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"Wheat Belly" by William Davis, this may be my most important blog

Thursday, February 02, 2012

This information could be critical to the well-being of millions of people. The message is "unbelievable" but it may be true.
I'm copying a post I made in the spark group "Wheat Belly" earlier today:

I just finished the book "Wheatbelly".
Let's say I finished everything but part 3 which is mostly recipes.
This is my conclusion about it for the moment: This is either one of the greatest discoveries of the 21st century or one of the greatest scams of the 21st century.

Here's why:

The author says that wheat as we have known it over the last 50 years (before that it was different) is a primary contributor to most leading causes of death and debilitating disease in this and many other countries: obesity, diabetes, cholesterol problems, heart disease, brain dysfunctions, autoimmune diseases of many kinds, mental health problems, many common skin problems,epilepsy and premature aging (of many body tissues). If this is the case then the elimination of wheat alone has the potential to reduce the cost of health care in the US enough to where health care for all citizens would be very affordable. If wheat is as bad as the book describes then it should not be served in schools any more than wine or cigarettes and should not be sold to minors.

If the majority of people then understood and followed even half of the recommendations in this book our economy would be impacted in a big way. Wheat, like corn, is in almost everything. Mass production agriculture would be impacted in a big way as would companies like Monsanto and other GMO and pesticide companies that have a lot of money invested in GMO wheat. Of course most food manufacturing companies would be affected and would either have to find other ingredients for processed foods or lose buyers for their products. The menus in restaurants would change dramatically as would the items on shelves in our local supermarkets. Even the pet food market would change completely and pets would be a lot healthier without having to eat food with wheat in it.
Many doctors would lose a lot of income because they would have very few patients to write prescriptions for to treat all the diseases that are going to be a lot less common.
Of course we know that knowledge alone does not change behavior, especially not for substances that are addictive as wheat seems to be.
In any case, if we believe that William Davis is on to something I guess we should pass it on to as many people as possible. The book came out about 6 months ago and is already on the New York Times Bestseller list.
The word is spreading fast. Let's discuss this book and spread the word.
If it turns out that the benefits aren't as great as the author describes we and anyone who gives this a try don't have much to lose but much to gain: A diet that includes a much greater variety of grains and seeds than we have previously eaten, and that's always a good thing.

Everyone who has responded so far to the wheat belly blogs I've written has received a spark mail.
P. S. If your computer screen looks like mine you are starting to be bombarded with ads for gluten-free products by now. Some are ok in moderation but they may be much more expensive than buying some bulk grains locally and they are not necessary. I guess we'll have to put up with it to get all the benefits of Spark for free. emoticon

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GIGGLEYONE 7/21/2014 2:21AM

  Hi there:

Tomorrow I am going back to Wheat Belly. For some stupid reason I thought there was another program out there that was better but now I know there is not. I will have to take one day at a time....perhaps one hour at a time but going to be a success this time. My weight has gone up drastically and I need to take it off like NOW.

Good look to each and everyone on your journey.


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BOBBIENORTHERN1 2/6/2012 10:02AM

  really interesting and is causing me to think deeply on what you have just blogged and I thank you so very much.

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/3/2012 7:26PM

    ROSEWAND, I can see that taking probiotics prophylactically makes sense for a lot of people as does helping our body in every way we can to deal with the onslaught of everyday toxin exposure. emoticon

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ROSEWAND 2/3/2012 6:19PM

    HOUNDLOVER1, the problem with your theory that
with wheat elimination, probiotics would not be
needed is that our gut is constantly under assault
from our environment and our stressful lives.

Even water with chlorine will kill off these friendly
bacteria because that is what chlorine is designed
to do. I, personally, do not use chlorinated water
but many do. Also pesticides and herbicides in
our foods, play havoc in our gut environment
and it is hard to avoid these in our modern diet.
And as i said, if meat, poultry, eggs, and diary
are consumed from conventional sources, both
antibiotics and GMO's are consumed as well
as additional amounts of chlorinated water.
These, too, damage the flora.

I would rather have the assurance that I am
regularly reinforcing my healthy flora than
take the chance that they are endangered.

I have never taken probiotics because I
eat wheat or because of symptoms if I do
not take them. I take them prophylactically as
part of my program for good health.

