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.