Breaking bread and beating wheat

An anonymous commenter left this post on Amazon:

I wanted to post this review because I am absolutely shocked at how quickly and easily the no-wheat advice worked (which I just did as an experiment that I was SURE would fail). The book isn’t quite a “how to” diet book – but it is instead focused on getting the message of why wheat is bad out there. Here is some of my timeline since reading:

In the first week, my cravings for wheat and sugary foods (particularly chocolate) were diminished.
In 3 weeks, I lost 10 lbs (without working out) that I could not lose in the last 6 months despite diet and extensive exercise. (At least 10-15 miles a week of running).

By week 4, I was sleeping less and had more energy . . . cravings were even further diminished to virtually zero. I am normally a huge fan of Easter candy this time of year – but I just walked by the aisle in CVS unfazed. I have no idea how that happened. I also lost about 15 lbs by now.

On the other side of the coin . . . to “prove” things to myself, I suppose . . . I ate a big piece of pita bread tonight, and I am now paying the price with lethargy and brain fog. Then, I had a massive craving for a Snickers bar hidden away here (which I ate . . . great . . . ) None of this happens when wheat is out of my diet.

I will say that I have had wheat on and off in the last month (when it was really worth it to me personally . . . like a really good Italian restaurant), but then the weight loss stops and the lethargy set in . . . so it’s a trade off. And, I am making this trade off less and less these days.

In the beginning, it’s hard to transition but then it starts becoming obvious how awful wheat can be. The cravings come back too. Suddenly after eating wheat, then I wanted chocolate and ice cream. It’s so bizarre that this happens, but he explains this in the book (e.g., the exorphins and probably other chemicals we don’t even know about in wheat do these things)

I have not had a single GI issue since removing wheat, but I am also feeling that I over-rely on dairy a bit too much now. It’s hard to formulate a great diet – though that might sound silly . . . Unfortunately, I am transitioning out of a 50% wheat diet (yes I was that bad) and it is not that easy. So, the only reason I took off a star is because I wish the book had better tips on what to do. He makes his argument very strong – but there’s a bit of an “uh oh now what” feeling at the end. I’ve been eating eggs, fruits, vegetables, meat, etc… but it seemed to be an awkward transition that had me questioning a lot of things too (are fruits too high glycemic? Is oatmeal okay? Can I occasionally have crackers? etc…)

This book is incredibly important though, in the grand scheme of things and in the American diet. Wheat is SO ubiquitous. Cutting down on it could drastically improve heath (and waist size) of everyone in the country – but “breaking bread” is so integral to our culture. At least the celiacs have started raising awareness of gluten intolerance. I hope more people become aware of the message here.

Spread the word! Everyone thinks I am nuts when I talk about this, but they cannot deny I am a LOT thinner!

Here’s another interesting comment from Wheatbeater (great name!):

This book really is life-changing. I can’t express how much happier I have been since giving up wheat — and it’s only been one week! I am a young female, 129 lbs, and pretty slender, so I didn’t pick this book up to lose weight (although I wouldn’t mind that). I have had terrible allergies my entire life (hayfever, dust, pets) and recently they have gone out of control. I thought it might be diet related so I decided to give this a try.

Here’s what I’ve noticed so far: While my allergies have remained *sigh* I have SIGNIFICANTLY more energy. I have always been pretty lazy, not going to lie, and now I feel like I actually want to get up and do things! I had no idea wheat was killing my energy level. Also, my mind is much clearer. I notice things that I didn’t notice before (e.g., I never realized how much of a slob I really was). Now I keep things clean and don’t just let the house get filthy.

I’ve lost 1.6 lbs this week alone. I have now, out of nowhere, taken an interest in cooking and making creative meals like caprese salad, Parmesan chicken, and wheat free muffins. I now avoid the big chain food store and stay local as much as possible. My depression and anxiety symptoms have almost completely lifted. I walk more, rather than drive. I am more “regular,” but I also attribute that to adding coconut milk to my diet which is a diuretic. It tastes great in coffee!

The only thing that I don’t like about this diet is that it’s a little expensive to follow initially. There is a definite startup $$$ needed to begin and all your old wheat products are now of no use.

