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Friday, October 05, 2012


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KAI_ZEN 10/6/2012 9:13PM

    "But Malcolm's excitement is infectious..." That's for sure!
Thanks for the link.

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CHRISTINASP 10/6/2012 6:54AM

    Oh, yeah buddy!
It's lovelym what a courageous kid! I don't think I'd let my 4 year old do this, though (this was the question asked).
My parents didn't let me ride a bike until I was eight! But that was in traffic.

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NAOLEE 10/5/2012 3:59PM


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Could have been scary! Normal weight and pre-diabetic is possible!

Friday, October 05, 2012

I'm talking about what my insulin levels must have been like before starting to eat low-carb.
Here is the reason. During my recent blood work my insulin levels were 2.2 which is on the low side. I already know that my fasting glucose levels are significantly under 100 and even after eating they are under or close to 100 when I eat according to plan (under 50 grams of carbs/day).
The unexpected result was that my Hemoglobin A1c test came back high at 5.9 which is in the pre-diabetes range (5.7-6.4) . To briefly explain, this test will give info on the past 3 months, especially the last month of insulin resistance and blood sugar and it's accuracy is dependant on having normal hemoglobin levels. When my results came back high my doctor checked my hemoglobin levels and I just found out that they were normal. This means, that with a very high likelihood I was essentially pre-diabetic in the 3 months or at least in the month before the test, close to the normal margin, but still.
This was a period when I was not exercising much other than walking because of minor surgery and I also did a fair amount of boredom eating. My carbs were significantly higher than 50 grams/day but probably not more than 100 grams/day and none of those came from grains or beans. This is still far less than what I had been eating 8 months ago which was probably more in the range of 300-400 grams/day, including, of course, all natural, organic whole grains, "natural" sweeteners like agave nectar and lots of fruit, incl. often 2 bananas. I was not overweight by any definition and the only complaint I had was lack of energy to exercise and concentrate in the afternoons and evenings and difficulty in improving my running.
I found some old lab records from 2006 where I had been tested for diabetes and my A1c level was 5.2, at the upper end of normal. This was before I went to eating much whole grain.
During those years when I had switched to eating whole grains and overall a "healthy" natural foods diet I never would have thought that I could be pre-diabetic but now I'm wondering... if my A1c is at prediabetic on 100 grams of carbs/day where was it at over 300 grams of carbs/day, even with much more fiber.
Thankfully it looks like I don't have to worry about this any more. I will try harder than before to keep my carbs around 50 grams/day, even if my weight is where I want it. Clearly, after years of abusing sugar and grains this is what I need to do for optimum health.
I will repeat the A1c test in about 3 months and see what the difference is.
If you have never had an A1c test get one, even if you are normal weight. If it registers as pre-diabetic or diabetic get on a low-carb diet immediately.

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IGSBETH 10/6/2012 11:35AM

    I'm glad you found what works for you.

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SANDYW1945 10/6/2012 8:27AM

    Yes, you have the answer. Keep your carbs on the low side. I'm getting similar results.

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CHANGELIFE2016 10/5/2012 10:02PM

    Gave good information and really got me thinking about prediabetes and insulin resistance and all that. Good luck with everything. :)

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LILY_SPARK 10/5/2012 3:42PM


My levels have always been fine but this makes me wonder...

Now that I've given up grains and legumes, I have to admit:

I crave SUGAR. Before, I'd eat "real food" and never a candy bar. I eat more candy NOW than I have in my life. My body fat is lower but I *know* that I'm eating it (and watching sugar grams but they're not where I want them to be). Anyway, this is an interesting reminder about that "sugar craving" can be problematic. I mean, I *know* sugar is poison.

So's EVERYTHING ELSE TO ME (citrus, nightshades and the obvious legumes and grains--even many seeds and some nuts). Oddly, sugar I can eat but it's BAD for me. ARGH. I will be sure to pay special attention to this for my next physical cos it has *never* been a problem in the past. :(

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JSTETSER 10/5/2012 2:58PM

    We have so much to learn about diabetes. My weight is down, and I still have type 2 diabetes.

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ERIN1957 10/5/2012 2:55PM

    I made that mistake 2 years ago and ended up with some serious liver issue ( overloading on protein). Really messed me up going the opposite direction as well. There is a happy level to maintain, finding it is key to our health.
Thanks for the great information/share!

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HOUNDLOVER1 10/5/2012 2:46PM

you are right, it's not just about carbs but also about eating more protein than the body can use. I am going to do more strength training to increase my body's need for protein because any that is not used will be turned into sugar by the liver (gluconeogenesis) and eventually into body fat.
I will take a look at the article you mentioned.

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ROSEWAND 10/5/2012 2:35PM

    Bridgit, you might want to do some research on
liver issues and insulin and glucose levels as well.
The liver plays an important role in how
we metabolize our foods. There may be more
going on than just carb issues.


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-LINDA_S 10/5/2012 2:34PM

    Had my first A1c in March, I think it was. Everyone was thrilled it came back at 5.1, especially since a glucose tolerance/insulin test the previous June put me squarely in the prediabetic/insulin resistant category. Eating mostly Paleo/primal lowish carb probably helped even though there was no loss of weight then. Hope your next one goes well!

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2nd strength training session

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

It was mostly the same as the last one except I did the planks for 45 seconds each and I did more ab exercises this time. I had a 2nd short workout in the afternoon and repeated a few of the exercises. I was not sore any more from 2 days ago but my muscles feel physically tired tonight, something that has not happened in quite a while.
Tomorrow I will only have time for a short cross-training session, probably some time in the gym split between elliptical, treadmill and rowing machine.
Yesterday afternoon I had my first swim lesson taught expertly by my daughter. We reviewed the four basic strokes and I only swam about 500 yards total.
This morning I took a short run with the dogs.

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YJNANA 10/13/2012 3:31PM

    Great job, I am amazed at how hard planks can be, but in time get a bit easier.

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ARMSPORTS 10/5/2012 9:11AM

    Love the plank! I tend to throw in some variation during most every session with my clients. Great job!

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ERIN1957 10/4/2012 1:06PM

    great job, sounds very impressive to me!

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-LINDA_S 10/4/2012 7:49AM

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HAWAIIANMAMMA 10/4/2012 12:08AM

    You sound like you're doing GREAT!!! Keep up the hard work!

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NDTEACHER1 10/4/2012 12:04AM

    Good for you.

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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 ?

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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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NDTEACHER1 10/4/2012 9:17PM


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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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