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/3/2012 5:54PM

great that your plan is working for you. emoticon
Concerning the probiotics I am not at all against using them. What I meant was only that if they are needed on an ongoing daily basis it may be a sign that the cause of the leaky gut has not been removed. In some cases removing the cause may not be possible as there are so many possibilities, wheat and other allergens as well as antibiotics and other toxins that we absorb with our food being some of the possible causes. I'm wondering, but don't know, if removing wheat from one's diet may make ongoing use of probiotics unncessary at least for some people.

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ROSEWAND 2/3/2012 5:37PM

    HOUNDLOVER1, thank your responding to my
comments on your blog. My purpose in doing
so was not to discourage your efforts to find
better health, but to show that its possible to
include wheat in your diet and remain thin
and healthy.

The different between us is that you are in
the beginning stages of testing another's
theories and I am living with a diet that has
worked very well for me for years both in terms
of diet and health.

Adding probiotics to one's diet is hardly a
"short-term fix." The health of our gut flora
is as important as any aspect of our health.
Science is just starting to understand that
the types of flora that live with us impact our
health in many ways. The overuse of antibiotics
in meat production and in medical treatment
have done much to undo our healthy flora.
And if one eliminates leaky gut, "substances
"that should stay in the gut" do stay there and
do not reach the organs of our bodies.

If one is concerned about GMO's and everyone
should be, one should have great worry about
the meat production in this country. Most animals
slaughtered for food are fed a diet of GMO corn.
So if you eat these animals, you are eating this
GMO product. I eat no meat or poultry so that
is not a concern for me.

Despite your statements to the contrary, the way
I eat takes little effort, is fun, very pleasurable
and healthy. I weigh only occasionally, need
no psychological techniques to stay on course.
Since I eat no meat, I do take supplements such
as zinc.

My diet is its own reward. I eat only three times
each day. Rarely feel hungry between meals.
And crave neither sweets or starches.

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/3/2012 4:10PM

I agree that what Monsanto has done to wheat and many other food crops through genetic engineering is scary. Many people don't know that this is not just about breeding in a different way, it is primarily about modifying genes so food crops like corn, wheat, soy, cotton, alfalfa and now several others can withstand spraying with the herbicide Roundup, also made by Monsato, until shortly before harvest. If anyone has not seen the documentary Food Inc. , you can watch it free online.

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/3/2012 4:04PM

I agree that there is no perfect diet for everyone. But there are foods that will do damage to everyone and should therefore be avoided by everyone. Of course maybe those things should not be allowed to be called food. That's where the problem starts for me. Even what we do to real foods in our kitchen may not be recognizable for our bodies as food, microwaving comes to mind. The fact that a plant dies within 2 weeks that has been watered with microwaved water makes me want to be careful.

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/3/2012 3:59PM

I feed my dogs raw as much as I can afford and I have eliminated all wheat from their diet. Many dog breeds are far less tolerant of any grains, especially gluten-grains in their diet than people. I have a Cocker Spaniel that I rescued that has allergies/sensitivities to all grains, with wheat being by far the worst (essentially Celiac disease) and is also allergic to dairy and beef (possibly only grain-fed). He has plenty of autoimmune type responses when on grain foods like chronically inflamed gums, chronic ear and skin infections and that's just what I can see.

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/3/2012 3:54PM

I do think leaving out most or all sugar along with wheat is a very good idea. If you have to have a little sugar combine it with fat and/or protein. Right now my go-to treat are dark chocolate covered almonds. Concerning bread, I'm going to make my "sandwiches" by using lettuce and cabbage leaves instead of bread slices and roll them up like tortillas. I'm also using buckwheat flour (not wheat related), corn flour, millet flour and nut flours to make pancakes and other baked items. I really don't miss wheat. emoticon

