Should she . . . or shouldn’t she?

Paige posted this question about whether or not she might benefit from the Wheat Belly approach:

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 “overweight,” but I was a little pudgie! Since marriage and three kids, I have gained 70 pounds.

My metabolism isn’t 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 exercise program. I went on a completely whole organic diet, no HFCS [high-fructose corn syrup], 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 devastated, I went into a deep, deep depression. I started cutting [myself] 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 the diet I should try. I just don’t know what else to do. The last two months my blood pressure has been thru the roof and migraines have gone into overdrive. I have three beautiful children who I have not taken ONE picture with because I don’t want them to remember me like this. My oldest is 9 and my youngest is 9 months. It’s time to start living again . . .

Well, Paige: You are the poster child for what happens to many people when they consume this bastardized product of human genetics manipulation, AKA modern wheat starring in your diet as “healthy whole grains.”

“Healthy whole grains” are anything but. You are a victim of the gliadin protein of modern wheat, the protein that, upon digestion in the human gastrointestinal tract, binds to the opiate receptors of the brain–but, rather than providing relief from pain or euphoria, it “only” stimulates appetite, sometimes extravagantly.

In fact, your experience reminds me of the people with binge eating disorder and bulimia who deal with 24-hour a day food obsessions–completely relieved with ridding their diet of all things wheat.

Self-destructive behavior, self-mutilation, migraine headaches, depression: These are also all part of the effects of the gliadin opiate in wheat. And the solution is most decidedly not a drug.

The solution is to remove all traces of this incredibly destructive thing from your life. You have been victimized by the blundering of agricultural geneticists, the indifference of agribusiness, and the deceptions of Big Food. Lose the wheat and take back control over appetite, your mind, your weight, your health, and the health and welfare of your family.

A word of warning: Given your extravagant responses to the components of wheat, especially the gliadin protein, be prepared for at least several days of unhappy physical and emotional turmoil as you experience the withdrawal effect: You will experience a mild form of opiate withdrawal with depression, headache, fatigue, and nausea. The only way to become unaddicted to an opiate is to . . . stop it. Grin and bear it, but life on the other side will likely be much, much brighter.

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39 Responses to Should she . . . or shouldn’t she?

  1. cynthia says:

    Paige:
    I was in tears last December, in my doctor’s office (she’s a naturopath), asking why was I so hungry all the time and even as I severely restricted calories and started exercising more regularly, why did I continue to GAIN weight? I also have hashimoto’s thyroiditis, which is an auto-immune disease. She suggested eliminating some foods and just about that time, I picked up Wheat Belly. My cousin had been telling me for 2 years to give up wheat and grains, but it seemed too crazy. Well, just before new years, I dropped the wheat and guess what happened! Yes…I started to lose weight. I was shocked each week when i got on the scale! I also sleep better, have no aches and pains in my back, shoulders and knees, have far fewer headaches and my PMS symptoms have nearly disappeared (so much so that the usual migraine and tender breasts that I’d get days before my period totally stopped and the arrival of my period would almost “surprise” me). I am now 34 lbs less than I was last December. I am trying and enjoying lots of Dr. Davis’ recipes. You will NOT miss the wheat. Stop telling yourself you can’t do it…which is what I did. I walked down the bread aisle at the supermarket yesterday and felt ZERO temptation! this is freedom and this is living. If I can do it, ANYONE can.

    • Dr. Davis says:

      I think you owe your cousin a nice Christmas present, Cynthia!

      How about some wheat-free Mocha Walnut Brownies in a box, tied with a nice red bow?

  2. Leslie says:

    Set a goal of trying wheat free for at least 6-8 weeks regardless of how you feel during withdrawal! It sounds as if you are particularly sensitive to wheat, and brain chemistry changes have occurred given your symptoms. You need to give your body a chance to regenerate a proper hormone balance with plenty of good fats and probiotics, and you may very well feel worse during the transition. You can’t trust how your body feels until you are wheat free, because wheat changes so much of what you feel.

    Please don’t be discouraged if your cravings don’t magically go away like many comments suggest they will. I did not have an ease in the wheat cravings for a solid 6 months while being very strict, but I did feel better after 4 weeks. I just kept coming back to this site for the support and stuck to it, because i believed the science. I also craved fats to an extreme after giving up wheat, and ate grass fed butter by the pound. Just recently, at right around 12 months in, I have stopped craving fats. It is as if my body sighed and said “tank full”.

    I have had a reduction in episodal migraines, unresolved hypothyroid symptoms, and OCD and anxiety symptoms that didn’t respond to any of the medications I tried. My health is not perfect just from eliminating wheat. I still have many challenges, but it is easier to deal with the remaining ones while not being constantly handicapped by wheat. Allow your body time to heal, and try not to be hard on yourself. Living is not for later when things are perfect. Living is for now while we just do our personal best and actually take some pleasure in even our small successes.

    • Dr. Davis says:

      A very interesting experience, Leslie!

      Thanks for sharing your story. You make an excellent point: For some people, wheat doesn’t cause the problems, but just makes them worse. But I’d prefer to make a shift in diet than submit to more misery and/or medication.

  3. Susan says:

    Captivating story from Paige. Have you ever heard from her again? I’d be interested to know what happened.