Michelle: Goodbye to wheat, goodbye to acid reflux, diabetes, headaches, gastrointestinal distress . . .

I‘m a 48 year-old woman. The pic on the left was taken in April, when I was at my heaviest – about 169 lbs. My A1C had gone from a 5.4 in December to 6.5 in April, as my weight ballooned. I found that I had intense carb cravings. If I went out to eat and started in on the bread on the table, I would literally keep eating it till the main dish came, or until I’d finished the basket of bread. Same with cookies, pasta (couldn’t just have one serving!), basically anything with wheat or sugar in it.

I realized that I was on the verge of diabetes, which runs in my family. I felt tired and sluggish all the time, despite working out three to four times a week. I had acid reflux to the point that I was taking Prevacid every day. Headaches were a regular occurrence – in fact, not to have a headache was the exception. Intestinal distress was “regular” for me “:-)

I read Gary Taubes’ book “Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It” and realized that carbs were killing me. I decided to cut out anything “white” in my diet. I added Jorge Cruz’s Belly Fat Cure idea of only eating 15g of sugar and 6 servings (about 120g) of carbs per day, but I did not like his addition/inclusion of wheat toast. I knew that if I ate one slide of bread, all bets were off.

From April through June I slowly weaned myself off most carbs, and all white flour products. I ate mainly meat proteins, eggs, cheese and nuts, and high fiber veggies like broccoli. My acid reflux disappeared almost immediately. Headaches became rare occurrences. I started losing weight. But I’d have an occasional bite or two of pasta, or a brownie. Usually I would get a headache or acid reflux, but I was losing weight (10-15lbs at that point), so I didn’t really care.

Then, for my birthday in June, I decided to “splurge” at dinner. I had a steak, sweet potato, and two (or maybe three!) dinner rolls. I also had cake for dessert. Before I even got home, I had a splitting headache. I crawled into bed feeling like I just wanted to sleep for a year. But I woke at 3am – feeling like I had tied one on the night before (I’ve been alcohol-free since August 2008). The next morning felt like a hangover. Headache, brain fog, sluggish. Awful. Terrible diarrhea for two days (I called it the diarrhea diet, but wouldn’t recommend it to anyone!).

At that point I scheduled an ALCAT food sensitivity blood test with my doctor; I knew that something in my dinner had almost killed me. Two weeks later, in July, I got the results – extreme gluten intolerance. The gluten intolerance found in my blood test only confirmed what I had already suspected (I’m also highly intolerant of high-fructose corn syrup!). At that point, I got serious about being wheat free. No more cheats. I was dead serious about losing weight. Even by July, on my 90% wheat-free diet, my A1C had dropped to 5.8. I had lost almost 20lbs, and I was feeling better than ever.

By late September, when the pic on the right was taken, I had dropped more than 25lbs. My A1C was down to 5.7, and my doctor pronounced me out of danger of diabetes.

I recently found out about “Wheat Belly” through a friend who works at a bookstore in Canada. I immediately read your blog. It made total sense to me. I would love it if we could convince the FDA that their food pyramids and plates are killing us. People can’t believe that all I did was cut wheat out of my diet, along with other high-glycemic carbs like rice, and cut back my sugar to 15g or less a day (they don’t realize that there is hidden sugar in everything – I have to thank Jorge Cruz for that one – who knew yogurt was so full of sugar? Natural (if you eat the right stuff) but still sugar. Bananas? ditto… milk? same thing).

So – NO wheat, limited carbs and VERY limited sugar, and I’m now down 33 lbs. I weigh 136 lbs. I am starting to recognize the woman in the mirror as the same slim woman who was in the Army 30 years ago! I think I can get to my “fighting weight” of about 130lbs with no effort if I just keep eating the way I am. I figure my body will stop losing weight when the fat is gone. That’s one thing I learned from Taubes’ book – our weight should be self-regulating, like that of wild animals, if we are eating the right foods and not messing up our hormones with sugar and carbs and gluten and gliadin.