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/3/2012 3:50PM

thanks for your input. There are a couple of things I wanted to comment on which might affect many people:
Your suspicion is not only legitimate but smart and necessary. If the author of "Wheat Belly" said that one thing only is the main source of all health issues I would be very suspicious, too. I hope I did not misrepresent him in my blog but I would say that he sees wheat as one of the major, maybe the most important of many, but not by any means all, major health issues in the DEVELOPED WORLD. Other major issues are clearly sugar consumption and consumption of other processed foods, lack of exercise, lack of sleep, stress etc.
It is very possible to lose most extra weight and even maintain it for a long time eating a high-carb diet. But it may not be the easiest way and require very involved management like daily recording of weight, calories, macronutrients, psychological techniques, etc.
I agree that it is not necessary to spend extra money on gluten-free (processed) foods. Exploring grains and seeds other than wheat can be equally as beneficial as exploring many fruits and veggies.
I don't know too much about leaky gut syndrome yet but suspect that as long as you keep eating wheat any probiotics you take will at best be a very short-term fix to cure some of the symptoms of leaky-gut syndrome. Many of the symptoms seem to occur in other organs of the body once substances that should stay in the gut are distributed via the blood stream everywhere, incl. the brain.
Wheat is the only grain (apart fromGMO modifications to grains) that has undergone the types of changes explained in the book and they are far-reaching. More on that in my next blog.

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HAPPYONE331 2/3/2012 3:37PM

    Interesting. I have also read that sugar is the source of all our miseries, and yeast in our bodies cause cancer and other woes. What's a person to do??

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ROSEWAND 2/3/2012 3:09PM

    I am suspicious of any author who claims that one
thing is the main source of all health issues. My
experience has been very different.

I have easily lost sixty pounds and maintained that
loss for nearly one and one-half years. I include
wheat and other grains in my diet regularly. I enjoy
pasta, white bread, and pizza. I eat these foods as
I do all foods in moderation. I also eat these foods
in the context of a low glycemic diet, so that they do
not spike my blood sugar or insulin.

My waist has gone for 35" to 25" so needless to
say I have lost most of my belly fat. I am healthy,
and very happy with my diet and the delicious
range of foods that I eat. I do not have to spend
extra money on gluten-free or wheat free products.
I would rather spend that money on organic fruits
and vegetables that make up a large part of my diet.

Many digestive problems with wheat are do to
what is called the leaky gut syndrome.. Healing our
gut with probiotics, digestive enzymes and fiber
can minimize or eliminate many digestive
issues and food sensitivities.

Do I think Americans eat too much processed food
including white flour and sugar? Yes Do I think
most people need to completely eliminate these
foods to be healthy? No Moderation in all things
including moderation.

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NDTEACHER1 2/3/2012 3:01PM

    I can believe this is true.

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    I totally agree that wheat is a culprit to all the diseases. However I think a lot of it is processing. I have been pretty much wheat free for over a year. I feel so much more healthier and energetic.

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LORIAPO 2/3/2012 1:22PM

    Good blog.
The GMO's wreak havoc on us all.
Some suffer more than others.
Glad the word is getting out.

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GLC2009 2/3/2012 1:09PM

    i am looking forward to reading wheat belly. the librarian recommended it. said she lost 15 pds in a few weeks just eliminating wheat.
right now, i'm reading good calories, bad calories by gary taubes, so, that will take me a little while.....and then wheat belly.....

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/3/2012 12:57PM

    Thank you all for the comments. They are so very much appreciated. emoticon
I'm aware that many people will not see all these comments and am going to try to send everyone who has commented an e-mail so they can continue reading if they are interested. After that I will try to respond to some of the thoughts that have been shared.

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BAILEYS7OF9 2/3/2012 12:20PM

    I have been gluten free for a few years now and LOVE it!!! I have also been feeding my dogs a raw meat diet since 1999 and they love it!

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RR1_RR1 2/3/2012 12:16PM

    I think the raw food diet is coming in bigtime. Would be a good time to start up raw food stores or restaurants now! i limit my wheat intake- I do think it causes problems.

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JANETELIZABETH1 2/3/2012 10:21AM

    Birgit...have you tried or looked into Spelt flour? I know the history of it but as I haven't eaten wheat for many years it seems to be a good substitute, not too much though.
I'm going to check out the spark team and have already checked out amazon re the book...just wonder if it's what I'm doing/ eating already?

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DRAWNTHISWAY 2/3/2012 9:25AM

    I am glad that you are enjoying(?) your new found diet. My overall belief in diets is that they are as individual as our bodies. There is no absolute solution for everyone because we have some people who do really well with various diets while others do not do well with the same diet (sometimes within the same household!) The one source I have found that has a similar proposed belief is Dr Mercola (tho many people write him off as some sort of quack) and his "nutritional typing", which I admit I have never purchased simply because I have not wanted to feel as tho I wasted money.

