Can you say “gliadin”? Megan’s story

Here’s what Megan posted in the comments of the Wheat Belly Blog post, Quick and Dirty, a tale of being released from the appetite bonds of wheat:

Two weeks ago, I started eliminating wheat and ordered the book. If I had read this list that day, I would have been defeated before I started. I would have thought Wheat Belly as nearly impossible … too dramatic a change for someone like me, 150 pounds overweight, very picky eater since birth (don’t like nuts, don’t like many vegetables), little hope of ever changing my eating habits. Luckily, I didn’t see this list [the Quick and Dirty list] at the time. I focused on giving up the major foods with a lot of wheat — bread, pasta, desserts, pizza, fried foods, soups and other foods that obviously have wheat as a thickener. I didn’t worry TOO much about foods with trace amounts of wheat, because I’m not allergic (meaning I don’t fret if I can’t recall every code word for wheat when I’m at the store, or if a restaurant doesn’t know if their vinaigrette has wheat or not).

I’m not even close to being a success story, but I have reaped some fast, dramatic results just from taking that first step. And I want other people like me to understand that the first step doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Think of it as the first rung on a ladder. The top of the ladder may seem far away right now, but you have all those rungs to help you get there. The effort it takes to go from rung to rung isn’t very hard. It’s very doable.

The biggest surprise has been the decreased appetite and the change in what I want to eat. Two weeks ago, I would never have believed that I wouldn’t crave cookies and pasta and pizza, or that I could EVER resist those cravings. Now, after such a little amount of time, I can walk past a tray of bagels or cupcakes at work and sincerely not want them very much. It’s much easier to resist after just a week or two. It’s amazing how much my mindset and my appetite have changed in just two weeks, after 20 years of having the worst diet you can imagine. I like almonds now. I don’t love them, but I can eat them, and I snack on them every day. That alone gives me a jolt of motivation to see what else I might like now. It makes me open – even excited – to trying other things.

The other changes that have kept me motivated include some weight loss (starting to see a waist, after just two weeks), much more energy and no major energy dips throughout the day, better mood and concentration at work (getting a lot more done), much smaller appetite, better sleep, less joint pain when I wake up (lately, my hands have been so sore in the morning, like I had clenched them all night), ability to exercise (which only adds to my momentum). I’m sharper and more energetic, and I’ve just made the most minimal Wheat Belly change.

I couldn’t have done it without this blog. It has helped keep me focused during the workday. The first few days, when I really wanted to cheat, I came here, read the comments, etc., and it kept me intrigued enough to stick with it. At first, it wasn’t just a day-by-day struggle. It was a meal-by-meal struggle, and this blog helped me get through it. So thank you, Dr. Davis, and everyone else who comments here every day. The robust, engaged conversation is extremely helpful.

I have a long way to go, but at least I have hope and motivation now. I wouldn’t have believed that to be possible two weeks ago. If you’re like me, then please give yourself a chance to some short-term results. Don’t be scared by this list. Take it meal by meal, make whatever changes you can, and see how you feel in a week or so. I think you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can become a different person.

Isn’t that wonderful? Many people like Megan experience something that can only be described as a life transformation. A future in which she did not come to this realization would have been filled with progressive weight gain, continuing struggles with appetite impulses and self-blame, arthritis, diabetes, etc.

Instead, I see a future of achieving ideal weight, no joint pains, freedom from impulsive eating and indulgence, and great overall health.

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  1. Debbie

    Thanks to Megan for posting about her beginning changes. I too have been amazed at the difference in life by avoiding wheat and other flours/grains. I had not noticed much of a difference in the scale but I have noticed that my clothes have been fitting better. I measured my waist when I first began eliminating wheat and remeasured today (two weeks later) I have lost 1 1/2 inches of bloat. Another thing I have noticed is that I don’t have as much sinus congestion. Still waiting for the joint pain and headaches to leave but with the two mentioned changes I just identified I am believing the rest is coming. I also have been reposting on facebook women of the Wheat Belly postings and so far two of my fb friends have bouight the book and are noticing changes too.
    Thank you Dr. Davis, I never would have though wheat to be the culprit to so many ailments with out your book and blog, I had my blood tested in the past for celiac and it was negative. Thanks for the info and recipes the guidance is priceless.