Overall, I highly recommend reading this, or simply just going wheat-free.

If you’re at all interested in following my journey, you can check out my new blog which I’m using to document my progress (and post yummy wheat-free recipes) at wheatbeater.wordpress.com.

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Comments & Feedback...

    • Betsy

      I am in this for weight loss. I haven’t had wheat for two weeks (with one exception) and have not lost an ounce. This is discouraging…any suggestions?

      • Boundless

        > I haven’t had wheat for two weeks …

        What are you eating?

        A lot of people miss the meta message of Wheat Belly: a sane human diet is low-carb paleo. Ditching the wheat is essential, and worth it for health reasons even if that’s all you do, but for a complete solution, you need to ditch carbs generally (like down to 20 grams net per day).

        If, for example, you’ve just switched to “gluten free” alternatives, you are almost certainly getting unhealthy levels of high glycemic carbs, some very destructive in their own right (e.g. fructose).

        • Neicee

          Betsy, I’ve been gluten intolerant for years. Tried to stay away from wheat and remained at a normal weight. That said, I was told that I could eat potatoes, rice, and corn. So I did. It was only when I started to balloon up to a size 8 (I’m under 5′ tall and very small boned) from a snug 6 that I woke up and found Wheat Belly on Amazon. I cut out the potatoes, rice, and corn and it melted off. I haven’t missed them at all. I’m back into a size 4 and on the way to size 2 – my daughter already is back to her high school sized jeans. Don’t try the gluten free junk, because that’s all it is – sanctified junk food.

  1. Little Sister

    It”s great to read these reviews, really inspirational. I left wheat behind 7 days ago and I am stunned at how quickly the hunger left. It was gone within 24 hours. I mean REALLY gone. I feel blessed to have had this experience. I”ve gone as much as seven hours between (light) meals with barely a twinge, and as Dr. Davis has said in the book, when the twinge comes, it”s just like a little nudge. “Hey, I”m down here. Love, your stomach.” Contrast that with me on wheat. There”s no nudge, there”s no freedom. The voracious gut wrenching feeling of starvation starts up within an hour or two of eating a meal. It is a driving hunger that”s impossible to put off. And the thoughts of food were constant throughout the day. Either I was eating, thinking about eating, planning what to eat next, thinking about how much weight I need to lose, planning how I was going to do it, getting up and starting in, messing up, being depressed, eating, eating, eating, and always, always hungry. This is like a vacation from the torture of needing to lose weight, but feeling driven to eat all the time. I am cursed with severe osteoarthritis of the knees and hips. I am hoping like heck the pain can be reduced ~ I know it won”t go away entirely, no cartilage between the bones ~ as others have reported experiencing with this wheat free way of eating. Interestingly, this morning, when I first got out of bed, I was able to stand up straight and walk without hobbling. Was it the small handful of walnuts I ate yesterday? Is it the elimination of wheat kicking in? That I skipped my evening workout? I”ve never felt as hopeful about anything in my very long and failed career of dieting. Thank you for writing this book, Dr. D.

    • Little Sis, reading your description of the difference between your relationship to food now and the way it was while you still ate wheat, I could not help thinking about the similarity to the desperation and obsession that takes over in the life of a person addicted to opiates, alcohol or nicotine. I understood that part of the WB book that explains gliadin and exorphins but it has only now really HIT me how truly addicted I and many others were to our slavish need for wheat and carbohydrates. And to overeating, period. I haven”t touched wheat since I read the book. I have had a tiny bit of refined sugar a couple of times and find that that can also set off the cravings again and the tendency to want to eat beyond the point of satiety.

      Thanks for posting the Amazon comments, Dr. D. I love reading these stories. I can”t help myself. I want everyone to know about this and experience the health benefits. The implications are still boggling my mind.

  2. 14 pounds and counting in just under a few weeks. Working on the chocolate recipe and the coconut flour bread and telling everyone who will listen. I feel great and do not consider this a diet as much as a lifestyle understanding. It is easy to leave the wheat when you know how.

    • Excellent, Andre!

      I think it”s also easier when you realize that wheat is put in virtually processed foods for its appetite-stimulating effect.