I also believe that many people write off food allergies, including drs, because the symptoms are not severe enough to readily be acknowledged, So many people go on a diet that removes an allergen to which they have had only mild symptoms for a prolonged time and find wonderful results then claim that removing this allergen from a diet is the solution for everyone.

No matter what I appreciate your honesty and wish you continued success with your new diet :)

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KRISZTA11 2/3/2012 8:44AM

    I'm looking forward to see the results of your experiment with this diet,
if it works for you it may work for me too,
thought I'm pretty happy with Spark Diet.

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JENN03275 2/3/2012 8:17AM

    I gave up wheat about a year ago after years of digestive problems and being treated for Lyme disease. When I gave up wheat during my Lyme treatment I lost 30 pounds in what seemed like overnight. I feel better when I avoid wheat.

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HEALTHY4ME 2/3/2012 7:35AM

    Have you watched Food Incv. What a show. Made me go to grass fed animals. I tried paleo last summer and lasted 2wks before pain in my legs was so bad - muscle cramps. I know now that I wasn't getting enough sodium, I upped my potassium,mag. but not just salt.
I have started primal/paleo again cos I really belive it. I don't know if grains were so bad way back before all the chemicals, genetically mod junk but know that in the 9 days I have done it now, my knees have not ached once and the weather has changed. That is awesome cos I have bone on bone arthritis and am waiting for a brace for one of my knees.
My hubby doesnt believe it all, but believes moderation and is doing better cos the stuff isn't in the house.
My son is paleo he is 34 and suffers from Crohns disease and feels 100% bettter when not eating grain and dairy.
Has to be something to it.
I am going to friend you as I too want to keep up on this. Awesome

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ORGANIC811LFRV 2/3/2012 7:11AM

    Unless someone subscribes to this particular blog, and most don't, they won't see your comments back to them. Best to SparkMail them or put your comments back to them on their SparkPages.

I don't do grains unless they are organic - that leaves Monsanto eating dust! - and then I sprout them. I don't do cooked and I do raw organic vegan 98% of the time. I love it!

Wheat, the way it is farmed today, is a disaster to the human and animal population, and destroying our planet. Thanks Monsanto! Thanks big agri-business! Thanks carnivorous herbivores!

I am doing what I can to vote with my $ and with my fork. I am also putting a lot of energy of getting Monsanto out of business and out of agriculture. Personally, I'd be shaking in my boots if I were them!

Great blog!

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QUEEN_REINA 2/3/2012 7:06AM

    This is interesting. I've heard a lot of negative comments about wheat. But there aren't any alternatives as far as bread goes, if you are on a tight budget and feeding a lot of ppl. And I think the chance of wheat getting out of public schools and such is absolute zero. They haven't even banned trans fats, just hidden them! (0 trans fats means .5 or less, they aren't gone!)

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/3/2012 2:24AM

I was under the assumption that eating roughly between 50- 100 grams of carbs, which is what the wheat belly book recommends does not qualify as low-carb but I guess for some people it may be low enough in carbs to induce ketosis.
I assume you are currently on the Atkins diet or something similar. How many carbs do you roughly eat per day?
I can only speak for myself in that I have eaten much lower carb before this and while I lost weight I never lost all my belly fat nor did I lose the cravings to eat after dinner. So while this is a moderately low-carb lifestyle there are many things specifically damaging about wheat that are not a problem with other carbs or even other gluten-grains like rye or barley.
I may decide at some point to try to add rye and barley back in and see if it makes a difference. This last week I had quite a few carbs from grains and beans, rolled oats with breakfast, corn chips, brown rice with dinner, brown rice pasta, quinoa, black beans, hummus, but I had all those in moderation while not limiting fats, proteins or veggies.

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2BFREE2LIVE 2/3/2012 2:17AM

    I have given up gluten and reached my weight loss goal and have remained here for over two years now. I would have never thought I would lose 120+ pounds just by giving up wheat and sugar and things made with those two ingredients.
I have not read the book but will put it on my must read list. Thanks for the info. Sandy

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EILISH99 2/3/2012 12:51AM

    One of the reasons you lose the 'belly fat' on this program is because you are essentially on a ketogenic diet. When you eat a ketogenic diet your body goes into ketosis, which is the process of burning fat for energy. You do this every single day of your life whether you are low carb or not.