That was probably way too much info. But I want people to know that they too can lose the weight, and feel like they’re young again. It came off almost effortlessly for me. I haven’t looked at calories or fat, just sugar and carbs, and I don’t touch wheat or other gluten-containing products. Even with the “gluten-free” pastas, etc. I either eat VERY small portions (which wasn’t possible for me with wheat-pasta) or skip it. Gluten-free cookies, etc. still contain as much sugar as regular cookies, and I don’t want to spike my blood sugar, so I look for those sweetened with stevia or just skip them. I find almond butter or peanut butter on a lentil cracker (low carb yummy goodness) or even on a piece of 85% dark chocolate is enough of a treat for dessert.

I feel as if I’ve gotten a degree in nutrition over the last six months. My friends tell me I look 10 years younger (and the pics attest to that), and I feel younger and better for sure! This is not a diet. This is a lifestyle change for me! Thanks for filling in the final blanks with “Wheat Belly”!

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  1. I find that I have acid stomach with other things than just wheat–even beans get me nowadays. I find it incredibly funny that the things most people complain about (greasy food, spicy food), have no impact whatsoever on me, but beans and grains and sugar make me feel like my gut is on fire.

    I decided to have a low-sugar soda the other day as a sort of “treat”, and I couldn’t finish it, it just tasted and felt nasty.

    • AllisonK

      I learned that greasy foods only bothered me when they are combined with breads and sugars. All this time people are blaming the grease and cutting it out when they should be cutting out the breads.
      My poor friend’s doctor told her to eat bread to soak up the acid in her stomach!! (no getting through to her though, the doctor can’t possibly be wrong and then she feels it’s ok to pig out on the breads she’s addicted to)

    • Michelle Cloutier

      I can indulge in spicy Mexican and Indian food without acid reflux – as long as I stay away from wheat tortillas and Naan. I tend to put some kind of chile powder in or on a lot of my foods… ancho and chipotle are my faves!

    • jay

      I used to think it was the grease/oil, too! Well, I kinda still do, just not the kinds of oils and fats I eat now. I will still have indigestion in reaction to soy, canola or other vegetable oils on the rare instances I can’t easily avoid them such as eating out. But I can include all the coconut oil and butter I want and find my digestion is happy with me as long as I don’t have the grains.

  2. Awesome testimony, Michelle! You look great, and I’m glad that you feel as good as you look, too. Keep on losing…the weight that is…and gaining better health!!!

  3. Be

    Congratulations Michelle! Our family has had very similar results. Even our 16 year old son is on board with our lifestyle change. Last week his class had “Party Food” (an euphemism for JUNK Food) party. Now this boy is as lean as can be and we have no problem with allowing him to splurge once in a while (the 80/20 rule will suffice for him). He had a Mountain Dew, Chips and cookies. And felt terrible the rest of the day. For my wife and I our “splurges” involve things like an occasional fall sweet corn or occasional beans. I can’t even stand artificial sweeteners anymore. – YUCK. It truly is amazing how sensitivity and sensibility changes! Keep up the good work!

  4. Ann

    This could be my story, with some variations…

    Last January (’10) I loosely began Jorge Cruise’s Belly Fat Cure. I say loosely because it seemed impossible at the time, but all that he said made sense. I wanted to make changes that would be lifelong rather than to loose weight quickly – so I began with the intention of eventually getting to his 15g sugar/120g carb per day and began furiously reading labels. I had also done a Carb Addicts diet back in the 90′s with success, but it didn’t stick and I didn’t know a fraction of the science I know now (which has really helped in sticking to things). So long story short, through some bumps in the road, more reading, more reduction of carbs and sugars, I lost a good amount of weight. This past summer I got even stricter with my daily carb intake, and was getting most of them from my really ‘grain-y’, healthy crackers. Then I read Wheat Belly…and convinced hubby to read it. We have been wheat-free for just over 5 weeks and the changes have been amazing. We both sleep better, wake up feeling “awake” and not sluggish, and are much more alert and clear-headed in general. His GI issues are gone and the mucus (hacking and throat clearing) gone. We realized after a few days that we weren’t craving more food constantly (maybe me more than him :). Several weeks into it we realized we hadn’t eaten anything after dinner the entire time – I don’t think that has ever happened in my life and his since I’ve know him! Again, it was mindless – no craving and no thoughts about it. I have had arthritis-y joint pains through they years, especially in the evenings and upon waking – gone! He has lost 8lbs, which may not seem like much, but he reached a number he has been trying to reach for years (decades?) and looks so much trimmer and healthier. I am now getting close to 100lbs from my highest weight. I’ve lost about 7lb since going wheat-free, but feel it’s showing up more in definition. I’ve only measured my waist and that change hasn’t been drastic, but I look slimmer. My biggest focus has always been health, and while I’d love to see the scales go down faster, I’m okay if they don’t. I feel great and what’s better than that?!? I recently had my 50th birthday and wasn’t even tempted to have cake – that’s a milestone! I know there are other changes we’ve noticed that I can’t think of right now, but overall it’s been an amazing, exciting adventure :) Thank you Dr. Davis!

