Roz tried to leave this comment on the SixServings.com blog, the blog for the Grain Foods Foundation. (I say “tried” because they are censoring some of the comments, including my recent comment/question about the drug industry affiliation of one of their Advisory Board members.) I don’t know if they will censor her comment, too, so I reprint it here:
In Dec 2010, I was diagnosed as being pre-diabetic (HbA1c of 5.8%), after years of following the low-fat, high whole grain, minimize red meat conventional wisdom diet dictated by people like you.
After a solid 6 weeks of research, I fired my dietician who was unwilling to consider anything beyond the diet recommended by the American Diabetes Association (45-60 grams of carb per meal, 15-30 grams per snack x 2 a day? REALLY?). I adopted a wheat free diet and by APRIL 2011 (4.5 months later) my HbA1c was down to 4.9%, and I was never on any medication. The fact that I had lost 25 lbs in that same 4.5 months, and 2 dress sizes, was just gravy. I’ll point I did this without any exercise, in addition. Incidentally, my cholesterol and triglyceride levels are ‘fantastic’ per my physician.
I will grant you this happened prior to the release of the Wheat Belly book (life-changing and life-saving, run — do not walk — to your nearest book store and buy it), but I’ve read it and it did help me understand more about the biochemistry involved with diet and its affects on the human body. I’ve gone one step further and adopted many of the Primal/Paleo guidelines. Without a doubt the largest impact has been going completely grain free.
In less than one year I’ve lost over 60 lbs, cured my pre-diabetes, gained immeasurable energy… and you want to tell me I’ve been conned by some ‘fad’ and my health is going down the drain? Please.