When you eat grains/high carbs/sugars your body releases insulin to use those sugars (all carbs are sugars) for energy. This lasts for about 2-4 hours. Once those sugars have been burned your body turns to its own energy store - fat. If you go more than 4 hours between meals/snacks/sweets, like when you sleep at night, you go into ketosis. If you are following a low carb way of eating, then you spend a great deal of your day in ketosis and lots of fat gets burned.

Yjnana, I use almond flour (almond meal), flax seed meal and coconut flour as substitutes for wheat flour. You can look on sparkrecipes for recipes for muffins in a minute, revolution rolls, low carb breads to see what people have come up with.

Martha, Dr. Davis is writing from both his personal experience, and using case studies of his own patients. I personally am not a patient of his, but after starting Atkins I experienced a lot of what he describes in the book. My own physician allowed me to try Atkins, then asked me to do a 3 day normal standard American diet so he could compare my blood glucose readings. I could barely get through the 3 days. My stomach bothered me so badly during that time. When I went in for my physical my doc ran an indepth cholesterol test and was amazed at how much my cholesterol had improved, not to mention how much inflammation (C-RP) had disappeared. Of course, that was before Wheat Belly had come out. Wheat Belly helped explain what caused the pain & why, and reinforces my Atkins lifestyle.

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/3/2012 12:18AM

good question. I generally have only faith in God. emoticon
The degree to which people can benefit from this may depend on their existing health situation and also on there current eating style. People who already eat a paleo diet or a gluten-free diet may not have that much to gain.
I'll say that I feel strongly enough to where eating wheat will be a very rare thing for me and I'm actively encouraging my daughter to stay away from it for the most part.
This guy seems to have read a lot of research and he gives references in the backof the book by chapter and a lot of it seems to be from medical research articles and reputable sources. I'm not a scientist, though. It looks like the author has looked at existing research and interpreted some of it differently but a lot of it may be common knowledge in the medical profession. Given the potential I guess I'm willing to take the risk in this case. Tell me what you think once you've read it.

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MARTHASPARKS 2/2/2012 11:52PM

    How much faith do you have in the information? I've ordered the book but am skeptical of all " this is the absolute solution" books.

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/2/2012 11:47PM

    I'll respond quickly to some of your responses. Thank you for reading. emoticon
There is so much in this book that's hard to summerize I would strongly recommend you buy it and join the "Wheat Belly" group on Spark. You can find it from my spark page or you can find it here:
The other thing I did not make clear enough in my blog is that people who are not gluten-sensitive at all can still benefit hugely from eliminating wheat, even if they continue to eat other grains, although the fewer the better for blood sugar.
there are many grains and grain-like seeds that do not contain gluten: oats, millet, quinoa, amaranth, teff and most of these can be ground into flour and used for baked goods, but not for yeast recipes because those would require gluten.
There are many good gluten-free cookbooks available. Take a look for all of these at a health food store.
great job on giving up sugar along with wheat. Good luck in going 7 days, I know you can do it. You can always have some natural low-glycemic sweetener like Xylitol if you should get a craving for sweet things.
that's great that you broke through the plateau. I'm hoping to get rid of my remaining wheat belly pretty quickly. The book mentions examples of people who lost all or mostly belly fat, the most dangerous kind when they gave up wheat. This seems to contradict the common wisdom that spot-reducing is not possible so I can't wait to see what happens.

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ON2VICTORY 2/2/2012 10:44PM

    i think there is something to it. I have started low-carb about a week ago and talk about withdrawls and cravings. basically it feels like i am "drying out" I have eaten reasonably healthy in my mind but it is amazing what happens when you reduce alot of the wheat / grain based stuff that you eat. I finally broke a 1.5 year plateau by shaking it up a little.

I guess one must ask, what did we eat before all of this other stuff?? probably much of what I am currently eating minus much of the grain products.

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DEC2DEC 2/2/2012 10:31PM

    I think if people dumped wheat and sugar, the health of the American people would COMPLETELY turn around -- dramatic reductions in obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

I currently am 100% wheat and sugar free 6 days a week. For the next month, I'm going to go wheat and sugar free 7 days a week. It will be interesting to see if I notice even more of a difference.

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YJNANA 2/2/2012 10:06PM

    I was told a hugh percentage of people are allergic to Wheat, I am one, but haven't taken it out of my shopping.
What Subs do you use, as in baking?

