I just finished reading "Wheat Belly" by William Davis. This is an outstanding book that I highly recommend! It is written by Dr. William Davis, who has years of experience treating people with wheat-free diets. This book is meticulously written with numerous footnotes to articles in the peer-reviewed medical journals and an extensive index. Dr. Davis has included sections on treating celiac disease and Type 2 diabetes with wheat-free diets with remarkable results!
This book is on a par with "The Paleo Diet (revised edition)" by Loren Cordain and "The Primal Blueprint" by Mark Sisson. From reading "Wheat Belly," I obtained a deeper understanding of why wheat is bad for you and how it interacts with the biochemistry of your body.
In a field like nutrition where such rapid change is occurring, it is important to keep up with the latest advances, and this book was published August 30, 2011, so it is the most recent and up-to-date book on Paleo/Primal eating. I purchased this book for my Kindle 3, but found that the graphs were not included with the ebook version, so I intend to get the paper version to have on hand for reference.
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Fitness Minutes: (134,336) Posts: 14,852 10/31/11 10:25 A
Having worked in labs that do the hybridization, none of this info really surprises me. That said, I still found it very interesting. The fact I can't get over is that studies show the modern wheat acts on the opiate receptors in the brain - the same ones that morphine and heroin work on. And that narcan, the reversal drug for narcatic drugs, works to block wheat from these receptors. So, when someone says they are addicted to wheat, they aren't kidding.
I finished the book a few days ago - a different way of looking at the primal diet. I like that he gives a list of places to find gluten, and it's not just in food. He lists things such as envelope glue and lipstick. Who knew?
He gives a basic meal plan, with some recipes to go with it. Most sound fairly easy to do and good. I did try his recipe for hot cereal, made from flax seed and unsweetened flaked coconut - it was very good. I added some vanilla and a LOT of cinnamon.
Overall, happy I bought it and can add it to my collection of paleo/primal resources. Oh, and there are PAGES of his resources listed, many of which were fairly current. As a biologist and nurse, I trust books more that have several sources from trusted journals.
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Fitness Minutes: (35,532) Posts: 166 10/26/11 9:37 P
Just finished it today - very interesting how they have changed wheat in the last 100 years or less. Sounds fairly Primal to me - i like that he says you can do cheese that has always been my downfall - hard cheese and dark chocolate -
Things I need to do today: 1. Breathe in 2. Breathe out
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Fitness Minutes: (134,336) Posts: 14,852 10/24/11 6:42 P
Yeah. It looks like a good book, and for someone like myself who is having a hard time giving up grain 100% of the time (but I also can't eat gluten) this book is perfect for me. I seem to need to have a serving of brown rice or quinoa a couple of times a week. The book makes a lot of sense!
I just finished reading it. The cardiologist author comes from a completely different perspective but ends up reaching the same conclusion, his diet is basically ours. The history of wheat he gives, ending up with the vastly altered and poisonous present version, is just appalling to me. A must read for everyone. His diet does include a little bit of other grains on occasion, and a bit of legumes now and then, but is very much like ours. After reading Wheat Belly my 20% will NOT include wheat!
There are also recipes and menus. There are a number of recipes I will try.
Edited by: LIZZABEE at: 10/24/2011 (14:40)
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Fitness Minutes: (134,336) Posts: 14,852 10/24/11 12:32 P
I did buy it. I thought it made perfect sense. It's basically a Primal book for someone who goes by the 80/20 rule. The premise being that an occasional serving of gluten free grain is not so bad. Stay away from wheat.
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