You asked for more recipes . . .

Judging from the outpouring of requests for more recipes that are 1) wheat-free, and 2) low-carbohydrate, I see that I need to provide more help in locating resources.

The Wheat Belly book contains 34 pages of recipes to get you started. This Wheat Belly Blog will also be a resource as I post, recipe by recipe, in the coming months and years, as well as the recipes I will send out for anyone who signs up for them (to the left; I haven’t started yet).

In the meantime, here are some great sources for recipes consistent with this approach–no mention of wheat flour, breadcrumbs, “vital gluten” (yeah, that’s what some people call this poison), or breading in sight!

Paleo Comfort Foods: Homestyle Cooking in a Gluten-Free Kitchen
Julie and Charles Mayfield

This brand-new book (available September 12, 2011) brings a Southern spin to dishes consistent with both the Wheat Belly approach, as well as a “Paleo” diet. Your unavoidable first impression of the book comes from the beautiful photographs that accompany every recipe–every other page is a perfect display of the recipe. Among the recipes I found especially creative and useful included:

Paleo spiced nuts (page 62)
Barbecue sauce with some kick (page 96)
Paleo grits (page 198)
Coconut flour tortillas (page 110)
Brussels sprouts slaw (page 166). (I love their commentary on this recipe: “As a child, and on into adulthood, I thought Brussels sprouts were vile food items that were only served soggy and overcooked with that nasty sulfuric smell. And then, a miracle happened: one Thanksgiving, my friend Peter made a Brussels sprouts dish that was simple divine and turned me into an instant fan.”

Everyday Paleo: Embracing Natural Diet and Lifestyle
Sarah Fragoso

The cover of the book tells it all: recipes for Moms.

Author Sarah Fragoso provides recipes (each also accompanied by a beautiful photo) that are family-friendly, relatively simple and quick to prepare, yet wheat-free, limited in carbohydrate content, and “Paleo.”

Among my favorites:

Bean-less chili (page 156)
Dixie’s fresh salsa (page 170)
Breakfast Paleo pizza (page 186. Yes: pizza for breakfast with a crust made of eggs!)
Spicy speedy stuffed peppers (page 72)

There is also a 30-day menu plan complete with shopping list. I believe this is about as user- and mother-friendly as it gets!

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Comments & Feedback...

  1. Thanks so much for giving more places to find recipes! We’re on Day 2 of being wheat free and I’m documenting it in a blog. My husband and I said we would give it a go for 30 days to see how it works. Thanks so much for the insight of your book!

  2. Elizabeth Eaker

    I have been eating “gluten free” for the last 12 months, since discovering that my gliaden levels were through the roof. One of the best on-line sources for easy recipes comes from http://www.easytobeglutenfree.com … nothing overly elaborate, nothing truly intimidating, and lots of things that make you say “Oh yeah, I’d like to make that!” It has everything from main dishes, to vegetables, soups, to desserts. Recipes still may use sugar, or cornstarch, or rice, but there’s not a wheat product in sight. I highly recommend it to anyone trying the wheat-free life.

  3. Pam

    I lost 95 lbs which took me 4+ years of struggling. I gained 40 back in 1 yr (!yikes!)! We were moving & emotional eating of everything I hadn’t been eating much of-processed foods blah blah. Once we did get moved I found myself even more depressed. Ordered your book & looking back in my journels of my weight loss journey I found the times I lost more were when I was eating more protein, less wheat, & more naturally and exerising which I’d not done in a long time. So back on track except that I’ve gone totally wheatless & results are starting right off the bat! Thanks for the info on more recipes. So far I’ve tried both the salad dressing recipes which were great & the banana-blueberry recipe. My husband didn’t even guess they were a wheat free recipe & was very impressed! The one question I had to see if it was normal since I’m out to loose weight with a program that is better for the rest of the of my life-I seem to gain or not do as well if I eat any carbs or a little fruit later in the day or at night? Thank you again for sharing your knowledge through this book. It can’t be easy going up against a group like the big companies that use wheat in everything they produce. My son as been saying for a long time (he has a degree in biology & masters in natural resources & presently in te Peace Corps in the Cape Verde Islands) that GMO products & not using protein sources that are raised without chemicals & grass fed are leading to most of our countries health problems. Should have listened to him better. Pam

    • Hi, Pam–

      Don’t you hate when the kids are right?

      I believe the minimizing carbs especially at night is a consistent observation in many people, including myself. Dinner, therefore, needs to be the most limited in carbohydrate exposure.

  4. Jen

    I see where you mention a couple of cookbooks to go by and one lists it as gluten free. Can I use gluten free recipes and them still be wheat free and follow this diet? The whole gluten free v. wheat free thing confuses me. Help!

