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Updated Sep 17, 2012 - 9:04 am

Dozer Download: Days 3-7 of Karie going wheat-free

After being introduced to the book Wheat Belly Karie wanted to see if she could go wheat-free and to see what it would do to her health. Here are her updates through a full week.

Day 3-5

Wednesday through Friday of my first wheat-free week probably should have been hard days. But I was so busy with work and kid stuff that I didn't have much time to eat at all. Thursday was our PCH Give-A-Thon. I packed a few snacks, but I ate a late breakfast and before I knew it, it was bedtime. Mostly sticking to chicken and veggies and brown rice. I could eat that forever!

Friday night provided the first real challenge, as Happy Hour for me usually means a cold pale ale. I have tried three gluten-free beers and they have all been various degrees of awful. But my son has a 7:30 p.m. baseball game, so the temptation fades. Red wine is always a good alternative!

After the game though, Jack and a buddy are hungry. They want to stop at Subway. Shoot. That bread smells awesome. I stay in the car while they go in. At home, I have an Amy's gluten-free bean and cheese burrito. Not only does this not hit the spot, it isn't even close!

Day 6

The biggest challenge yet. Saturday. College football.

Day begins with the regular morning spin class, where my bike neighbor remarks that I am spinning like a much younger person. I give the diet the credit. To be sure, I have great energy. More than any other morning I can remember. No sluggishness, no sleepiness… and my endurance is awesome. Hmmm….

The Devils play at 4:30 p.m. and I cannot think about watching the game without a beer so I choke down one Bard's. It's really bad.

My husband and son are heading down to the UofA game, and will drop in on our oldest at her sorority house. I know I should make cookies, but I can't eat any. Maybe the first (certainly the first, who am I kidding) time that I make a batch of dough and don't taste any.


I go to a friend's house for the game and the Devils offense is so bad that I consider quitting the diet just so I can have a beer. I have ribs instead, and I bring a chicken-and-bean casserole, which everyone tastes as if it's a science experiment. It's actually good, but my diet is such a curiosity that the food plays second fiddle to the wheat discussion. Everyone tries to talk me out of it. This is funny!

Devils lose and I take my leftovers home. What else am I going to eat tomorrow??

Day 7

Sunday. Another day of beer-free, bread-free football but I am ready this time.

I eat yesterday's casserole for lunch and feel pretty good overall.

The real challenge will come tonight after my son's baseball game. I know the family will want pizza.


We go to Spinato's, a bonus choice as it's my husband's favorite pie and I have heard they have an awesome gluten-free crust. It's OK, but nothing that makes me think pizza will be big on this diet. Maybe that's a good thing.

By 7 p.m., I am finally really tired for the first time on this diet. Could have nothing to do with no wheat, or everything. I plan to go to bed early and get up in time to make myself something fabulous for Monday's lunch.

I am very pleased I have made it this far and have really not been too unhappy.

About the Author

Karie Dozer is host of Arizona's Noon News.

She has been an on-air personality nearly continually since her college days. She loves radio because it is intelligent, immediate and almost always available.

She is the youngest of nine children from a Midwestern Catholic family where she learned to be heard, fight for a place at the table and find humor in almost everything. She was hired as a news intern while a senior at ASU's Cronkite School, and found that covering human stories like the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase and the 1992-93 Phoenix Suns was too much fun to pass up.

She loved life in the newsroom with all the action and crazy personalities to go with it. She anchored and covered some sports too, until politics dragged her away. She served as press secretary for Arizona's Attorney General Grant Woods for a five-year stint before jumping back to radio on a part-time basis. Three years ago she got back in the biz on a more regular basis as a midday host on what is now KTAR News. She has a passion for the breaking news of the moment, education, local politics, great food, sports and fitness. She has trouble turning down a good argument, a good book or a good glass of wine.

In her spare time she takes care of her boys, (husband Rich, son Jack, and yellow lab Buddy,) and bakes awesome chocolate chip cookies. She enjoys the quality of life the Valley offers her family and the natural beauty of Arizona. Her favorite places are golf courses, her own kitchen, the city of Flagstaff, and wherever her family is.

She considers herself lucky to work with the amazingly talented people of KTAR radio.


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