The Big Fat Whole Grain Secret

Here’s another spectacular story of early wheat-free success posted by Cora:

I’m here today because I’ve been eating grain-free for three weeks now, and I’ve lost 6kg [13.2 lbs].

I cannot believe it. This is weight that I have struggled with for 7 years now, and showed no signs of going. I’ve tried Atkins (so complicated and overwhelming, gave up, lost no weight after a month anyway, pointless, and felt like a lard ball so much, I hated it) tried Weight Watchers, after 6 months I’d bounced around the same small range of weight variation, it barely seemed worth it. Plus, all the weighing and counting calories and watching other people eat things I wanted. I was also spending a lot of my points on wheat products, and I was always hungry, I was always eating, I was starving, malnourished I think, and still getting fatter. Plus they aren’t cheap to join. Wish I’d saved the money, but I really thought it would help.

But anyway, back to today. Weight is falling off me. And I don’t think I’ve done anything at all. No hard work, that’s for sure. I’m eating whatever I feel like, and suddenly I’m not mindlessly grazing all day, my veggie intake has tripled, and while I used to believe you had to have about 1/3 or 1/3 your plate of white/brown carbs, now I realise that is completely rubbish, in every sense of the word.

I used to eat a wheat-based cereal for breakfast, sandwiches or wraps for lunch, rice pasta or noodles for dinner, and snacks were crackers or cakes or whatever – but in hindsight my diet was about 85% wheat every day. It was the starting point, and then you added meat or veg to it. Absolutely awful.

Three weeks later, weight is melting away, I’m eating a much more interesting range of foods (who knew kale was this fabulous!?) and loving every second of it. The only thing I don’t understand is why it’s all so secret. Why people insist that wheat and grains are so wonderful, and everyone wonders why we’re all so fat these days, getting morbidly obese, diabetes and so on. I get the feeling people are scratching their heads, and have no idea what is going on . . . but yet, it’s so simple.

My friend is a nutrition student (and struggles with major weight control issues) and today I told her how I was losing the weight. She is insisting that I will need to reintroduce grains after a while or I will suffer, and get tired all the time. Remains to be seen. I feel that there can’t be any nutrient in grains that I cannot get from vegetables and meat. She says you need good source of carbs to survive. I feel that they just contribute to weight gain and mild depression. At the moment I have no intention of ever going back. She can eat it if she wants, but i fully intend to remain grain free for the rest of my long, healthy, thinner, happier life.

I find it ironic that it is the nutrition student who insists that Cora return to the food that was clearly destroying her health, just because she is taught this dogma in school with faculty likely supported by Big Food. How far wrong can conventional dietary “wisdom” be while health is ruined and weight and appetite are uncontrollable?

Say goodbye to wheat, say goodbye to the opiate-like effects of gliadin, say hello to control over your own appetite, food choices, and life.

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  1. Frsn

    Cora, I totally agree with you We have been wheat/grain free for about 3 weeks now & have had similar results. My son introduced me to the Wheat Belly book & paleo/primal eating. He started eating this way last May 1, 2011 & as of today has lost 70 lbs & it has totally transformed his life. He says he has never felt better, & will never change how he is eating. I have a collage picture showing his progress over the year that is a true testimonial to eating wheat free, and all the proof I need that it works!
    I also agree as to why this is such a secret. I get the deal about big business & money, but it’s our health they are messing with. Everytime I hear an ad about eating whole grains I just wish I could jump into the television & let people know it isn’t healthy & harming their health.
    Thank you for your post Cora, & thank you so much Dr. Davis for bringing this matter to light. I am spreading the word, altho many think I’ve lost my mind, I know different.

    • Dr. Davis

      You haven’t lost your mind, Fran: You have removed this opiate from your life that influences thinking and appetite!

      Just like drug addicts hate talking to former addicts, so it goes with wheat-eaters talking to a nice healthy wheat-denier like you.

      • Roger

        It is my goal, not only to be an Substance Abuse Counselor, but, ot obtain a Ph.D. in Counseling.

        I have worked with people with Substance Abuse issues, since I was 18, because of being the bye-product of Addicts, born prone, and clean since 1978.

        I know addiciton, the symptoms and withdrawl. When I first read Dr. Davis and Wheat Belly–I about fell off my couch! The opiate receptors of the brain, and genetic modified wheat and its realationship to hunger, is key, not only to understanding the root cause of addicition, but is key to understanding one major aspect of Genetic Modified Wheat.

