gluten-Free Diet Challenge 2023 - Day 26

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Another excellent day of diet stats!  I only consumed 1,148 net calories, got a decent amount of protein and was well under my goal of less than 60 grams of carbs.  The most important thing, was NO wheat products, no gluten.

Here's the Day 26 menu:

GF Diet Day 26

The day featured two gluten-free stated products, but repeats, as in I've already reviewed them.  I have to finish them off before moving on to another product. I enjoyed the Live G Free Sweet Chili Brown Rice Crisps (SO good!) and a Park City Parmesan Cheese Wrap.  Repeat buys, both!

I'm getting close to another weigh-in day and things are looking good, I've had to tighten my belt another notch.

Coming Soon:  A recap of all the new GF products I've sampled.  Teaser, not all jar spaghetti sauces are gluten-free.

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The Bachelor on the Cheap Gluten-Free Diet Challenge 2023 - Day 25, Featuring the Park City Deli Parmesan Cheese Wrap

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What do you do when craving pizza but don't feel like making a gluten-free crust or simply don't have the time?

Break out the Park City Deli Parmesan Cheese Wraps.

I've sampled the Park City Cheddar Wraps, and they're quite good. Receiving 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars, I figured I couldn't go wrong in trying the Parmesan version, and I can't think of a better way to do that than making a pizza wrap!

My favorite toppings for a pizza are pepperoni and mushroom, so all I did was warm up a portion of pizza sauce, a healthy amount of pepperoni, some sliced mushrooms, and of course I had to add some mozzarella cheese.  I wrapped all that goodness up in a Park City Deli Parmesan Cheese Wrap and it was delicious!  It was such a good snack, I had another for lunch, minus the mushrooms.  The Parmesan Wraps are equally as good as the cheddar version and also worthy of 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars.  Both varieties are now regulars on my weekly grocery shopping list.  Tortillas?  I don't need no stick'n tortillas...

GF Diet Day 25

It was a rather tasty diet day, c'mon, sausage and eggs for breakfast, "pizza" for lunch, and ribs for dinner?  What's not to like?

I hit all the diet goals today, feeling good.

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The Bachelor on the Cheap Gluten-Free Diet Challenge 2023 - Day 24

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Today wasn't just gluten-free, but a bit of a "Sandwich Alternative" Day if you will.  I was craving bread, any kind...  Sliced bread, tortillas, a bun, croissant, you name it, I was wanting it. 

I woke up with the craving, desiring a Jimmy Dean Sausage, Egg & Cheese Croissant for breakfast, an old habit and breakfast favorite.  That and a cup of coffee, are my ideal breakfast.  But discipline ruled (and I don't buy the Jimmy Dean Croissants anymore), so I had some ham lunchmeat with a slice of American cheese for breakfast.

Here's the Day 24 menu:

GF Diet Day 24

For the mid-morning snack, I enjoyed those black bean tortilla chips I enjoy so much, dipping them in guacamole.  Then I hit the Live G Free Spinach Wraps for lunch and the afternoon snack, filling them with lunchmeat, cheese, mayo, and mustard.  If you're not familiar with the term "Sammich", it's what one of my sons said instead of sandwich, when he was young.

In honor of the diet name, I had Breakfast For Dinner, the BFD Diet, a.k.a., the Big F'n Deal Diet.  The calorie count was good (goal: under 1,600), the protein count was a bit low (goal:  more than 100 grams per day), and the carb count was a bit high (goal: no more than 60 grams per day), but overall a decent day and the important thing, NO GLUTEN.  The Spinach wraps satisfied my craving for bread.

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The Bachelor on the Cheap Gluten-Free Diet Challenge 2023 - Day 23, with a sample of Monk Fruit Sweetener

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Cucumber SaladToday was a good diet day, meeting all goals:  1., No gluten.  2., Calories under 1,600.  3., Protein grams - more than 100.  4., Carb grams - less than 60.  5.  Eating the bulk of the carb grams earlier in the day.

My biggest carb load was for breakfast, enjoying a Live G Free Spinach wrap, along with sausage, scrambled egg, and American and Mozzarella cheese.  The wraps are OK straight out of the bag, but SO much better when toasted.

Here's the Day 23 Menu:

GF Diet Day 23

Monk Fruit Sweetener
It's pricey, but it's worth it

I got some fruit and veggie in, enjoying strawberries macerated in Monk Fruit Sweetener for lunch, and a cucumber salad dressed in olive oil, red pepper flake, and lime juice for an afternoon snack.

I've been wanting to try the Monk Fruit Sweetener for a while.  It's said to be a zero-calorie sugar substitute and doesn't have any negative traits like aspartame, or sucralose.  Using it on those strawberries, I couldn't tell the difference between the Monk Fruit Sweetener and real sugar.

