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2/9/12 11:54 A

I too was skeptical of the "wheat belly" way of life, but after reading the research it does make sense that the wheat just isn't the same as it used to be. It's processed as much as the twinkie you try to not have because you label it as "bad"....yet wheat is labeled as "good".
You can say that we all have different body types and should eat differntly depending on that, but bad nutrients are bad nutrients...just because you may have an apple shape and I don't doesn't mean that our bodies don't break down food in the same way. Our bodies still process food in the same manner, so to say that you should eat differently depending on your "body type" doesn't make sense to me.

CCAR414 Posts: 66
2/8/12 1:12 A

I would just like to add that this book has changed my life and my fiance's life- we have dropped so many inches, and it is so easy after you get settled in and over the wheat/sugar/carb addiction!!! I have never eaten more salads and veggies in my life, or wanted to as there is no more struggle to want to eat "rabbit food". This diet has changed my palate, I crave healthy food now. I do eat carbs so it's definitely not Atkins- I had a little brown rice, fruit, and lots of salad/veggies today. I feel and look so much better. I personally consider the low-fat, high grain/carb diet a deceptive marketing ploy, and it ruined my health for years. I wish I could go back in time and eat like I do now, it would have saved years of frustration and confusion. I wish this would get more press, even the Paleo diet really hasn't been discussed mainstream, but of course, wheat companies advertise on programs such as Dr. Oz and the Doctors so wheat is still promoted as healthy. I am glad I found this book, it's nice to step out of the dark ages of health.

2/7/12 4:54 P

I'm a big time believer in this. Don't knock it til you try it. And really...what is it going to hurt to TRY it??? Nothing. So just do it.

I started eliminating wheat in mid/late October. I have lost 19.5 lbs since then. I have gone from a size 16 to a size 10. PRIOR to that, I had bounced around between the same two or three numbers on the scale for over a year. I am hypothyroid and even when my thyroid was regulated, I could still not lose any weight until I started this. BUT it's not just the weight loss that has been a positive with this. Gas and bloat...virtually gone. I have chronic sinus issues...they have greatly reduced since eliminating wheat. My energy level UP UP UP.

My 7 yr old son has battled with allergies, sinus issues, sleep issues because of it, and subsequent irritability issues since he was 3 years old. After realizing how much I was benefiting from this, I started eliminating wheat from his diet (not as hard as you think it is by the way). And it has helped him IMMENSELY. He is a totally different kid (in a good way). He sleeps through the night (rarely ever happened before), his sinuses much better, allergies in check... When he does have a day where he eats things with wheat in it, he is very grumpy in the evening and wakes up with a stuffy nose and tired like he hasn't slept a wink.

It may seem far-fetched to link this with wheat...but all I know is once I tossed it our of our diets, this is what we experienced.

AGAIN - don't knock it til you try it. Get the book, download the audio book, read the info on the Dr.'s site or on his Facebook page. I haven't found one person comment on his book that did not experience good results from doing this.

AND - come join us on the Wheat Belly Spark Team! We'd love to have you!

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2/6/12 8:30 P

I never had any overt celiac symptoms but I do have quite an intolerance to wheat. I just thought I had a sensitive stomach. I can eat pretty much anything as long as I don't eat it with wheat.

2/6/12 5:23 P

The dilemma presented by not eating wheat is that the high carbs in wheat products need to be replaced with something. My diet is wheat-free and grain-free. I also choose not to eat beans. I replaced the carbs with a little more meat and some healthy fat from a few nuts and extra virgin olive oil. My macronutrient ratios are presently at 30% protein, 25% carbs, and 45% healthy fats. I have studied this issue, and recent research suggests that higer levels of carbs may cause chronic health problems. Also, wheat products don't have as good nutritional benefits as fruits and veggies, which are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals that will support your body's biochemistry.
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SONSMOM Posts: 49
2/6/12 4:48 P

Thanks - I saw that book at the library, but didn't read the back cover. I'll have to pick it up next time I'm in.

