Live chat on Friday, July 6th, 2012

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12 p.m. Central time
11 a.m. Mountain time
10 a.m. Pacific time

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  1. Alison Lyon

    Hello Dr Davis
    Am in uk so won’t be around to listen to your live chat but over in the safe flour section a lady called Deb asked a question about the fact that she lost 5lbs then put two on and hasn’t lost anything since. I couldnt see a reply and feel like I am in the same boat. I want to lose. 7 lbs from my abdomen area I presently weigh 10 st 7 lbs. I feel like I am putting weight on.

    I eat 3 eggs for breakfast, protein and salad for lunch with some ground nuts and small piece of goats cheese, and protein and steamed veg for supper.

    I don’t do brownies , crackers , cakes or baked goods yet. am I eating too much
    Many thanks

  2. JoAnne

    I want to participate and clicked the link. I didn’t see any registration info or directions on how to sign up. I’m not clear on how to do this. A few more details on how to ‘sign up’ to participate are appreciated. thx

    • John Townsend

      It´s no different than the Romneycare “tax” already in place for six years.

    • That’s easy: take the Bronze Plan (60-40 coverage) in your state’s health exchange (if you don’t have employer coverage)—-AND EAT HEALTHY. We now know that this means, delete the wheat. Then, you take responsibility for yourself, yet still cover the catastrophes.

  3. K

    5am NZ time. I’ll make an effort to be there.
    If I don’t make it I’ll probably be dreaming of poison buns
    and a doctor from the US telling me not to eat them.

  4. wrotek

    dear dr Davis. Do you think there is a difference between european and american bread production ? Any difference perhaps in wheat.?

    • Boundless

      Google: france bread

      Finds Dr. Davis saying: “Yes, wheat in France is different, prepared differently, and occurring in a different set of dietary habits. But, also remember: It”s NOT just about weight. The French can experience just as much dementia and inflammatory diseases as Americans, for instance, with consumption of various cultivars (strains) of wheat.”

    • Dr. Davis

      Nah, not enough to make a real difference.

      Reports of similar phenomena are emerging worldwide, including the U.K. and China.

  5. Brad

    r. Davis,
    I realize this probably isn’t the best place to a post this, but I’m hoping it will be seen quickly since it’s a new post.

    Anyway, I have been following your Wheat Belly diet for about 10 days and have noticed immediate improvements in my overall health. However, I woke up yesterday morning with severe abdominal pain. As the day went on, I concluded it was bad constipation, but by 7pm I was starting to pass some stool. The pain has not gone away. I am able to stool a little bit with regularity, but it still feels like something needs to come out. The pain comes about every 10 minutes and it is SEVERE, often forcing me to keel over and focus on breathing. I don’t know what to do, as I feel it must be related to my diet.

    I should also note that I have had NO gas whatsoever, despite the pain I’m feeling is most similar to gas pains (in location, and perhaps severity.)

    Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

    • Dr. Davis

      This may be something that requires medical attention, Brad, especially if persistent. For all we know, you happened to have developed appendicitis, pancreatitis, or gallstones coincidentally.

      However, should things quiet down, consider taking a high-potency probiotic, e.g., 50 billion CFUs per capsule, once per day, for at least 4 weeks. You may be struggling to convert from abnormal to normal bowel flora.

      • Brad

        Thank you for your response.
        After two full days, the pain has lessened dramatically and I believe I am just a day or two from returning to normal. I have been taking 30 billion CFUs, however, as that was my only available option locally. Do you think it would be best to take 2 of these daily for a total of 60 billion CFUs? Given the last few days, I would rather err on the side of too much ;-)

        Also, this is a bit unrelated, but could you recommend a specific whey protein powder product? You’ve listed plain or vanilla whey powder as an ingredient in your book, and at least once on this blog, but I just can’t find a product that is both gluten and soy free (without maltodextrin, or other ‘problem’ ingredients.)

        Thanks very much, it’s a great relief and asset to know you are in communication with the people taking on this lifestyle correction.

        • Dr. Davis

          Great, Brad!

          Yes, taking 2 capsules would be very reasonable to obtain the full exposure.

          I’m not a big fan of whey, so don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the best brands. At the very least, look for brands without added sugars.

  6. Patience is a Virtue

    Loved the live chat. I am so impressed with Dr. Davis’s commitment.

  7. Jill

    It’s been five weeks for me of being grain free and following your criteria for eating. You cheat sheet of what to eliminate, avoid and moderate is hanging in my kitchen. I am very strict except for a piece of dark 75% chocolate most days. I feel like I cheated when I ate a small portion of potato salad on the 4th. I find that chopped salads save me at lunch. However I still feel like I am fighting a huge addiction. I am doing everything I can from ordering a pizza tonight for dinner! My cravings have not gone away – it is literally day to day for me of coping but I have been doing it. I have a little to lose on my belly that has stayed around after my babies. I am a slim 35 y/o and also want to get rid of some joint pain and a small area of psoriasis. Nothing has changed yet. I have tried not to notice or be preoccupied with results but this last week I’m starting to want to see a change.
    I am coming from a rather healthy diet for the past five years. I haven’t had fast food in – can’t remember – years and years. Whole foods have always been part of my diet but also whole grain, made from scratch with natural sweetener, baked goods. I thought cutting this out would do it. My kids (3 & 5) are begging for sandwiches and pancakes. Is there a support group out there anywhere? I understand those who really feel a difference. The life changing stories are encouraging but I’m not seeing anything yet – how long does it take?