Costing me $8.99 for a 16-ounce bag at the mainstream grocery store, it's nicely sweet with no bitter aftertaste, and according to the package you can use it in a 1-1 swap for regular sugar, in anything.  It's a bit pricey, but it's worth it, no sugar spike.  Monk Fruit In The Raw gets 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars.

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Strawberries macerated with Monk Fruit Sweetener

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The Bachelor on the Cheap Gluten-Free Diet Challenge 2023 - Day 22, Featuring Live G Free Sweet Chili Brown Rice Crisps

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I've been gluten-free for 21 days now.  Wow, that's almost like telling people how long it's been since I had my last drink (more than 7 months now)...  Over the last three weeks, I've not only eliminated all wheat products from my daily diet, but I've reviewed 10 gluten-free products, posted six gluten-free recipe ideas, eaten gluten-free at two restaurants, and revisited another 17 gluten-free products I had sampled in the past before starting this diet.  It's been a very educational experience, learning just how many products have gluten in them, such as Soy sauce, Teriyaki sauce, many BBQ sauces, most canned and packaged soups, salad dressings, heck, even taco seasoning!

Here's the Day 22 Menu:

GF Diet DAy 22

I enjoyed some more of that Fathead crust pizza for breakfast and had some Live G Free Sweet Chili Brown Rice Crisps with some cottage cheese for lunch.  Costing me $2.99 for a 7-ounce bag, the crisps are a great tortilla-like chip snack.  They have great texture and a nice crunch, they hold up well when dipping and the sweet chili flavor is spicey sweet stand-alone delicious.  I'm giving Live G Free Sweet Chili Brown Rice Crisps 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars, it's one of my favorite GF snacks and definitely a repeat buy.

Live G Free Sweet Chili Brown Rice CrispsToday was a weigh-in day.  I've lost a total of six pounds in three weeks, safely dropping an average of two pounds per week.  I've done it, with a combination of dropping all wheat products from the daily menu, counting calories, and exercising.  I'm feeling good.  There are no gluten side effects, no bloating, no gassy feeling, no abdominal pain, no fatigue, and no sugar spikes.

I'm going to hit a few more restaurants in the coming week, addressing the challenge of what to eat when the menu isn't very GF-friendly.

Related:  A review of gluten-free products, some recommended, some not so much...

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The Bachelor on the Cheap Gluten-Free Diet Challenge 2023 - Day 21, featuring a Live G Free Spinach Wrap

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After enjoying a cheese wrap yesterday, today I went in a slightly different direction to sample a gluten-free wrap, or as one of my sons when they were young would say, "a sammich."

I made a "sammich" today using Live G Free Gluten Free Spinach Wraps.  An alternative to a traditional flour tortilla, the wrap is made with Tapioca starch, rice flour, and pea protein to give it the tortilla feel, then flavoring it with spinach.

Live G Free is an Aldi brand, making a full line of gluten-free products, both savory and sweet.  I picked up a package of six wraps for $4.39.  Compare that price to a six-count bag of Mission brand GF tortillas for $6.49 at the mainstream grocery store.

I've had the Mission GF tortillas before, they were OK, but given the price, they are not repeat buy worthy in my opinion.

The Live G Free spinach wraps are superior.  More on that in a bit.  Here's the Day 21 Menu:

GF Diet Day 21

It was kind of a day of the wrap, having a ham & Muenster cheese Cheese Wrap for breakfast, including some lettuce, cabbage, onion, and carrot to ensure I got some veggies in.  Continuing with the wrap theme, I sampled the spinach wrap, also with ham & Muenster cheese, with the same veggie mix interior.  The wrap itself was good, more pliable than the Mission stuff, with decent texture but it was a bit weak on the spinach flavor, it was a surprisingly bland tortilla.  Toasting it up will next time will probably improve on that.  The Live G Free product is superior to what Mission offers, but both fail to measure up to a flour tortilla.  Live G Free is the better tortilla alternative, but only if you're not watching the carb intake.  Each tortilla packs a whopping 27 carbs! I'm giving Live G Free Spinach Wraps 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars (Mission got a 3-star rating).  They're cheaper and more pliable than Mission.  But I'd rather have a cheese wrap, which is tastier and has only 1 carb gram!

Live G Free Spinach Wrap
A better product than the Mission brand GF tortilla

Well, that about 'wraps it up' for the day...  See what I did there?...

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The Bachelor on the Cheap Gluten-Free Diet Challenge 2023 - Day 20, featuring a Park Street Deli Cheese Wrap

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Cheese wraps rock!  Anything you can do with a traditional tortilla, you can pretty much do with a cheese wrap.  As the Park Street Deli Cheese Wrap package states, you can wrap it, crisp it, roll it and melt it.  Heck, you can even cut these things into triangle shapes, crisp them up and dip them in salsa!  Textured on one side, they even have the feel of a flour tortilla.

