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Why eating LESS wheat is a VERY bad idea!

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

If you have been cutting down on your wheat consumption, even your whole wheat consumption, thinking that fewer carbs have to be so much better for you please read this blog from Oct.2, 2012



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GOPINTOS 10/4/2012 6:38PM

    Thanks for sharing!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Wheat Belly Team

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NDTEACHER1 10/4/2012 12:09AM

    I hope I get time to read it soon.

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QTEALADY20031 10/3/2012 6:05PM

    Hi, several months back I read a similar article and cut out wheat. The wheat of yesterday is nothing like today's wheat. I read the article, very similar to what I had read before. More people should read this as many people have a wheat sensitivity and are not even aware of it. Thanks for sharing. june

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/3/2012 5:27PM

    I totally believe that the wheat today is not the same as that grown in the past.
So I'm not disputing anything. I need advice.

My heathy eating journey began nearly 4 years ago. One major change was substituting Natures Own 100% whole wheat bread for the white processed stuff I had been eating. They were the first I found without any HFCS. I don't seem to have a problem with any grain no wheat belly or any kind of belly here. My weight tends to accumulate elsewhere. I'm approaching my 3 year anniversary of maintenance.

The article's discussion about wheat's effect on LDL was interesting.

So, in order to get my whole grain and fiber, what do you suggest I eat instead ?

Comment edited on: 10/3/2012 5:30:08 PM

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TUBLADY 10/3/2012 1:33PM

    I'm gluten intolerant so it' a no brain er for me to stay away.
The wheat that is used today doesn't resemble in any way shape of form the wheat of ancient times. It's refined and chemical enhanced even in the growing cycle. As are many food.
I stay away from as much modern, processed foods as I can.
I tried to cheat at one time and eat wheat, but with the huge weight gain and gastric problems i suffered, I learned my lesson.
Even if I wasn't gluten intolerant, I would not eat any wheat.
But to each their own and everyone has to make their own informed decision regarding what they eat.
Take care,
Be strong, stay positive.
Tisha emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WOUBBIE 10/3/2012 11:56AM

    Oh dear. I think I now need to read someone's synopsis of Glycation 101. Nooooo!!!! I'm tired of learning new bad things about sugar!!!!

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HEALTHY4ME 10/3/2012 11:37AM

    I had read that before but re read it, and if it was too complicated or boring or whatever to read all the way through, I think the last bit is great and will explain it all.
Unprotected sex if even on weekends lol yea it can still lead you into trouble.
Perfect!!!! now to continue getting wheat out... as I can say I am of the 90 %. but did check even the candy hubby wanted and had wheat and so far I have been staying out of it. Why do they have to put wheat in jubes. lol

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HOUNDLOVER1 10/3/2012 11:22AM

the wheatbelly book talks about ancient varieties of wheat like Einkorn and Emmer which are less harmful, but possibly only for people who never ate the refined grain products and sugars that most of our bodies have been abused by over the years. One of the more natural-type seeds (not technically a grain I believe) are wild rice and amaranth. One way to tell is to look at the fiber content compared to total carbs. Wild grains, just like wild berries, are smaller and therefore have more fiber as percentage of fruit/seed.


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HOUNDLOVER1 10/3/2012 11:10AM

    This is a no-brainer for people who are gluten-intolerant but modern wheat is just as dangerous for everyone else in the long run. Don't eat ANY if you can help it.

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ERIN1957 10/3/2012 11:09AM

    That dog gone grain...I do wonder though way back in history if grain was different? Or even if there is anything left today that would even slightly resembles it any more. It seems like so many cultures had some form of it in their lives, through out history (bread). But I suppose that has nothing to do with the paleo times or did they have something they used?
Thanks for the share, you always make me think :-)

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COOP9002 10/3/2012 10:49AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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-LINDA_S 10/3/2012 10:16AM

    Scary! Thanks, Birgit!

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CARRAND 10/3/2012 9:53AM

    I'm gluten intolerant so I avoid wheat entirely. It really makes me sick with vomiting and diarrhea.

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Are you a leader?

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Whether you are aware of it or not, you probably are because true leadership comes from the example we set for others. Make the most of it. Somebody's usually watching.



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GOPINTOS 10/4/2012 6:38PM

    I havent seen it yet, but thanks for sharing!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Wheat Belly Team

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    OMG, loved this video. LOL, I'm sure I would have been the first one to start dancing ... but ..... if not the first, then definitely the second dude.
Very cool!

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WOUBBIE 10/3/2012 12:49PM

    I'm probably number 3 guy, I think.... That was fun, thanks!