    • That’s great, Ann!

      As you have experienced, wheat elimination is about weight loss, yes, but it’s also about the unexpected panel of other health benefits, such as relief from joint pains, impulse control, and energy.

  5. Curmujeon

    I’ve noticed that the “healthy” meals cooked in the micro at work have a foul(to me) smell. Don’t like the smell of “creamer” either, though I use “heavy cream” in my coffee. Had to pass on Sister’s goulash(pasta) and I didn’t want the ground turkey either. I had free-range chicken and acorn squash instead. It’s amazing how in-grained wheat products are in everybodies dietary choices. Grains are cheap, subsistence food for those who can’t afford better. Why is low cost such a big factor in some people’s choices? My parents grew up in the post depression era. I think many boomers get it from their parents.

    • Michelle Cloutier

      That whole cost thing is a myth, I think… Carbs and processed food may be cheap, but I find I have to eat so much more (and keep eating them) to feel satisfied, I think I ended up spending MORE on the cheap stuff (I remember as a kid needing two bowls of cereal to feel full, for example). Now I can be satisfied with a 4 oz chicken breast, sauteed spinach, and half a sweet potato. How expensive is that meal?

  6. Pattye

    You have done an incredible thing for yourself and you look amazing and healthy. I am thrilled for you and greatly inspired by you.

    • Michelle you are an inspiration! You look absolutely beautifull. Your face is glowing and your smile is as big as Montana! Doesnt it feel great when you can heal yourself and you know what your body needs and doesnt need? Keep inspiring us all! Congradulations on a new way of life! Im getting there!

  7. christy kennedy

    Her health prior to figuring this out is so SO common. And just as common is that she had to struggle with it, while going to doctors, for a very long time before reading and researching and figuring it out for herself. I was a miserable and a worsening wreck for a couple of decades, while raising very sick kids (my mom was miserable too) until I figured out what was wrong with all of us. Now we all go to a naturopath who knows Western medicine as well as Persian, Chinese, Indian, etc., who can generally tell more by just looking at a person for the first time than most family doctors know about their long-time patients. Luckily our family doctor has been amazed and open minded as we all made dramatic recoveries and she now routinely sends her patients with food issues to our naturopaths.

  8. christy kennedy

    Oh yeah, p.s. Michelle, Congratulations on turning it all around. You look fabulous and must feel SO much better. Spread the word.

  9. christy kennedy

    Sorry, one more thing. It shouldn’t have to be this way, but people like us who have suffered so much are still one of the main ways others get help. I can count on one hand the helpful information I got from anybody while I was searching (starting in the early 80s) so it’s wonderful that there’s so much for people to find these days (THANK YOU DR. DAVIS!!), but the average person still doesn’t know much about it and the average patient is still often misled by the average doctor. So it pleases me to no end to say that many of the people I worked on for a long time are now spotting symptoms in others and heading them in the right direction. One friend recently told me about going to dinner with an old friend and the friend’s adult child, who she was meeting for the first time, and, “Once you know what to look for and what questions to ask, it’s so obvious!” After that dinner conversation, the friend’s child looked into it and has since made a dramatic recovery after changing her diet.

    • Hi, Christy–

      As these ideas gain traction, I can only hope that more and more of my colleagues read stories like this and start to see that the conditions they have been prescribing drug after drug for, scanning, prodding, poking, and biopsying all these years are caused by diet, cured by a change in diet.