The Park Street Deli brand is an Aldi private label and offers a full range of deli-style products, including chicken dishes, dips, egg rolls, guacamole, hummus, pork dishes, salads, salsa, snacks, and more.  I picked up a package of the cheddar wraps during my last grocery shopping trip, they make a Parmesan variety as well.

Here's the Day 20 menu:

GF Diet Day 20

Park Street Cheddar Cheese Wrap
Ham, Muenster cheese, lettuce, mustard, Ranch, all wrapped up in cheddar!

I ate too many carbs on the day!  Even though consumed earlier in the day, I almost doubled my daily intake goal of no more than 60 grams.  I was craving cereal, and it did me in.  It was an oat cereal though, not wheat, so no gluten.  The rest of the day went pretty well, although a bit light on protein.

Lacking enough veggies and fruits in the daily regimen, I have started supplementing with a daily multi-vitamin.  I have not yet found a balance in getting enough nutrition while keeping the carb count low.  I have a lot of foods yet to explore, so finding a good balance I think is a matter of time.

The cheese wrap was the highlight of the day.  Costing me $4.29 for a package of four wraps at Aldi, they are a bit pricey but they're tasty, versatile, and a perfect alternative for this diet.   The Park Street Deli Cheese Wraps get 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars and are most definitely worthy of a repeat buy.

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The Bachelor on the Cheap Gluten-Free Diet Challenge 2023 - Day 19, featuring a Fathead Pizza Crust!

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In line with what I now call my BFD Diet, that's "Breakfast For Dinner," or the Big F'n Deal Diet for short, I did indeed have dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner, AND gluten-free!

Here's the Day 19 Menu:

GF Diet Day 19

Fathead Pizza Crust
This is now my go-to gluten-free, low-carb pizza crust.

Aside from the salad, the day was light on veggies or fruits, but I'm pleased to report I consumed the bulk of my carbs earlier in the day.  The breakfast featured a KETO-friendly and gluten-free pizza crust that a friend of mine passed along to me (shout out to Ashley C!) and it's a great recipe.  Called a Fathead pizza crust, it's a blend of cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, egg, baking powder, and almond flour.  Made thin and pre-baked per the instructions, the crust gets nice and crispy, has great flavor, and holds up to all the toppings, you can eat it hand-held, like a regular slice of pizza.  Some of those low-carb pizza crust recipes out there crumble apart, you have to eat the pizza with a fork.  Not this one.  Oh, and I infused the crust with Umami seasoning and garlic, then topped the pizza with pepperoni, mushroom, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese.

Fathead Pizza Crust
Pepperoni & Mushroom Pizza for breakfast

I fell short of my protein goal (100+ grams per day), but the calorie count was low so overall a good diet day.

From a budget standpoint, almond flour is a bit pricey, but since you don't need to use a lot of it and it's treated more as a binding agent for the cream and mozzarella cheeses, it's not an expensive dough to make (cheaper than anything store bought).  Coupled with the egg, the crust delivers a good amount of protein too.

I look forward to making this crust again for a true breakfast pizza, with a white sauce, egg, sausage, bacon, and cheddar cheese!

Related:  Reversing the daily menu to lose weight

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The Bachelor on the Cheap Gluten-Free Diet Challenge 2023 - Day 18

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Approaching the three-week mark on this diet and this bears repeating, I'm not really missing the wheat products.  Yes, there have been a few moments where a bun for a burger or bread to make a sandwich sounds good, but it's easily dismissed, willpower rules.  And here's the thing, your body doesn't need gluten.

Here's the Day 18 menu:

GF Diet Day 17

The only gluten-free product on the menu today was the ONLY Elevation Bar.  I'm still working on the Cashew, Cherry with Dark Chocolate variety, tasty, but lower in protein and higher in carbs than the Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan option, the first ONLY bar I tried and reviewed.

My focus moving forward is flip-flopping a traditional meal menu, kind of a dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner kind of thing.  I call it the Breakfast for Dinner Diet, or,  BFD Diet for short, or for some, it could mean the "Big F*&^%$# Deal" Diet...  and it is!  There's a diet already out there similar to what I'm doing called the Reversal Diet, but the menu for that includes crap I'm not going to eat, like Tofu, egg whites, low-fat dairy, a lot of shredded wheat, and boiled chicken.

My BFD Diet doesn't tap dance with food, it embraces it.  There's whole milk, egg yolks, and steak in this diet!  It's simply flip-flopping a regular menu, dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner (no pancakes or waffles allowed).

Stay tuned for Day 19!

Related:  Reversing the daily menu to lose weight

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