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1 year of the Wheatbelly team on Spark - Why it matters to me

Friday, November 16, 2012

emoticon I want to celebrate this anniversary, because the book "Wheatbelly" by William Davis has made a huge difference in my life and in my health and it is a good opportunity to share this great resource. Here is what I have shared on the anniversary thread on the Wheatbelly team:

"I want to say that a lot of the changes in my lifestyle would not have been possible without learning about "Wheatbelly".
When I gave up wheat the first thing that disappeared right away was brain fog and mood swings that I had attributed to hypothyroidism. Once I gave up grains in general my blood sugar stabilized and the need to eat about every two hours and having to eat before exercising went away. At the time I did reading about carbs in general and found that by changing to a low-carb/primal type diet that I could lower my weight by about another 10 pounds without working out very hard.
For the first time ever I have stayed around 130 pounds even through the fall with little exercise, a time of year when I would usually gain about 10 lbs.
Another benefit is that I became aware of metabolic syndrome, got tested (H A1c test) and found out that after about 7 months on low-carb I was still slightly in the pre-diabetic range. No idea where I was before that but probably a lot higher. I'm going to have it rechecked in 6 weeks and am pretty sure it will be in the normal range by then.
The best part is to be able to look forward to holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas knowing that I am not tempted by candies, cakes, chocolate, pies, pastries or overeating of any kind any more. Sugar, grains and other high-carb foods have lost their hold on me completely and if I eat a little more for one meal it is just a LITTLE more and it will be foods that are good for me and are delicious. If someone asks if I'd like to taste something that is high-sugar or high-carb I'll take a tiny nibble, enjoy the flavor, and am happy.
And, by the way, my belly is flat for the first time since I'm 16 years old. emoticon "

Modern wheat is highly toxic to humans and animals, causing many kinds of diseases, including many auto-immune diseases, brain dysfunction, heart problems, arthritis and many more. It is possible and in fact very easy to live wheat-free or even grain-free after an initial adjustment of a few weeks. The cost of having to do some more home-cooking is worth it, even for someone like me who never had much time for it. emoticon
This year has been the healthiest of my entire life. It is a health I can easily maintain and there is a balance of physical, emotional and spiritual elements. As long as one area was off, my eating, balance of the others was affected.
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    Great blog and so informative - thanks so much for sharing. And, big congrats on your anniversary of being wheat-free!!
    1828 days ago
    That is amazing! Thanks for the information.
    1828 days ago
    emoticon I have to check that book out, I have heard a lot about it. Thanks for sharing and emoticon
    1828 days ago
    Happy one year Wheatbelly Team anniversary! So glad this year has been a great one for you and that you are feeling healthy and happy. Wheatbelly is an amazing book - a real life changer. I read Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint a few years ago and then Rob Wolff's Paleo guide, both excellent reads, but it was Wheatbelly that made me open my eyes to the dangers of wheat. I've bought copies for my family and friends and now they are doing the same for their loved ones. So many wonderful benefits can be derived from eliminating these terrible foods from our diets - from improved moods and blood sugar levels, to the end of insatiable, crazy hunger. Bonus: no more bloated belly! emoticon
    1828 days ago
    My hubby just got me to read the book, and both of us are now wheat free. Believe me, he's just about the last person I'd expect to embrace a food lifestyle change like this--particularly because BEER was on the no-no list--but he was completely transformed by what he read. I was pretty close to wheat free anyhow. Basically all I had to do was switch from Total to Corn Chex for breakfast. But it has helped me get closer my goal.
    1829 days ago
    emoticon Team!! Great Blog!!

    Thanks for sharing!


    Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
    Melinda (gopintos)
    Perfect Health Diet Team
    Country Living Team
    Dr Oz Show Fans Team
    Wheat Belly Team
    1829 days ago
    Amen to all that!
    1829 days ago
    I enjoyed your blog and plan to purchase Wheat Belly right away!
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    1829 days ago
    Happy anniversary Wheatbelly Spark Team! Membership has gone up about six times from what it was when I joined earlier this year - it was in the 30s. And now almost 250! Just think about how many lives have been affected for the better. emoticon emoticon emoticon

    And congratulations Houndlover on all the good healthy things that are going on with you! emoticon
    1829 days ago
    Very glad that you're so healthy feeling now. That feels so wonderfully awesome I'm sure! More power to you! emoticon emoticon
    1829 days ago
    Congratulations on your anniversary and your weight loss! emoticon
    1829 days ago
    emoticon on finding what worked for your body and your health.
    1829 days ago
  • GLC2009
    emoticon i'm still off the wheat since january. it is a good thing.
    1829 days ago
    Congrats on your year of success with knowledge and nutrition. Much of what you wrote is identical to my own experiences during the past 9 months with the exception that I'm only halfway to my goal weight and seriously doubt if I'll ever have a flat stomach since I didn't even when I weighed 117 lbs in my 20's. BUT, I have lost over 50 lbs and, like you, feel that I'm enjoying the best year of health in my entire 62 years so I really couldn't be more pleased with the results of eating low carb, medium protein, high fat for the past several months. It surely is working for me. We just got back from an all-inclusive week at Hotel Barcelo in Huatulco, Mexico where it seems like all there is to do is eat, eat, eat. We both indulged, for the first time since we started this wheat free journey, in a little bit of wheat and sugar. Interesting to note the joint pain and inflammation along with abdominal bloating came back immediately. It feels so good to be home and back to eating (!!!!) normally. My husband gained 3 lbs but I stayed the same during our holiday. I'll write a blog and post some pictures. I didn't realize this team had been around as long as a year. I only discovered it during late spring or summer. Thank you, again, Birgit for your time and insight. You are an inspiration to us all.
    1829 days ago
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