        The price I had to pay, to come down off Wheat, was only a small pain, compared to what I would suffer, if I had not received that flyer in the mail, advertizing Wheat Belly.

        My future is because of two non-conventional Doctors, one, I thougt of as an out-and-and Quack, (Dr. Tsai, The Chiropractor) the other, I thought of, as just another pill pusher, trying to sell a book (Dr. Davis, The Cardioligist).

        God Bless Dr. Davis, even is he does not belive in God, God belives in him!

        Roger, OHIO

    • Marv

      Fran you’ve hit a real key point:
      “I get the deal about big business & money, but it’s our health they are messing with.”
      To make money they promote a profitable product that harms the body. Then the Medical industry steps in and mitigates the damage with, also profitable, drugs and eventually insulin. I was well on the road to Type 2 Diabetes, which they would’ve “fixed” with insulin.

      Problem is I’m a professional pilot and once I cross that line I’m grounded. Knowledge is Power and I owe the Good Doctor quite a lot for having the courage to step out of the herd. Keep spreading the word friends! (and I’ve got your back for life Doc!)

      • Dr. Davis

        Thanks, Marv!

        If we desire a solution to escalating medical costs, this approach could alone save tens of billions: less hypertension, less “high cholesterol,” less fatty liver, less diabetes and pre-diabetes, less leg edema, less joint pain and inflammation, less acid reflux, less irritable bowel symptoms, fewer eating disorders . . .

        Now, what would Novartis, Novo Nordisk, and Sanofi Aventis say about this new, incredible way to save money?

  2. Annette

    I see wheat pushers everytime i have the tv on, or watch a cooking show. My husband and i and been wheat free for over 2 months now and never want to go back. some of his co workers are doin it also and could not be happier.

    • Linda

      “I see wheat pushers everytime i have the tv on, or watch a cooking show.”

      And it drives me nuts! Nearly every product pushed on tv is sugar & flour, flour & sugar, or mostly sugar, etc. It never ends!

      Have yet to see a lovely commercial for brussel sprouts bathed in melted butter, or a huge serving of caulifower, salted and peppered as well as buttered and ready to eat!

      Big Food must be making a killing on that junk.

      Of course, a normal trip to my local grocery store and a glance at the baskets ahead and behind me reveals that Big Food is doing just fine.

      • Dr. Davis

        Yes, you put your finger on a crucial point, Linda: Wheat, along with cornstarch, high-fructose corn syrup, and sucrose, are ultra low-cost commodities that, with a little food coloring and clever marketing, allow extraordinary markups.

        Not so with a cucumber or cauliflower.

        • Ulli

          LOL! That will be one bright and happy day when I see a commercial for freshly picked brussel sprouts covered in melted butter on TV! Maybe on a your local PBS station they could run a 15 minute program at dinner time where all local small scale farmers can advertise their latest seasonal products?
          That’s also what gets me with all these “coupon Moms” and how smart they supposedly are. 99% of those coupons I can never use, only the ones for toilet tissue or some other odd household item. I’m still waiting for coupons that give me 50 cents off a lb. of organic brussel sprouts at the farmer’s market.

          • Janet

            Some farmer’s markets are using coupons or tokens that those on food assistance are receiving. The customer takes the token to the farmer’s market, can use it to buy fresh, local, more nutritious food and then the vendor can get reimbursement from the food assistance program. There are small steps happening in this direction, but as more attention is given to local producers and their ability to stay alive financially, there will be more customers and then more availability. If you have a local farmer’s market–BE A CUSTOMER. We have only about 4 to 8 vendors at ours on Saturday morning, but I go every time and buy something from as many vendors as I can (except the “natural whole grain” granola” gal–I always pass her up. I may recommend her making some nut/nut meal granolas sometime. Tell her my situation and the huge variety of delicious bars and mixtures she could make without flour and grains. )I would buy those.

  3. I heard a nutritionist say on telly the other day that we need to eat grains to get vitamin B12. Excuse me? What about meat? No that wasn’t mentioned. I gather bread and cereal is often fortified with B12 and this is then used as justification for recommending it as a food group. To my mind, if a food needs to be fortified to make it good for me, then I’d rather eat the real deal.

    • Dr. Davis

      Hear, hear, JJ!

