Pozdrav brate.My mother and I left Sarajevo in the early 90's. I'd imagine for the same reason.
We had the pitstop of living in Denmark for a few years before coming to the U.S. in 96.
Wait that means you grew up with similar home meals as me! I'm calling B.S. on this no bread thing.
It's not onions in terms of usage but it had to have been in at least 95% of meals.
Unless you're eating burek, but it still has dough.
I've been lifting weights all my life and in my late 20's I decided to get super ripped; can't do that with bread. Since then I've abandoned it. I'm not super ripped anymore, but I'm happy with my physique. I primarily eat meat and veggies; potatoes every once in a while. Try to avoid starch in general.