    • Think of it this way, Jen: The gluten-free foods are yet another nutritional dead end. They use carbohydrate sources like rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, and cornstarch to recreate the taste and feel of wheat . . . but they cause blood sugar to skyrocket and make you diabetic, arthritic, give you cataracts and heart disease. That’s why in Wheat Belly and the Wheat Belly Blog I provide recipes that are wheat-free, gluten-free, low in carbohydrates, and healthy.

  5. Craig

    Hi Dr. Davis, I’m about a week free of wheat, and feeling great so far!

    I just completed the audiobook and realized, after reading your blog, that the actual book contains recipes but the audiobook did not (understandably as it would be tedious to listen to a list of ingredients). Is there any way for owners of your audiobook to obtain the recipes from your book?

    • HI, Craig–

      Sorry, but no. However, I will include recipes over time in this blog. You might want to sign up (left sidebar); when I finally get started, we will be getting recipes out to you.

  6. Ginette

    After buying your Wheat Belly book, I found out that you have recipes included in the book.  I bought the audiobook version. Does the audiobook have the recipes?  I have not finished the book yet, to see
    if they are in the back.

  7. Nancy

    Well the Paleo Comfort foods cookbook still uses honey as a sweetener and things like raisins and bananas in its recipes which make them way too high carb for me. I can definitely sub out the honey, but banana pudding would be hard to make without bananas. I can appreciate that these books are wheat free, but I really need natural low carb recipes. Please make a cookbook soon to go along with wheat belly. I know there are recipes in there….I need MORE. And I need kid friendly (ever try to pack a lunch for a kid who will ONLY eat a sandwich? She ends up eating….nothing, no matter how delicious, the response is “I want a sandwich” and “everyone looked at me weird.” There is nothing harder than trying to make a 12 year old girl child healthy in MIDDLE SCHOOL when mean girls are waiting to pick your lunch apart. (I am totally serious)

    • Hi, Nancy–

      I hear you.

      Yes, I noticed the same issue with the Paleo Comfort Foods, but I thought there were enough low-carb recipes to redeem it.

      The recipes I will becoming out with in the near-future will focus on “replacement” foods, i.e., foods that resemble their wheat counterparts. I figure most people are comfortable with making chicken or spinach salads, but most are not comfortable with the wheat-free, low-carb breads, cheesecake, scones, etc.

      • Myrna Silva

        Nancy,
        Similar dilemma here as well times 3. I roll up Boars head turkey and put it in a ziplock and throw in whatever is left from baked goods I’ve made or leftovers like focaccia bread or pizza. Nuts and some cheese usually round out the lunch. I just hope they’re not swapping at lunch.

  8. Joanna

    Hello everyone!
    Just wanted to put my two cents in here with respect to recipes and cooking without wheat…..
    I have purchased a “spiralizer” from amazon (http://www.amazon.com/World-Cuisine-48297-99-Tri-Blade-Vegetable/dp/B0007Y9WHQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1317162165&sr=8-1)and it does the most amazing thing to zucchini and yellow squash! Totally awesome replacement for pasta!!! FAST and EASY! I use it regularly and have made traditional spaghetti as well as pad thai. I highly suggest it!
    Also, since I bought Wheat Belly and got re-inspired to follow this type of eating (It works wonders for me too), I made a lasagna with eggplant “noodles”. I just put my eggplant through the mandolin slicer longways and baked it in the oven first with olive oil and sea salt. Then I just layered it with cheese, crushed tomatoes, and sauteed onions and mushrooms. YUM!! Even the kids loved it!
    Thanks for a wonderful book Dr. Davis. I am reminded of what I need to do to get back to my former healthy self!

    • Hi, Joanna–

      Yes, a great device.

      This approach turns the clock back. The comments that going wheat-free restores energy, health, and weight to what you had 20 years ago are growing rapidly.

  9. Jenny

    Hi Dr. Davis,
    I just read your book “Wheat Belly”. Thank you so much for writing this. I feel very addicted to food and I know my trigger foods are sugar and processed junk. I always feel hungry shortly after and I often find myself going to the grocery store to get something even though I don’t even know what. I know this is addictive behavior. I am very over-weight and before I had my child, I didn’t realize how bad it was because I jogged. I was jogging 6 miles almost every day, yet, I still needed to lose weight!

