Wheatopia

Just think of the enormity of the impact of wheat consumption on the human condition.

Consumption of modern high-yield semi-dwarf wheat leads to:

Weight gain–especially visceral fat in the abdomen, i.e., inflammatory fat
Diabetes, pre-diabetes–via the appetite-stimulating effects of modern gliadin, the blood sugar-raising potential of amylopectin A, and the inflammatory effects of lectins
Hypertension
Joint pain, arthritis–mostly due to lectins, perhaps gluten
Acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, worsening symptoms of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
Peripheral neuropathy, cerebellar ataxia, dementia–probably due to gluten
–“High cholesterol“–via increased triglycerides
Migraine headaches–your guess is as good as mine why this occurs!
Depression
Water retention, edema–likely via the increased bowel and vascular permeability of lectins

And those are just the common phenomena. In fact, look at the list above and you will be hard pressed to find someone who is not afflicted with at least one, if not all, of the listed conditions. It means that much of what we do in healthcare treating diabetes, joint pain, acid reflux, etc. is really just treating wheat consumption. We are treating the misguided advice to eat more “healthy whole grains.”

Acid reflux alone afflicts some 60 million people and results in 100,000 hospitalizations every year. In my experience, it’s a rare person who does not obtain total relief from acid reflux with wheat elimination. Eliminate wheat and watch hemoglobin A1c, the value that reflects your previous 60 days of blood sugar, plummet, converting many of the nation’s 28 million diabetics and 70 million pre-diabetics to non-diabetics and non-pre-diabetics.

While we fret about spiraling healthcare costs, the reorganization of healthcare delivery, the deterioration of the health of Americans, there is an incredibly simple and accessible solution to a big chunk of the problem: Eliminate the wheat.

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  1. Elaine Sukava

    so true Dr. Davis! I wish that my husband would eliminate wheat (all grains), because he has some of the above issues. I already have 8 months agp.

  2. Tyrannocaster

    I have to say that the last three and a half months have been some of the most interesting in my life. I found out about this whole wheat issue, stopped eating it (and in the learning process found out how I probably should have been eating all along), dropped 22 pounds (so far), lost my pre-diabetic status, and just bought two pairs of Levis – 29 inch and 30 inch waists. I’m 61 and I’ve had problems with fatigue as long as I can remember and now I know what was causing them.

    I’ve put together a graphic which says it all for me: http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp332/Tyrannocaster/AfraidOfWheat.jpg

    And yeah, that’s me in the picture. Pictues DO lie, but I didn’t retouch the body in the photo at all.

    • Gave me a scare at first, Tyranno!

      You look fabulous. It reminds me of what people used to look like in 1960 before the U.S. government got into the business of advising us what to eat.

  3. Susie

    Dr. Davis, you are really going “against the grain” in so many ways. MN Public Radio had feature stories last week on diabetes, with a feature on the U of M/Mayo Clinic Decade of Discovery project. Really fascinating. I am in no way trained in this or an expert, but I know from helping my mom that the advice given to a diabetic is very flawed. I heard a Doctor/researcher on the radio say that a diabetic (type 1 or 2) has no dietary restrictions when their medications are well controlled and so long as they keep their weight at a normal range – they can eat anything as the meds will balance it out. This seems to me to be a very dangerous way to look at it. If I have learned anything, each diabetic has to watch that carb/sugar intake to make sure they don’t raise blood sugars with the meal. Maybe you need to get involved in that effort! I did not hear any talk about diet other than to eat plenty of healthy whole grains and lean proteins.

    • Wow, Susie: This is the nonsense that is passed off as health advice. But it sure keeps the drug industry in business, enjoying double-digit revenue growth year over year.

      I’ve seen several people this week who have cured–CURED–their diabetes. Not with drugs, but with being shown the right diet, Yes, the diet that is the opposite of that advocated by the American Diabetes Association.

      • Heidi

        Keep “going against the grain”, Dr. Davis!!!! We need you!