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2/6/12 4:39 P

Thought Wheat Belly was a good book. In it I was surprised to learn how different wheat grown and harvested today is from natural wheat our ancestors ate. Modern wheat seems to be a synthetic man made product.

Overall though, I feel healthier and look better since avoiding wheat along with other grains.

NEPTUNE1939 Posts: 17,946
2/6/12 4:25 P

Hi Bridget, Thank you for the reference. 1979 was when researchers also first started bad mouthing eggs. It was (what some thought) devastating on the egg industry. Responsible research groups have put eggs back on the valuable nutrition list. The same has been true over the years with the anti-coffee, beef, dark chocolate and wine naysayers amongst others. Today’s researchers proved them all wrong. Food in the appropriate amounts for the type of body one has is all beneficial.

It is incumbent upon each of us to determine what is best for our body types (Mesomorph, Ectomorph, Endomorph or some combination thereof) as their are good and bad nutrients for all body types.

Body builders are continually adjusting their carb,fat, and protein nutrients to meet the challenges of their current goals and they keep exceptional records on nutrition. I’m too old to compete in today’s competitive arena; but, not that old to ignore tried and true methods that thousands of athletes and body builders have used over the years to fine tune their bodies for competition.

If you enjoy research as much as I, you might look into Tom Venuto’s “Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle”. It discusses carbs and those useful for good nutrition. It is a highly researched e-book that is beneficial reading material for those wanting to really rid the body of harmful fats while building muscle tissue that is beneficial. What's good for one body type may not be good for another. Wheat should not be arbitrarily treated as a bad Carb.
Thank you again, Earl

SEACRONE Posts: 466
2/6/12 3:30 P

Well I have to echo HoundLover and say to those of you who are casually dismissing the arguments against wheat consumption and saying that "wheat-free" is a fad diet, etc. It wouldn't hurt to take a look at the Wheat Belly Blog, because there is a lot of information there that you can read free of charge to get a better scope of what this is all about.

My experience is that I read a different book - Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes. This was a easier to read version of his previous book "Good Calories - Bad Calories" The answer to the question in the title boils down very simply to: carbohydrates.
Now we've all been informed in recent decades that all carbohydrates are not created equal, and the trend is to put carbs into "good" and "bad" groups. You have your Twinkies carbs - white flour - simple sugars, etc, being the evil and bad carbs, and then you have your brown rice and your "healthy whole grains", etc. being your virtuous and "good for you" carbs.

After being normal weight until my mid forties my weight skyrocketed and I became morbidly obese and was diagnosed will all the typical obesity related diseases including type 2 diabetes. Beginning in 2006 I put forth an all out effort to turn my health around. I cleaned up my diet, got more exercise, was coached by a diabetic nutritionist for a year, yadda, yadda. I did all the right things - eliminated soda and fruit juice and HFCS and drastically reduced the amount of processed foods I ate. I can count the number of times I eat at any restaurant - including fast food types during a 6 month period on one hand and sometimes don't have to use all the fingers. I followed the advice that's preached by all the "experts" and included lots of whole foods including whole grains. Over a two year period all of my efforts resulted in some improvements. My A1C got down to 6.5, I dropped 20 pounds, and there was some slight improvement in my lipid panel. But that was it - I got to a point where the changes and improvements just stopped. All my doctor or nutritionist had to say about this was that basically to suggest that either I wasn't being honest about my eating and was secretly wolfing down candy bars and ice cream and/or I needed to really step up my activity level several notches. And so I just kept on doing what I was doing and not seeing any improvements other than to gain and lose the same 5 pounds over and over. And so I stayed basically the same for over 3 years. I was beginning to resign myself to the idea that I was a hopeless case and that I was just going to die an obese woman.