    • That’s great, Debbie!

      Your experience reflects precisely what I see: The majority of people obtain substantial benefit, yet have negative blood markers for celiac. This is why I say wheat elimination is not for just the gluten-sensitive; it’s for EVERYONE.

  2. Mary Smith

    I totally agree! After reading Wheat Belly, I too, gave up gluten – the change in how I feel is remarkable!! I don’t desire wheat or have crazy “hunger pains”. I have followed weight watchers for the past few years but sort of leveled off at a weight I wasn’t happy with. I have lost 11 pounds in the past 5 weeks and do not feel like I am dieting at all. I am avoiding the “gluten free” products because in general they are not very weight watcher friendly. I don’t feel deprived, my skin has never looked better and I feel GREAT!!!!
    As a nurse I take care of many patients in the hospital who would feel much better if they got rid of wheat…..I am passing on my knowledge!

    • Stephanie

      It’s funny that you say your skin looks great, because mine did something really weird when I cut out wheat!!
      I have been wheat free for about a week. What made me decide to leave wheat, except for the overall health benefits and better energy levels, was mostly to try and clear up the very mild acne I have had forever. Two or three days after going sans wheat, my skin just went crazy and I was getting massive and painful breakouts all over my face. This was happening extremely fast, as in I could feel new pimples appearing by the hour. I didn’t understand because I was expecting my skin to get better, instead my skin hadn’t been that bad in years!
      Anyway I thought that maybe it was a lack of minerals or something, seeing that before I was eating “heart-healthy whole grains’ that are usually loaded with additional vitamins. I started taking 200 U.I. of vitamin E, 50 mg of zinc, 1000 U.I. of vitamin D and a B complex veg cap at night before going to bed. My skin started healing instantly and I haven’t had a new breakout since. My skin is still healing (all of this has happened it the past week) but I can already tell that my skin is generally clearer than when I was eating wheat, although it could just be the added pills and not actually going wheatless.
      Is it possible, Dr. Davis, that we’re not getting getting enough minerals/vitamins from our new diet? Although I would say before this happened to me that it wasn’t really possible (unless you purposely only always ate the same foods), my experience this past week has shown me that that might not be the case.

      • Hi, Stephanie–

        Very curious.

        No, I don’t think it’s like that a deficiency is to blame. One: too fast. Two: Provided you are eating real, whole foods, there is truly no deficiency that should develop.

        Could the removal of wheat triggered a shift in intestinal bacteria that somehow triggered this effect? It is my suspicion that many of the phenomena that develop after wheat removal are due to a transformation in the quantity and type of bowel bacteria. Could this somehow resulted in a transient worsening of acne?

        Don’t know, but it raises some interesting questions.

        • Sally

          I am no expert, but can’t your skin purge outside what has gone on inside? I had a few breakouts shortly after wheat elimination, but they cleared up in a week or so. I just figured it was purging the yuck from inside?

          • Debbie

            I had breakouts too! I thought it to be a detox thing. I kind of went the cold turkey off wheat and maybe I would have been better off going slow?? I actually have been feeling a “moving around pain” throughout my belly area too since being wheat free. I am also noticing that if I unknowingly eat anything that has wheat in it, I almost instantly get sinus congestion, this makes me crazy because I have been seeing docs and going on antibiotics for years due to chronic sinus congestion!!! I even had surgery on my nose to fix the septum, not a fun surgery!!! Wheat free cleared the congestion fast. One thing I notice is that when I talk of going wheat free with friends they become “sad looking” at the thought of giving up bread and cereal, I felt that way too but now it just feels like these foods just don’t matter any more! Wheat must have been doing crazy things to my brain. I am grateful for this learning journey… and now am on to better health days. Thanks again Dr. Davis :)

          • It truly is the craziest thing when you talk about eliminating wheat with people, as you’ve observed, Debbie. It’s like condemning a long and dear friend as a pervert. It’s unnerving, disorienting, upsetting. But, just as you don’t want your children exposed to a child-molesting member of the church, so you and I don’t want to expose ourselves to this fraud of the grain world, molesting our bodies and generating all manner of undesirable effects.