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EGALITAIRE 10/3/2012 10:38AM

    Great video.

Humans learn by modeling. We see others doing things we would like to be able to do and we mimic them, in some form, physically, emotionally, intellectually, etc.

Courageously follow.

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GETSTRONGRRR 10/3/2012 10:29AM

    Leadership by example is my daily bread & butter!

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-LINDA_S 10/3/2012 9:36AM

    Thanks, Birgit! I usually don't feel like much of a leader. Well, maybe with my trivia team sometimes!

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PJBONARRIGO 10/3/2012 9:17AM

    Yes, they are watching you. Great video on YouTube, thanks for posting- much food for thought. emoticon

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1st recovery day from strength training

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

The good news is that I'm only a little sore today. I suspect it may have something to do with my diet because I've read several times that on low-carb there is less build-up of lactic acid and therefore faster recovery. Time will tell.
This morning I did low-level cardio and decided to start taking advantage of my gym membership since I don't like running outside when it's dark.
I did 12 minutes elliptical, new to me, takes time to get used to; 12 minutes rowing machine which I enjoyed; 12 minutes treadmill uphill walking at incline of 8; 12 minutes of recumbent bicycle which I found very boring. I ended with 12 minutes of stretching.
heartrate was between 115-130, calories burned about 350
Hopefully I'll get some swimming in this afternoon.

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GOPINTOS 10/2/2012 8:41PM

    Sounds awesome! Have you checked into Cold Showers/Baths for recovery? I am not really sure of the benefits for that, I mostly researched for the BAT benefits(brown fat which really isnt fat, I dont think, that is just what it looks like I think)

Anyways, you are doing fantastic!!

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-LINDA_S 10/2/2012 2:20PM

    Glad it didn't kill you! I like the recumbent bike for HIIT--don't have to stay on it long and the time goes faster.

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WOUBBIE 10/2/2012 1:13PM

    I've read that too - EGALITAIRE posted a blog about it one day and it seems to me too that I only get sore now when I've really overdone it. (Like last week - It never occured to me that my trapezius muscles had never supported anything heavier than my coat collar... Ouch.)

Good going! You'll have "Sarah Connor arms" in no time!

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MYLADY4 10/2/2012 12:48PM

    Good for you. Hopefully you will still feel good tomorrow, for me, DOMS is always worse the second day after a good strength workout.

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ERIN1957 10/2/2012 12:42PM

    woohoo way to go!

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PJ2222 10/2/2012 10:28AM

    Way to go! Keep up the good work!
Just don't quit because perseverance is THE key!
Best wishes and continued success! emoticon emoticon

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Starting strength training for real

Monday, October 01, 2012

Inofficial start was last week. I had two 1/2 hour sessions that were more of a reminder how to do it.
Today was a big exercise day for me. I ran about 2 1/2 miles, went for an hour-long walk and did a 1 hour upper body and core workout.
bench press 15 lb dumbbells 3 sets of 10
chest fly 8 lb dumbbells 3 sets of 10
front raises 5 lb dumbbells 2 sets of 10
lateral raises 4 lb dumbbells 2 sets of 10
dumbbell biceps curls 5 lb 2 sets of 10
bent over row 10 lb dumbbells
close-arm wall push-up 2 sets of 10
bench dips (triceps) 2 sets of 15
planks 3 x 30 seconds
crunches on exercise ball 2 sets of 20
back extension on exercise ball alternating sides 2 sets of 20
elbow to knee crunches 2 sets of 20

This may not seem very much for many people but I think I'll be sore tomorrow.

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GOPINTOS 10/2/2012 7:26PM

    OH wow, I am exhausted reading it!! WTG!!

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EGALITAIRE 10/2/2012 2:07PM

    Doesn't matter how much it sounds to anyone but you - what counts is if you are working out in a way that both stretches/challenges your muscles while maintaining good form.

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ROBYNLN 10/2/2012 9:56AM

    Sounds like a lot to me. emoticon

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GETSTRONGRRR 10/2/2012 7:30AM

    That sounds great...break into into it gently....first do no harm!

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-LINDA_S 10/2/2012 6:25AM

    Sounds like a whole lot to me! I wish you the best--seems like you have it well planned out. Good luck!

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HEALTHY4ME 10/2/2012 6:10AM

    I love the title.... cos I think and sometimes say that all the time, and at 55 I need to get serious oh about 10 years ago lol

I am going to start super slow....... but one question while I know what most of them are, a few questions. Are you doing this at home, do you have a wt bench and what are chest fly. Or maybe I should just google the last one.