After reading Taubes book the notion that it wasn't my fault but that possibly I had been listening to wrong information lo these many years gave me cause to hope. The Duke University Medical Center's No Sugar No Starch diet was in the appendix of Taubes book. To be honest it look horribly strict and difficult, but I was willing to give it one more good old college try.... and so I began on Aug 21st. It was pretty awful for the first 10 days and it's damned inconvenient to learn how to rethink breakfast and give up bread (Substitutes and gluten free products are all high in starch so it wasn't a matter of finding a substitute bread or cereal but rather going without these things altogether). Be that as it may, I'm one very stubborn person and I stuck it out and got past the hard part. Ever since then my health and general sense of well being has been improving in leaps and bounds. I've dropped 31 pounds so far and I actually have hope that I may reach my goal of getting back to a normal weight after all. My A1C is now 5.5, which for those of you who don't know diabetes speak means "perfectly normal and not diabetic at all".
A huge bonus that I wasn't expecting was that my chronic IBS that I suffered with for so long I can't remember is totally GONE. My energy is back. My moods are stable. My skin is clear. My acid reflux is gone. I'm not hungry and obsessing about food every two or three hours. I don't have cravings. Frankly I can't remember when I've felt this good.

I happen upon "Wheat Belly" after the fact - after I'd already eliminated ALL grains from my diet, but I'd read some of the blog and my curiosity was up. I found it fascinating and informative and anything but a "fad" diet or even a diet at all.
There is a huge confusion that abounds about wheat sensitivity and gluten issues or celiac disease. They are not one in the same. And the considerations presented in this book are not just for people with celiac disease or wheat allergy. Digestive issues are just a part of the problem, and this isn't just about losing weight.
Although it is true that you can get valuable nutrients from grains including wheat, it is not true that you can only get those nutrients from wheat.

Anyway - my personal opinion on the Wheat Belly question is this: Wheat consumption is definitely not the whole problem, but it is a very big part of it. Dr. Davis will tell you that you can't just eliminate wheat and all will be well. You can't sub rice flour pasta, and "gluten free" baked goods and expect to lose weight. I most certainly believe that the miraculous cure for my IBS is wheat related. It is the only thing I eliminated totally that I never have eliminated before. I'm happy and comfortable staying on my food plan for life. I don't consider it a "diet". Down the road if/when I get back to a normal weight I will add more carb foods back in, but grains are out for good.
But that just my personal experience and my opinion on the matter.

SWEETSUGAR7 Posts: 2,450
2/6/12 2:46 P

Sounds like it is worth trying out

KELLIEM Posts: 1,475
2/6/12 2:07 P

I just started my gluten-free diet a week ago and am anxious to see the effect.

HOUNDLOVER1 Posts: 8,869
2/6/12 1:06 P

for people who are diabetic would it not make sense to avoid insulin spikes in the first place by eating a low-carb (not carb-free) diet and reducing the amount of insulin your body needs? Also the problem with wheat is not just the carbs or the gluten. My post below is only one of many examples of that from the book. I share your caution about fad diets for sure. But there is another issue to consider: that of risk. The risk of eliminating wheat or even all gluten (rye and barley in addition to wheat) for your health is extremely low to non-existent when we consume other healthy grains (quinoa, corn, millet, amaranth, oats, teff) and also eat other healthy carbs. In fact most likely the variety in our diet would go up rather than down compared to eating mostly wheat as a grain. The risk of continuing to eat wheat, even for people who are not diabetic or pre-diabetic nor have gluten-sensitivity is very high if this author is right. All I want to suggest is for everyone to make an informed decision by reading the authors blog for free. emoticon
By the way the author is not against egg consumption at all, in fact eggs are not limited. Also this is not a weight loss diet but a healthy way of eating.

Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 2/6/2012 (13:08)
HOUNDLOVER1 Posts: 8,869
2/6/12 12:55 P