          • While I’ve not seen this myself, the larger experience that is emerging from the book and online experience seems to be yielding some similar observations.

            But I am unsure why this happens. It has been frequent enough to suggest an association.

      • Henk Poley

        1000 IU D3 does nothing, unless weigh 13 kg. Mammals need about 75 IU D3 per kg weight. Either from the sun, or from food/supplementation. There was even this study where they have pregnant women 2000, 4000 or 8000 IU. And the 2000 IU group had trouble staying on the program (taking the pill daily), because it really didn’t do much for them.

  3. AllisonK

    One interesting thing I found is how absolutely delicious other food tastes now. Things like apples which always used to flavorless wet wood to me are now extremely tasty. Vegetables like cooked carrots, sweet potatoes, squash used to be disgusting and needed piles of sugar on top to taste ok, now they are super sweet and delicious on their own (even better with butter though). I even found myself trying the green beans at a family dinner a few weeks ago and didn’t gag on them and actually ate the entire small serving that I took! That’s an amazing accomplishment for me. These items are just a few of the noticeable ones, the list is HUGE!
    When your tastebuds are always bombarded with breads and sugars they make everything else pale in comparison. Kind of like eating a candy first and then trying the lemonade. You can’t taste the sugar in it.
    To anybody, I suggest trying all those things you didn’t really like before and you’ll be surprised.

    • Linda Jones

      I agree!! If you’d told me this I would have been skeptical. But now food really does taste and I am much more particular about what I want to eat. Before I just shoveled it in – the more the better. And then was already thinking about what can I eat next?? :(

      I’ve always liked vegetables but was shocked at how sweet a raw carrot tastes. I don’t remember carrots ever tasting like anything, just something to carry the ranch dressing to my mouth. ;)

      All of this is amazing. I applaud Megan and agree so much with what she said. Megan, great job – keep going! I’ve been such a hard core carb junkie too, and nobody in the world would have been able to convince me that I could NOT want a cupcake but incredibly, so much has changed. It doesn’t pull on me, draw on me, stay on my mind, speak to me like it used to if I see things like that.

      This experience has been quite amazing!

  4. Cindi

    Megan’s story is wonderful and inspiring! All of the information and comments shared on this blog are such an encouragement! Even though I have been a lowcarber for over a year and have definitely seen the positive benefits of not eating certain things, I still have trouble staying away from certain junky foods. Since becoming acquainted with this book and blog, I feel like I’ve found yet another source of strength to help me get through those weak spots. Thanks, everyone!

  5. CindyH

    Congrats Megan!!
    In the past few years I have lost 70 pounds through changing to a healthier diet and adding exercise, but still struggled with night eating. In the last few weeks, I’ve cut out wheat products and I find that I have to remember to eat — and I don’t have any cravings — and best of all, no real interest in eating candy/breads/pizza. I’m really amazed by this! I keep telling all my friends and I don’t think they completely believe me. I’m hoping that this will help me break my plateau and finally lose the last 20 pounds.

    • Linda Jones

      Way to go, Cindy!! You’re inspiring.

      I’m right there with your friends, I honestly don’t think I would have believed my friend if she told me she had no cravings. I would have said “Oh you don’t know ME! That will never happen!” but even me, it has all changed.

      I like that the noise level in my head has dialed down to quiet. I often became aware of how MUCH and how OFTEN I was thinking about food – what else is in the kitchen – what can I eat – at the commercial I’m getting some ____ it just seemed like a constant dialogue in my brain and I knew that shouldn’t be there but didn’t know how to turn it off. Now it’s off. That alone is worth giving up this frankenwheat. Actual peace of mind!

