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Is there any harm in giving up wheat?

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Some people consider the evidence that wheat is dangerous and acting like a powerful drug in our body as not strong enough to eliminate it from their diet.
If your reason to eat wheat in the form of flour, processed foods, cereals, bread etc. is simply that of convenience outweighing health, then I will not be able to convince you. In that case I just don't think that you will find exercising convenient, preparing vegetables and other healthy foods convenient and learning about healthy living convenient, either. All these things take effort.
I am talking to those people who don't think they ever had a problem that they were aware of with eating wheat and go by the principle: If it isn't broke then don't fix it.
I believe that in this case we can usually not tell if something is broke until it's too late or almost too late.

But I believe that living wheat-free for even 30 days will bring huge improvements in health for many people. So the only question is this: Are there any disadvantages (apart from the inconvenience). To this the clear answer I would give is No. There are no nutrients that our body needs that it can only get from wheat or even from grains.
So I would like to give you the 30 day wheat-free challenge. If you are not 100% sure that wheat is healthy and safe, if you have looked at the evidence, but are not quite convinced, then do an experiment of n=1 and try to eliminate all wheat (including trace amounts in things like soy sauce) for 30 days and see if you notice any improvements in your health.
You may be surprised. If you don't notice any change then you have not lost much and have learned something about yourself.
And please let me know your results or post on the wheatbelly team. emoticon
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  • -LINDA_S
    I think my joints may feel better off wheat, but this mostly occurs totally when I'm on the strict phase of the hCG protocol. Many other things are also eliminated at this time, including dairy. I do try to stay off wheat most of the time, but I eat out a lot and don't know what's in everything. I think everyone should try this experiment and see what happens.
    1774 days ago
    I am preparing to go on a cleanse on Monday. I may just cut out a lot of wheat rather than go cold turkey
    1775 days ago
    I've added almonds -nuts and meal --- to my plan, once a month I bake an orange almond cake, portion it and freeze it and eat one slice over four days. I eat 6 almonds most days and add walnuts, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds in 5 gram quantities.

    I don't eat bread, crackers or baked goods with flour if I can help it. Mostly because I found that bread (flour) puts up my weight.

    I try to change the type of food rather than banning it entirely. Like nuts and seeds instead of crisps, or dark chocolate instead of white or milk.

    When I get to my goal I want to be able to eat lots of variety.

    Great subject!!!

    1776 days ago
    I have been off wheat and have not noticed any difference in my health - true, I lost some weight but I lose weight as soon as I follow a plan, wether it is off dairy products, off meat, off sugar or off wheat...My conclusion is that I am the typical omnivore and can eat all things, the problem is to eat them in a balanced manner - the wheat I normally eat is my breakfast sanwich, that is baked from wheat flour, rye flour and grahamn flour (which I know is wheat also) Apart from that I only eat wheat occasionally - falling for a pizza or a pie, eating french bread at resataurant dinners or cake at celebrations... but that is not every day and not even every week.

    So my result is that i have stayed from wheat more than 30 days and it made no difference.

    Oh, I should add that I don´t think there is any harm at all in giving up wheat and I think that people should try it too see if it makes any difference. I did and it didn´t.
    1776 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/12/2013 1:36:33 AM
    Struggling getting a good wheat free streak going (13 days max so far) - sometimes the call of cookies is too strong! I'll get there though - even 13 days made me feel great.
    1776 days ago
    thinking of going wheat free for 30 days
    1776 days ago
    I'll have to pick up on this challenge and start a 30 day glutten free wheat free - I've been drifting in and out and just like yo yo dieting I know this is not healthy for me. BUT replacing wheat with other grains is not good either ... I'll keep trying, like quitting smoking it may take a few test runs, as long as I do not stop trying that is what is important to me. - I think everyone reacts differently, as I know of someone who quit for a month and saw no difference and figured all that was for nothing... to each their own eh
    1776 days ago
  • BOPPY_
    I avoid wheat because it's (a) not filling to me, and (b) makes me want more. Not eating it (very much) has definitely helped me lose over 120 pounds. And, I'm healthier. But losing 120 pounds will do that.

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    1776 days ago
    I gave up wheat over a year ago, don't miss it, and have done so much better without it! Thanks for addressing this important topic! Since being genetically modified, many of our grains, wheat and corn, have become toxic to us.

    Just as another "animal" example - my dogs must have a diet free of all grains or they start having doggie tummy troubles!
    1776 days ago
  • M77355
    I will certainly read up on how to do it - my daughter has been urging me to do so for quite awhile bc she feels so much better. If only I could get hubby to go along with my 30-day trial, meal planning would be easier!
    1776 days ago
    I quit wheat as part of reducing carbs in February. I don't miss the starches and sugars at all, but I read an article that led me to have some concerns about vitamins fiber, so I've started putting 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed in my smoothie and added a daily multivitamin. I have lost over 30 pounds and have more energy than I've had in 15 years, so I'm not planning on going back anytime soon. I wish you the best on your journey!
    1776 days ago
    You are right that most wheat is genetically modified, but in a way that is far worse than GMO (in the sense of gene splicing). Wheat, like many crops, has been modified by exposing the seed to radiation/chemicals to change the genes, something that has results that are completely unpredicatable, just like cancer drugs killing cancer, but also causing more cancer (abnormal cells, some of which reproduce horrible traits).
    1776 days ago
    I have been off of all wheat since April 25 this year and feel so good and don't even miss any of the wheat products and all of the bread that I had been eating.

    It was so easy to just start eating high nutrition whole foods mainly veggies and good lean organic protein and I am now losing weight and feeling just so amazingly strong and energetic for the first time in a very long time.

    From what I have read is that ALL wheat world wide is GMO.
    1776 days ago
    I've been off it 5 months and I'm the healthiest I've been in a long time and I have lab tests to prove it. I started with a one month trial and then just kept going because I felt so good. Give it a try. All you can do is feel better.

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    1776 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/11/2013 1:28:45 PM
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