      Yes, it’s amazing what passes for nutritional “wisdom” from many dietitians and nutritionists.

  4. No, you won’t get tired if you stop eating grains – she is the one who will get tired!! I’ve been wheat free since reading the book last September and I’ve never felt better – 30 lbs gone and I feel great.

    • Roger


      I was so indoctrinated with all the Whole Wheat Info. I uncritically took it for granted as an undisputed fact–and I had multi-symptoms of cumulative wheat-induced toxic poisions!

      I have been wheat-free (to include other man-made toxins, processed or man-made sugars) since 1 Mar. 2012, and, free of toxic carbs, not only am I losing inches off my once-hard wheat belly, I am now, losing pounds!

      Symptoms that I thought were just part of life, a burden to bear–are gone!

      Dr. Davis bases his findings on sound facts of how the body actually works, in relation to the man made sugars (wheat etc.) and, not only do I look good, I feel good, can handle the stressors of life, more easily—and have energy to boot! He does not Parrot facts, data and statistices—what he incorporates is relevant data, his own real-world problem with Wheat–and a wealth of hard-fought for Clinical (real world) not jus book knowledge.

      I would encourage any one to go back, re-read, read, and re-read again, Wheat Belly, take notes–and if you do not understand a term or concept, this site is a gold mine! What is the use of slaving to accumulate material goods and wealth, if one does not have the health to enjoy the fruits of their labors? All the wealth and material goods may pacify, but will not address the root core of one’s unhappy mental and physical state.

      Since the Dr. Davis exploasion in my head, via his book, it has opened my eyes to many so-called experts, that just Parrot conventional information, re-format it, in their own words, or cite and drop names or Govt. institutions–the net result is ignorance gone viral–and a world of Pancreatic Hell for any one caught up in their Parrot World Advice! As I wrote in earlier blogs, if We The People chunk-down this Human Rat Poision, We will be, “One Nation, Under Diabetes!”

      I never thought I would look and act like a person in their mid-twenties, at 50 years of age!
      I do not mean my mid-twenties I experienced, as my symptoms were beginning to show before I hit the age of ten . . . I mean, my 50’s is like a healthy mid-twenties . . . .

      Roger, OHIO

  5. Noel

    Nutritionists are always going on about the nutrients in whole wheat. What they don’t tell you, and perhaps don’t understand themselves, is that wheat contains Phytic Acid (phytate), which binds to many minerals, including zinc, magnesium, calcium and iron, to name a few. So, while the grains may contain a variety of nutrients, they’re not actually bio-available to us. In fact, the phytate in the wheat acts like a chelator and will actually rob us of some of the minerals contained in the other foods we’ve consumed along with the wheat.
    And, as the fiber in the whole wheat helps to quickly eliminate our waste, we’re flushing all of those minerals away, rather than absorbing them.

    I believe that this is why so many people have to take vitamin and mineral supplements, even though they are eating, what they consider to be, a healthy diet.

  6. Scott

    If your prior diet was made up of 85% wheat and this has now been eliminated then carbohydrate has been significantly reduced as well which is the basis of the Atkins diet.

  7. Sandy

    I’ve been wheat/grain free over a year now, have never felt better and will never go back! I’m healthier than I have ever been and have settled in to a “normal” weight for the first time in my adult life. I no longer obsess about my weight, do a moderate amount of exercise and have a much better outlook on life. Wheat Belly saved my life!

  8. I’m happy she’s lost weight. I’ve heard that from so many and congratulate them on their success. :)

    I, however, have been wheat free for over 6 months. I’m eating hardly anything…and I’ve gained 2 pounds.

    Go figure.

    • Deanna

      May not be eating enough ?? We’re eating all we want…I’m hardly ever hungry and have lost 20 pounds and my hubby has lost more.

    • Dr. Davis

      Then you need to find out what is obstructing your success, Miss Mae, such as iodine deficiency, T3 thyroid hormone deficiency, disruptions of cortisol circadian rhythmicity, etc.

      Go back to last fall for a discussion on just this issue.

        • Ulli

          Maybe you are in “starvation mode”. The less you eat the more you are telling your body that food is scarce and your metabolism has to slow down and live off the little food you can get. It’s how we survived as hunters and gatherers in colder seasons with little or no plants to eat and few occasional hunts. You need to get your machine going, so to speak.