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TAMPATINK67 2/2/2012 9:51PM

    Thanks for the insights - I look forward to reading this book.

Of course, being Paleo I dumped wheat 6 months ago and feel amazing!

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5th wheat-free and gluten-free day, 3 mile run, feeling tired

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

I don't know if it was the weather, not enough veggies in the last 2 months since our garden hasn't been producing, the fact that I was exposed to my daughter's cold, dealing with the exposure to mercury from amalgam fillings as they are removed.
I ran even slower today than usual and cut my run on the treadmill down to 3 miles from the 5 miles that were planned. Average speed was 4 mph with average heart rate of 134 on the treadmill with incline of 2.
Mile 1: 4.2 mph
Mile 2: 4.0 mph
Mile 3: 3.8 mph
Other possible reasons I can think of are low thyroid function, lack of daylight, running at too high a heart rate, body adjusting to wheat and gluten-withddrawal.
Given that I have not improved in my running speed for quite a while, since late Novemenber, I suspect that mercury toxicity, having less daylight and not getting enough raw veggies and fruits and/or running at too high a heart rate for the amount of stress my body is handling are more likely the reason.
What I can do short-term is to lower my target heart rate to 130, eat more fruits and veggies, and add some foods that help with chelation of heavy metals. Today I started with a good serving of Cilantro.
Overall I ate a lot better today since I was home.
green tea with a little raw honey
yoghurt, banana, cranberries, cashews

Snack after my run: 3 pieces dark chocolate

big salad with alfalfa sprouts, shredded carrots, pumpkin seeds, 1/2 avocado, dressing made from olive oil, apple cider vinegar, sesame oil, garlic
a few corn chips and a couple of slices of turkey breast

Afternoon Snack (lunch did not hold me more than 3 hours):
3 dried figs, 1 apple with 2 Tbsp. almond butter

Dinner: brown rice and bean casserole with cojack cheese on top
broccoli w/onions, stir-fried just until thawed and warm
salsa wiath lots of cilantro

dessert: pear
I'm giving up on even estimating calories, since I won't eat less than what I'm hungry for anyhow.
I watched a good program on the Dr. Oz show about heart disease prevention in women today. It was very relevant in explaining that the signs in women are much more subtle than in men and can easily be mistaken for minor discomfort. If you know you are at higher risk for heart attack please watch this.They actually showed him performing open-heart surgery on someone, amazing but scary.
He showed a new blood test that is more reliable in predicting heart attacks than Cholesterol checks. It measures inflammation and I believe it is called C-RP test or something like that.

I was also reading the chapter in "Wheat Belly" about the connection of high carbs and heart disease. There was some info there that the author claims is not known to 98% of physicians, or at least wasn't known at the time the book was published.
An important distinction was made between different types of LDL cholesterol, one kind being much more harmful than the other and the fact that it is carbohydrates, not fat in the diet that will increase bad cholesterol in the blood.
So much for today,

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GRACEMCDOG 3/20/2012 1:35AM

    At this point, anyway, your carb intake would be much higher than what I've been aiming for: 25-50g per day. I am still feeling occasional energy slumps, too.

When I was first diagnosed with thyroid disease and I did so much reading and research about it, my GP was completely dismissive when I suggested that it might have to do with heavy metals. My dentist, however, was a different story. He was from Columbia, a very kind and honest man. He managed to find reasons why all 13 of my teeth that had mercury amalgam fillings needed to have work done on them so that he could remove the fillings and my insurance would cover some of the cost. He removed all the mercury fillings from all his employees for free. The onset of my extreme thyroid symptoms happened very shortly after I had a root canal on a tooth that had mercury. So cilantro is a good chelating herb? I eat tons of the stuff! Mostly in green Thai curries. I am curious to know if your energy levels have changed but will read more of your blogs first.

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    C-RP for C-Reactive Protein, yes! I took that test along with the lipid panel a couple of weeks ago, and while my cholesterol was high-ish, as were triglycerides (I'll revisit in June), I was very happy to see the CRP was down in the basement.

It appears that cholesterol has little to no relevance for women, and higher cholesterol in women OVER 50 is correlated with lower rates of mortality...

