After 5 months of patiently trolling blogs, message boards, and Gluten Free communities to glean whatever information I could find, I finally have in my hands… a copy of Wheat Belly.
Back in February – when I first heard that Wheat might be the cause of my problems – I put myself on the library waiting list. Well, not myself – I didn’t actually have a library card back then. So I used my husband’s. I knew it was going to be a while before it would be my turn, as I was 6th in the queue.
I would check the online hold queue periodically until about April, when I figured I should just get my own library card. Although I stopped checking, I asked my husband to keep an eye on it for me – not 100% necessary, as the library kicks off an email when reserved books become available. Every once in a while, I’d ask if he heard anything and he would say no.
The weeks continued to pass with no word from the library. I worried maybe we missed it while we were away on vacation last week… So I went online and checked the queue myself.
Apparently, the book was in LAST MONTH… My husband must have missed the notification, and never went in to check on it for me (although he had renewed two books online since then). Plus, they fined him $0.50 for not picking it up and blocked him from reserving it again. I immediately used my own account to place another hold – and, to my dismay, saw that I was once again 5 people back in the queue. It would likely be another 4 months or so until I could get my hands on a copy.
I.. was… LIVID. And I let him know it.
(It probably didn’t help that I was still within one week of wheat-elimination since vacation. I think perhaps I was irritable because of wheat withdrawal).
When I got home from my Sunday morning Bodyworks and Yoga classes, a fresh copy of Wheat Belly awaited me on my Nook. I won’t ask how it got there, but I think my husband felt guilty and just bought it for me.
So I’m about 40 pages in and can say that most of what I am reading I have already learned from various stops on the web, but there have been helpful insights into some of the “whys” of Wheat Belly. For example, I have heard over and over again that two slices of wheat bread spike your blood sugar higher than table sugar ( wp.me/p1N36Q-3U
). Why? Because wheat bread contains the most digestible of carbohydrates, Amylopectin A – therefore, it enters the blood stream very quickly.
Why does this matter? Carbs in the blood stream trigger insulin, the primary trigger of fat storage and mobilization. A quick internet search yielded this illustration, which I find helpful in explaining why blood sugar spikes are a problem for losing weight:
If I am understanding this correctly, it means that – because there is such an excess of glucose in the bloodstream in such a short amount of time – the excess gets stored as fat. It then gets pushed out of the blood stream within two hours, and one might experience a blood sugar crash – feeling shaky, confused, anxious, and hungry. (I can relate). Start the cycle over again after two hours.
Compare it to a meal that provides a more stable release in blood sugar – no need to store any excess as fat, and you don’t have that corresponding crash.
Can anybody validate my interpretation?
On a related – but different note – I read this article today about the “Counting Sugar Calories” diet:
It references the insulin/fat storage principal – but groups all carbs into one “to be avoided” group. This approach would allow you one apple each day – no other carbs allowed.
Does this sound dangerous to anybody else?