  9. Lisa

    “At the moment I have no intention of ever going back. She can eat it if she wants, but I fully intend to remain grain free for the rest of my long, healthy, thinner, happier life.”

    Good for you, Cora!!! It’s your body and you can eat what you want to.
    I think of the Native Americans, sometimes, and how vitally healthy they were before European disease and diet were introduced to them. They lived without wheat. Some were more agricultural and had corn and amaranth but they and the hunter/gatherers never touched a grain of wheat in their whole lives! How did they survive for thousands of years with all the B vitamin deficiencies? Oh, that’s right, they had Salmon and other high B vitamin sources.

    I heard, too, about the nutritionist on tv that said all of us on gluten-free diets were going to suffer B deficiencies so I looked up what were the top B containing foods – Salmon, chicken, eggs – and a few more that I don’t remember. Well, I raise chickens and eat their good eggs so I figure I’m quite covered.

    Your heavy nutritionist friend – I hope she eventually sees that what she’s paid big money to be taught – was just not correct. Poor girl. We were all taught wrong for most of our lives. Perhaps she, too, will come to see the truth of it. Perhaps she’ll see it in you.


    • Roger

      Here Here to healthy Grain Free American Indians–and, once Grain Free Asian Peoples!

      I had to learn the hard way, what you wrote in a sentence! Decades of ill health! Asian and American Indian People Groups–as a whole, are more sensitive to this Man-Made Human Pesticide, Genetic Modified Wheat!

      Celtic/American Indian
      Roger, Ohio

  10. If it’s a secret, it’s getting out there!

    I just got an email from my mother, who recommended your book to someone. That someone went to find Wheat Belly at the local library and there were 126 holds on it! 126 holds! Amazing!

    So my mom ended up borrowing my own copy to lend out. :) The new common sense is spreading!

  11. richoff

    My short story: I’ve been off wheat for about 2 weeks now and am down about 10 lbs. but I’m waiting for my belly fat to reduce. My food cravings have persisted all the while tho, and I find I’m reaching for snacks quite often. I’m feeling very drained most of the time, unless I ingest a high carb snack, so do I stick with it for a little while longer to see if the fatique disappears?
    I do have a history of hypoglycemia (once or twice a year I get some mild shakes & weakness for 15 min.)
    PS – does anyone know the carb count for the Orange Cream Cookies?

    • richoff

      Just a follow up: My carb count on a typical day (before “Wheat Belly”) was around 275 grams. The target I’ve set for myself is 50g/day, and am within 15% of that day by day.

      • Dr. Davis

        Excellent, Richoff!

        The carb count on the cookies is very low. Right or wrong, I leave out nutritional analysis to discourage calorie counting.

        In the new Wheat Belly Cookbook, however, we will include full nutritional analyses.

    • Elisa

      Examine everything your eating for hidden carbs/sugars. Eat plenty of meat, fish, eggs, above-ground vegetables, and natural fats. Eat low glycemic fruits occasionally. Avoid sugar and starchy foods. I lost my food cravings after one week. My hypoglycemia is completely gone as well as my acid reflux, IBS, chronic headaches. My arthritis and fibromyalgia are better. Eating a grain-free, low carb, high fat diet has solved my health problems and the weight is falling off. I’ve been on this diet for four months and I’ve lost 47 lbs. I now have energy. My first high-energy low-pain day was about two weeks into the diet and then I had consistent good days from about 3 weeks on.

      I just returned from an awesome 11-day vacation which wouldn’t have been possible four months ago. We went to Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., New York City, Palmyra, NY, and the beach in New Jersey…and we did a lot of walking. The walk from Penn Station through Central Park and on to the Metropolitan Museum of Art was about 52 blocks, and four months ago I wouldn’t have been able to walk that far. I might have been able to walk 1 or 2 blocks, but then I would have been in horrible pain and the pain would have lasted for days. My vacation was even more enjoyable since I no longer have chronic headaches, IBS, and acid reflux. I didn’t have to worry about always being near a bathroom (since I no longer have IBS) or about finding a chair to sleep in (since my acid reflux is gone and I can now sleep flat in bed). I feel so grateful that I finally found the answer to all of my health problems and that I was able to enjoy a wonderful vacation.

    • Deanna

      Stick with it !! It’s so worth it…I had more symptoms when getting off wheat than my husband did…and they lasted several weeks?