Here it is, page 48 quote: "Investigators at the National Institutes of Health(NIH) set out to fnd some answers [why wheat affects schizophrenia, autism and ADHD].
Dr. Christine Zioudrou and her colleagues at the NIH subjected gluten, the main protein of wheat, to a simulated digestive process to mimic what happens after we eat bread and other wheat-containing products. Exposed to pepsin (a stomach enzyme) and hydrochloric acid (stomach acid), gluten is degraded to a mix of polypeptides. The dominant polypeptides were then isolated and administered to laboratory rats. These polypeptides were discovered to have the peculiar ability to penetrate the blood-brain barrier that separates the bloodstream from the brain. This barrier is there for a reason: The brain is highly sensitive to the wide variety of substances that gain entry to the blood, some of which can provoke undesirable effects should they cross into your amygdala, hippocampus, cerebral cortex, or other brain structure. Once having gained entry into the brain, wheat polypeptides bind to the brain's morphine receptor, the very same receptor to which opiate drugs bind.
Zioudrou and her colleagues dubbed these polypeptides "exorphins," short for exogenous morphine-like compounds, distinguishing them from endorphins, the endogenous (internally sourced) morphine-like compounds that occur, for instance, during a "runner's high." They named the dominant polypeptide that crossed the blood-brain barrier "gluteomorphin," or morphine-like compound from gluten (though the name sounds to me more like a morphine shot in the butt). The investigators speculated that exorphins might be the active factors derived from wheat that acouunt for the deterioration of schizophrenic syptoms seen in the Philadelphia VA Hospital and elsewhere."
In the notes: Zioudrou C, Streaty RA, Klee WA. Opioid peptides derived from food proteins. The exorphins. Journal of Biological Chemistry 1979 Apr 10;254(7):2446-9
Note that this article was published first in 1979. I'm not a scientist so have no way of researching this further nor access to the journal article but I think this would be worth following up on.

NEPTUNE1939 Posts: 17,946
2/6/12 12:41 P

HOUNDLOVER1; I researched "Wheat Belly" in depth. Not surprisingly there is a great deal of material on the internet both pro & con. It is an interesting subject and I welcomed the opportunity to research the material.

My finding is that Wheat Belly is based upon the glycemic index and pays little attention to the other valuable nutrients that "wheat" affords. I place it in the same category as "Beer Belly".

For those that drink a lot of beer, calories will eventually create an extended belly unless you’re like construction workers who work the calories off in a timely fashion (been there - done that).

Likewise, (discounting those that have allergies to wheat) if you stuff yourself on wheat products alone while paying little attention to other factors - problems will occur.

I am a diabetic: my A1c readings registered 7.2 when I was first diagnosed in May 2011; body fat was at 26%. Today my A1c registers 5.5 and my body fat is down to 11%.

Although considering a glycemic index is necessary and important (especially for diabetics), I put no more importance on it than I do the other nutrients consumed. A body needs the correct proportions to remain vibrant.

At age 72 I've seen numerous fad diets come and go; dieticians and doctors both have had mixed opinions on what is good and bad (just look what they did with the demonization of eggs).

I have no doubt that some people have allergies to wheat; but, then some are allergic to peanuts and still others are lactose intolerant. Fortunately I don't fit any of those categories.

I'll continue to follow a body builder's diet regime that includes healthy wheat products and pass on the "Wheat Belly" fad. I wonder if the author of "Wheat Belly" also demonized eggs. Thank you for the challenge, respectfully, Earl

HOUNDLOVER1 Posts: 8,869
2/6/12 11:49 A

I'll go back and look up exactly what he says. emoticon

KELEKONA Posts: 605
2/6/12 3:21 A

Wait, crosses the blood-brain barrier? Was that in the book? Something like that sets off all sorts of alarm bells to be skeptical. Unless you are talking about glucose, it's hard to get substances from the belly to the brain.

NEPTUNE1939 Posts: 17,946
2/5/12 3:17 P

Thank you. I will check it out, Earl

2/5/12 3:03 P


- check out my link to my gluten and dairy free recipe remake adventures in my signature's definitly possible and doesnt have to cost an arm and a leg. The biggest part was getting gluten out of my kitchen as far as replacing non stick cookware, making sure there was no cross contamination etc.

I'm a single mom raising 3 kids so I definitly look for the least expensive way to eat gluten & dairy free. I cook alot and freeze extra every chance I get. Packaged GF foods dont have to be the norm, I cook from the ground up so to speak. So much of what I cook is "normal" cooking with fresh ingredients. I still have treats once in awhile and I can make them from scratch with good ingredients... without resorting to an overpriced packaged mix that only makes 12 cookies.

