Corn Belly

Say you’re starting from scratch and contemplating some change in diet. You suffer with heartburn, your joints hurt, your feet are swollen after standing on your feet for 8 hours. On your last visit to the doctor, your blood pressure was borderline high, your fasting blood sugar was in the pre-diabetic range, your cholesterol values were all screwed up, and your doctor threatened to put you on drugs for all of it unless you cut your calories and exercised more—even though you’ve been trying to push the plate away, consume smaller portions, and exercise vigorously at least 5 days a week.

So you decide to eliminate anything made of corn. This means you eliminate corn on the cob, any sauce or gravy thickened with cornstarch, tacos and tortillas or anything that might be made with cornmeal, and anything sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup. You continue to eat whole grain breads, pizza, and bagels. You try to limit your saturated fats and total fats. You eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

What do you think happens?

Probably . . . nothing. Okay, so you lose 3 or 4 pounds, your fasting blood sugar drops from 112 mg/dl to 109 mg/dl, blood pressure drops from 140/90 to 137/84. After all, corn is an increasingly ubiquitous carbohydrate and reducing your carbohydrate exposure can lead to such health benefits. Factor in the uncertainties introduced by genetically-modified corn (glyphosate-resistant and BT toxin inoculated, in particular) and you have indeed achieved improvements in health.

But what about the other 70 pounds you’ve got to lose, the insatiable appetite, the still-high blood pressure and blood sugar, joint pains, peculiar rash on your arms and knees, leg edema, fatigue, depression, mental “fogginess,” not to mention the behavioral problems of your 7-year old, the acne of your 16-year old, the awkward and distressful cramps and diarrhea of your spouse?

You now where I’m going with this: It’s not about corn. If the entire health mess most of us find ourselves in were about corn, well, then . . . eliminating corn would solve the entire collection of problems. It does not.

But, eliminate the wheat and an unexpected and broad range of health benefits develop. That’s why the movement—not the book, but the movement—is labeled “Wheat Belly” and not corn belly, broccoli belly, beef belly, soda belly, high-fructose corn syrup-belly, or any other belly.

It’s called “Wheat Belly,” and it’s no mistake.

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63 Responses to Corn Belly

  1. Carolyn Clayton says:

    I don’t necessarily want a magic formula but I do like some dairy. Is there some yogurt that would be okay?

  2. Robert Gardner says:

    My wife and I have been happily wheat-free and sugar-free for about the past 4 years and can happily confirm the dramatic improvements in health that come from such a diet. My switch to wheat and sugar-free began when I retired from full-time work and was able to much-better control the little snacking that I used to do at work. Just a little snacking, but enough to contribute to stubborn extra weight that just wouldn’t go away no matter what was tried. I lost about 30 pounds, effortlessly, in about 3 months – from 180 lbs down to 150 lbs. I’m 6ft 2inches in height, and this made me quite slender. Some muscle mass was also lost in the process.
    My comments, and questions, relate to carbohydrates – particularly, good carbohydrates that you could recommend on your diet. After starting the Wheat Belly diet about 3 months ago, my wife and I reduced carbohydrates dramatically. We quickly realized our wheat-free strategy had swung heavily over to the ‘ancient grains’ of millet, buckwheat, quinoa, and amaranth (for breakfast cereals as well as snack breads) which we now know was contributing a significant carbohydrate load to our diet. Removing these carbohydrates has resulted in a further weight loss which has dropped me down to about 140 lbs which I consider the limit that I want to lose.
    I’ve now pretty well used up all the spare fat stores in my body, and eat a very low-glycemic diet. I now find I need to eat quite often in the day to have energy to do all the things I wish to do. Could you recommend a range of good carbohydrates that would provide both good nutrition and the little bit of extra muscle energy I need. I know I could simply eat more of what’s on the Wheat Belly diet, but I’d like to know more about ‘good’ carbohydrates I could re-introduce into my day.
    Thank you, and bless you for the courage to step outside the box and propose a way of life that goes considerably against the normal collective consciousness out there.

  3. VibeRadiant says:

    I have a question about eating carbs (vegetables). I notice that I still get cravings right after dinner. I usually eat salmon or eggs, and lots of veggies, fresh and cooked. And I get cravings. Is that me still detoxing from processed carbs/wheat or am I not eating enough proteins by way of nuts, cheeses or more fish/eggs?