    Reading about wheat and it’s impact on the body and its addictive properties really, really surprised me. I am scared for my health. I am 37 and have not gone to the doctor or gynocologist because I am afraid what they are going to say. I am scared. I don’t work – even though I know it would be good to get out of the house – because I am afraid I look so bad. I sometimes wish I was dead. I would NEVER act on this because I could not do that to my daughter. People don’t realize how desperate and depressed I am. I am from the mid-west (went to UW-Madison) but live on the coast now. I basically hide out here because I don’t want to face my family and have them see how obese I’ve gotten. I feel trapped. I know I have good things to offer and I am proud of certain things about myself, however, I am riddled with such insecurity because of what I look like. I am disgusted I got into this mess and feel very, very ashamed. I feel unworthy in many situations because I am heavy and feel I understand if people are disgusted.

    I get confused as well what to eat at this point. There is so much out there on what you are supposed to do. About three years ago I lost 80 pounds by counting calories and jogging. It came off very fast actually. But then suddenly one day I stopped. I was tired of running EVERY day and now I was back up to 6 miles again. I get great enjoyment from eating. It’s the truth. I enjoy watching Food Network and eating junk. It’s pathetic, I know! I get obssessed with a certain food and will go out of my way to buy it – always involves sugar or some kind of bread/pasta.

    This is too long, I know. But I am scared to try this and have it be unrealistic long-term and then I gain all the wieght back. I am scared for my health – very scared. My life has been stagnant the last 3 – 5 years and I feel I have no life. I am scared on what to do.

    Thank you for your time

    • HI, Jenny–

      Although sugar desire may be a factor, it’s starts with the addiction-generating properties of the gliadin protein of wheat.

      You should find this effortless. No wheat, no gluten-free, eat real food like vegetables, healthy oils, poultry, fish, meats, cheese, raw nuts, avocados etc. Eat all you want.

      There is no need to push yourself into extremes of new exercise, just get some physical activity like dance class, yoga DVDs, stationary bike while blasting your rock music.

      Our weight loss record is 140 pounds in one year. I’ll bet you can do just as well.

    • Jenni

      Boy its like I wrote this I have so many of the same issues with myself and food (sugar/pasta)
      went to doctor today and found out I gained 31lbs since last years visit! Told her I was reading wheat beely and tring to not eat gluten (been 7 days)she gave me a 1500 cal aday flyer and the first thing for breakfast was 2 peices of wheat toast,…. ok so she didnt listen to me at all I guess,….lol
      Im so happy to have found that artical in a womans magazine and the library had it and then found this site! to meet so many people going thru the same thing is co comforting!
      I hope things look up for you Jenny!

  10. Jenny

    Thank you Dr. Davis,

    I devoted today to organizing and planning the meals and shopping. I appreciate your flaxseed wraps and your other recipes. At this point, I KNOW I am addicted to something. I have thought this since high school, but excessive exercise and youth kept it at bay. It wasn’t until after my child was born and I stopped jogging that it escalated into the mess it is today – even though I was gradually packing on the pounds in my twenties.

    Anyways, I am desperate not to feel exhausted all the time and at the mercy of food. I don’t have digestive problems etc, so wondered if giving up wheat is the answer for me. But, stopping the addictive over-eating and lethargy and headaches and feeling ‘hung-over’ in the morning, I will try it.

    I plan to not tell my extended family what I am doing at this point because I can’t even tell you the reactions they will say. Both my parents are addicted to carbs and their lives rule around it. They are supportive of losing weight, but I think are almost threatened to not have someone there to partake of the junk like they do. They would definitely think it was way too extreme. My mother-in-law from Wisconsin (who is a food addict as well) would never let it go and just make me feel dumb. So for now, if anyone notices, I will simply say I just feel better not eating a lot of wheat and bread (even though I am omitting it completely). It sounds a lot less extreme and I won’t have to deal with their judging. It is amazing how much emotion and drama what one eats can cause!

    Thank you for your time and best wishes. (If I do end up feeling great and lose weight long-term – I will let you know.)

    • Jenni

      WOW Dito! I told a few at a birthday party, crackers, dips salsa with chips birthday, and of corse sis in law and mom in law noticed i wasnt partaking and asked what was up and I told them and I get the eye rolls and you should try this its whole wheat crackers,…then questions about rice bread,… Like im an expert,…. that was only day 3 days in and i still had the will power to JUST SAY NO!!!!! I lost alot of weight (134lbs) counting calories and exercising 2 hrs a day,…. but stop exercising and then eating the same like i still was and the lbs come flying back!
      Family make it so hard at times!