My life has changed dramatically in these past two years and you couldn't pay me to go back to the way I ate before. is it the way to go for everyone, no...but it was my only option.

HOUNDLOVER1 Posts: 8,869
2/5/12 1:38 P

I thought that too, until I read the book.
There are many ways in which wheat does damage to everyone which are not visible to the eye: memory problems, premature aging of all body tissues and organs related to raised blood sugar levels even below what is considered pre-diabetic, invisible clogging of arteries until you have a heart attack.
Wheat of the modern variety is not safe for anyone, regardless of how good you feel on it. In fact if eating it makes you feel good it is likely because something in wheat crosses the blood-brain barrier and hooks on to morphine receptors in your brain.
Please consider reading the book and then come back here and give feedback. emoticon

NEPTUNE1939 Posts: 17,946
2/5/12 11:31 A

Interesting read. Had no idea wheat was a problem for some. By body thrives on it.

HOUNDLOVER1 Posts: 8,869
2/5/12 11:19 A

I agree that it is totally unnecessary to buy so-called "gluten-free" products. They are usually starches or low-fiber carbs like tapioca starch, potato starch, rice flour etc. that cause a very bad glycemic response. Some people who don't need to lose much weight or have gluten-sensitivity are ok eating small amounts of non-gluten whole grains like organic corn, millet or oats. The wheat-belly book recommends what I would call a moderately low-carb diet for these people, more like South Beach but without the wheat. For people who are diabetic, need to lose a lot of weight quickly and or are gluten-sensitive it is necessary to leave out much more.

2BEATIT1 Posts: 3,162
2/5/12 10:35 A

I haven't heard the term wheat belly either. However, I do believe there is truth to the effects of gluten and dairy. I think this is my problem, but like someone else wrote, finding foods to eat that aren't riddled with wheat or dairy can be difficult, time consuming and expensive.
However, I want to try it because I believe my stomach issues could be due to one or the other or both of these problems.

SARAGWYNE Posts: 4,520
2/5/12 10:26 A

It totally changed my life for the better! In fact, I would say it saved my life. Finally, I had an answer for my symptoms and inability to lose weight even though I faithfully ate only "healthy" whole wheat foods. What a transforming experience for me physically and mentally. After 3 months of not eating wheat or other glutenous products, I've only lost about 4 pounds but everyone who sees me, including my husband, thinks I look great and have lost LOTS of weight. I don't buy the expensive gluten free products -- don't see the need for it. I eat fresh foods and healthy proteins. I didn't eat pizza, burgers, fried foods etc before going wheat free and I certainly haven't needed to substitute those foods into my now healthy lifestyle. For those of us who can't tolerate gluten, it's not hype, but necessary for our health.

2/5/12 9:40 A

The gluten-free flours and other substitutes for wheat are even higher in glycemic index or load than the wheat products they're substituting for. That, and the high prices, kept me from going gluten-free myself. I've heard of amazing results, but think there's a LOT of marketing hype for gluten-free.

Wheat Belly is about wheat as a whole, and not only gluten. It appealed to me because of that, because I'm such a carb craver. There is now a Wheat Belly team on Spark People.

I think we don't need grains at all, and don't need to substitute anything for them.

KELEKONA Posts: 605
2/4/12 3:25 P

I'm a little annoyed at the constant barrage of "going gluten-free can help you even if you don't have Celeriac." I've heard it for weight-loss and mood-swings so far, and all I wonder about is how many Twinkies they were eating before they shifted their diet. GF flours are expensive and the avoidance could be a needless annoyance.

But if you try it, like it, and become used to it, by all means go on a wheat-free diet.

I do get the fogginess when eating highly-processed foods, but I can eat wheat fine. Frankly, since I went through a foodie phase and got used to making so much of my food from scratch, it's more trouble than it's worth to track down if I'm bothered by the preservatives or something else that happens during processing. (It takes an entire day of eating packaged foods.)

