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CBR0422UNCW SparkPoints: (3,325)
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1/18/13 10:03 P

I can't eat gluten. I tested negative for celiac/ allergies but it gives me gastro issues and if I forget my allergy meds I will break out in hives and start wheezing. I don't think medicine has all the answers.

Edited by: CBR0422UNCW at: 1/18/2013 (22:04)
CSROBERTSON621 SparkPoints: (195,388)
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1/18/13 9:47 P

Although I avoid wheat now myself, I'm not sure it's "the answer" to the obesity problems as some have urged.

That said, I do think that some people can be sensitive to it in the way that I am. I only figured it out when I went on a very low calorie diet under the direction of a physician that eliminated wheat products entirely. Within a few days, the "brain fog," tiredness and joint pain I've suffered from for decades was totally gone, plus I learned that it was (and is) a lot easier to control my appetite if I don't eat it.

Note that I don't as a general matter eat gluten free substitutes for bread, pasta, baked goods -- I just don't have those things in my diet at all, and have replaced them mostly with fruits and veggies, plus some low-fat dairy (Greek yogurt essentially replaced my morning cereal, for example). So that is a pretty calorie-rich set of foods that I just don't eat as a general matter -- which probably has more to do with my maintenance success than not eating gluten per se. (Though I'll admit to a very occasional gluten free Georgetown Cupcake -- I live down the street from the original shop here in Georgetown, and I can buy them one at a time, at least when there's not a massive line of tourists!)

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,418
1/18/13 9:40 P

I eat wheat and I feel fine. It hasn't caused me any problems or hampered my weight loss efforts.

Over eating Calamari, now that is a whole different story

JOYOUS1917 SparkPoints: (19,811)
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1/18/13 8:41 P

Yes, along with the processed food comes dyes, preservatives, flavor enhancers, etc. prepackaged foods trigger my crvings and sense of well being.
I am very concious of those things. I try to eat organically when possible. Wheat with all of the add ons tends to trigger my overeating and cravings as well..

Edited by: JOYOUS1917 at: 1/18/2013 (20:52)
1/18/13 7:26 P

I have been pretty much wheat free for 5 months... except a small amount of flour in gravy at Christmas and some fish sticks once... I am not irritable bowl or celiac.... I can eat it again and I don't get sick but I am getting used to being gluten free... I don't eat any grains mostly and when I cheat I have some rice... tonight I had rice noodles with spagetti sauce and hot... and kale and rice noodles.. It is to lose weight and I end up eating more fruit and vegetables and I have no go to quick foods except nuts.. It rules out all processed food.

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1/18/13 7:10 P

I lose weight more easily without the grains. I will have Ezekiel Bread every 3rd of 4th day or maybe some oatmeal or rice. My problem with makes my nose run! I tolerate wheat better with a mix of sprouted grain like the Ezekiel.

1/18/13 6:45 P

Thanks everyone! I appreciate your answers. A lot of things ya'll said makes sense. It seems that it just depends on the individual what will work and won't.

SABLEARTS SparkPoints: (27,929)
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1/18/13 5:00 P

For me, moderation in all things is the key... I feel like crap if I eat a huge amount of bread. I also feel like crap if I eat six oranges... that doesn't mean the oranges or the bread are bad for me! (Obviously those with celiac disease, etc, are in a different category!)

I have a friend who got onto the "wheat is poison" bandwagon a few years ago. Almost a year later she tried to start eating wheat again, and it made her horribly ill... the medical consensus was that she'd gone so long without so much as a wheat cracker, that she made herself faux-gluten-intolerant. She could go through horrible digestive adjustments to get past it, but she hasn't wanted to since it could take weeks. If nothing else, that has been a huge cautionary tale to me - extremism in any form is going to take its toll on your digestive system and body.

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1/18/13 3:10 P

A doctor can do allergy tests to determine a allergy or sensitivity. Otherwise I don't believe in eleminating a specific food from a diet.

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
1/18/13 3:01 P

There are many inaccuracies in the Wheat Belly Diet book where the author makes unfounded claims, states that studies found the opposite of what they actually concluded, etc. You really do have to be careful what you believe these days and, sadly, there seem to be a few cardiologists (and other types of doctors, but cardiologists seem pretty prevalent lately) out there who are promoting diets or weight loss gimmicks (either through their books or on their television show) which are based upon unfounded claims (or other pseudoscience).