  11. janet

    Dr. Davis,

    My husband, daughter and myself have been in the wheat belly diet for 2 weeks. My husband has lost 5# and my daughter gained 1# and I lost 3#. This is very slow weight loss compared to what others are saying. When on the South Beach diet 2 years ago i lost 9# in the first 2 weeks, so this is quite frustrating. Our belly measurements are not changing either. We are following the diet closely. My daughter suffers from depression and has recently started taking zyprexa and celexa which puts weight on you, and i am taking prempro for hot flashes. My daughter is extremely frustrated. We are going to stay on it for another 2 weeks and see what happens. Is there an average weight loss? Did some of your patients take longer to lose? Most of the posts talk about quick loss in the very early stages for the plan.

    Thanks, Janet

  12. Liz

    Just wanted to encourage readers to try the “pizza” recipe in the book. So delicious and filling. I added minced garlic to the “crust”. YUM!

  13. Ellie

    I’ve been grain free for nearly a month now and really haven’t found it too hard to adjust; although breakfast is a bit of a challenge; salads are not my idea of a breakfast food!! I’m 73, a few pounds overweight, lost 6 pounds, could lose another 5, and go to the gym 3 times a week. I am diabetic according to my doctor as my glucose does not totally come down in 2 hours although I have kept it in the prediabetic stage for several years through diet and exercise. I’ve brought my cholesterol down to high normal since being grain free but he says because I’m diabetic I need to bring my LDL down lower than normal. The glucose numbers haven’t come down completely after 2 hours. He’s agreed to give me another 3 months to bring my numbers down and then we’ll repeat the blood work. I’m looking ahead to Christmas and wonder if there is a recipe for a good Christmas cake or Christmas pudding that I can take to our family get together. I’d also like to do a vegetable dish that doesn’t get overdone if dinner isn’t served exactly on time. Any suggestions.

    • Hi, Ellie–

      What required several decades to create may require a few months to undo. So patience can pay.

      I will indeed be releasing recipes here useful for the holidays: Wheat-free, sugar-free or with extremely limited sugar exposure, low-carb, and otherwise healthy. Have you wonderful and filling holiday dinner and feel fine, don’t gain weight.

  14. MAureen Pearce

    The withdrawal symptoms from wheat were incredible. I had a day of extreme achiness, dysphoria, crabbiness and all round fogginess. However, it only lasted one day and the next I felt lighter and much clearer. I have not lost weight but my belly measurement has gone down already after only 4 days. I don’t have the cravings or the grazing at night like I did. Feel very encouraged to continue this new lifestyle. Thank you Dr. Davis

    • You know, Maureen, the wheat withdrawal phenomenon all by itself is really a fascinating thing. I know it’s hard to appreciate while you’re deep in its midst, but it is truly a fascinating thing that a food can generate addiction; removal can generate withdrawal.

      Just this observation alone, I think, is deeply revealing.

  15. Jenny

    I’m so glad I discovered your book, Dr. Davis! I was very ill, overweight, nauseous, tired, suffering from nearly constant diarrhea and vomiting up whole meals occasionally. I kept thinking I must have some sort of stomach bug or virus that I just couldn’t shake.

    Now, on a wheat free diet, I’ve lost weight, I have no more diarrhea, no more vomiting, and I can sleep peacefully.

    I put my husband on the diet and he noted that he used to be hungry every two hours before he went wheat free and now he can skip whole meals and not even notice (his weight and blood pressure are down too).

    Thank you!!!

  16. Robin

    I have an idea for the mom of the 12 year old who will only eat a sandwich for lunch:
    If you make the wrap recipe in a square microwave safe dish, you can actually cut it in half and use it as sandwich bread with any filling she’ll eat & she can say it’s whole wheat bread without crust. I made a sandwich this way for my husband who is a very traditional eater and he just thought it was a thin specialty bread and thought it was very good.

    For myself, I’m not overweight and eat very little junk food with only rare cravings, but have studiously had whole wheat cereal mixed with wheat & oat bran for breakfast every day thinking I was eating healthfully, except my stomach made loud exclamations afterward with lots of uncomfortable gurgling and rumbling! I’ve also often felt bloated and gassy after eating so am going to try to eat wheat free for a month to see if that helps. I’m now on day three (probably should have waited til AFTER the holidays to start, though!) and though I don’t feel like I’m experiencing withdrawal exactly, I have experienced heartburn and other relatively minor digestive differences, which I assume will subside in a few days.

    My biggest concern is eating wheat free when traveling. I have a few conferences coming up and I’ve always been unhappy with the vast quantities of sticky buns, pasta and doughy sandwiches on offer for meals. Since I’m traveling from Canada, I can’t bring food across the border. So how does one deal with this?

    Thanks for a very interesting book!