HOUNDLOVER1 Posts: 8,869
2/4/12 11:44 A

I've finished the book "Wheat Belly" and have written on my spark blog about it the last two days.
Here just a couple of facts from the book: Half of all people who have tested positive for celiac markers don't have any intestinal symptoms but often lots of other symptoms.
Wheat is not just harmful because of the connection with celiac/allergies. I've been wheat and gluten-free for 7 days now and for the first time in over 35 years have not felt any need to eat after dinner. I used to want to have dessert (or snacks) every night.
I tried other lower-carb diets than this before that still had some wheat in it and did not get the same results. I would say give it a try, there is nothing to lose.
Also do some reading on William Davis website/blog for free:


BTSYGRS Posts: 230
1/20/12 11:29 A

I am reading Wheat Belly and I definitely believe he's onto something. I feel much better since cutting out gluten, but I am still quite fond of non-gluten grains and those have an impact on weight, too ... Glad there is some discussion here about it.

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1/9/12 9:08 A

Haven't read it. Me and my stomach feels much better without wheat/gluten however. There is something to it in many cases.

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1/8/12 5:12 A

Gluten-free is in. It is 'the' condition of this decade.

CCAR414 Posts: 66
1/8/12 2:47 A

I am not sure if PCOS is actually caused by eating wheat, but insulin-resistance exaccerbates PCOS so cutting out something that causes a high insulin response probably helps

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1/6/12 9:10 A

I am on the waiting list to read this book. It has done wonders for my friend.

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1/5/12 11:13 P

I am allergic to wheat. Although I don't have to be gluten free, I am 100% wheat free and have been for over three years. I am surprised that more people don't know about the possibility of having a wheat allergy and the horrible damage it can have on a person's body. The first thing I noticed after a week off of wheat was that my body including my face and tongue shrunk. Even though I had not lost weight, people thought I had lost a lot. I also noticed that my asthma almost entirely went away, my skin became clearer, I Harley ever get sick anymore, and I am able to think more clearly. To find out if you have a wheat allergy (food allergy not celiac), you just have to ask your doctor for a blood test. Finding out about my wheat allergy was one of the best things that could have happened in terms of becoming a healthier person. Also, I don't know if this is related, but I have PCOS and have always wondered if the two were connected...does anyone know?

-LINDA_S Posts: 4,504
12/29/11 7:19 P

I don't know if it's true for everyone, but I think it has some validity.

LORTHOM2001 Posts: 3,676
12/29/11 5:41 P

oh my... i wonder if that is my problem too?

KARENA228 Posts: 1,833
12/29/11 5:34 P

Wow, something to consider. Just to drop some pounds though, i've eliminated dairy for the past 2 weeks, no weight loss though.

I might just give it a try.

HRENEE40 Posts: 181
12/29/11 5:16 P

Thanks Ladies! I think I'm gonna give it a try... :-)

12/29/11 12:49 P

I've been gluten, dairy & soy free for 2 yrs and no regrets! I accidentally got glutenened a few days ago and oh my I forgot how absolutely horrible I used to feel. I'm so bloated and fatigued :(

My signature line should have a link to my recipe remakes & gluten & dairy free kitchen adventures. I'm definitly not doing without :)

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12/29/11 12:10 P

My husband has celiac's disease and he can't eat wheat, barley, hops, or anything that is processed with malt flavoring. There are a lot of gluten free foods available now, though they are a bit more expensive. We are very careful about the foods he eats, because trace amounts of any of the above foods will make him sick. It's possible to live this way, but it does take a lot of effort sometimes.

HRENEE40 Posts: 181
12/29/11 12:04 P

This is the first time I've heard of 'wheat belly'...but I'm beginning to wonder if there isn't something to it. Recently (the last couple months) I've developed what seems like a skin allergy around my eyes. I've tried every soap and cream I can think of and nothing really helps. Then, I ran across something on the internet that said her 'rash' cleared up when she cut out wheat and dairy. I do eat quite a bit of both and thinking I might give it a try just to see if it helps my skin condition. I'm hesitant tho', cutting both out seems like a drastic step...not sure what I'd use to substitute? Those of you who have done it successfully, have you had trouble finding subs?