Below are links to an analysis, provided previously by Spark People's registered dietitian (Becky Hand), of the Wheat Belly Diet (just click on the view article icon) and a Spark People article which discusses gluten free diets:

Edited by: LOVE4KITTIES at: 1/18/2013 (15:05)
CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (106,498)
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1/18/13 1:36 P

I eat wheat and I feel fantastic. It has not stopped me from losing weight. I have not eliminated any foods from my diet. Everything in moderation.

AUDREYUK Posts: 631
1/18/13 1:32 P

Personally, I would never want to give up fresh baked baguettes, croissants and the occasional pastry.


SHAKESALOT Posts: 1,334
1/18/13 9:30 A

I recently heard of "wheat belly". Finding also includes corn(or anything genetically modified), soy, sugar, soda's, MSG, and wheat...or other grains that contain gluten. Waiting to see if real or just a fad diet. emoticon

MISSSVJS SparkPoints: (40,697)
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1/18/13 9:16 A

I've been doing the Virgin Diet since Christmas where I eliminated sugar & artificial sweeteners, soy, dairy, gluten, corn, peanuts, and eggs for 21 days. At the end of the 21 days, I added gluten back in to test my reaction to it - within 24 hours of consuming a piece of Ezekiel sprouted grain bread (which in my opinion is a much better option than other types of whole grain breads), the diarrhea (sorry if that's TMI) that had gone away during that 21 days, returned. I know now that I can only have gluten on rare occasions. I also feel so much better during the elimination period.

That being said, everyone is different. Some people can tolerate gluten, others can't. The only way you will know for sure is to eliminate it for a period of time and pay attention to how you feel when you are off gluten, then add it back in and pay attention to how you feel eating gluten. Good luck!

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1/18/13 8:28 A

Going back to Paleo today. Completed the Whole30 on January 3 and felt so much better. Didn't follow it the last two weeks and I can really feel the difference. Glad I made the connections I did - looking forward to learning a new way of eating healthy!

1/18/13 8:21 A

I also feel much better eating grain-free.

My gas and bloating are gone. My skin condition, keratosis pilaris is vastly improved. My inflammation is down as well. I used to have a hard time getting my rings over my knuckles and now I have no problem.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,109)
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1/17/13 10:56 P

I feel much better grain-free. I've read a lot about the topic and am grateful I took the time to do so.

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1/17/13 10:21 P

I don't eat gluten at all because I am severely intolerant to gluten. However, there are still plenty of gluten free options out there to replace the 'gluten-ized' food that I can't eat. Whether or not you eat wheat won't matter if you find the gluten-free versions and eat those.

I tried a no sugar/heavy starches diet for a little while because I am hypoglycemic as well and that really helped balance my blood sugar, fight my hypoglycemia, and made me lose weight. It is super hard to do though because almost everything has even a light sugar added, even deli meats.

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
1/17/13 10:01 P

I do not eat wheat (now) because the gluten causes and inflammatory response and makes me feel bloated/painful and gross.

When I did eat wheat I would have cravings for more wheat or starchy stuff that would give me that "high".

ETHELMERZ Posts: 19,307
1/17/13 9:17 P

It seems every year there is a "new" diet spun off from old diets, but given a new name. This wheat thing is just revamped from other low carb plans, "Prevention" magazine does this all the time! If they follow their usual form, there will be yet another new diet coming out after Memorial Day, and I have some old diet books to prove that theory. They are pushing Dr. Oz and his partner like crazy, now, too. Just cut back on your starches, it's the starches that usually could use cutting, not carbs, since lovely vegetables have carbs. But cutting stuff out, it ain't gonna last, and then you will be browsing for another "new diet", I guarantee it!!

1/15/13 8:53 P

As already stated---there are people who "must" avoid wheat---due to an wheat allergy or celiac disease. To state that "wheat" is the cause of any other disease states is not supported by research evidence.

It is important to keep carbohydrate intake in control and balanced with the rest of one's diet. We do live in an environment with unending bread-baskets, monster bagels, and platters of pasta. But to formulate a diet that says that wheat is the "cause" of disease and obestity an inaccurate assessment of the real problems.

Dietitian Becky

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
1/15/13 7:49 P

It is a very popular diet right now. We usually have a thread about it floating around. If you look a few pages back, you maybe able to find an existing thread.

I personally do not eat wheat, and most low carb dieters can't eat any wheat. I can't say that singling out wheat as the culprit is a great idea, but limiting carbs is beneficial to some people. Also, some people have wheat allergies, or wheat is a trigger food for them.

1/15/13 7:28 P

Has any one heard of the "wheat belly diet" or has any one tried it? It was created by a Cardiologist who says we should never eat wheat period because of stuff they put in it that use to not be there? He says it creates an addiction to wheat and makes us crave it all the time.

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