    • Hi, Robin–

      Several modest efforts can keep you safely wheat-free: Choose restaurants wisely, avoid fast food and ones catering to kids and standard American tastes (hamburgers, etc.). You might have to pack a baggie of raw nuts and seeds to tide you over, in case you are someplace, such as a conference, where there are no healthy choices.

      Also, recall that going wheat-free is accompanied by a marked downturn in appetite for most people. You can therefore tolerate periods of not eating much more easily.

  17. Joseph

    Dr. Davis,

    I was way over weight ~260 lbs used to be an athlete and didn’t know what was wrong with me. I was getting heart palpitations. I got checked out, doctor said to lose weight, except I didn’t know what to do. My health was declining.

    I bought your book and it has helped me tremendously, I recommend it to everyone especially my mother (she is overweight), but I don’t know if she is able to give up bread/pasta/wheat, its a shame, I know she is addicted and believes all the hype about whole wheat etc.

    I feel better, I’ve lost weight, no more heart palpitations… I feel like my body is getting the nutrition is was looking for. After reading your book, I learned about the Paleo diet recipies. I like it too, but I don’t think I need to cut out dairy or oatmeal. Other than that I cut out all grains, beans and high glycemic foods like russet potatoes.

    Your book has truly changed me.

    Thank you.

  18. L J

    hello new to wheat belly . yes i read your book (big accomplishment for me ) don”t like to read. been on wheat free for 2 weeks now the first week i lost 3 pounds in 4 days. I found recipes for gluten free bread, pancakes, pizza ect… big mistake… felt awful the last 2 days . put weight back on and ooh stomach ache this morning. i guess no more of the gluten free brown rice flour etc… definetly going on no carbs as well. thanks for you book allready have 2 friends reading it as well.

  19. Jennifer

    What can I substitute for all the starchs found in GF recipes? Thank you for your time.

  20. Leah Jones

    Dear Dr Davis,
    After a trip to ER for faux heart attack symptoms, prognosis from cardiologist was GERD. My Dr talked to me about diet for at least a half our, and told me to read this book, saying “you don’t need a prescription, read this book” ow a month later, and testing for PH, I am now out of acidosis range PH at 6.0 and no more panic hungry, no more stomach issues and no need for antacids. I feel 1000% better! I have energy, I eat when I want, not because I have to every 2 hours as in the past. I sleep better. My normal body temperature is comfortable/ warm, I always had a tendency to feel cold. Kicking coffee was tough, but after that, the whole change made perfect sense. I thought I understood good nutrition as I have always taken an interest in it. I “get” it. I even feel calmer overall, as in a light runners high. I am forever changed, thank you for your science, your work and your humor. Great timing for me.
    sincerely
    Leah Jones

    • Dr. Davis

      Wow, Leah! And advice from an ER, no less!

      It’s great to know that this message is being heard in mainstream healthcare. Because that’s where it could have the greatest and most immediate impact.

  21. Wendy Portman

    Dear Dr. Davis,
    I am a 52 year old woman who has studied nutrition and healthy eating for many years now. I always try to eat plenty of vegetables, fresh fruit, lean protiens and whole grains….thats what we are told, right? Diabetes is prevalent in my family, my parents both had the disease and my Mother had every compication of it….Retinal bleeding, heart disease, circulatory problems….then kidney failure, stroke and amputation of her right leg, just below the knee, causing her to slowly die 4 days later from heart failure. Not many people see just how terrible this disease is or how many serious medical problems arrise due to diabetes. Belive me, it is a lot more than just high bood sugar, treated by a smple pill or insulin injections. It is a disease growing in huge proportion and I am sure everyone knows someone affected by it but has NO IDEA just how terrible it really is.
    I had reduced the gluten in my diet several years ago and I also knew about Celiacs disease. I know as I work in the health food section of a grocery store and meet many, many NEW sufferers. I did not however realize that I was one of them! I also am an avid gardener and understand genetic modification of plants. A Canadian scientist, David Susuki, has protested genetic modification for many years. I remember when GMO began to help feed the world by producing Hardy plants to grow under many conditions, thus producing more food to feed all. Dr. Susuki did indeed disagree, especially as there was little to no knowledge as to the results of messing with nature. I remember thinking that he was right, then time passed and GMO fell to the wayside.
    I read your book and all these things came flooding back.
    I have often had indigestion, bouts of diareah, gas, bloating and an expanding waistline….despite my knowledge of healthy eating and nutrition. I decided to follow the suggestion to eliminate WHEAT and see how I would feel. As I said, I eat very healthy, so the only real change I made was to cut ALL wheat and wheat containing products from my diet. Two days in and I felt less bloated, calm, and clear headed. After one week, I began to drop weight, YES, from my mid-section! I was so happy, and astounded by how much better I felt. I continued the diet and am now 20 lbs. lighter, DO NOT have a muffin top any longer and feel calm and do not crave food and sugar any longer. I began the dietary change in mid-January. I had no idea that I had such issues with wheat and grains but now that I do, I don’t miss them at all.
    I also suffered from arthritis, so I thought. It was getting worse every year, no matter what I tried changing. I am very pleased to report that I am almost always pain free these day, with the exception of very rainy days but even those are greatly improved. I cannot believe it, I’m thrilled.
    Thank you Dr. Davis….your book has greatly improved my life! I tell everyone and hope that your book will help them too. I also must tell you that the recipes are great and I hope to see more. Good health is the most precious thing we can attain, it makes life wonderful.