Sounds like you've got a lot of changes going on--how much sleep do you make sure to get? That's another huge "ancestral" change one can make, to really add in the full measure of sleep. Because you're keeping carbs in your diet, I wouldn't think the subtraction of wheat would contribute to the notorious "low-carb induction flu". But who knows? I hope you feel better in short order and that your experiment becomes pleasant. I, too, had to focus myself better on plant matter.

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CUTENHEALTHY 2/2/2012 8:14PM

    Thanks for posting your food as you are more creative than me and I need more clean eating variety ideas! I liked your lunch!

I never worry about how fast I run but just how many minutes I run. Your speed and endurance will increase over time. Make sure you are getting enough protein. I always add peanut butter to my oatmeal before working out.

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MARTHASPARKS 2/2/2012 12:15PM

    Thanks, Birgit. Your blgs are so full of good information.

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MAGGIE101857 2/2/2012 6:28AM

    Sounds like you are making a lot of changes - and your body needs time to adjust to them! Are you just focusing on cardio? I am making a point to add ST into my program for the new year; I have been really focused on becoming a runner for the last 6 months or so...and the more I read on the subject, the more I understand the need for ST to improve my running skills.

Hopefully things will balance out soon! I have another dentist appointment scheduled for Monday. Had my cleaning and x-rays done this week -now I have to tackle a filling removal and possible root canal/extraction. We'll see what Monday brings!

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2BFREE2LIVE 2/2/2012 12:25AM

    Dr OZ has a lot of good information on his shows. I am sugar free and gluten free and have been for two years. Best wishes on reaching your goals. Sandy

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4th wheat free/gluten free day, lots of walking/jogging with dogs

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I burned about 500 calories walking/jogging with dogs today.

Total calories from food were about 2100.

Breakfast was an oat/chocolate chip cookie, full-fat plain yogurt, a nut/dried fruit bar
snack: hardboiled egg, sugar snap peas
lunch corn crackers with 2 slices turkey breast and 1 avocado
afternoon snack: fruit salad, chocolate sesame bar
dinner: radish greens, brown rice turkey breast
dessert: apple

I was away from home most of the day and that made eating regularly a challenge.
I'm going to sit down and watch Biggest Loser. I'm not hungry and will just have a cup of tea.

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MARTHASPARKS 2/1/2012 2:37PM

    I think you are doing a great job but also would like to see your greens and vegetable intake increased - not much in calories bit lots of nutrition. Your activity level is enviable.

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/1/2012 1:19PM

I totally see where you are coming from, and you are right in that I was pretty low in veggies on day 4 (not sure if that was mainly what you saw). I'm going to have to take a little more time to do research on the dairy issue and also I don't want to eliminate more than one thing from my diet at a time or it won't be possible to know what led to which changes. In the meantime I really do appreciate your input.
So far I'm happy that my weight is going down as fast as it is but of course there is a lot more to health than that. emoticon

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ORGANIC811LFRV 2/1/2012 6:50AM

    Honestly hon, I'd prefer to see a lot more truly healthy food in your diet and LOTS more greens. You are getting a lot of wonderful exercise and your body needs top notch fuel.

I am happy that your calories are sufficient. Now, just get the most nutritional sources.



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3rd day without wheat or gluten, run in the wind

Monday, January 30, 2012

After getting a lot less sleep last night because of the wind I was not sure how that would affect my running.
I ended up running 5.5 miles as planned, speed 4.2 mph, on the slow side for sure, and I felt hungry for carbs half-way through the run. I'm wondering if that is just the power of suggestion or maybe some wheat withdrawal. Pulse was at 132, on the low end.
I also did some walking with the dogs and ended up burning about 1000 calories total through exercise.

Breakfast was full-fat yogurt, blueberries, banana, ground flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, about 600-700 calories.
After the run I had very little time so had a coconut water and a few tablespoons of vanilla ice cream, about 200 calories total.
In the late afternoon I got hungry and made myself a 3 egg omelett with radish greens, cooked in coconutoil, some rice crackers with hummus, total calories about 800.
At dinner time I had a pear and a big mug of mint tea with honey, some almond butter and an apple, calories about 300, total for the day about 2000
I'm not hungry for any other snacks.

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KKINNEA 2/1/2012 10:55AM

    Nice, looks like you're adjusting well.

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HOUNDLOVER1 1/31/2012 11:07PM

    I believe the calcium leaching is not the case with raw dairy but I will have to read more on that.