  3. I”ve been wheat/grain/starch free since January 1st when I read Wheat Belly on New Year”s Day. I lost 12 pounds in two weeks, then a total of 20.5 pounds as of my two-month mark on March 1st. My weight loss has now come to a halt for the most part. I”ll go up a half a pound one week then down a half a pound the nest. I”m not sure why the weight loss has stalled already, but I”m still not interested in going back to my old way of eating, that”s for sure!

    I do hope the weight continues to come off, though. I”ve started exercising about 4 times a week; nothing too strenuous, just 25 – 30 minutes on the treadmill and then some weights. I”m thinking I might need to cut back on wine (my husband and I have a glass with dinner most nights) or on my favorite snack, sunflower seeds. I eat those a lot and they”re the roasted, salted kind. Anyway, I keep telling myself not to think about the weight, but I still have about 45 – 50 pounds to lose to get into my healthy BMI range and I”d like to be there by summer.

    My husband has lost weight as well. Although he doesn”t weigh himself, people at his work have noticed and a few are giving up wheat now as well! One even commented on how amazing the difference in his body was almost immediately.

    Here”s hoping I continue to be a loser! ;)

    Anne

    • 20 pounds is still quite an accomplishment, Anne!

      But I”d lose the roasted sunflower seeds. They are nearly always roasted in hydrogenated cottonseed or soybean oil, and thereby are flagrant contributors to cancer, hypertension, heart disease, and may contribute to your stalled weight loss via AGEs and lipoxidation products.

      • Andy

        Dr. Davis,
        What”s your opinion on the nightly glass of wine with dinner? Does that slow down weight loss? If so, how much? I”ve been wheat free since early October 2011 and the weight loss has really stalled. My other question is about using HWC in coffee. Should I limit that?
        Thanks,
        Andy

        • Yes, it can slow weight loss down considerably. I hate that because my wife and I love wine. There”s nothing like a glass of chilled viognier!

          What is “HWC”?

          • Andy

            HWC=heavy whipping cream. Its much lower carb than half & half. I”d like to try one of the coconut creamers but can”t find one without sugar. The lowest is 1g sugar per serving. The other option is the canned coconut cream but it”s just not as good. I know that you advise limiting dairy but didn”t know your opinion on heavy whipping cream since its much more fat than milk!

          • Okay, HWC.

            I have no problem with the fat in dairy. But I”ve got three problems with dairy:

            1) Bovine growth hormone–Easy to fix by just buying organic or “no BGH.”
            2) The insulinotrophic property of the whey fraction, i.e., the 3-fold increase in insulin (area-under-the-curve)
            3) The excess estrogen content when cows are milked year round, even the 10 months they are pregnant.

            Number 2 is not really bad, so some dairy for this reason is okay. But I don”t know how most people can fix number 3, since most producers don”t even consider it a problem and make no mention of this on the label. Because I live in Wisconsin, I can find sources that provide milk obtained from non-pregnant cows. But what if you live in a city like New York or San Francisco? I”m hoping that public attention to this issue prompts dairy producers to either stop milking pregnant cows and/or specify it on the label.

        • Nancy

          I have wondered the same thing about cream. I use it for the same reasons, along with liquid vanilla stevia. I adore coffee, and have no desire to stop drinking it :-)
          But I”m not losing any weight. Wondering if there”s a connection.

          • CJ

            What”s wrong with good black coffee?? I used to be a devoted New Englander loving my coffee “regular” (lots of cream & sugar). About 6 years ago (wanting to lose weight & realizing how much sugar I was using) I cut out most “added” sugar, i.e. none in coffee, tea,etc. I was still using milk/cream. About 3 years ago (after my DH”s heart attack) I stopped using cream (that was when we though fat was bad). I will tell you black coffee is very different from the “coffee ice cream” coffee but the nuances and flavors that are apparent now are amazing! We do roast our own beans (have been for about 11 years) and I am sure this makes all the difference, as in my experience now, cream and sugar don”t even help “bad” coffee!
            Here”s to the “green bean”!!

      • Alec

        What about sunflower seeds not roasted in oil, but dry roasted, specifically in the shell? They are one of my favorite snacks.

