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.
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.
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.