  6. Russell

    Keep it up! your doing great! I have experienced similar results since I started eight days ago. Although, I get discouraged when I see my Wheat belly in the mirror and think, “this is going to take forever!”, i will press on. Also, i get tired of cooking, but, its not so bad. Im saving so much money not eating out, its worth it. God bless.

  7. PJ

    I like what Megan said:
    “Take it meal by meal, make whatever changes you can, and see how you feel in a week or so. I think you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can become a different person.”
    Meal by meal . . . perfect!
    She’s a role model for life changes.

  8. Pattye

    Congratulations Megan on this very important first step to a healthy life. Do not look at the end goal, only what you are doing everyday, and you are doing amazing things. We seriously have to consider this a life style change, not a “diet” and for that reason it truly does not matter one bit how long it takes to lose our weight, as the most important changes are occuring inside our our bodies, that or re-balancing so many minute metabolic processes back to their normal states.

    I get so much inspiration from this blog and the Wheat Belly Facebook page, and I appreciate everyone being so honest.

  9. Patty

    Allison K’s comment about how great her apples tasted just struck me. I just had the same experience this week. At first I thought it was just the apples. I bought some local bagged apples at Big Y. But maybe giving up wheat does have something to do with it! I am down another 1/2 pound this week without going on a diet! I haven’t lost a drastic amount of weight but have noticed less bloat and have also noticed that my jeans are less tight.

    • Great, Patty!

      Yes, there seems to be a reawakening of taste when going wheat-free. I have no idea why. But, as with all things wheat, if it was impairing taste, what the heck was it up to in your body?

  10. Carole

    I have been battling an ongoing weight gain ( 60 pound increase with no change in diet), intestinal problems, breathing problems which has been diagnosed as COPD), extreme fatigue, and mental fog for the past 18 months. I have had more tests, doctor’s visits, medications, etc than Carter has pills! Nothing has helped.

    About 2 weeks ago I started to realize that whenever I ate cereal or bread was when I felt the worst. I started doing some research on the web and started to cut out the cereal and bread. It was through my research that I found Dr. Davis’s book “Wheat Belly”. I went to the bookstore a few days ago and bought it and as I am reading it, it all makes so much sense to me.

    It has only been 12 days since I started cutting out the wheat, doing just as Megan has…getting rid of all the obvious ones first,. I like her analogy of “…the first rung on the ladder…”. In these 12 days I have lost 9 pounds, feel better than I have in years, took my dog for a 12 block walk without gasping for air, and today got into a pair of jeans I haven’t been able to wear for the past several months because of my rapidly increasing “wheat belly”. I am recovering most of the energy that seemed to be lost. All I can say is… Thank You, Dr. Davis!

    • Very nice, Carole!

      It’s stories like yours that make my day, the incredible turnarounds of health and weight that stumped my colleagues despite thousands of dollars of testing, failed treatments, even unnecessary procedures.

      Please update us on your progress!

      • Carole

        If you knew my whole story Dr. Davis you would understand why I find all this incredulous!

        I’m actually keeping a daily journal to record what works for me, what doesn’t, etc. I’m very excited by all this…today I have spent about 8 hours cleaning closets and although I was sweating like crazy, I was NOT out of breath even a little bit even though I haven’t used any of my three inhalers for 3 days now! I can’t remember the last time I had energy like this.

        Today I had breakfast and dinner, protein and vegies both meals, and have not experienced any hungar or cravings. I never really thought about food all day.

        I have almost finished the book…hilighting all they things that fit my profile. I plan to take it to my Doctor’s appoinment this week and show it to her. I might just write a book myself…or at least a magazine article. Thank you for writing yours!

