A cardiac nurse does Wheat Belly

Nonnawick, a nurse from Florida, left this wonderful comment on Amazon.com about her Wheat Belly experience:

I don’t know where to begin in telling you how amazing the transformation is in my body and my health after following the advice in this book.

I am a cardiac nurse with 20 years of experience, and tend to be a sceptic with every new diet that comes around the bend. I am not overweight, nor have I ever been. My frame is very small and in my teens I weighed 115 to 120. Four kids and thirty years later, I have tried everything to budge the scale which has stuck solid at 135 since I was in my late twenties. I have done Atkins, Sugar Busters, exercise, Eat Right For Your Blood Type, and a few other diets which I have since forgotten. Atkins was the only one which I had success in losing the weight, however, it was a brutal, very difficult diet, and I suffered extremely from cravings and starvation feelings. I also did not like that I had to think about “What will I eat for my next meal?” constantly. AND, as soon as I let up a bit on the Atkins, the weight came back double. So when I saw the title “Wheat Belly,” I was intrigued, as the little fat roll belly I have had for so many years needed a name, and I thought that might make a good name for it!

My initial reading of the book left me feeling like I had found the truth of things as to why this very health conscious, very exercise-fanatic culture of ours was the fattest, most unhealthy civilization the U.S. has ever seen. Another point he made was why were our mothers so trim? Fifty years ago, the moms of the day did not go to yoga class, jog through the neighborhood, and attend Zoomba. Can you see Mrs. Cleaver putting on her leotard? Haha. Small joke.

I was also a bit startled to read that wheat acts as an exorphin by crossing the blood brain barrier and acting on the pleasure centers of our brains to set us up for feelings of pleasure followed by withdrawals and cravings. WEll, duh!! That is exactly my eating pattern for YEARS! No matter how good I intended to be, I could not overcome my cravings when something yummy was an option.

I read this book in March. At the time, I had already kicked my sugar addiction and replaced it with Lakanto (waaayy better and tastier than Truvia!!) I had eradicated High Fructose Corn Syrup from my diet as well. And I was a pescatarian (no meat/only fish). I had not lost a single pound.

I weighed 137 lbs on day one of the Wheat Belly Diet. I went cold turkey off the wheat, focusing on veggies, fish, nuts, eggs, cheese, dairy, other grains besides wheat, and small amounts of fruit, rice, corn, and potatoes. I learned to eat whole foods, and stayed away from anything in a box, can or package. And I was careful to not go crazy with portion sizes on things like starches.

The first few days were difficult, as I felt I was constantly racking my brain as to what I could eat. I utilized the Lose It! app on my Android to track my meals and calories. After the first couple of days, something amazing began to happen. I BEGAN TO LOSE WEIGHT! My fat little belly roll became less and less dense. And flatter and flatter. And even more amazingly, I LOST MY CRAVINGS. This is the absolute miracle of this diet. Once you are off wheat, you do not crave the wheat.

I am now down to 123 lbs, and am completely stoked and sold on this lifestyle. I never want to eat wheat again!! There are too many good foods out there and lots of options for substituting. I have had extremely tasty gluten free pizzas, and made gluten free Coconut Shrimp, and even Gluten free cakes and cookies! *I substitute the Lakanto for the sugar. I have shared this incredible find with many of my patients at the hospital. Many who are obese, have diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, etc. I feel terrific and most importantly, I do not feel deprived in any way whatsoever. I love how my clothes fit me now, and love the flat belly and no-more-muffin-top look. My husband is super-stoked, and my adult kids are impressed. (because they know how long I have tried to get this weight off!)

So YES, I would say, GET THIS BOOK ANY WAY YOU CAN, READ IT AND FOLLOW IT!! It will change your life, and could SAVE your life! The reason I gave it only four stars is simply because I was a bit disappointed with the amount of eating ideas included in the back. Because the first thing anyone will think when they do something like the Wheat Belly Diet is “What Can I eat??” So I felt he should have included a lot more ideas, menus, and meals. Just my perspective. Get this book. Now.

Okay, okay. So the book started out as “just” an indictment of modern wheat, corrupted by geneticists. But my publisher was painfully sensitive to the idea that, if you point your finger at a problem, you need to offer a solution. So my then editor said,”You need to have a diet and recipes!”

My response: “Darn it! This is an indictment of wheat and what they have done to turn it into the tool for Big Agribusiness and Big Food, making us fat and diabetic. It is not the Wheat Belly Diet!”

We proceeded to get into a rather heated conversation. But my smart and persuasive editor won. Thus I added the diet and recipes, using the approach I have been using in my heart disease prevention efforts for many years. Since I wrote Wheat Belly, however, the recipes have improved. The most recent recipes are found in this blog, as well as in the new (and not yet available) Wheat Belly Cookbook that I just finished and submitted to my publisher.