        Your site is one of five that I keep pointing out to people who have one or several of the conditions you listed in this post. Today I am sending links to a long distance work associate who just told me she struggles with Crohn’s.

        My 86-year-old mother (a fellow Wisconsinite) went no-grain, low-carb last year because her TG was over 800!!! She (and my sister, who put us all on this path) convinced her doctor and cardiologist that this was the way to go. In six months her TG had fallen below 200 (and the rest of her lipid profile had dramatically improved, but I don’t have the numbers) and she is no longer being followed by a cardiologist.

        Another sister, who had surgery to fuse three vertebrae in her neck four years ago that were causing nerve compression, was again feeling pain and numbness in her hands and arms. She went grain-free/paleo in June after seeing how well other family members were doing. I talked to her last week: she has been free of pain and numbness for several weeks (after 3 months grain free).

        So, please, keep up the crusade to help people grapple with grain-induced diseases. I agree totally that the North American healthcare crisis is largely attributable to the explosion in these chronic, inflammatory and absolutely preventable diseases!!!

  4. Lynda NZ

    Dr Davis – I have been wheat free now for 20 weeks. I have lost 20 pounds and life is totally different. I also went low carb totally. One question, you said that it is a rare person who does not stop suffering from acid reflux – I still do. I have a diagnosed hiatus hernia, is this why I still get reflux? I thought most people who had reflux had a hiatus hernia so wonder why my symptoms are still there. I admit my symptoms are greatly improved and only need medication every other day now.

    Thanks
    Lynda

    • Hi, Lynda–

      Don’t know. Perhaps chronic irritation somehow impaired the mucous-production and/or repair mechanisms. I’ll bet that, over time, you will heal even better.

      But I suspect that you’ve removed the original inciting cause.

    • Sarah

      Hi Linda,

      There are other foods (in addition to wheat) that are very acidic, and create an acidic internal environment in the body that can lead to acid reflux and a whole host of other problems, including likelihood of disease. Try eliminating dairy and meat, which are both very acidic, and introduce a whole-foods, plant-based diet. My husband (and I) did so over the past year, and his acid reflux is completely gone. (He has also lost 10 lbs. from his 5’8″ 160lb frame without trying/exercising extensively–he’s at his healthiest weight now.)
      I also recommend the documentary “Forks Over Knives” and the book “The China Study” for information/science behind the correlations between animal product consumption and disease, acidity, etc.

      Good luck!
      -Sarah

  5. SK guy

    Do you have any peer reviewed evidence to back your theories up? The reason I ask is twofold:

    1) I couldn’t find any evidence that correlated these symptoms to wheat consumption; and,
    2) Anecdotal evidence isn’t sufficient to link these conditions specifically to wheat.

    The reason I ask is because my brother has many stomach issues that weren’t resolved when he gave up wheat. He went wheat free for more than six months with no change in his condition.

    If that’s the case, then it wasn’t wheat that caused the condition in the first place.

    Could it be that we in the west consume too much processed wheat products? These same products are generally high in sugar, salt, and starch, all which would lead to some of the above symptoms.

    • hitfan

      I”ve been ”wheat-free” for seven days. I don”t really follow a fancy list of DO”s and DON”Ts, I just avoid wheat altogether and consume carbohydrates in moderation.

      I”ve not even read ”Wheat Belly”. For the past few years I”ve been searching for any ”trigger foods” that might have been causing my psoriatic arthritis. I came across a very extreme diet called the “Pagano Diet” which has so many foods that you supposedly cannot eat, or otherwise it might cause dreaded flareups and joint inflammation. It simply wasn”t viable.

      For some reason, I came across this blog. The title itself (“Wheat Belly”) triggered something in my few years of reading health blogs–that all of the alternative health diets have as a common denominator that WHEAT is something to be avoided.

      Seven days later, I can quite literally feel my body healing itself. Far less joint pain. All I know that giving up wheat makes me feel like my body has been born anew again.