  4. Elena

    Little Sister: As written right out of my heart! There is no camparision of the all encompassing hunger before going wheat free and the empty-stomach nudges I get today, 4-7 hours after the last meal.

    Anne: make your own sunflowerseeds. It´s dead easy. I make them and also roast almonds in tamari soy sauce (It´s made from soy beans, not wheat :-)). Just chuck some tamari in a bowl (spice it up if you want to with chilipepper or something), let the seed/almonds lie in it for a bit and then roast in a pan or the oven. I make it in the oven (300F for 15 minuits or so, stir occasionally to prevent burning) since I do big batches, everybody loves it.

    I went low carb/high fat january 2011. Lost 53 pounds and lost my depression, my brittle nails, my dry skin, my dry hair, my flaky scalp, my stomachproblems, my high bp, my aches, my sickdays, my cravings and my endless tiredness along the way. I´m turning 47 but feel younger than I have in 20 years!
    I had given up, thought that I could never loose the excess weight, took my seasonal depression as something I just had to live with the rest of my life (since it had affected me very heavily every winter since i eas 15 years old) and thought that the aces, pains and general tirednes just was a sign of me getting middleaged. I have a completly new lease on life now!

    Thank you Dr. Davies and all you other people out there sharing your wisdom, your knowledge and your succes stories.

    • All excellent, Elena!

      I sometimes get very angry when I hear just how much some people have suffered at the hands of this grain. We”ve got to turn this into a positive experience and help others regain their lives.

    • All excellent, Elena!

      I sometimes get very angry when I hear just how much some people have suffered at the hands of this grain. We”ve got to turn this into a positive experience and help others regain their lives.

  5. Pilot Mark

    We had to throw out, or donate unopened, wheat containing foods. That may have been a waste of money, but our grocery shopping costs went down immediately. This was possibly due to the hunger pangs diminishing very quickly. So wheat free is not expensive to start.

  6. Karen

    I am about to go wheat free – just need clarification on what to eat, as I find it confusing to eat low-carb when those in the “blue zone” ate mostly carbs and lived very healthily into their 100”s. I”m beginning to think that MAYBE it”s just eliminating grains and sugar and transfats that will enable good health, but for the sake of going wheat free – - and low carb, I need to know is heaving whip cream ok in my morning coffee? Do we really only need about 45grams of carbs from non-starchy vegetables to have healthy “elimination?” I assume you feel great, you are healthy so if you could break down by % what your diet includes I think that could eliminate my questions pretty well. 15% protein? 10% carbs? 20% saturated fat? the rest as non-saturated fats? 0% trans fats. I have 4 months to lose fat – as I don”t want to be overweight while camping this summer…. please help :-)

  7. Neicee

    The biggest problem I have are road trips where you have to make quick stops for bathroom breaks and fast food. It”s very hard not to drive through McD”s or Wendy”s without consuming something yucky. Yes, you can order a burger without the bun (the reason my husband calls the burgers with buns ”Gut Bombs) but everything else they serve is suspect. I”ve ordered salads, only to find they are wilted and brown on the bottom. In the part of the country I live a city can be a hundred miles or so between stops. I have carried V8 juice in my bag – any thoughts on that?

  8. HS4

    You can find some great foods for travel at Steve”s Original website (www.stevesoriginal.com). They offer gluten-free Paleo Kits of dried grassfed (or organic) beef jerky with nuts or dried coconut and dried berries; or just the jerky alone. The larger sizes are suitable as meal replacements especially for active people. They come in several different sizes, are vacuum sealed and will last at least 6 months. Other products include gluten-free granola and snack bars (based on nuts, good fats, etc….). Everything we”ve tried has been delicious and filling. The Paleo Kits are popular with soldiers stationed overseas and all sales benefit a terrific program of crossfit and paleo nutrition for disadvantaged kids.

    Other than the Paleo Kits, when traveling I usually take small bags of various nuts and coconut chips; both will last days w/o refrigeration. If I”ll be eating within a few hours, I might take simple foods such as hard cheese, hard cooked eggs, vegetable sticks and a small apple or two. When staying overnight in hotels, I usually request an in-room refrigerator; many hotels will provide them at no charge but if there is a cost it”s usually no more than $10/night. Well worth it to be able to stop at a local grocery and keep some good simple foods overnight instead of trying to choose between bad and worse at the hotel breakfast bar.