    Thanks again,
    Wendy

    • Dr. Davis

      Thank you, Wendy!

      Yes: This issue has been hinted at, suspected, talked about in one form or another for a number of years. Only recently have we gathered sufficient data to truly understand what these people have been doing and the astounding implications for health in the broad population.

      This will be debated for the next 20-30 years. Let them debate. In the meantime, you and I who embrace these ideas will enjoy remarkable turnarounds in health and relief from our “muffin tops”!

  22. Diane

    Dear Dr. Davis,

    About 5 months ago I was diagnosed by a blood test with celiac disease after an earlier blood test indicated B12 deficiency and iron deficiency. At first, I was dismayed at the thought that I’d never be able to eat at a restaurant. The internet and a dietitian set me straight on that score.

    I just got your book after finding it online as a recommendation for me. I haven’t read that much but have already sent the information to a friend who told me she is having liver problems, is diabetic and overweight. Today, she called and said, “That’s it we are taking wheat out of the diet.”

    In my case, after 5 months of following the diet carefully, I have lost over 16 lbs. and feel better than I have in years. I have COPD and bronchietisis and have had respiratory problems since early childhood. In the past two years, I have become a frequent flier at the local hospital. Usually, I am there every 6-8 weeks. It is April and my last hospital stay was in January. The phlegm is now clear and although my breathing isn’t great, it is much better. I actually can sing now in church sometimes. The things I am reading in your book parallel my experience. I had just told my doctor that I really often could not eat lunch and if I did I really wasn’t interested in dinner. I gave the book title to the doctor’s wife. We shall see…

    Thanks for being another touchstone on the way to better health.
    Diane

    • Dr. Davis

      That’s great, Diane!

      Now, make your health the best it’s ever been, now that you are no longer consuming what amounts to a poison for your body.

  23. Kara

    Hi Dr. Davis,

    I just finished your book today. Fortunately I’ve been gluten free (Dx: Celiacs disease) for about a year. However, I have noticed a few of the symptoms remain so I’m going to give your “wheat belly” diet a try! I’ve still been eating a lot of starchy foods and your book made a lot of sense.

    Previous symptoms were unexplained rashes, acne, “wheat belly” (even at a normal or underweight weight), kidney issues (gross idiopathic hematuria & proteinuria), fatigue, brain fog (“ADHD”- official dx), inability to sweat (& other “gland” problems), dry skin, fatty stools, and respiratory issues. They’ve all since cleared up with the gluten free diet.

    I was also on Adderall for ADHD- Inattentive. That, however, has all cleared up and I am no longer taking a stimulant medication. I feel SO much better! No more “brain fog”.

    I’m so happy to figure this out at only 20 years old, and to be able to take my life back!

    I’m a veterinary student, and I hope to incorporate this information into animal’s lives as well!

    Thank you,
    Kara

    • Dr. Davis

      Excellent, Kara!

      I suspect animals are as susceptible to these effects as us primates. Is it any wonder that an epidemic of obese pets is following closely on the heels of the human obesity epidemic? No coincidence!

  24. susan ban

    I have skimmed through Dr. Esselstyn (sp?)’s book and am looking through Dr Davis book now.
    I am confused as to what is the right thing?
    My husband and I want to lose weight, lose the inflammation, control cholesterol and pre-diabetic scare.
    Dr. E’s book recommends beans, whole wheat, vegetables and hardly any oil or nuts.
    Dr D’s book adds cheese, meat, oil—–no beans either? I love beans and tofu….