  12. Samantha

    I have recently finished training in nutrition and I have to agree, that the USDA recommendations for diet, disseminated as MyPlate now, are the basis of this education. Although I began my education with very different beliefs on nutrition, it is amazing how hearing the dogma day in and day out can creep into one’s thinking. I was fortunate enough to have one professor who went “against the grain” and discussed issues such as phytates, issues with low fat diets, and many other non-politically correct dietary issues. I often sat in this professors classes and wished I could hear a discussion between her and my other professors on these topics.
    My education heavily focused on the evaluation of research to support dietary recommendations, and I often come across trials that have results that do not support politically correct nutrition. One trial’s intervention was for patients with coronary disease to eliminate all starches (including wheat) and eat 8oz of beef at lunch and dinner, eating eggs, cheese, plus fruits and vegetables freely for a year. All but one of the participants’ lipid panel results moved from high risk to low risk by the trials standards. The researchers said that the only reason that the participants were able to be prescribed such an unconventional diet was because they were basically lost causes, so nothing else was helping them. It is just one study, but it is time science take this sort of result into account, or at least bring it into the discussion.
    My family is now done with wheat, and I am not concerned about missing any nutrients.

    • Dr. Davis

      Excellent, Samantha! We need more free thinking nutritionists like you!

      As the ranks of those who think for themselves grow, we will have a revolt on our hands with you at the front of line!

  13. Jan

    richoff: Any recipes you find from Dr. Davis are all very low carb and do not need to be counted really.
    Try adding coconut oil to your smoothies and veggies, it really helps curb the cravings too.
    Switch over to Flax Meal, make Dr. Davis’ Muffin in a Mug. Delish, keeps me full for hours.

  14. It’s crazy to think that nutrition “experts” continue to push wheat as a necessary (if not vital) dietary staple when there’s so much evidence to the contrary! Thanks for sharing your story, Cora. My husband and I have been wheat free for over a month now, and we’re loving it too!

  15. “I’m feeling very drained most of the time, unless I ingest a high carb snack, so do I stick with it for a little while longer to see if the fatique disappears?”

    RIchoff, it’s not clear to me if you are still using high carb snacks while simultaneously trying to reduce your carbs as you said in your second post. Instead of reaching for a high carb snack, reach for something with fat and protein–a piece of cheese, some sliced turkey, a handfull of nuts. If you keep ingesting high carbs your blood sugar will keep you on that roller coaster forever.

    If you are keeping carbs low, it sounds like you are experiencing “induction flu” which happens when we rapidly decrease carbs. Reducing carbs has a diuretic effect that can cause you to lose a lot of water, and that makes you feel awful. Be sure you are drinking plenty of fluids and have some salt and potassium. Drinking salted broth is a good idea to get more sodium, and eating foods rich in potassium like leafy greens, meat, whole milk yogurt, and nuts.

    • richoff

      Hi Janknitz, When I say high carb, I’m referring to one of the treats that Dr. Davis has recommended (Chocolate Bomb Bar, Orange Cream Cookies) or some fruit. I’m definitely having withdrawal symptoms… this is a fellow that, on a weekly basis, would scarf down 1 loaf of Sun-maid raisin bread after church on Sunday (with butter and cheese).

      • Shannon

        If you’re having trouble, I’d say stay away from the treats. It’s nice to enjoy that stuff occasionally, but snacking on them multiple times a day isn’t helping you. Eat real food–veggies, meat, good fats. Save the treats for an occasional indulgence. Giving into your sweet tooth isn’t going to help in the long run.

  16. Barb

    Elisa mentioned she’s just come back from an 11 day vacation. My husband and I have been wheat free for 8 months now and have found great success. However, we are concerned about our upcoming vacation. What do you all eat when you are on vacation?

    • Deb

      Trader Joes has good snacks. I know I can count on 5 Guys Burgers and get them loaded minus the bun. Chick-Fil-A is dependable too, with great gf grilled chicken that can be eaten plain or in a salad. Hardees now has a LC option for the burgers that works well. Baja Fresh works well as does Chipotle with a salad base.
      It takes a while. You can google gluten free restaurants for the area you are going and start from there.

    • Elisa

      My main concern was eating gluten free. When eating at a restaurant, I asked for gluten-free choices. I had salmon one night and a steak with broccoli another night. We were visiting my son and his family so we were also able to cook our own food. One time we stopped at Wawa’s to grab something to eat and I didn’t feel comfortable with the food choices, so I bought some cheese and nuts and I was fine with that. I didn’t feel hungry at all.