      Barring any health problems (like those genetic freaks who might feel physically and mentally fine by consuming modern wheat), people can even benefit from the hunger control that avoiding wheat provides.

  6. Barb

    I also continue to have acid reflux issues. I have lost 16 pounds and am almost to my goal weight of 125 pounds after a few months going wheat free. However I still need to take a Nexium every other day (reduced from every day). I have pretty much connected the acid reflux to eating tomato based sauces and to my beloved chocolate (even though it is unsweetened chocolate as in your delicious brownie recipe , Dr. Davis. I’d love to get off the Nexium, but tomatoes and chocolate are good for us…right… Besides tasting so good! Any suggestions for how to eat these and still get to the point of needing no Nexium?

    • Linda Lounsbery

      I have suffered from heartburn and acid reflux since entering the menopausal years. Never had it before. Wine, dark chocolate, and tomato sauce of any kind are the biggest culprits. I was advised to try Aloe Vera Juice, or Gel, and I have not had a problem since. Even when I do wake up in the middle of the night, having indulged too much, a couple swigs of aloe vera juice immediately stops the symptoms. You must be certain you are getting real aloe vera juice. The product I use is lily of the desert. They have a website.

  7. hitfan

    ————————————————————————–
    It means that much of what we do in healthcare treating diabetes, joint pain, acid reflux, etc. is really just treating wheat consumption. We are treating the misguided advice to eat more “healthy whole grains.”
    ————————————————————————–

    That is a very apt aphorism. I”m thinking of the impact on society if the entire population were to collectively give up wheat. True, the averse effects of wheat probably vary from individual to individual, but on a macro scale it would provide huge benefits.

    -less wheat rage (I wonder how much road rage is caused by it).
    -a healthier population placing less demand and strains on an overburdened health care system
    -less money spent on prescription drugs, and our economic energy can be spent elsewhere

    There will be a lot of FUD and uncertainty and doubt, with many monied interests opposing a paradigm shift in how we look at the food pyramid chart and the propaganda regarding “healthy whole grains”.

    • Yup, you got that right, Hit.

      And the “monied interests” have plenty to lose. It means they will put up an incredible fight to preserve the “healthy whole grain” status quo.

    • Heidi

      This is a topic that makes me furious. I know that a lot of this started with the McGovern commission and my entire family were McGovern supporters!!! I had no idea until this past year how directly responsible he was for putting the US (and Canada, who followed in lockstep) on such a wrong-headed path for wrong-headed reasons!

      I live in Canada now, so my taxes are supporting everyone’s healthcare. Although we are marginally more healthy than Americans up here, we are on the same path. I proselytize about grain-free, low-carb living for two main reasons: (1) to help my friends and family improve the quality of their lives, and (2) to try to reduce healthcare costs overall!

      Keep up the good work, Dr. Davis!! Shout it from the rooftops!

  8. Deb Sher

    Dr. Davis – I think I need a little reassurance. I”ve been gluten-free for almost 5 weeks, and I”ve been having daily bad headaches, neck pain, and increased Trigeminal Neuralgia symptoms. I really want to hang in there because I do believe in the idea of being gluten-free. Is it normal to have these symptoms for so long, and can I expect them to go away soon?

    Thanks,
    Deb

  9. Rob

    My Wife has been on the wheat free diet since october and has gone from a life of eating “heathy” whole grains to no wheat. The painfull bloating has mostly subsided, she has lost some weight, still not enough in here opinion. The cooking has been ok, but the last couple of wheat and gluten free cook books somehow list Rye as non wheat. as well as a couple other varieties, which is adding confusion to what is really safe. Can you clarify this?

    • Hi, Rob–

      Yes, a confusing issue.

      My take: Wheat and rye have naturally crossbred many, many times over the millennia of their coexistence. Humans have also added to it by crossbreeding intentionally over the centuries. Net result: Rye = wheat, wheat = rye in genetics in many respects, with too much overlap in the adverse effects of both.