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12/29/11 10:07 A

I was diagnosed with anemia for the first time in my life a few months before I took myself off of gluten. My ferritin level (iron stores) was less than 1, which the doctor had never seen before. If I don't have celiac, something is messing with my absorption of vitamins. I had been on several antibiotics about 6 months prior to all of my joint pain creeping in and several practitioners are considering that I develped leaky gut as a result. When I read the literature, it makes perfect sense to me.

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12/27/11 7:52 P

I don't buy into "wheat belly" unless it's synonymous with "celiac disease." But having said that, it was when I eliminated a lot of refined wheat and sugar from my diet that I finally cut the cravings..

HEALTHY14REAL Posts: 2,549
12/27/11 7:44 P

I'm in the process of reading the book right now. I can definitely tell a difference already in the way I feel. I've not really lost weight yet but feel so much better without the wheat. I'm also seriously anemic in that I get transfusions every couple months or so and I'm anxious to see my next blood work in January to see if it makes a difference. I've seen a GI doc who did tests for celiac disease which were negative but I've read a lot of info that says that gluten sensitivity can cause anemia. I have more energy, less brain fog, less bloating, less acid reflux, and just feel better. It definitely forces you to change things up but in my opinion is very worth it.

CHEETARA79 Posts: 3,946
12/27/11 7:23 P

I think it's just another trendy diet. I don't think there's any reason to cut out gluten unless it's medically indicated (for example if you have Celiac disease).

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12/27/11 7:12 P

Lost 30lbs in 3 months so far elimination gluten, sugar and dairy

TENNISJIM Posts: 11,750
12/27/11 6:45 P

Never heard of it

SUN22BEAM SparkPoints: (5,954)
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12/27/11 5:56 P

cut out gluten, dairy and eggs. Lost 60 pounds in 4 months. My brain fog cleared and my joint pain subsided. There is definitely something to trying it if you think you may have an intolerance to say the least. I was actually doing research for possible ways to decrease inflammation and took myself off the gluten. Lost 20 pounds within a month. I was eating more eggs and dairy and was having continued joint pain. Decided to forego those, and was amazed with the results. I only had a blood test for celiac (which is worthless) - which came back negative (not that it really means anything).

CCAR414 Posts: 66
12/27/11 1:35 A

There is a sparkteam for Wheat Belly- I have lost a lot of weight since starting the lifestyle and so has my fiance, we both have had a variety of other ancillary benefits from cutting out wheat/gluten. The way I figured it is that I have spent most of my life with carb cravings even when I have cut out sugar, so I thought why not try it out and see if this guy is on to something. I have not been dx with celiac/gluten-sensitivity per se, but the book describes how wheat is actually really high on the glycemic index, has toxic byproducts, and is being sold as a "whole grain" product, which it is not at all- quinoa, oats, einkorn, pure buckwheat- these have not been corrupted and genetically modified and are true "whole grains". Dr. Davis emphasizes a lifestyle of keeping a minimal insulin response with foods, so even eating tons of real whole grains is not kosher and neither is sugar. I won't lie- it's not easy to have to rework a lifestyle of eating wheat and giving up wheat and sugar can cause withdrawal, , but I am becoming creative and so happy with results that it's worth it to me. There are a lot of gluten-free/low-carb products on the market that help, as well as lots of recipes and books0 it's not the end of the world, lol. It also is a great excuse, I can tell people no I can't eat all your holiday cookies because I cut out gluten and they totally accept it, lol, so I have lost weight during the worst time of the year! By cutting out wheat, I have had to replace my diet with veggies, some fruit, protein, nuts/seeds, healthy fat, beans, a some dairy- it really moved me away from processed foods to eating natural foods- so much better.

12/26/11 8:19 P


12/26/11 4:21 P

I just had lunch today with a lady who said that she can't believe how long it took her to figure out that she's allergic to wheat. She has rice pasta and gluten free bread. Seems like there are other foods.

LSHARP02 Posts: 84
12/25/11 11:12 P

Have you read Wheat Belly?
What do we have left to eat these days if we are allergic to wheat?
The entire book seem a bit controversial!
Any thoughts?

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