  25. Claudia

    This is a recipe I adapted from the Robin Hood Home Baking cookbook – I substituted the flour with almond meal and the wheat germ with flax meal, and made a few other changes and think I have finally tweaked it to a pretty yummy cookie, which I now eat for breakfast on occassion.
    OATS ‘N’ SEEDS COOKIES
    1 c butter
    3/4 c splenda
    1/2 c coconut milk beverage (drinking milk, not from a can)
    2 eggs
    1 1/2 tsp vanilla
    1 1/2 c almond meal/flour
    1/2 flax meal
    1 1/2 baking soda
    3/4 t salt
    1 tsp xantham (or guar) gum (optional)
    1/2 c large flake oats
    1/2 c quinoa flakes
    1/3 c raisins
    1 c chopped walnuts
    3/4 c sunflower seeds
    1/4 c flaxseeds
    1/4 sesame seeds
    Cream butter with splenda until fluffy, add one egg at a time, beating after each addition, add vanilla and beat.
    Combine almond meal, flax meal, baking soda, salt and xantham gun – mix well with wisk. Add to butter mixture, beating until blended.
    Combine oats, quinoa, walnuts, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, sesame seeds and raisins – mix well with wisk. Add to butter/almond mixture, beating on low speed until blended.
    Drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Do not worry about spacing far apart as cookies will not spread like regular cookies do. Press down with back of fork to flatten.
    Bake for 17 min in a 375 degree oven in the middle rack. Leave to cool on cookie sheet for 5 min – move to cooling rack.
    Enjoy!
    I’m not sure if this recipe will be Dr. Davis approved – I assume he won’t like the xantham gum, and may wish to reduce the oats/quinoa flakes a bit further than I have already, but I really enjoy the taste/texture of these cookied as they are.
    Dr. D, let me know what you think.

  26. James Grant

    I’ve not taken wheat for some months. I have become quite constipated, I believe as a result. Can you comment helpfully, please.

    • Dr. Davis

      Probably a failure to 1) hydrate, or 2) obtain sufficient veggies, nuts, and seeds, or 3) failure of your bowel flora to convert to a healthier profile.

      Number 3 can be remedied by taking a high-potency probiotic, e.g, 50 billion CFUs per day, for several weeks to repopulate your intestinal tract with healthy bacteria.

  27. James Grant

    As I said I have been wheat-free for a while, but only bought the book recently. i am very interested in the recipes in the back. problem is I have a household member who is badly affected by dairy (and you use a lot of cheese) and by tomatoes. this reduces considerably the recipes i can use. do you, I wonder, do recipes for specialised diets?
    Finally, Amazon in the UK seem to have run out of your recipes book. Do you know this?

    • Dr. Davis

      Hi, James–

      Eliminating dairy is tough. I know because my wife is incredibly dairy intolerant. Thankfully, coconut is a great substitute for dairy products in most recipes, e.g., the thick variety of coconut milk in place of sour cream, thinner coconut milks for drinking or thinning foods, coconut cream for ice creams and other situations where substantial thickness is desired.

      My Wheat Belly Cookbook is scheduled for release Dec 24th, 2012, as we have just about completed all edits. So I’m not sure what the Amazon UK thing is about.

  28. Helen

    I love this diet, I am down 15 lbs in a little over 3 weeks and I have an appointment with my Dr on Monday because my High Blood Pressure medication is now too strong for me!! My only concern is that I seem to have real problems with flax and ground almonds. Even cooked in muffins, which I love, I get a really crampy stomach and feel quite sick. Anyone else experienced this? I can’t eat peanuts either and I am wondering, whats the connection? Is there anything else I can use when I bake?

    • Tanya

      My first thought was that perhaps the flax wasn’t fresh? Eating rancid nuts would make you feel ill for sure! Buy your nuts from a place with a high turnover of products, I get my flaxmeal from Bulk Barn, I love that place!

      Let us know if you figured out the reason!

  29. Neicee

    Don’t know where else to post this but….what is your thinking on smoking meat would be? But, since trying to cut down on the time of high temp cooking, I took a small pork sirloin roast last night and brined with apple cider vinegar, salt, and 1/2 tsp. of stevia for a couple of hours. Then, placed it in my electric smoker for about 8 min. on each side. Removed it and placed in my kitchen oven, covered, for another 2 hrs. on 275 degrees. Oh, my goodness, tasted just like I’d smoked it over woods for 8-10 hours. Juicy, wonderful flavor, yet not dry. Only used the juices to pour over the meat when serving. I’ve done the same to chickens and other type ribs in the past. But, needed your thoughts on it?

  30. Robin

    I want to try this Wheat Belly diet, however I cook for two. The other person has not a drop of fat in his body, I mean he is one of those people that you can see his bones! He worries greatly about dropping anymore weight. He has been this way all his life just cant put any weight on. Would this be harmful to him?

    • Dr. Davis

      Harmful, no.

