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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59 Responses to Breaking bread and beating wheat

  1. Geoffrey says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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.

  2. Sharon says:

    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????

  3. Glee says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

        • Leslie says:

          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.

  4. Kelly says:

    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!