      Yes, rye is better, but remember: If something is less harmful, it doesn”t necessarily mean it”s great.

  10. Lew

    I am starting today after reading the first few chapters of Wheat Belly. I have MS and it will be interesting to see how this goes along with that!

    • Dr. Davis

      Please do, Lew!

      And don’t forget the vitamin D, the other “natural” strategy that is showing promise for MS.

  11. I have been off wheat for a couple months now and I have lost 10 pounds and feel great, but I get light headed daily and seem to have chest pain which I attributed to gas. My wife has been doing well and my belly has shrunk but went to the hospital last week thinking I might be having a heart attack and they put me on Prilosec for gas (felt pretty dumb). Anyways I am not hungry and dont eat a lot now but thinking maybe low blood sugar and I drink coffee in the morning and I seem to get gas from that. Any suggestions, should I dig deeper? I did have Nissan surgery because of bad acid reflux so I dont get that any longer just a dull pain in chest and burping. Any suggestions, feeling light headed common from not eating enough maybe?.

  12. Frank Andrews

    Dr. Davis.

    Neil Boortz tweeted about your book so I bought your Audio Book. It really made sense. I have been a vegetarian for 30+ years with years of veganism interspersed during that time. LOTS of whole grains. I played contact sports when younger and have always had muscle and joint aches. About 18 months ago I was told I needed a hip replacement as I have no cartilage in my right hip. I don’t want to go that route so your book convinced me to go wheat free. It have been 2 weeks and my hip seems worse than ever, although I have lost 5 pounds. (6’2″; 230# to 225#). Is there a “die-off ” period that I am experiencing? How long before I can expect improvement? I almost called my ortho today to schedule the op! Thank you.

  13. Lauren

    The evidence continues to build about the negative health effects of eating wheat / gluten products. I stopped eating all wheat and gluten products almost 8 months ago, way before I ever saw your book or website. I was following a grass fed and organic Paleo type diet (after being vegan/vegetarian most of my adult life). Immediately, my chronic lifetime and crippling migraines disappeared… and have never returned! My IBS, gas/bloating, stomach cramps and joint pains are gone forever. At 58, I feel like 35!! I tell anyone and everyone that wheat is BAD for you, and explain why. Most people don’t believe it, but when I ive them my own personal testimony, they don’t have a choice but to do their own research!
    Two of my co-workers have stopped eating, one is very excited because she wants to lose about a 100 pounds. I know she can do it!
    Thanks for spreading telling the truth about REAL HEALTH!!
    Lauren

    • Dr. Davis

      Excellent, Lauren!

      Yes, many of us–not just me–have arrived at the same conclusion from multiple different directions.

      But the lesson remains: Modern wheat is suitable for consumption by NOBODY.

  14. I’ve never heard of eliminating wheat or whole grains before! I’m suffering from chronic pain and inflammation but I guess eliminating wheat on my diet will help me!

  15. Joanne

    Not sure where to post, but…I thought this was interesting. My father suffers from peripheral neuropathy and depression. He was a flour miller his entire life. Needless to say he’s big on bread…but it makes me wonder about even having inhaled flour dust. What do you think…is that a little far-fetched?

  16. Joni

    I have been on carb restricted diets in the past, I would like to lose about 20 lbs but with the other diets I have experienced constipation when I eliminate carbs, any solutions, the wheat belly diet seems interesting and I would like to try it.

    • Dr. Davis

      Think about a probiotic, Joni.

      When you eliminate the intestinally disruptive components of wheat, amylopectin A, gliadin, and wheat germ agglutinin, there is a necessary change in bowel flora that has to develop. Some people fail to convert quickly and experience constipation and bloating.

      This is remedied in the majority by taking a probiotic preparation of, say, 50 billion CFU or more per day, for several weeks to accelerate the recovery of normal bowel flora.