    • Bill

      Hi. I have been wheat free for 4 weeks now and feel similar to you. I guess my expectations were
      to have lost some weight by now. I want to lose about 20 lbs. and I work out 3 times a week with 45 mins of cardio. I feel very good and will continue to be diligent….just interested in feedback as well as suggestions. Thanks and best wishes.

    • Dr. Davis

      Gee, Jill, it sure sounds to me like you are experiencing some unsuspected source of wheat exposure–supplements, drugs, some habitual food you thought was safe?

      Beyond this, increase your fat intake substantially. Over time, this tends to quell the cravings. Add more coconut oil, olive oil, flaxseed oil, avocado oil, and butter to your foods.

  8. Mark

    Hey Jill, hang in there. It will get better. Have you tried the wheat-free pizza recipe yet? It is on the blog here, and it is terrific. If I ever start craving a pizza I just make that recipe. Give it a try.

  9. Brad,
    I had the same thing happen to me a short time after I had gotten the wheat out of my diet. I thought I was going to have to go to the emergency room. I bought some probiotics and haven’t had the problem since. You should see some results in a very short time.

  10. JillOz


    if you’ve got cravings for pizza, just make some bread from Dr Davis’ flax bread recipe, add your toppings and
    voila! Pizza! or little pizzas for the kids!

    Bear in mind you might not be eating enough food, either. You might simply need more calories.

    Dr Davis, great live chat last night! Much to my surprise I was able to catch it and found it motivational.
    Thanks for answering my question!

    • Dr. Davis

      Hey, Jill!

      Thankfully, I can type pretty quickly. I was on a new Mac with a smaller keyboard, so I stumbled a few times but still managed to keep up, more or less!

  11. Ani

    Dr. Davis – thank you so much for taking the time to do the live chat with all of us. I have been wheat-free for just over 1 month and am also trying to go grain-free, as I would love to lose 40 – 50 lbs. However, I am stubborn so have decided to stick with my new ‘Wheat Belly’ lifestyle forever! No going back, for this girl. I am half-Chinese by ethnicity so you can just imagine what the Chinese side of my family has to say about my new way of life… “Not eating rice??? Whaaat?” LOL It is actually quite comical.

    I am hoping to help a friend of mine get off wheat but she has Crohn’s – any suggestions? I don’t want to say anything that might endanger her already precarious health – don’t people with Crohn’s have open sections in their bowels? I have been fortunate enough to not have any serious medical issues therefore am hoping for some pointers on how to get her started on her Wheat Belly journey – she is eating up to 4 jelly donuts a day!!!! =(

    Ani (not Ari hehe)

  12. Kelly

    Hi Dr. Davis, I am so sorry i missed your live chat. I recently purchased your book Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight. I had borrowed Wheat Belly from the library and intended on purchasing it, but for some reason I didn’t. Rodale sent me this offer for your book and I ordered it immediately. Your book truly a god send…I have been suffering for the last 2 1/2 years from peripheral neoropathy and it was slowly getting so bad I could barely walk any distance and my muscles were really weak. Within the last 2 months I’ve been getting these headaches and was attributing them to barametric pressure. But where did that come from? The Dr’s are completely useless as they only want to treat the symptons with a pill and not try to find out the cause. So naturally I don’t even waste my time.

    I have been wheat free for 6 days and my headaches have disappeared. I now realize that wheat has been waging a war on my body without my knowing. I have suffered most of my life from what….wheat ? Who would have thought. I was labeled a hypocondriach, my medical file is too thick to mention. My acne scars will never disappear but will forever remind me of the war on wheat that I almost lost!

    My questions is about how I can get rid of the exorphins in my brain – causing my nueropathy, loss of balance, loss of co-ordination, memory problems and who knows what else. I’m going to start taking R-alpha-lipoic-acid, do you think that will help?

    I also want to add that your book is awesome and the recipees are delicious. I can handly wait for your new book of recipees to come out. Thank you a thousand times for helping me wake up from the wheat brain phenamena that has it’s gripe on America.

    God bless you and your loved ones!

    • Dr. Davis

      Excellent, Kelly!

      Just by removing wheat, you have removed the inciting offensive agent. I know of no supplement that will accelerate healing. Alpha lipoic acid can help with diabetic neuropathy, but there are no data to help us know whether this is helpful for your form of neuropathy. But it can’t hurt, either.

      Please keep us updated on your progress. Others with various forms of neuropathy need to hear about successes like yours!

  13. Louise

    Could you explain your comment about whey… I did not realize good “whey protein” had issues.