Feeling good–for the first time . . . ever!

Asha posted this wonderful tale of life and health turned around minus wheat.

I am so excited! I am in my 5th or 6th week of Wheat Belly.

I was so sick. My life was all about seeing the next doctor. My earliest memories are sitting in a hospital or doctor’s office with my mom. Actually, until now I don’t ever recall feeling good. One illness after another. The doctors I went to could not figure out what was wrong, or did not have time to take a deeper look.

I saw an episode on the Doctor Oz Show a couple of months ago on wheat and Dr. Davis’ testimony about his patients, so I thought I would give it a try. My life changed forever that day. Within a week I was free of medication for diabetes, asthma, and acid reflux. My swollen joints are almost gone, even my huge swollen knee replacement knee is much smaller.

Last week I went to see my doctor about my falling blood pressure. Since I started Wheat Belly, I was having a huge blood pressure drop when I took my meds for the day. My doctor took me off one of the main blood pressure medications and I feel great! I couldn’t help but go on and on at the doctors about my Wheat Belly success. They want to keep tabs on me every 2 weeks to regulate my medication as I get even better!

I tell everyone about this wonderful change in my life. My sister and her husband are wheat-free now. Whenever I share, someone in the room has heard about it, so the word is spreading. One night while watching television I counted the commercials with wheat products that were obvious, so much is hidden in products. I could not even keep up, it was like 40 an hour.

As I share with them, I hope that they pass this on since they are seeing my results. I thought I would have high blood pressure forever because most in my family have it. I thought it was genetic or something, that my fate was to be on medication for it the rest of my life.

Diabetes, ashthma, acid reflux, hypertension–GONE within a few weeks? I’d say for a “fad,” that’s pretty darned good! Let the Wheat Lobby and nutritionally ignorant talk about the importance of a “balanced diet” and “everything in moderation,” while advising us to follow a diet dominated by grains—a style of eating for which there is virtually NO human evolutionary precedent.

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  1. Katie

    I remember your first post on WB, Asha! I’m sooooooooo happy for you!! Keep spreading the word…

  2. Melody V. Ochoa

    Hi!! I live in Miami. Very interested to hear more about your your book.
    I suffer from sever IBS – constipation. Have tried every medicine possible. I notice
    my body gets bloated when I eat certain foods but do not know what steps to take.
    Any help you have would be great. Thanks!
    Melody

  3. Samantha

    I’m really glad I read this post. I’ve been living the Wheat belly lifestyle for about one month now. I originally started because I am 29 years old and have been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for the last 7 years and wanted to see if it would give me some relief. I too really can’t remember a time that I wasn’t sick from something- most of which was unexplained and began at age 5. After 4 weeks I am feeling great, my joint pain has significantly improved though I still have a ways to go. My fatigue is way better, I don’t feel like sleeping all day and my mood has also significantly improved! I only have one problem.. I’m not losing any weight! I’m trying to be patient, but I’m starting to feel like I’m doing something wrong and thinking of giving up. I know that’s not the best option considering I’m feeling so good, but I have an extra 30 lbs that I gained after a long run with taking prednisone, and I want to get rid of it! Are there are biological reasons that I wouldn’t be dropping any weight? Anyone else with this problem? I would speak to my rheumy MD but he doesn’t seem to be interested in my WB lifestyle. Thanks again for posting!

  4. Kelly

    I think that this is fantastic! I am so happy for you! I have been doing this for 8 weeks now and I feel a huge difference in my health and my life as well. Keep up the good work and keep feeling better. This is not a “fad” this is a way of life! I know that I would much rather eat and be wheat-free than spend money on countless doctor visits and useless medications. Thank God for Dr. Davis and bringing this message to all of us. I for one am very glad I read the book and the cookbook. Cheers!!