  11. Joanne Davis

    Einkorn? Reading your experiment with Einkorn berries that you milled, baked and ate….would you say that doing the same would be an ok thing? A once in a while thing? Or ancient wheat is still wheat. Soaking up like a sponge all the info, reading obsessively, and still so many questions. I am 19 days wheat free, totally fine with it. Haven’t lost noticeable weight, but do somehow feel less bloated and a bit thinner…. No cravings, no crazy appetite.. which for me is in itself a miracle….I am not Celiac. DIdn’t think wheat sensitive (or maybe just didn’t know it). Read your book after hearing you on WOR radio and was instantly intrigued…very interested in wellness and health and avoidance of age related disease. So back to Einkorn flour? Yes or No?
    Thanks-Joanne Davis Fairfield, CT

    • As you can see, Joanne, my experience with einkorn is limited.

      Several things to know:

      1) The gluten sequences of einkorn are different from modern wheat, but there is plenty of overlap.
      2) Einkorn has gliadin, though a different gliadin that has not been studied much.
      3) Einkorn has lectins like wheat germ agglutinin that causes intestinal leak.
      4) Einkorn acts as a carbohydrate, though at least in my experience does not yield the same magnitude of blood glucose rise as modern wheat.

      Does this make einkorn benign? I think it is far more benign, but it might not be entirely benign, i.e., lacking in adverse effects.

      However, if I were forced to eat wheat, I would choose einkorn. I would sure like to see more observations made with this grain, however, before I jumped in and ate it with any regularity.

      • Joanne Davis

        Dr. Davis,

        Indulge me one more time-time to sound like a desperado for wheat, I’m interested in the ancient wheat as far as if it was a staple and “safe food” before human genetic intervention, hunter and gatherers etc…my question holds that in moderation could EInkorn wheat be the answer to reversing what you state in your book as the demise of the health problems we are seeing in our country with diabetes, heart disease and all else that you discuss in “Wheat Belly? In effect going back to unadulterated foods.
        I imagine that after your experiment of eating the EInkorn bread, you must have felt relieved first (that you were not going to suffer for even a few days), but somewhat excited that Einkorn could potentially prove to be the something that could change the health of us all. I am happy wheat free now three weeks, but also think I am not the average person who finds diet and nutrition worthy of some self sacrifice. Joanne

  12. Ann

    I agree with you about the appetite part. I was just thinking this morning, with some relief, how I have in just over one short week, become a person who is not controlled by food.

    I still wake hungry in the morning, and I’m not sure when that will change for me, but I am still no longer hungry to the point that I feel ill, as I was before cutting out wheat and lowering my carbs. If I didn’t get some toast or crackers first thing on waking, I would start to feel sick shortly, ill to my stomach and a headache.

    I can remember, just a short time ago, feeling a tremendous and (I think) unreasonable panic if I was somewhere that I could not find food and started to feel hungry. It became the focus of anything I did. I would feel such relief to find a fast food restaurant, and then afterwards feel ill and ashamed, and wonder if I would ever be able to conquer my eating and lose some weight. It felt hopeless. When they show commercials on t.v. about those folks who can’t go anywhere unless they know exactly where the bathroom is, I would sadly think “yeah, that’s how I am about food.”

    I now know what was causing that, and feel that while I still have a long way to go (approximately 80 lbs to lose by my estimation) it seems more approachable and less intimidating. I don’t have that feeling of panic about food anymore.

    I love that I don’t have to cut vegetables, I just watch how many I eat. I am still a person that believes that I need the veg to be balanced in my spirit.

    One unexpected benefit to cutting wheat and lowering my carbs is that I feel so calm all the time. I think wheat must do something terrible to our nervous systems and the chemical balances in our brains. I have suffered depression for years, and suddenly feel that I no longer depend so heavily on amino acid supplements. Not cured, but better.

    The tingling in my arms, hands, legs and feet have all but disappeared, and this is improving daily.

    I have not had a headache since I cut wheat.

    • Megan

      You sound a lot like me, very happy and surprised to finally turn that first corner. I’m with you on the increased sense of calm. It’s these foundational changes to how I feel throughhout the day, and the realization that I can control my cravings, that gives me the motivation to keep going. Uou are foing a lot better than I am if you have cut back on carbs. I am still subbing with too much – corn, potatoes or high fructose fruit every day.