  10. Elaine Sukava

    I really enjoy reading people’s comments and must say that my own experience has been similar to others. I know, for example, that if we eat in a restaurant and there is flour in a sauce or coating (I do try avoid it) I will feel it in my knees for a few days, or have a bout of acid reflux (AR). My AR has completely vanished although I had it for years, as has arthritis inflammation in my knees and lower back. My energy is very good and I work in my spare non-work time on building projects in our home which requires up and down high ladders, carrying lumber, etc. etc. I am 60 years old.

  11. CW

    Congrats Michelle!! Having had no wheat beginning 8/30/11, I also have only positive things to say. As of today I have easily lost 21 pounds!! At age 59 I find this amazing, along with health improvements. It does appear healthy food costs more but in the long run, having done some previous figuring, I am actually spending less. I too was so hungry on wheat I was almost always extremely hungry. Another plus is to actually be rid of the past need to be eating. At first I shared my wheat free eating with a handful of people. Hmmm, they did not show any interest at all. However they do notice my wheat free weight lose. :-) I want to add that since being wheat free the mild to moderate depression I had supposedly inherited from my mother.s side of the family is GONE!! Ah-ha, the answer is wheat sensitivity….I am cured!!!! I could go on and on about my positive results!!

    • Michelle

      I have a friend who is still skeptical. She’s like “let’s see how you feel over the long term”… long term? Six months with hardly a headache? No GERD? 30lbs? That’s long term enough for me! See, people can’t believe that it could be so SIMPLE! Stop putting junk in your body (including wheat) and your body will take care of, and regulate, itself, as nature and God intended! Keep sharing with your friends; they’ll soon start asking you to write down what you did… LOL.

      • CindyH

        I know what you mean Michelle. I keep telling people that I have no cravings and they really don’t believe me. I’m not sure I believed it myself until this weekend, when I allowed myself some (gluten-free!) candy as a response to stress — on Sunday I felt cruddy AND I was hungry and dealing with cravings — that fast and from a couple of mini-candy bars! I learned my lesson! No wheat and no sugar! Well, we’ll see how you do in the long term :) — and in 6 more months they’ll wish they started when you did!

      • Michelle

        I’m still fighting the whole “what about whole grains? Aren’t they good for you? Where will I get fiber” thing from friends. I get my fiber from veggies and greens. I have no bowel issues (unless I accidentally consume wheat, like I did this weekend, hidden in something at a potluck).

  12. Linda Jones

    Michelle you are a huge inspiration! Congratulations on a job well done! You took control and DID IT! :) YAAAAAAAAAAAY!

  13. Jill

    Michelle you are doing so well! It is great to see and I know you feel better. My husband and I have an almost identical story. We dropped the wheat and rice/potatoes/corn/sugar the last week of July this year and the results have been pretty wonderful. My husband has lost 12 lbs. and I have lost 22 lbs. We are off GERDS meds now, which is a miracle since we were both suffering terrible heartburn all the time and never thought we would be able to stop taking meds. Our aches and pains in the joints and my migraines are gone, my “adult acne” has cleared up to a rare breakout. Our blood glucose readings are heading back toward normal too! The great thing is no food cravings and feeling starved like before. We no longer have the sinus problems we have always had in the fall, Yay!! I also dropped milk and cheese products which would probably account for losing more weight than my husband. We enjoy buying paleo cookbooks and experimenting with making different recipes, our taste buds are more alive, we were getting kinda bored with our old carb heavy diet. We enjoy going for walks now because we no longer feel so sluggish. Your story verifies what we and many others have discovered also. You are an inspiration, keep it up!!! And thank you Dr. Davis for explaining everything so well, I already knew I should drop wheat but your book sealed the deal!!!!

  14. Liane

    Thank you Michelle for your wonderful inspiring story. I have been 100% wheat free since Oct. 5 and sugar free since Oct 9 (small amount ice-cream on birthday) and today my GERD returned albeit mildly after two scrambled eggs and two slices nitrate and nitrite free Canadian bacon, plus small mat cream in coffee. I felt SO discouraged and was ready to reach for the tums when I saw your message. I decided to give that tummy acid a taste of its own medicine and ate half an avocado with some salsa. So far so good.