  5. karen

    I started wheat Belly Jan 10th, after hearing about it from a realitive ,I have never met. She had a picture of her before and after her journey with Wheat Belly. I was curious, so I ordered Dr Davis book Wheat Belly and the cookbook. I have always suffered from sinus issues ,major migraine headaches or sinus headaches, my morning were awful ,foggy ,not alert ,tired the entire day, afternoon naps for 1-2 hrs, joint pains, exzema , high blood pressure were my exsistence. After the 1’st day Jan 11( one day no wheat products, I woke up with a clear head, no afternoon nap, my energy was 10 fold, I thought this is just a fluke, woke up Jan 12th same feeling clear head no sinus issues ,more energy then I know what to with. I too tell everyone I meet how transforming this change in eating has been for me,I have lost 5 lbs ,and have to even crave anything with wheat in it. Thank you Dr Davis for your book,and changing my life in one short day. My son is developmentally delayed with a host of medical issur=es, Asthma being the biggist ,I am slowly weaning him off the wheat products but finding it very difficult hads he has access to donuts,chocolate bars pop, etc while at program, He doesn’t grasp that this will help so he continues to eat these products while not at home. He is also allergic to eggs and I am having a really difficult time replaving bread for him as everything has eggs in it and lots of them. So if anyone has a recipe for a bread that is egg free and acceptable in the Wheat Belly guidline I would be very happy to have it, Sincerely Karen and very excited to see where this takes me

    • Uncle Roscoe

      Autism: Lutein and Zeaxanthin intolerance in 85% of autistic population:

      http://www.saras-autism-diet.freeservers.com/Literature/api.html#Cytochrome%20P-450
      http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=49844

      Egg yolks are extremely high in lutein and zeaxanthin concentration because egg farmers feed yellow corn to their laying hens. It gives yolks a bright yellow color. Yellow corn has extreme concentrations of lutein and zeaxanthin. Lutein and zeaxanthin are polyphenol dyes ….pigments. Pop media and pop medicine call these dyes “antioxidants”, but they are nothing of the sort. Their metabolic interactions turn them into the opposite, oxidizers.

      I suspect that lutein and zeaxanthin are contributors to countless cases of sleep disturbance, macular degeneration, neuromyelitis optica, kidney disease, and ALS via their contribution to aquaporin 4 antibodies.

      Yes, get your son off of eggs, wheat and sugar. But also test your son’s tolerance of yellow corn.

    • Deb

      You can check Pinterest for recipes that are gluten free, egg free as there are a fair number of them out there. There are also a couple of recipe bloggers who have to be egg free.

      In addition to the Wheat Belly book, I also got the book, The Healthy Gluten Free life where all her recipes are egg free and good. I have been able successfully to make a few of the Wheat Belly recipes egg free, if they don’t use more than 1-2 eggs by making the flour a mix of 1 c almond flour to 1/2 cup sesame seed flour and 1/2 c flax seed flour.

      But I have no success making my staple, 2 min. Almond flour bread as the almond flour is too heavy.
      The only other bread I have found that is egg free, is the Schar Brand of gluten free bread. The rolls can be sliced super thin.

  6. cwomble

    “What type of diabetes gone ? 1 or 2 ?”

    There is no cure for Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes shouldn’t even share the same name.

  7. Patti

    I Love hearing that!!!!! Amen to you and for you having the strength to go wheat-free!!!! You just changed your life forever!!

  8. cremes

    Dr. Davis,

    I’ve been responding to your #7 troll over at http://carbsanity.blogspot.com/2013/01/william-wheat-belly-davis-agreed-to.html regarding an interview you gave. She really really wants this to be a super huge scandal but I don’t see her point. Apparently *actually helping* someone is less important than the venues that you grant an interview. Whatever. To her, the medium is the message whereas the rest of us, in the real world, don’t give a rip.

    I gave up wheat about a year before I found your site. It resulted in me finally ridding myself of a sinus infection that lasted off-and-on for *years*, my skin cleared up, my acid reflux disappeared, and my breathing normalized. I do cheat occasionally (Lou Malnati’s pizza is too tempting to ever completely give up once per quarter) but I understand the consequences and adroitly handle the 2 day recovery after a major slip.

    Regardless, eliminating wheat has had the second largest impact on my health in my lifetime. It is momentous and I applaud you for shouting its benefits from the rooftops.

    • Dr. Davis

      That’s great, Cremes! I love how profound the changes in health can be with such a simple strategy.