  17. Jon

    So, something that has been in the diet of a creature long enough to have effected their evolution…??? 11 thousand years…. really?

  18. Nina

    Will eating a wheat-free, dairy-free diet (as my chiropractor suggests) help with my fatty liver as well as my GERD? I’ve been taking Prilosec for over 12 years and now have horrendous joint pain – I’m only 55 and don’t look forward to my life in the future being one of constant pain. Will it also help with the muscle aches? I’ve been taking more magnesium since I also have read that Prilosec and other PPI’s can cause a magnesium deficiency. I feel so out of whack, but reading about the gluten/gliade problem is really making a lot of sense. I was eating a lot of bread last week and my joint pains really got a lot worse. I’ve been off wheat for 2 days now and have noticed a marked improvement. Now if I can get off the Prilosec I can finally live without fear of a broken hip in my near future!

    • Dr. Davis

      Yes, yes, and yes, Nina!

      It ain’t about drugs. It ain’t about liver transplant. It is about the foods that have landed us in the widespread predicament.

      Is there any way to forgive a USDA that can get it SO wrong?

      • Nina

        Thank you so much for your work, Dr. Davis! I’m really looking forward to the adventure of living the rest of my life as pain-free as possible and with a liver that will be as healthy as possible again. I’m also looking forward to getting off the Prilosec and going into the last third of my life feeling like I did in the first third.

      • Heidi

        I might be able to forgive the USDA for almost 50 years of awful advice if they finally reverse themselves and get it right this time!!

        I used to tout the USDA recommendations as the gospel truth, as I added several pounds per year and watched chronic disease creep up on so many friends and loved ones. Myself, I have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and probably have had it for well over 20 years (just knowing my clinical history). The evidence for wheat contributing to many auto-immune processes is getting stronger every day.

        But how can we forgive a government that — essentially at random, thanks to Ansel Keyes and George McGovern — put the health of all Americans at risk? I can’t help but think of what my life would have been like without my thyroid-related problems (that went undiagnosed until I moved to Canada). How can I forgive them for all the things I didn’t accomplish because I was severely depressed with zero energy for years? At least I can deal with by supplementing thyroid hormones, now that I have a diagnosis. At 53, after five years of taking thyroid pills and one year of grain-free living, I finally have the life and health I’ve always wanted.

  19. Michelle Sommers

    I suffer horribly from migraine headaches that just don’t go away — this last one has gone on since Thanksgiving, with very little relief. I am ready to jump into the wheat belly program, but I am wary that the change will make my bad headaches even more unbearable. Any suggestions? Also, in your book, maltodextrin always has a (?) next to it…what does that mean? Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated! BTW…great talk at Whitefish Bay HS on Tuesday!!!

    • Dr. Davis

      It is likely that headaches will worsen during withdrawal. Beyond the usual measures you take for headaches, I now of no specific way to get around this effect. After all, it is a withdrawal from an opiate.

      • Rhonda

        Hi Dr. Davis,
        I’m sure that you have so many wheat related topics you would like to explore further already, but if there is any room on that list, I’d sure love to see you look closer at the migraine/wheat link. I read a great article recently about “gut migraines” and would love to read more about how wheat ties into that. I have been slowly moving towards wheat free (started in August and am almost completely there) and have seen some improvement in migraines but not enough to completely give up my daily migraine medication (almost 30 pounds lost and off my blood pressure medication, so I’m not complaining!) I’m hoping that once I make the complete 24/7 leap into wheatlessness the migraines will disappear. Have you had any patients talk about how giving up wheat affects migraines? Boundless, maybe you can let me know if there’s a migraine conversation on here that I’ve missed.
        Thanks!

        • Dr. Davis

          Actually, Rhonda, MANY people have weighed in on their migraine experience, with the majority reporting total or near-total relief.

          This needs to be formally explored and understood. But, until then, it seems to me that there are at least a subset of people who obtain extravagant relief from wheat elimination.