  13. I just completed week one of my wheat free experience. I have been writing a blog about wheat free eating to encourage those with Celiac Disease and those, like me, who care for them. I have been making wheatless food for my daughter for a couple years now. My husband and I have been eating some of the regular things which seemed less expensive. This week I joined Heather’s diet to see if it would help me lose weight. I did! Two pounds! I also had a chronic rash clear up by 50%, and a host of other benefits I did not expect.

    Part of my motivation for reading your book, Wheat Belly, and experimenting with your ideas was to produce an interesting feature on my blog, Life After Bread, for my readers. Each week on my “Motivating Monday” feature I am reporting what I am experiencing on my own wheat free adventure, and I respond to a chapter in Wheat Belly. So far I’ve commented on the Introduction and Chapter One, “What Belly?” I am hoping my readers read the book with me and dialogue with me their reactions. I am very surprised to see improvement in my own health this early. I invite you Dr. Davis to check in with me from time to time as your undoubtedly busy schedule allows. I am not a scientist; I studied English and drama. I would welcome clarifications if needed. I appreciate the courage it’s taking to ask these questions.

    My daughter and I began watching a documentary called “Deconstructing Supper” on Netflix yesterday. Fascinating. We really need to ask questions and demand answers about how our food is produced. Though I think many scientists had the best of intentions, we need to rethink and refine how we do things. I never thought I’d be one of what I used to call those “granola crunchy,” organic people. Now, not so sure. :) Thank-you for beginning this dialogue.

  14. Wendie

    This blog is so encouraging to me so thanks everyone! I am just over 3 weeks wheat free and am starting to realize some very positive benefits. No more crazy urgent phantom hunger (probably driven by being overrun with bad sugar eating bacteria as well as blood sugar instability in general). Much less aches & pains, clearer head and emotions, and more energy. Although I am still lagging in the weight loss dept, I recently started taking around500 mcg of iodine in the form of Icelandic Kelp, so I’m hoping to get my sluggish thyroid to improve. I have not been counting calories and my carbs are probably between 25-35 grams, so I hope that now that my activity level’s up I will start to see better results on the scale. I think I may have lost some inches, but sadly did not measure myself so just guessing. Clothes are fitting better, but they are not very fitted to begin with. I also have about 80+ lbs to lose so weight loss is very important to me, but I am determined to stick with this way of eating for health as well. But the weight loss would sure be a great motivator! I love salads and veggies, I love nuts& cheese and I like meats, so it isn’t that much of a struggle. But I was a complete bread & carb addict & I still miss legumes & fruit like crazy. I don’s dare add them back in since I’ve basically lost only 2-3 lbs in as many weeks. Once I see how I tolerate the iodine I may double the dose and see if that helps. I saw a lot of other supps in the thyroid aisle, including dessicated thyroid, CLA, ALA and other herbs. Was wondering if anyone had any good experiences with any particular formulation or supplementation? Thanks! All the best to you!

  15. Jeanette A

    I am just starting out (day 4) and I am making a couple printouts of this, one to post at work and one to post at home to remind to have patience. I look forward to feeling the same way.

  16. Ryter

    Megan what an articulate, thoughtful post. It’s a pleasure to read, and also to think about–virtually everything you mention is something I’ve felt and probably many others reading this blog have also experienced and felt; worried about, wondered about, and rejoiced in. It has been and continues to be a life changing experience. Thank you for expressing your thoughts so clearly and so well–and to everyone else. I am now six weeks without wheat -“in recovery” (actually recovering also from surgery at the same time) and have been listening over and over again to Dr. Davis’ book on audio (a boring narrator –unfortunately not read by Dr. Davis–but a fascinating story…) It is playing on my iPod when I go to sleep, and when I’m folding laundry etc., during the day. I’m learning day by day how strong this addiction was and how destructive–it still threatens even in the wish to have gluten free rice bread, mesa sunrise waffles etc..even when just a small portion or taste of these things immediately reduces that great feeling of well-being and lightness (mind, body, spirit) of just eating well and being free of that combined wheat+ sugar addiction. Despite this bit of leftover stupidity from my massive wheat addiction, I’m slender for the first time in years and years–that last ten lbs. which was in reality more like 20 has almost completely melted away and I feel like a much younger and healthier version of myself. Breathing well–sleeping well- feeling peaceful and happy. Thanks everyone for posting your inspiring and encouraging comments. Please God and Dr. Davis do not let us slide back into the grey and depressing sludge that is wheat addiction!!!