      There’s a peculiar phenomenon that seems to have been magnified by the rapidity of information exchange on the Web: Find a popular person or organization, then provoke them into a visible public fight. The “accuser” wins because they draw lots and lots of web traffic to achieve whatever their end might be. So I tend to ignore these obvious ploys for web attention. I’m more than willing to engage in discussions about real issues, e.g., about the science, but this kind of stuff is, in effect, marketing.

  9. Sandy

    I so wish I could get the folks on board at the medical clinic where I work. I gave my Dr. a copy of Wheat Belly and he gets it. He has quit the wheat and lost over 30 pounds and is advising all his patients to do the same, however, as he shared with me, it’s not easy to get them to give it up. Two of the ladies in my office are overweight and I try to not to gush about Dr. Davis, but just try to set an example by bringing my wheat free lunches and sharing some of Wheat Belly’s yummy treats.
    Kudos to Asha! Feeling healthy and energetic is the best part of this lifestyle.

    • Dr. Davis

      Don’t sweat it, Sandy: Just let you and your Dr. set the example of glowing health and slenderness. People will notice over time and ask how you do it. That’s when you tell them!

  10. Charla Eastwood

    Congratulations! And thank you for sharing your experience with being wheat free. I’ve seen great results, too, and am trying to spread it to everyone I know. Finally got my sister, who has MS, to do it. She is finally feeling better, too. I saw her yesterday for the first time in a few weeks and she looks so different. I don’t think she yet even realizes how much better she is. Thanks again, Dr. Davis!

  11. Faith

    It’s incredible what getting rid of wheat does … I just eliminated wheat 10 days ago and I’m seeing new “fixes” daily (I started keeping a log, actually, because I can’t keep up with it all). I can’t claim something similar regarding medications (I’m not really on many, and the one I’m on is a permanent thing due to the expected removal of my thyroid) but I can’t wait to see my bloodwork on my next trip to the endo (I’m pre-diabetic with Hashimoto’s). Stories like yours are what encouraged me to give this whole thing a try!!! Thank you for sharing!!

    • Dr. Davis

      It is, isn’t it, Faith? The list of conditions reversed by wheat elimination would fill page after page, the list is so long.

    • Dr. Davis

      Thanks, Lor! Yes, it sure sounds like she read the back cover but didn’t get much farther!

      The critics who don’t bother to read the book are quick to judge this book by its cover, not bothering to understand the arguments made. For instance, how can the issue of gliadin exorphins that stimulate appetite via binding to opiate receptors possibly be dismissed?

    • Lindsay

      I think the people who write this type of thing have never had long term underlying health issues. And maybe they can’t understand the lives of those who have. They eat wheat, they are in optimal health, and have radiant good looks. Maybe they are “mutants” who possess the necessary genetic makeup to thrive on the “frankenwheat” of today – like my friends who were born and raised in the toxic air of Mexico City and have never had breathing problems. Regardless, the arguments in this article don’t really hold up. One is that either you have celiac or you’re fine – it doesn’t acknowledge the existence of intolerances. I had never heard of intolerances either, it actually is NOT a mainstream concept or something that any doctor ever mentioned to me. The other argument is that using yourself as a guinea pig in a wheat free trial shows that this diet has no medical basis. Well, since everyone’s system reacts differently to food, medication, climate, etc. all you really have is yourself to experiment on. So, I have cystic acne. I cut out dairy, and like magic, a 10 year problem clears up. Drink a milkshake, acne comes back. When I tell people I can’t have dairy, they say, ‘oh, you’re lactose intolerant?’ thinking I’ll have to rush to the bathroom if I down a latte. When I reply that I’ve never noticed any digestive issues but that I have an intolerance, I just get puzzled looks. But nobody can tell me my acne is psychological! So I’d say my personal medical experiment has been a success. As my acne and allergies have been acting up lately, I thought, something else is now irritating my system. I came across the whole wheat belly theory, and am now off wheat to see where it takes me. Why the heck not??? So, yeah, in conclusion, if you see it as an isolated weight loss tool, it’s easy to argue that it’s a fad diet. But if you look at it as a controlled method of eliminating the causes of chronic health concerns, it becomes a whole new animal. Nobody could see my story and say, ‘well, you could eliminate your acne just by eating everything in moderation.’ Finally, a lot of people have underlying chronic health issues that they are unaware of. Some people accept the frequency with which they come down with a cold or flu as par for the coarse. Before discovering my dairy intolerance, I had started to feel like, “I’m always getting sick!” So I started keeping a record and found that I was sick with a cold or flu 60% of the year. When I brought this up with my doctor, she said that some people just get sick more often. In desperation I went to a naturopath who steered me in the right direction. So really, for most people (including doctors) this whole concept of specific foods being the root of underlying health problems is a total unknown – superstition at best. Thank goodness for the Internet, we have a shot at raiding our level of awareness!