    I am a lot like you height and weight wise. Was 125 in college, never got back to that weight after babies, even teaching aerobics. I would settle for 130 now also. My doc said to lose 30 to cure my sleep apnea, so that would put me right at 130. Like you I figure I will stabilize at whatever weight I am supposed to weigh. My biggest annoyance is people who tell me post menopausal women are supposed to be fatter than when they were in their twenties. Twenty or 62, I am going to go as far as I can. Thanks for the shove. I needed one.

    • From http://goo.gl/J11Dt
      “Nitrate is naturally occurring in greens such as lettuce and spinach. The article, “Bad Rap for Nitrate: Infamous Preservative Maj Help Defend Against Bacteria,” by J.R. Minkel, Scientific American Biochemistry Section, September 2004, page 24, details that “they” were wrong again and sets the record straight. It was known in 1994, that the stomach contains lots of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide kills germs in the bloodstream. Therefore, it is obvious that nitrate is a helpful substance. Why this has taken ten years to be publicized is astounding, Here are some key points from the article:

      ” … [D]ietary nitrate is actually part of the body’s inherent defense against infection ….

      “Bacteria in the mouth convert nitrate to nitrite, which gets swallowed, so the stomach can naturally produce nitric oxide …. “

      ”’We’ve gone from considering all of these things to be toxic and carcinogenic to realizing that [nitrates are] playing a fundamental homeostatic role [safe and required, and NOT cancerous],’ says microbiologist Ferric Fang of the University of Washington.”

  15. PJ

    Michelle, I hope you never get tired of hearing how amazing you look because you must hear it a lot! I, too, get the remark from non-believers about “long term results”. I’ve been wheat free for over a year and still get that comment. How “long term” do they want?

    I love reading and researching natural health and am now in the middle of “Primal Body, Primal Mind” by Nora Gedgaudas. Amazing book! I highly recommend it to everyone; Nora not only discusses what grains do to our gut, but how to heal the damaged gut. Awesome.

    I hope many people take your lead and at least give the grain free lifestyle a 30 day test drive. Keep up the amazing progress you’ve made.

  16. jay

    Fabulous results! How great is it that the wonderful health benefits of eliminating grains come with a boost in our appearance as well!

  17. Shannon L Morse

    OH MY GOSH!!!!!! Thank you so much for this post. I was diagnosed with celiac in May. Since then, I have been eating gluten-free. I was down about 10 lbs in 2-3 months. I was still getting the big D and wasn’t feeling so hot. After reading Wheat Belly, I cut out the gluten-free carbs, bought some almond flour and sugar substitutes. The pounds are flying off. I am down 15 more pounds since then and I KNOW there is still fat on me, but not much more. I’ve been told by my natropath that your body will self-regulate when you put good things in it. I feel great and haven’t had any D in aout 2 weeks. ( It’s quite an accomplishment, FYI.) My husband has been eating what’s for dinner and no more wheat for him…….he’s down 22 lbs. and a pants size. My 17 year old daughter, down 15 lbs. and counting. No more gluten in our house at all. We are fine with it, happier without it!!

  18. I just read your story and can totally relate. I just recently realized that I have food intolerances and I believe most are related to carbs., including wheat. I have never heard of the Gary Taubes book that you mentioned in your article and I’m anxious to read it. Thanks for the information. Continued success to you!

  19. Megan

    Congratulations Michelle, and thanks for taking the time to share your story here. I’ve said it before – this constant conversation is helping a lot of people. I often read the blog before lunch or at bedtime, and it keeps me on track. It’s like a life jacket, keeping me from sinking back into the sea of bad habits.

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    • I really don’t know, Jacque, since I have yet to see an analysis of what is in wheat grass. It is clearly different than flour made from the seed head, but I am unaware of any analysis to see what precisely is in wheat grass.

  21. Jacque

    NEED HELP ASAP PLEASE: wheatgrass comes from the same plant that produces the wheat grain / wheatgrass is harvested before the plant matures and produces grain. Wheatgrass is a food prepared from the cotyledons of the common wheat plant, Triticum aestivum. Wheatgrass is also allowed to grow longer than malt is. It provides chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and enzymes.