  17. I didn’t come into removing wheat from my diet with the purpose of weight loss, and I don’t think I really changed my caloric intake when I started eating wheat free. I ate to full and my activity level stayed the same.

    Like Megan, I didn’t 100% eliminate the wheat either – there’s been a few meals that might have used commercial soups as a sauce or other ingredients with some wheat (like homemade breaded chicken.) I’m one part of our family and none of the the rest of our family are participating in this diet change. Domestic tranquility is important!

    So I was surprised after a month that I had dropped about 4 pounds without trying! And that was with a lot of the same benefits Megan found – getting out of the eat-get hungry-repeat circle and better energy levels.

    It seems like a mountain to eliminate wheat – but knocking out of one meal at a time is manageable!

  18. Mel

    Love the blog! Thanks for all the info! I eliminated most grains from my diet a couple months ago after watching Fat Head, but it wasn’t until a month ago when I read some of your stuff about wheat that I cut out even the low carb wraps, etc. and took all the wheat out of my diet. The results have been great! I’m down 10 pounds without trying and I’ve never felt better.
    Recently, though, after being wheat free for about a month, my husband and I decided after a couple of drinks to order a pizza. I thought I would minimize the damage by getting a thin, multigrain crust. Well, it didn’t work. I spent 2 days with diarrhea, and I was shocked to see that my joints also became slightly swollen and pretty achy. It kind of freaked me out!
    Is this kind of thing common, or should I be concerned? A couple of friends have suggested that maybe I have celiac disease. Could that be the case, or are reactions like this pretty common even in people for whom the condition’s not as serious as celiac, etc? I’d appreciate any feedback, thanks! :)

  19. Eve Marie Ross

    Mel, sounds about right to me. I have the same reactions…and add brain fog and my skin breaks out BADLY within HOURS of eating any wheat…to the joint pain and digestive upset. You can’t think of it in a traditional diet sense…ie: I’ll just eat less or a lower cal version… it doesn’t work that way. Think of it more in terms of having a problem with shellfish… if you were allergic to shellfish and your whole body swelled up and reacted (I also look 6 month pregnant after any wheat) you wouldn’t say…well, I’ll just have ONE piece of shrimp instead of 10 or I’ll eat them without butter… it’s an immune or allergic reaction your body is having not a calorie intake problem. I have 10 years experience with this, it’s not your imagination. Trust your body and what it’s telling you. It’s not lying!

  20. Patricia

    I am a 66 year old woman and am now two weeks into the Wheat Belly diet. I am using the recipes in the book and each one I tried has been very tasty. My appetite is now under control. I used to think about food all the time! I’m not hungry at all, in fact, sometimes I have to remind myself to eat. I started losing about a half pound a day the first week. Then the weight loss stopped. Could it be I’m not eating enough?

    • For the majority, Patricia, appetite and weight naturally level off at an ideal level. You may find yourself, however, at a far lower weight than you thought, certainly more slender than your friends and neighbors. But this is because the world has become overweight and normal people appear out of place.

  21. Gwen Regehr

    I thought I was the only one in the world that had this “BIG BELLY ” and could never get rid of it
    I saw Dr Davis on a TV show which I still think was a miracle because I hardly watch TV, so I took this as a sign. I immediately went on line to order his Wheat Belly book but it will take at least 7 to 10 days for the book to come, so I just cut out any wheat in my diet right then and there. I don’t know what happened so quickly,
    but something has changed my life in a matter of days!!!!! I don’t know what I am doing because I HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK but i guess just taking wheat out of my diet was the first step, I am a little nervous because what if I eat something that would trigger my cravings for wheat .That book can’t come fast enough.