||[Oct. 3rd, 2006|08:08 pm]
Weight Watchers who are Gluten Free
Well, I finally got around to re-joining WW (I had been a member about 5 years ago, before developing, and then being diagnosed with, CD). I've been tempted by the Core Plan, seeing as how a GF diet is largely based on whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and has almost no pre-prepared foods.|
As I was talking to the leader, she told me that nearly all the grains I depend on are either not in the WW book at all, or are not allowed on the Core Plan. Great. Considering how high in fibre and low in fat most of these grains are, I can't understand how they're not allowed.
Also, nuts are not a part of the Core Plan. When I'm in a rush, that's what I grab for a quick snack. Because of the high protein content, it staves off hunger for a long time. However, because of the high calories, I agree that Core Planners shouldn't be able to eat an unlimited amount of nuts. But it could be limited to one meal a day, like whole-wheat pasta and potatoes, and then be included in the Plan.
And dried fruits aren't allowed. I have a lot of recipes, particularly salads and desserts, that use dried fruits. I don't know how dried fruits are different from fresh fruits (unless they have sugar added -- ours don't), and why they aren't allowed.
And the Core Plan doesn't allow vegetable cocktails. We drink the bought stuff, but we're not adverse to making our own in a blender, so there's no added salt or sugar, and no fibre is taken out. She said that's not allowed, even when I clarified that we wouldn't be using a juicer. How is vegetables put through the blender any different from fresh vegetables? Or, even better, how is it different from a vegetable soup, especially gazpacho?
I figure I'm either going to ignore her advice and eat the items that should be included on the Core Plan, or follow the Flex Plan instead. (I just didn't particularly want to count points again.)
I'm feeling very disenchanted with the whole thing, and quite frustrated with WW. Especially with this woman I was talking to.