          • Rhonda

            That’s wonderful! I hope to be able to have the same results soon. Thank you for the quick response.

    • Ellen

      One thing to do is drink 6-8 glasses of water a day. If the brain is even slightly dehydrated it will cause headaches to one degree or another. Usually migraines are chronic dehydration according to the doc who wrote hte book recommended below. Dehydration occurs quickly if you do not take in regular water…. not juice, not milk, not coffee or tea, but water. So do that and also your brain really needs the sugars from ONE piece of fruit per day so start your day wtih a piece of fruit with your breakfast. Those two things should really help. Dry lips, dry skin, constipation to any degree, dry eyes, and many other signs are signs of dehydration. You can become dehydrated just from doing a workout, so it doesn’t take days or weeks, it can happen in a couple of hours depending on how much you take in versus how much water you expend. Urine should be “water colored” or colorless to very light yellow if you are hydrated, and yellower to dark yellow if you are dehydrated. Anyway, that should help. I know I used to get massive headaches, then I read a book a few years back called Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, and that changed my life so much! Now I have the WB lifestyle to add to that… six days in and I think between the two I will have a really healthy body and lose some of my ailments, like chronic hives. Go figure… I’ve been looking for six years to the answer to chronic hives and the allergist had no clue to it either except “autoimmune urticaria”. Hoping this is it! But do drink the water and make it daily, and the piece of fruit. If you are dehydrated now, drink 2-3 glasses, about 4 times today and tomorrow, and load the body with water that way quickly. Sipping water does not hydrate you. The average person needs 8 to 10 glasses of water, if you are overweight add a few more, but don’t overdo water either with gallons of it.
      Hope that helps.

      • Boundless

        > … your brain really needs the sugars from ONE piece of fruit per day …

        Disagree. The brain (and the rest of your body) can run just fine (better, some assert) on ketone bodies from metabolizing fats. Glucose is not absolutely required.

        Fruits, of course, don’t usually contain just glucose. They also contain varying proportions of fructose, which is something you want to avoid as much as possible. Some fruits are as high as 3:1 fructose:glucose

        Fructose never makes it to the brain as such. It has to be metabolized by the liver, which gets distracted by that process, much as it does with alcohol (and kicks you out of ketosis, if being there was your intent). Dr. Davis has written on the other hazards of fructose at:
        http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/2011/11/goodbye-fructose/

        Know your net carbs and fructose content of any fruits you eat. Some fruits are extremely high in sugars by weight. Fruits are way far from purely beneficial.

        All-natural organic fruit-fueled disease is just as unpleasant as wheat- and HFCS-fueled disease. Steve Jobs was often on a fruitarian diet. The actor who lately played the late Jobs in a movie found himself in hospital after going fruitarian to prepare for the role.

        Humans are not well adapted to fruit as significant food source. This seems to be a combination of factors:
        1. we aren’t well adapted to carbs generally, and
        2. access to fruit was seasonally brief for most humans.

        • Sedena

          Thanks, Boundless. I’ve been grain, dairy and sugar free since September 2012, and essentially fruit free too. I haven’t missed it at all, and now I know why!

  20. ncstorace

    I’m wondering if you’ve seen any impact of going wheat-free and the reduction in sinus-related issues (stuffy nose, sinusitis, allergies, etc.)?

    • Ellen

      I have. I’ve only been wheat free completely for six days now, and on day 3, my sinuses were clear overnight and clear during the day. Then I ate something that had wheat in it by accident (didn’t check the label and assumed it shouldn’t havea any wheat) and that night my sinuses stuff up again. By late the next day they were clear and as long as I read labels especially on spice containers that you presume don’t have wheat added in in some sneaky form, then my sinuses are rearlly clear. It actually feels odds to be able to breathe so deeply through my nose! Just really watch all lables. Even soya sauce has wheat in it. I didn’t even know before I was so snesitive to wheat but I guess I really was. I have also had allergies and rashes/hives for the past six years, diagnosed with autoimmune urticaria. I am hoping that in a few weeks that goes too. I have to take a Benadryl every night, but this next week I’m going to cut it in half, then every other night then off to see if my hives return. I’m guessing I had them due to wheat causing massaive inflammation in my body. Anyway, the sinuses should clear as inflammation reduces but it takes a while apparently for residue of wheat to leave your body… a few months in fact.