Caution: Do NOT eat gluten-free foods made from junk carbohydrates. While this nice reader had success, it can booby trap her success long-term.

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58 Responses to A cardiac nurse does Wheat Belly

  1. Karen says:

    Do you need to count calories on the Wheat Belly Diet in order to lose weight?

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Absolutely not!

      But if you just counted what you consumed without trying to restrict, you would discover that you are taking in around 440 calories less per day minus the appetite stimulating properties of the gliadin protein from wheat.

  2. Jennifer Bishop says:

    Is this okay to start while Breastfeeding?

  3. Jessica McCoy says:

    @Jennifer Bishop – yes, it is safe to stop consuming wheat while breastfeeding. You can meet all of your nutritional needs for breast-feeding via fruit, vegetables, lean meat/fish and nuts/oils.

  4. Paige Kelly says:

    I am 34 and i have struggled my entire life with hunger. I can remember being as yound as 5 and still being hungry after seconds. I was never “over weight” but I was a little pudgie! Since marriage and three kids I have gained 70 pounds. My metabolism isnt the same, or at least that is what everone is telling me. My doctor thinks I may not have that part of my brain that tells me when I am full. I have tried every diet and excercise program. I went on a completely whole organic diet, no HFCS no high levels of sodium, the works. I did this for three months, no cheating. I GAINED 16 pounds. And I was excercising the entire time!! Totally devestated I went into a deep deep depression. I started cutting to deal with my pain. It was two fold really. I was cutting to distract me from my pain from self image and I was cutting to punish myself for letting me get this way. How could I go from 160 to 230. My doctor just recently put me on phentermine. I have noticed a difference with being able to feel full after eating a normal amount of food, something I have never felt before. I actually cried the first two days on the medication because I, for the first time, felt normal. I haven’t lost any weight though. Which is odd since most will lose 2-5 pounds the first week and then it tappers off. I am still finding myself craving food ALL the time. I am wondering if this is diet I should try. I just dont know what else to do. The last two month my blood pressure has been thru the roof and migraines have gone into overdrive. I have three beautiful children who I have not taking ONE picture with because I dont want them to remember me like this. My oldest is 9 and my youngest is 9 months. Its time to start living again….

    • Dr. Davis says:


      You are a victim of the gliadin protein of wheat, the protein that, upon digestion, is degraded to small polypeptides that act as opiates and stimulate the opiate appetite centers of the brain.

      This is not so much a diet as much as an exposure of what has happened to consumers who have been unwittingly sold this APPETITE-STIMULANT called modern wheat.

      You are describing the experience of the typical wheat-consuming individual. Please consider taking “before” and “after” photos, particularly as you are toying with whether or not to buy that size 6 dress you’ve been admiring!

      I am also going to post your question on the main blog page to see what others say. I believe you will be surprised!

      • deb moody says:

        Paige, perhaps you are missing the gene that lets us lets us “feel full”. If the Wheeta belly diet doesn’t work. Get tested for Willi-Barr syndrome. Might even be something else genetic that has not been discovered. I have great hopes for the ‘Wheat Belly’ diet myself, though. Good luck!

  5. marie says:

    Help..I am extremly over weigh..more than 100lbs. My doctor gave me this diet yesterday. I am borderline diabetic and cholestral. If I follow this will it really help.

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  7. Shelly says:

    Not sure if this is the right place to post a question but here goes:What do I do to break a 3 week plateau? I have lost 25 lbs at 2 to 2 1/2 lbs a week and need to lose at least another 25 lbs. I am still following the diet extremely closely but now my weight has been yo-yoing 1 lb – 2 lbs almost every day. Nothing else has changed in my lifestyle or health.

  8. Christine says:

    Dear dr. …..could you please give me a list of foods of what not to eat? I really cannot afford to buy your book.
    Thank you

  9. ROBIN says:


    • cathy lape says:

      I know you posted this awhile ago, but something about your symptoms caught my attention. While eliminating wheat will help tremendously, you might also want to have your vitamin D level checked.

  10. elizabeth waters says:

    I have been on the Wheat Belly diet since April 1st. Quit smoking on May 1st. Haven’t lost an ounce. Gained a few pounds. I am 60 years old, 5’7″ and weigh 149 pounds. I have always been 138 pounds. All blood work came back great. Why can’t I loose a pound. I go to the gym 3 times a week. Walk 3 miles a day , ride my bike 8 miles a night and go swimming when I can. Please advise.

  11. Naomi Veasey says:


    Do you really lose weight eating all the cheese and nuts you want? I’m struggling with this idea. I’ve been doing wheat belly for a week now and still feeling bloated and very hungry. Do you have any suggestions?

    Thank you,