  17. K

    I saw a dietician recently who advised me that I should replace fizzy drinks (I’m a “social” fizzy drinker) with…..DIET SODA because it was lower in sugar!! Yikes. Replace a poison with an even more potent poison.

    She also gave me a recipe for coleslaw which had sugar and canola…ewww…. in the dressing. *sigh* My original intention was to get some recipe ideas from her that would make it easier to implement WB type of eating where I live as I’m finding the hardest part is getting used to forward planning and substituting veges and nuts.

    I had the same issue as you did when I said I was cutting out wheat. Good thing I decided it’s stupid to take nutritional advise from the government, especially when they advise you to drink diet soda. (Here the dietitian is paid for by the state). It was strongly implied that I was making things “difficult” because I refused to eat certain foods ie the things Wheat Belly advises to cut out.

    • Dr. Davis

      Well, I like “difficult” people!

      Because there are indeed too many powerful commercial interests that influence the nutritional message, we’ve got to identify our own reliable sources of credible and effective dietary information.

      If Monsanto–just one company!–can spend $2.2 to $2.4 BILLION per quarter just to lobby the Federal government to influence policy and the message they deliver, we must turn elsewhere for advice. Imagine if Big Tobacco had the sway that Big Agribusiness has: We’d still be told that smoking was good for lung health!

  18. max

    the headline is misleading, and you were eating a ton of carbs and cut them out of your diet, of course you’re going to lose weight and feel better. “a wheat-based cereal for breakfast, sandwiches or wraps for lunch, rice pasta or noodles for dinner, and snacks were crackers or cakes or whatever – but in hindsight my diet was about 85% wheat every day” = fat. duh. a grain-allowing diet where the grains are whole (as in, whole, not 50% wheat flour, 50% whole wheat flour), low glycemic, and in moderation is, in fact, healthy. plus the glycemic load of a food is brought down by the healthy [hopefully] fats you eat them with.

  19. Brian

    That nutritionist should have been taught about gluconeogenesis in the first few weeks of her program. That she doesn’t understand that carbs are the one macronutrient that we do not need is frightening, but not surprising, unfortunately. Of course fruits and veggies are carbs (but generally low GI) and have many vitamins/minerals/fiber.

    • Dr. Davis

      There’s a lot of “unteaching” to do with the dietary community, no doubt, Brian!

  20. Janknitz

    There are a wealth of “WB friendly” recipes on the net. Paleo and primal eaters do not eat grains and if you’re keeping carbs low plenty (but not all) of those recipes will work for that, too. There are some great Paleo recipe sites and a few books available now.

    Richoff, until you get your blood sugar issues under control you should get your carbs from no -starchy veggies and leave off the fruit and WB treats. As long as you keep spiking blood sugar with too many carbs, your insulin levels will continue to ride the roller coaster. You can get off by getting through a few rough days of adaptation (that’s where salty broth and veggies will help) and you’ll soon feel much better.

    It’s also a good idea to monitor your blood sugar so you can see for yourself what’s happening when you eat the fruit and treats.

    You will be able to add the treats and at least some low glycemic fruits back in eventually.

  21. DH went off wheat the first of this year and has dropped 20 pounds without even trying. he is THRILLED.

    For your friend(s) who insist you have to eat grains and/or wheat in order to be healthy here’s a little arithmetic to share with them.

    3,000,000+ years our ancestors ate protein, fat and tiny TINY amounts of carbs in the SUMMER when they could get them.
    11,000 years ago our ancestors began cultivating and eating more grains. They got shorter, fatter and sicker as a result.
    200+ years ago our ancestors began eating lots more refined carbs. They got fatter and sicker.
    50+ years ago we were told that fat would kill us and that we should eat more grains. Obesity is now rampant in the “civilized” world, type 2 diabetes is now affecting JUVENILES It used to be referred to as “late-in-life” diabetes — my grandmother developed it in her early 60’s and that’s how they talked about it.

    Do the math. You CANNOT deny your biology without suffering dire consequences, i.e., cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, massive weight gain.

    Live the way our ancient ancestors did and get/be optimally healthy!

    • Laurel

      Darleen – You said:
      “… tiny TINY amounts of carbs in the SUMMER when they could get them.”