  9. Kristi

    I wasn’t sure where to ask this question, so I just picked a blog post and will try it here. I have gone off wheat/gluten now for about a week and a half and have not subsituted the wheat with other high carb foods or anything, but am not seeing any weight loss. I have cut back on the sugar too, but not completely. I do feel better and am starting to feel more energetic now and notice my cravings are diminishing, but what am I missing? Does it take longer for some to start seeing weight loss than others and what is usually the reason for that? I have not been regularly exercising, some walking here and there, but would not call myself out of shape, just mediocre shape. But I did not change anything with my exercise habits for now as I wanted to see what just eliminating wheat would do.

    Thanks for any advice!

    • Dr. Davis

      Please go back in these blog posts, Kristi, back about 4 months to see the series of discussions of just this issue.

      There are identifiable and correctable issues to account for the stalled weight loss. Or just be patient.

  10. Joseph

    I want to start by stating that the book is amazing. I come from a science background (studied chemistry in college) and it is great to see someone else appreciate all of the reactions that food has inside the body. I recently have changed my diet (~3 weeks ago and feel great) into mostly veges, proteins, and black beans (I think beans are the healthiest food on Earth!). I have two main questions about food items that I eat regularly on my new diet.
    1. How many eggs are too many? Currently, I am eating anywhere from 3-4 eggs/day (that’s yolk and white). I’ve read blogs online of fitness trainers and nutritionists who claims that ~0-4 a day is perfectly fine and great for protein.
    2. Canned tuna…. I know women should restrict the amount of tuna, but I love canned tuna and albacore (so easy, low in calories and super healthy). Is one can of tuna/day okay? What if I occasionally increased the number to two cans a day?

    Thanks!!

    • Dr. Davis

      Thanks, Joseph!

      Most people do fine with any amount of eggs. (It’s the occasional Apo E4 genotype who may have problems, something worth assessing somewhere along the way.)

      The canned tuna is a mercury issue. You might consider a mercury blood level one of these days to know for a fact what your cumulative exposure has been.

  11. Jane

    Hi Dr. Davis,

    I really enjoyed your book, and I have stopped eating wheat for over a month now and I can definitely feel the good effects.

    I have a question, does rye bread have the same negative effects of wheat bread? I’ve heard that it is much healthier than wheat bread, what are your opinions about it?

    Thanks a lot!
    Jane

    • Dr. Davis

      Better, Jane, but not good.

      Rye and wheat are too closely related, coming from a similar ancestor and having been crossbred so many times.

  12. Iris Alvares

    Dear dr Davis..

    I have heard you on YouTube, read your blog and comments of wheatbeaters… Ordered my book which is on its way.. I am intrigued, extremely interested and have definetly started the cut back..
    However, I have a few questions… Is this just about cutting wheat or all grain in general.. Can I eat amaranth, finger millet and foxtail millet instead? Or is that a no no…
    Today is my third day without any wheat but a little bit of amaranth rotis and I am having no cravings.. I feel full not bloated and that I think is excellent..
    I would really appreciate your response..
    Thanking you for your wonderful revelation..
    This is not a diet but a true lifetime lifestyle change..
    Iris
    India

    • Dr. Davis

      Hi, Iris in India–

      The BOOK is about wheat and its evil effects and the incredible health improvements with its elimination.

      But ideal health is about first eliminating this corrupt creation of genetics research called wheat, followed by a severe limitation in all grains, as they are unhealthy for different reasons.

      Of all the foods we consume, non-wheat grains should be at the bottom of the list.

  13. MaryMK

    A tiny success story. I never, ever, thought I’d give up pizza. During my first attempt at being a “wheatbeater” I clung nervously to my weekly pizza night. Indeed, if anyone had asked me last week what I would request for my last meal on earth I would have replied, “pizza, please, extra large”.

    Sadly, despite modest success, I then fell off the wagon with such a loud landing that it must have been heard all the way from Chicago to Wauwatosa, WI. Proceeded to feel terrible with exhaustion and joint pain. After a bad experience with a diet “authority” and his program and a waste of seven weeks and hundreds of dollars I recommited to the wheat belly way.

