An anonymous commenter left this very interesting description of her experience on the Wheat Belly Blog. While it’s hard to know whether this is truly “bulimia” or yet another unique experience generated by wheat consumption, it is nonetheless an interesting tale of freedom from the ill-effects of this corrupt grain.
I am wondering if you have heard of any research connecting eating disorders to wheat/gluten sensitivity?
I have had suffered in secret with what I thought was bulimia for 30 years. I can’t even believe it, but since giving up gluten I no longer have the urge to throw up. I used to feel sick after nearly every meal. I seriously thought I would eventually die from an injury to my esophagus.
I have not felt sick even once since giving up gluten. Not once. I feel free for the first time in memory.
I am astounded by how different my body feels, and I never even knew how bad I felt because it was all I ever had felt…it was my “normal.” I had to share this with someone and because my “eating disorder” has been completely in secret, I can’t tell anyone I know.
(I should mention that about 10 years ago I was tested for celiac disease because I have extended family members with confirmed diagnoses, but all my tests were negative.) I don’t care what their tests say— I will never eat wheat again.
My family laughs when I say this because I have never stuck to a diet in my entire life, but this is different. I feel in control of my body for the first time. I am near tears writing this. I can’t believe my struggle is over and I won:)
If indeed bulimia, it means that she experienced gastrointestinal as well as nervous system effects that create the condition: not just the nausea but also the desire to vomit after eating, the distortion of body image, the disruption of self-esteem, etc. We know that wheat plays a role in one eating disorder, binge eating disorder, indirectly observed via studies of opiate-blocking agents like naloxone and naltrexone that reduce impulsive eating and calorie intake substantially. You can witness lesser forms of binge eating in many, many wheat-consuming people manifested as intense food cravings, grazing, and overeating.
How many people are out there, struggling with one or another form of eating disorder, when it might be nothing more than yet another poisonous effect of wheat consumption?