    I called Life Extensions and they said that there is a difference between wheatgrass and wheat grains

    Although wheatgrass comes from the same plant that produces the wheat grain used to make flour, wheatgrass is harvested before the plant matures and produces grain. Wheat and wheatgrass are the same plant. When the grass is young, before it produces grain, it can be harvested and juiced or dried. Wheatgrass does not contain gluten, but is this on the list of things that should eliminated, they say NO….They endorse your book ~ and they sell wheatgrass >so what says you Dr. Davis. Are they saying it is OK to have wheatgrass because they sell WheatGrass? …. I really need to know for our whole family and extended family are drinking this daily. We have ordered your book and waiting for them to get here. I have several containers of wheatgrass from Amazing Grass, Green SuperFood, Chocolate Drink Powder – I mix with water 3 times a day.

    ~

    • I also am wondering about this. I drink Amazing greens everyday too and I wonder if it”s okay. Maybe we should replace it with plain spirulina or something?

    • Juls

      Come on Dr Davis, what is your answer to Jaques question? Is wheatgrass the same as wheat????

      • Dr. Davis

        This question has been asked countless times before: No, but it still contains wheat germ agglutinin, a bowel toxin.

  22. Val

    Michelle, as others are saying, you look fantastic and are inspirational!! I am off the wheat and grains as of last week. I think I have lost about 1-2 lbs.(didnt really weigh myself at start). Can it be so easy? I get so impatient but I will do it for 30 days and see what results I get. I have a rash on my chest that I hope will disappear too. I am also looking for energy. I have much to do in the way of purging junk in the garage. When I drive in, I look at the stuff, shudder, then go in the house. I use to be a house on fire for energy and my husband says its the aging thing happening. I dont want to believe that cause thats just making excuses. Anyway, thank you for your story and you look amazing, so much younger. I hope to achieve that too. Keep up the good results. I am hoping I can post my ‘new me’ picture too. And I did notice that you are alcohol free…wondering if wine has any bad effect on weightloss. All I indulge in is red and white wine. Putting it out there, has anyone lost weight while still drinking wine?

  23. Val

    In addition for information only, I am a McCoy too. My husband is son of Carl Otto McCoy and we have been looking for him without success. I know there are alot of McCoys out there but I thought I would try anyway.

  24. Heya i?m for the primary time here. I came across this board and I to find It really useful & it helped me out much. I’m hoping to give something back and aid others such as you helped me.

  25. Joe

    I started reading Wheat Belly 2 weeks ago and have been cutting out wheat since then. i am still experiencing acid reflux. I am hoping that as I lose weight my reflux will disappear. I am sick of taking Protonix daily! Has anyone else experienced a delay in the elimination of reflux symptoms?

    • arpitha

      Causes of acid reflux, known from personal experience:
      1. Over weight
      2. Excess belly fat (which puts pressure on stomach and causes acid reflux).
      3. Over eating
      4. Drinking lot of liquids during/after a meal.

  26. Maddy

    I am allergic to dairy, and get really sick from eggs (which I love). I am working toward following the guidelines completely. Haven”t made any of the recipes yet. Wondering if wild rice is OK. Looking at the soy yogurt I see it has tapioca starch in it and is sweetened. Eating a lot of raw almonds. Can”t eat other nuts or I get diverticulitis (spelling). Also, what about Quinoa? Maybe you answered that already, I just started looking at the blog. Thank you in advance for your feedback.

    • With your unusual and extreme limitations, Maddy, you may have to strike some compromises along the way.

      The most frequent compromise is to rely on foods like quinoa, buckwheat, beans, and rice that potentially permit overexposure to carbohydrates. So just be careful and maximize your proteins and fats coming from “allowable” sources.

  27. C williams

    I’m recently diagnosed with gastric reflux and asthma, on singulair and prilosec daily. I love my bread, homemade biscuits, pancakes, rolls, etc. I eat wheat bread mainly for sandwiches.I have been suspicious of wheat and will be monitoring my intake of it now.I’m curious to see the change it will have on my daily symptoms.