    And here’s the kicker: My lovely neighbor offered me half of her still warm, just delivered pizza. I demurred but she insisted and rather than hurt her feelings I took it. I wasn’t sure what to do. Having been raised by depression-era parents it’s extremely difficult for me to throw out or waste food. So I stared at it for a while but then ate some of the topping (cheese, mushrooms, onions, sauce), nibbled a teensy bit of the crust and then THREW AWAY THE REST! YeeHa! I looked pizza in the “face” and I won! A little victory but I whistled and did a little jig as the garbage chute slammed shut. The great battles are won with good strategy and sometimes the garbage chute is the only stratagy when face to face with the enemy.

    • Georgia Walker

      MaryMK

      From one pizza lover to another …. I understand that feeling of victory! I am still scouring this site to find a good substitute but in the meantime I am sans pizza.

    • Dr. Davis

      Sure.

      A good general rule is to watch out for going higher than 15 grams “net” carbohydrates at any one time. More and blood sugar starts to climb.

      How about real juice, however, made from veggies?

  14. Jesse

    I guess my main question is around tomatoes. Do you consider them a vegetable and can it as many as you want? I have your book, but I do not remember reading anything about tomatoes. I’m three weeks without wheat or simple carbs and I have lost 10 pounds and my blood sugars(Type 2 Diabetic) are almost normal through out the day.

    • Dr. Davis

      Great, Jesse!

      Because you are/were diabetic, I would not consume any carbohydrate in a quantity greater than 10 grams (“net”) per meal, if your desire is to get rid of diabetes. Be careful of hypoglycemia, however, on drugs like insulin and glimepiride, glipizide, or glyburide. Ideally, you do this with your doctor (yeah, yeah: most doctors have no idea how to do this, sadly).

  15. Maddie Ball

    I have pretty much cut out wheat a week ago today, and felt really good about it, until today. I woke up with a headache, feeling lethargic and just generally not too good. Could it be that I had a couple of glasses of alcohol last night (one glass of wine and one vodka bitter lemon)? Or could I not be eating enough? Yesterday I had porridge with almonds and raspberries for breakfast, tuna and egg salad for lunch and prawns and roasted veg for dinner. Should I be eating more?

  16. Jean Bell

    I have cut out wheat from my diet for the last week after reading your book. I find I am eating less and food cravings are disappearing. However I have had a huge cold, constantly blowing my nose, and am wondering could there be any connection with going wheat free….some sort of healing crisis.

    • Dr. Davis

      Yes, it could, Jean.

      Withdrawal from the gliadin protein of wheat can assume protean forms, including the form you are experiencing.

      Thankfully, it all passes!

  17. Kathrine

    I bought your book a few months ago on my Nook – and read it from virtual cover to cover in a day. I was so excited, and eliminated all wheat, sugar, alcohol, carbs from my diet immediately. I stayed on this plan for about a week and felt GREAT! I don’t have a scale so I didn’t weigh my self but I could tell I had lost weight just by the way my jeans fit. And there was a noticeable difference in my belly :). However, I went through a few very stressful situations (moving out of state, loss of job, etc.), and fell “off the wagon” so to say. Today is my first day back to the no wheat lifestyle. I think I am addicted to food in general (for whatever reason) and know that I would feel better, look better, and be overall healthier if I lost about 50 pounds. I’ve never been this overweight in my entire life. Why is it so difficult to do the things we KNOW we need to do? Any inspiration or tips would be greatly appreciated.

    • Dr. Davis

      Know, Kathrine, that the answer is already on your Nook.

      Read the stories here and on the Wheat Belly Facebook page and see that you are not alone. In fact, you have many, many friends and fellow sufferers, all having been victimized by the nonsense that passes for nutritional advice.

  18. Dayna Powell

    I have been wheat free for 4 weeks now and feel amazing. I lost 4 inches in my waist the first week. I have lost 12 lbs. I have a question for you Dr.Davis? I have had a chronic itching problem for years as well as restless leg. My itching comes on at night to the point the when i itch my legs I begin to bleed. It seemed to have gone away, but has been really uncomfortable the last few nights. Do you have any ideas what causes the itching? I feel like there are bugs in my skin sometimes. I would love to know what to do?

