Naturopathic Physician Questions Dieting

Is it safe to go off rice and wheat for a long period of time?

I am planning to take on a diet that requires me to give up rice and wheat for a long period of time. Is this safe? Will this leave me with little energy?

4 Answers

It's safe. However, I don't recommend patients exclude any type of food(s) unless they have an allergy, intolerance, or medical condition. You can get "energy" from other sources of carbohydrates, though, and won't feel fatigued if you balance your meals correctly. Set an appointment with a dietitian to help you plan your diet.
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Yes it is safe. You should not notice lower energy coming off from them as long as your caloric intake meets your physical activity level. Many who come off from these two types of foods actually report feeling better. I suggest paying attention to your symptoms and seeing if symptoms resolve once you remove wheat and rice.
That is safe. You will get many more nutrients and fiber by replacing the wheat and rice with vegetables. Try cauliflower rice and zucchini noodles as alternatives to rice and pasta.
Yes, it is safe. It should give you more energy as these foods can increase insulin levels and are considered inflammatory, which both can reduce energy levels in some people. I know many people who give up rice and wheat indefinitely, they are following a strict paleo diet.