Thanks for info, and great on starting and I know you will continue to up the wt and reps with time. Awesome.

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CHRISTINASP 10/2/2012 2:43AM

    Seems like VERY much for me! Good for you.

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BLUE42DOWN 10/1/2012 11:40PM

    Definitely don't worry about whether it seems like much to others. The greatest thing about strength training is that you are truly competing only against you. Remembering which of those were very challenging, you can look back in 3 months or 6 months and realize just how much stronger you've become. (And far better to not get too sore and end up stopping.)

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Moving from ideal weight towards ideal body composition

Saturday, September 29, 2012

I just had a body analysis done a couple of days ago. The good news is that my percentage of body fat is not as high as I feared, 30.9 pounds out of 130 lbs. total weight or 23.6 %.
The one time I had body fat measured before with a less accurate method it was about 30% and I weighed about 10 lbs. more.
The bad news is that my percentage of skeletal muscle mass is only 54.9 lbs. and while my legs are quite strong and my core strength is at least average at about 44 lbs. for my torso, my arms have very little muscle.
The good news is that my right to left balance is almost perfect, maybe due to the fact that I'm ambidextrous and make a point of using both sides of my body evenly.
I suspected this result and now have no reason any more to not work on my upper body strength. I already had two strength training workouts this week.
My doctor warned me that it takes a long time to build a significant amount of muscle. I will go back for another scan in 2 months and hope I can make a difference in that time.
I'm thinking that if I could increase lean muscle mass by two pounds and reduce body fat by 4 lbs. I'd be happy but have no idea if that is realistic.
This is a new challenge and I'm looking forward to it. emoticon
I also had my Insulin level tested and it was 2.2, on the low side after eating around 80-100 grams of carbs for a number of weeks.
Now that I'm back to ketosis or at least closer this reading may change again.
C-reactive Protein was low at 0.9 mg/L, showing that there is no significant inflammation in my body. So far low-carb eating seems to work very well for me.

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GOPINTOS 10/2/2012 7:14PM

    All sounds great! I know when ppl ask me how much I want to lose, or the doctor's office asked me my goal, weight, I really dont have an answer. It is more of a look that I want, than a weight.

Good luck on this next phase of your journey!

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KAI_ZEN 9/30/2012 6:07PM

    That is awesome! How fun to see the results of your hard work in black and white. Thanks for sharing your results. emoticon

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MYLADY4 9/30/2012 12:21PM

    Body composition so beats just a number on the scale and really really kicks BMI booty.

Good for you for not going just by the scale.

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HOUNDLOVER1 9/30/2012 11:57AM

    Concerning the tool used for body analysis: My doctor used the InBody 230, which gives a relatively accurate reading of body composition. It gives total body water, dry lean mass, body fat mass, skeletal muscle mass, body fat mass, and then a segmental lean analysis with separate figures for right arm, left arm, torso, right leg and left leg plus putting those figures in a range of normal, under or above average (with percentile). Together with measuring circumference it gives a fairly good idea of comparative strength between right and left side of the body, although not front and back. I have to still learn more about analyzing the figures from my doctor later this week.


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LILY_SPARK 9/30/2012 9:41AM

    It took me years (1985 to 2009) to learn body composition is the number for health, scale weight is virtually useless. I hope this works well for you!

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GETSTRONGRRR 9/30/2012 7:58AM

    That's very cool, congrats!

What kind of tests did you do to measure symmetry?

I'm going for my annual physical in November where I'll get the full gamut blood work to see what effect 6 months of low carb living have had on everything.

For upper body you can do a number of things. I'd recommend starting out slow. Initially, do things like push-ups, dips, & bicep curls just to build up your muscle tone. If you want to add muscle, it may be best to engage a trainer to help you develop a systematic plan to add increasing weights to a routine that will help you develop not just your arms, but shoulders & back as well

Good luck & congrats again!

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ERIN1957 9/30/2012 7:53AM

    you will do this! emoticon emoticon

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SHOES17 9/30/2012 7:43AM

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-LINDA_S 9/30/2012 7:42AM

    I'd be interested to know how much you manage to accomplish in this. I know I need to do some ST myself but haven't gotten really serious about it yet. Hope it works for you!

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JSTETSER 9/30/2012 6:39AM

    Keep going!
People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. ~Zig Ziglar

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CHRISTINASP 9/30/2012 5:49AM

    Success with your new challenge!

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NDTEACHER1 9/29/2012 11:18PM

    Interesting. I didn't know you could break it down like this.

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