      I don’t agree. Paleolithic people had starchy tubers. It wasn’t only in the summer and it wasn’t TINY amounts. An important distinction needs to be made between highly refined, overly processed carbs and unrefined carbohydrate foods in their natural state. Example: a candy bar versus a sweet potato. There is a world of difference.

      Anyone who suggests that all starchy carbs need to be eliminated is wrong.

  22. John Doe

    You find Atkins complicated but were capable of following the Wheat Belly approach? Newsflash: You’re basically doing Atkins. It was not that complicated, was it? In any case, congratulations on your apparent success.

    • Amanda

      Atkins said many right things but at his time he did not know anything about the Frankengrain like Dr. Davis calls it. His big mistake, and nutritionists and the food industry got him was because he said it was OK to eat bacon, I guess eating the bacon with a stash of pancakes and a stash of bread is healthy…
      .His books are full of good information and we are were we are right now because of people like Atkins and others that found out that those carbs ara plainly sugars and they got us fat.
      Dr. Davis book is not a diet is a transforming health book.

  23. Sandra neill

    Am I the only one who has GAINED weight? I have been wheat free for four weeks and have gained 7 pounds. I’m not eating a bunch of junk food or anything and I am at the gym four times a week. I have also been alternatiing between diarrhea and constipation which is unusual for me. I havent had cravings since the first week but imhave been hungry. On a positive note I have felt more energetic and less sluggish, but I can’t continue to gain weight as I’m in the “morbidly obese” category. So why is this,happening? Do I go back to wheat?

    • Dr. Davis

      Very odd, Sandra.

      Given the gastrointestinal response, I’m going to bet that you are having a failed conversion back to normal bowel flora.

      I would consider a high-potency probiotic to accelerate the return to normal bowel flora, one that provides at least 50 billion CFUs of bifidobacteria and lactobacillus. Most people require 4-8 weeks of doing so for a response.

      If that doesn’t work, let us know. There are a number of other possibilities to consider.

  24. Tim

    I’m just starting week 3 on my journey. It’s been a bit tough finding out which foods are appropriate and which aren’t. I’ve re-read the sections in the book with suggestions as well as reviewed the “quick list” posted here…. they’ve been helpful. I just never know. For example – Tapioca starch is bad, but is Tapioca Flour OK? Small amounts of rice are OK (but is that white or brown or neither)? What about rice flour? Flax seed is great – but what if it’s mixed with something else (Trader joes sells a good looking Flax & blueberry meal, but are the other ingredients OK?).

    I’ve tried to limit sugars in all forms, but can’t eliminate them entirely (Cranberry juice by the way is terrible if it’s unsweetened – so I made a simple syrup and added just enough to make it tolerable).

    I’m feeling better (haven’t lost significant weight yet, and that’s not my reason for going wheat free – but I don’t have a lot to lose – maybe 10-15 lbs). I just wonder – is this going to get any easier? Especially going through the grocery store and reading all the labels… how do you know what to exclude completely when the list of ingredients gets looooong?

  25. Karen V

    I have been wheat free for about 6 weeks now. I have also for the most part eliminated refined sugar (replacing with sucralose), dairy (other than hard cheeses and cottage cheese) and decreased my fruit (usually berries, occasionally watermelon) to one serving a day. The remainder of my diet consists of nuts, seeds, lean meats, eggs, vegetables and cheeses as above). I haven’t lost a pound. And yes, I am interested in weight loss ( about 40 lbs overweight) as well as the other healthy benefits of going wheat-less. I am sleeping better and have had many fewer episodes of reflux. I am a walker for exercise and do between 1-2 miles per day, most days of the week. I have a non-toxic nodular goiter but my thyroid function tests and antibodies have all been normal. I did test positive for an iodine deficiency & so am taking kelp 150 mcg/day. I know that in one of your responses in the blog you referred to other hormones that might be part of the issue as well. I am having a bit of difficulty finding a physician that is willing to test & treat in this area other than with prescription drugs, etc. Any suggestions for locating a health care provider that would be able to evaluate me further?? And any other suggestions would be most appreciated! Thanks.

  26. CT

    Is there any way to make this diet cheaper? Raising kids on it isn’t the easiest thing in the world since they’re influenced by everything else and meat, veggies, and fruits are the most expensive items in the store.