    Thanks,
    Dayna

    • Dr. Davis

      Well, Dayna, wheat elimination has incredible power to transform health, but . . . it does not cure every condition known to man.

      You may need to consult with a dermatologist to identify the cause. While they are incredibly ignorant in general when it comes to wheat-related effects, one might be helpful with other conditions.

  19. Geoffrey

    Hi Dr. Davis,

    I can’t find anything on eating steel cut oatmeal. Are oats also falling into the grain category. I ask because I eat slow cooked steel cut oats almost every morning, but I have still not been completely happy with my digestion. I eat little to no wheat/gluten or sugar, but am now wondering if the oatmeal is all that it says it should be. Thoughts?

    This website is fascinating. Thanks so much for what you’re doing. I started on this path 20 years ago or so after reading The Zone by Barry Sears.

    Geof

    • Dr. Davis

      Yeah, I’d lose the oatmeal, too, Geof.

      It’s a bit of a different issue, mostly about blood sugar. If you were to do a fingerstick blood sugar one hour after finishing your oatmeal, you will likely observe sky-high blood sugars–not good.

      While modern semi-dwarf wheat is the worst of the worst, us Homo sapiens are ill-equipped to eat any grain.

      • Geoffrey

        Thank you, and that was my hunch after reading through your blog last night. This morning I had already decided to not eat oatmeal and I focused on what it was that my body really wanted. What did it really want to eat? When I listened like that, it wanted protein and some fats. I was naturally drawn to some nuts (salt free) and then got the eggs out….with a small side of veggies.

        This morning I went to grocery store and bought some 100% grass fed beef, breakfast sausage, apples, potatos, lettuce, milk, almond flour, etc. I can’t wait to try the almond flour in cottage cheese pancakes tomorrow morning. An excellent and simple recipe:

        4 eggs
        6 T butter, melted
        1/2 c flour
        1 c cottage cheese

        Mix cottage cheese, eggs, and flour together. Stir in melted butter. Cook pancakes on ungreased pancake griddle/pan (with all that butter you don’t need anymore and you probably shouldn’t eat these everyday). Serve with real and warmed maple syrup.

  20. Sure would like to find a good bread recipe using einkorn flour. Any one know one??? Tried one, but it was very dry. Need something with more flavor, I think????

  21. Glee

    Dr. Davis, I have been wheat free for one week and would like to thank you. I have noticed a great decrease in appetite and an increase in clear thinking! I am not worried about weight loss as I know it will come. My question is regarding Restless Leg Syndrome. Will being wheat free help this condition? It is a nightly misery and I would love to think that it might go away. Thank you for your wonderful work!

    • Dr. Davis

      I can that, anecdotally, I have witnessed many cases of restless leg syndrome disappear. I don’t know precisely what percentage of people respond, but I suspect that it is a pretty high percentage, judging from what people tell me.

      • Glee

        Thank you so much! Hope springs eternal, right? Maybe this will be what I have been looking for. Thank you for your time. Glee

        • In regards to RLS – I have suffered with it for many years. After a few days of being wheat and sugar free I was able to fall asleep easily AND stay asleep! The disappearance of my RLS symptoms is totally due to the change in my eating habits.

  22. Kelly

    Dr. Davis,

    I began your wheat free diet about three weeks ago. I suffer from migraines and I work with someone who also has began a wheat free lifestyle and she has had success in over coming migraines. So far, so good! I must admit I am not the strictest follower. I do enjoy an occasional Hershey kiss, potatoes, and rice in moderation. The goal for me was simply controlling my migraines. I also began exercising regularly. I do understand it could be a combination of the diet and exercise that is giving me success, but i am quite okay with that. My question for you is, while reading these blogs from the sound of it weight loss comes pretty easy and hand in hand with this lifestyle. I, unfortunately have had no change what so ever in that area. I know it is different for everyone and it has only been three weeks, but i would love to hear from you and what you have to think about it. Could it be my occasional potato that is keeping me at the same weight?

    Thank you!