Lucas posted his story, describing his turnaround in health that went beyond “just” weight loss.
He reminds us that wheat elimination is not “just another low-carb diet.” It is a condemnation of this thing put in our food called “wheat,” a concoction of genetics research responsible for a startling array of health problems–including overweight. Many people like Lucas experience relief from not one condition, but several, often eliminating the need for multiple medications or other treatments.
I read Wheat Belly about a month ago, and because I have tried with little success to get rid of “the belly” for the last few years (typical 57 yr old guy)–despite what I thought was a pretty healthy diet and in spite of being very active (I have a job that keeps me moving all day, and I’m also a runner), I decided to give it a try.
I’ve tried raw, vegan, low-carb, low-fat, you name it–and none of them had much effect except some of them seemed like too much work and all of them left me with strange food cravings that never went away. I’ve also tried going gluten-free before, but didn’t eliminate all grains, and also ate a lot of very high-carb gluten-free “fake foods.” This time I have been very strict, eliminating all grains and carefully reading the labels to look for hidden wheat or grain products, and eating only whole, fresh foods as much as possible.
In the month since I started, I’ve lost twelve pounds so far. The most remarkable thing for me, though–-and I wasn’t really expecting it–-is that after the first week of being completely grain-free, I have not had a single headache of any kind, and I have been a migraine sufferer since my teens. For the first time in years, I did not refill my prescription for Imitrex.
If stopping wheat had done nothing for me but get rid of the migraines, it would be worth it for that alone. But my chronic annoying post-nasal drip and constant allergy symptoms have also disappeared; I’ve stopped needing a nap in the middle of the day; I’ve stopped having any food cravings. I have also been able to stop taking omeprazole for GERD–-no digestion problems whatsoever now. My energy levels are much higher throughout the day, and a lot of small daily aches and pains–-especially arthritis in my hands and fingers–-have disappeared.
I eat meat and fish, lots and lots of vegetables, especially green ones; small amounts of sour cream; I still put half and half in my coffee (one cup a day); I eat some cheese, but do not drink milk or use it in cooking in the liquid form. I allow myself two servings of fruit a day, and since I stopped eating all other sugar, I’ve found that the fruit totally satisfies my sweet tooth. I eat nuts and seeds for snacks, in moderation. I don’t use artificial sweeteners, because I don’t like them. But I don’t feel the need.
I’ve read some criticisms from various sources of Dr. Davis’s book, but I am not a scientist and for me, the proof is, as they say, in the milk-free pudding: I’ve never tried any eating plan or diet that has truly made the kind of remarkable improvement in my health and well-being that this one has, and it was reading Wheat Belly that inspired me to give it a try.
To any skeptics I would simply say, it’s a simple enough experiment. Try it for a couple of weeks. See what happens.