      But there are no calorie restrictions here, Robin: Eat more fat, eat more protein.

        • James

          Hi Robin,

          He refers to good fats (oils such as olive, avocado, walnut, flaxseed, coconut, etc). Fat in healthy organic grass-fed meat is also good.

  31. Dawn

    I am very grateful for this book! I recently went “gluten free” to reverse health problems (high bp, blood sugar, low thyroid) and to lose about 70 pounds of excess weight, all in my upper body and of the visceral variety. I feel better but still have issues with my bs, si reading that cornmeal and cornstarch should be eliminated, as well as limiting grains in general, was a real eye-opener. I am convinced that ditching wheat is the right thing.

    I do have a question that has bugged me while reading your book (and other sources regarding wheat allergy/gluten sensitivity): why do some people seem to be able to eat the prescribed (by the USDA, etc.) “healthy” diet full of wheat, or, even eat a diet full of processed junk foods, and never get fat or develop health problems? I have 3 stepsons, two are thin and by all conventional standards, healthy (one is a US Marine and very fit), and thier oldest brother could be the Wheat Belly poster child…fat, ADHD, psoriasis, only 22 but complains he feels like an old man all the time. Granted, he lives on boxed mac n cheese, ramen noodles, soda and fast food in enormous quantities, but his younger brothers eat the same kinds of foods. They all have the same mother and father…what makes the oldest one so different? The younger two (20, 18 yrs) do eat more protein and a negligible amount of veggies (compared to the oldest rarely, if ever eating a fresh or even canned vegetable). What gives??

    • Dr. Davis

      The same reasons, Dawn, that somebody can smoke cigarettes and die of old age at 90 years old, and somebody else who smokes develops lung cancer, an abdominal aortic aneurysm, or heart attack at age 43–genetic predispositions. Even two siblings are genetically unique from each other.

      And, by the way, NOBODY fully escapes the adverse health effects of wheat. Many effects occur beneath the surface and lead to, say, rheumatoid arthritis at age 60, or pancreatic cancer at age 51, or cataracts at age 48–yet NEVER generate any perceived effects leading up to the conditions.

  32. irene

    I started this wheatbelly way of life about 2 weeks ago. i have had a severe headache everyday since. is this normal? what can i do about it if anything?also is arrow root guten free and wheat free? and can we use yeast ?

    irene

  33. Kelly

    Have been gluten-free for awhile but buy into trying to eliminate/lower carbs from rice etc. Question – I made the Wheat Belly Tortillas from my new cookbook and they were ummmm, terrible. Tasted lke cardboard….wondered if anyone has a suggestion on this one for how to make them better? I did however make the Better Than Mashed Potatoes recipe and it was delicous – they were better than mashed potatoes and my family agreed too!

  34. Joan Rene

    Dr. Davis,
    I was in line behind 28 people at the library to borrow “Wheat Belly”. Finally, I was able to pick it up this week. Tonight I made your “No Worries Ranch Dressing”. It was fabulous. In fact, it was so good that my husband who likes thousand island dressing (for the sugar, I assume) said my salad dressing was way better and he was eating the Ranch from now on. Thanks for a great recipe. I look forward to getting your cookbook. I have lost 3lbs. this week and I feel great! Yippee!

    • Dr. Davis

      Yippee, indeed, Joan!

      Yes, the wheat-free life can be every bit as delicious–even more so–than the grain-based life. And you get to enjoy it in far greater health!

  35. Anne

    I made the basic bread from your cookbook and found the taste to be quite heavy from the flaxseed. Do you have any comments about this?

  36. Hi Dr Davis,
    I tried your chicken nuggets from your cookbook and loved it. Do you have a recipe for home made pasta? I found several recipes but they all have ingredients that you do not recommend.
    Thank you.

    • Dr. Davis

      Great, Lorraine!

      No, sorry: no real recipes for pasta, the one thing we have not been able to recreate.

      The closest we come are shirataki noodles made from the konjac root and spaghetti squash for spaghetti. Also, if you get yourself a Spiralizer or Spirelli device, you can turn zucchini into a pretty good replacement.

  37. Paula Saul

    I recently purchased the Wheat Belly book and the cookbook. We made the focaccia bread this evening with high hopes and I’m sorry but it sucked…. Dry, crumbly and not really any flavor. Cannot recommend it at all. We did make it as written.

    • Paula Saul

      Additionally ~ I have followed the diet religiously for 2 weeks now and have only lost 2-1/2 pounds. I truly hope this starts to work soon. No wheat or potatoes. No snacks, just 3 meals a day and light ones at that. Just a little disappointed at this point, but I will keep trying for a while longer.