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DEC2DEC 1/31/2012 10:31AM

    My Paleo friend is also a triathlete. She eats sweet potato when she is planning a big exertion.

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ORGANIC811LFRV 1/31/2012 6:16AM

    I've read too much about dairy's carcinogenic properties to ever want it again. Also it leaches calcium FROM the body instead of giving calcium TO the body. No thanks!

If you are wanting more calcium eat more greens. The best way to do that is in a green smoothie. Ask me about this if it tweaks your interest.

You need honest to goodness 100% fuel for your body when you are working it so hard. Take a look at a different source for that fuel. Please!

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2nd day without wheat or gluten

Monday, January 30, 2012

I've read several more chapters of the book "Wheat Belly" and learned that about one in 133 people in the US (and other wheat eating countries probably) have celiac disease but only 10% are diagnosed. Only about half of them have the more typical symptoms of gastrointestinal cramping, diarrhea etc. the other half have anemia, migraine headaches, arthritis, neurological symptoms, infertility, short stature (in children), depression, chronic fatigue or later in life gastrointestinal cancer.
Another interesting piece of info from the book was that the author recommends against eating special "gluten-free" products like tapioca starch, potato starch, rice flour etc. because while these things are gluten-free they are extremely high on the glycemic index and are a very bad idea for people who have diabetes or want to lose weight. When I talked to a friend who is diabetic he informed me that diabetics who desperately need sugar because of risk of insulin-shock can be given french fries or other potato starch.

My second wheat and gluten-free (I'm not eating barley or rye either) day went well.
My breakfast yesterday was a big bowl full of plain full-fat yogurt with apple, banana, walnuts and rolled oats.
Lunch was a some chicken breast, green beans and a few raisins for a sweet treat.
In the afternoon I got hungry, probably because my lunch was slightly rushed and was pretty low in calories for what I typically eat. My afternoon snack was some kale salad, bought at the food coop, and a full-fat cup of vanilla yoghurt (18 grams sugar) .
We only had dinner a little late and I was getting hungry. I had 2 fairly big crepes made with buckwheat and corn flours filled with two thick slices of pepperjack cheese and a bowl-full of mixed sprouts. After dinner I felt like fruit and ate a satsuma orange.
Again no desire for sweets or anything else after dinner.
I drank lots of green and herbal tea throughout the day along with water.

Again I only got minimal exercise in because of time constraints and weather. About 1 mile of running and another mile of walking (if you count the half mile through the mall).
Today is my day off so I'm hoping to fit more exercise in. After a very windy night that kept me up for a couple of hours I'm hoping to get a good run and some extra walking in today.

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-LINDA_S 1/30/2012 6:55PM

    I'm working on some quinoa I cooked the other day. I think it beats the gluten stuff, but I'm trying to keep pretty much all grains to a minimum. Good luck to you and I hope you get some positive results.

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JERIBERI1 1/30/2012 1:59PM

    I do eat quinoa. I usually go a month or so, and by then my stomach has calmed down and I think, "What the heck. A biscuit won't hurt." But it does hurt, so I quit the gluten again. Then it takes another couple of weeks to work that biscuit out of my system. I do make my own almond flour for baking. It's very yummy. I haven't had any gluten in a couple of weeks now.

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HOUNDLOVER1 1/30/2012 1:46PM

    Other things to try that are gluten-free are quinoa, millet, amaranth and teff, both as whole-grain cereals and ground into flour. Many people with celiac can tolerate organic corn and oats. And then there are nut and bean flours, too. Nut flours can be expensive. If I were gluten intolerant I would probably save to buy a grain mill and grind my own. Millet is the least expensive gluten-free grain. I pay about $1.20/lb when buying in bulk.
Part of liking the taste of different grains than wheat is not to expect them to taste like wheat, they are not wheat-substitutes, they are delicious when prepared right. Many work better for flat-breads and pancakes than for loaf breads. There are many ways to eat without using sandwiches. Try to experiment with lots of different grains.

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JERIBERI1 1/30/2012 1:10PM

    I have really cut back on my gluten, although I haven't totally eliminated it. Gluten does very bad things to me. I've found I don't care for buckwheat, not at all. I do use rice flour. I have no problem with being diabetic, and I'm not really looking to lose weight. I haven't found any good gluten free substitutes for bread. They all taste gross and disgusting to me.

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