Wheat Belly Blog reader Heather left this wonderful comment about her teenager’s experience with wheat-freedom:
I am very fortunate. I stumbled upon Mark Sisson’s blog in August of this year and found myself unable to stop reading. I started the “Primal” lifestyle that day. Grains were the first thing to go.
After a week of living this way, my 17 year-old son asked me what I was doing that was making such a difference in my mood and energy level. After explaining it to him, he immediately asked if he could try it too.
Neither of us have looked back since. His acne is gone, his energy level is incredible, he lost 30 pounds that neither of us thought he had to lose, his muscle mass is increasing by leaps and bounds, and he is out performing all of the school athletes that he used to be jealous of.
What is really funny is that he is taking a Health class and Culinary class for his senior year. I hear complaints every weekday about how “misguided” (edited version of what he really calls it) the information he gets in his health class is. He is continually arguing, in a respectful way, with his teacher. He answers the questions on tests the way he has to in order to get a good grade, but he knows that the information is wrong. He also complains about having to taste the baked goods in culinary class in order to get a good grade. On those days he always feels terrible in the evening. He needs no more proof that this way of life is healthy.
I am so happy that he will never have to experience the health problems that I did before I discovered what poison wheat is. He gets to experience good heath from an early age!
(Mark Sisson is one of the leading proponents of the Paleo-type movement. Wheat elimination has been one of their principal concepts.)
I experienced something similar with my son while in high school: Arguing with health class teachers, all of whom agreed that “healthy whole grains” were an absolute requirement for overall health. Does it mean that our wheat-free empowered teens gets F’s on their report cards for expressing their wheat-free, anti-grain opinions?
I’ll take an F on a report card any day in exchange for their genuine health and high performance.