      • ncstorace

        Thanks so much for your reply–really helpful! I am hoping that going wheat-free will really help my allergies (mostly related to dust, mold, cats–I have 3). Interesting that you mention urticaria, which I also have (but it is triggered by the sun in the summer). I am also wondering if that will change on a wheat-free lifestyle. I’m not entirely wheat-free yet, but nearly there–probably later this week when my schedule is a bit slower. Thanks also for the tip about spices and soy sauce (which I just had today). Will really be reading those labels on everything!

        I’ll report back on my experiment and let you know how it affected my allergies, etc.

    • Boundless

      Wheat-free alleviating or aggravating?
      Food, pollen or other allergies?

      It is not uncommon for people to report that food allergies have vanished when re-challenged some time after wheat removal.

      • ncstorace

        Just wondering if Dr. Davies’ patients have reported relief from sinus congestion and allergies after eliminating wheat and, if so, how long it took. This is one of the major reasons I’m going wheat-free, although there are lots of other potential benefits, too.

        • ncstorace

          Forgot to add … I have allergies to dust/mold and also cats. I’ve only had cats for the past 2 years, but have suffered from congestion my entire life.

          • Lisa Jo

            NCSTORACE:
            My enviromental allergies are gone after 40 years of taking medication everyday just so I could breath. It took about 4 months for me to experiance great improvement for this particular ailment. I had to give up all dairy except Ghee, all soy products, all sweeteners including fruit (for 7 months) including those that Dr Davis recommends and eggs for a few months too. I never did give up lemons or limes because I use them in my salad dressings and had no bad reaction to either. My diet was therefore very restricted to meats, fish, yummy fats such as EVOO, EVCO, Ghee, Walnut oil and lots of veggies, small amounts of nuts and seeds but it truly was not a sacrifice. I enjoy my food more, I eat less and it taste better. All of it. What more can you ask for? Regaining my health was and still is everything to me. I’ve reintroduced some eggs although I cannot eat them often, Erythritol and Monk Fruit extract (you can purchase from Wheat Free Market) and a very small sprinkle of berries ever so often. I can tolerant them now in small amounts. We are all different but just keep readingthe blog and experiment. Your body will let you know what is working for you and what is not, that you can be sure of. Good luck on your journey to wellness.

  21. Kelly C.

    I guess I’m a rare person, because I’ve been wheat/gluten free for six weeks now and have only traded acid reflux symptoms. My horrible, chronic cough has gone away – a relief, for sure – but now I’ve got heartburn almost daily, which is a completely new symptom for me. And I’m still gassy and bloated. I don’t eat or rarely eat the most common heartburn-causing foods like pop, caffeine, tomatoes, onions, and peppermint. I’ve also limited dairy. So I’m frustrated that I’m having pain on a wheat-free diet. I suspect I’m gluten-sensitive or even Celiac, but I should be getting better, then, not just kind of blah with different symptoms…?

  22. Valerie

    Hello All:

    I started the WB diet a couple of months ago and started to feel great. I got off track and am hurting more now than (I think) I did before. I am currently looking for a support group in my area so I can learn more and stay encouraged. I have the WB book and the WB cookcook. I think I’ll get the WB 30-min CB as well. There is a lot of (shall we say, confusing) information on the ‘net about going wheat-free. No one, I’ve found so far, does it the WB way. So, I did get off-track and paid the price and will continue to read the WB blog for more pointers.

    Thank you all for your help. I look forward to your advice and comments. I wish you all success, too.