      • James

        Hi there,

        For me the weight loss is a nice side-effect but I am not focused on it even though I can see in retrospect that I had a lot of weight to lose for my slim frame (24 lbs in 3 months), mostly visceral fat.

        The main issue for me is the addiction. I cannot stand to be addicted to some food, especially something that we do not need at all in our diet, how ever tasty it is. When on top of that you know that the food in question has been manipulated “beyond repair” and provoke a slew of health issues, then it pisses me off that I had been sold this pseudo-food as a healthy item in my diet. Just like ultra pasteurized cow milk had been given to us kids in “need of calcium for growth”, just like most processed foods contain high amounts of sugar and salt triggering insidious dependences, I feel now like wheat has been a big fraud pushed to masses for large-scale dumbing down and convenience (give them _bread_ and games, yeah right).

        Cheers!
        J.

  12. Emily

    I read your book and have been wheat free, and rice and other grain almost-free for about 6 1/2 weeks. I am eating mostly real food and not stuff out of boxes. I have lost 15 pounds. I had a BMI of 28.8 so I was, and still am, overweight. I am a bit alarmed. I am not eating nearly as much food because I am not as hungry as I used to be. Even if 5 or more pounds are water, this seems like a lot of weight quickly.

    I am a middle-aged female. I had blood work/ physical recently and everything was OK; in general I have always had good health. I have reduced my GERD meds by half, with a goal to eliminate. Should I be worried that my food intake has reduced and I am losing so quickly? I do eat whenever I am hungry. It just takes so much less to fill me. This experience is almost alarming. Please respond! Thank you.

    • Dr. Davis

      Think about this for a moment, Emily: You are frightened that you are losing too much weight during the world’s worst epidemic of weight gain and obesity!

      I am not worried about rapid weight loss provided you are getting your fill of healthy foods like eggs, olives and olive oil, meats, vegetables, avocados, etc.

  13. heymom

    I have been wheat free for 21 days. I have not lost any weight. My doctor just changed my thyroid to Armour and started me on Metformin. Any concerns regarding the Metformin? I usually feel great til mid afternoon when I seem to crash. I think I need more protein. Any suggestions for a wheat free and dairy free protein shake? I also tend to eat a lot of avocados (probably 1 per day) and lots of eggs (probably as many as 3 or 4 a day) Is that many avocados and eggs a problem?
    Feeling pretty good!

    • Lindsay

      That’s funny, I also eat 2 or 3 eggs a day and one avocado. I’m going to the doctor tomorrow to ask to have my cholesterol levels tested, as I ve just started increasing the amount of eggs I eat since going wheat free a week ago. I’d like to retest in 6 months or so and see if the levels have been affected. Every morning I have a shake made with unsweetened organic coconut, hemp protein powder, and blueberries. I use 1 to 1.5 cups unsweetened coconut milk, 1 cup blueberries and 2tbsp hemp protein powder. I would not call it delicious by a long shot, but I just need something light, fast, healthy and containing a shot of protein to get me started at 7am. Now that I’m wheat free I’m fine until 10:00 when I eat my eggs and some oatmeal and fruit. You could also use unsweetened almond milk, I ve just developed an intolerance to nuts and seeds so sadly that is out for me. Hopefully my system will recover after cutting out wheat and I ll be able to reintroduce some of the foods that I ve been having bad reactions to.

    • Dr. Davis

      Your most likely difficulty is the inadequate amount of time that you have been on Armour, with not enough time to assess whether your current dose is enough. So the key is to stick with the Armour and get follow up blood work to be sure you are on the right dose.

      The metformin should not result in weight gain but often adds modestly to weight loss.

      And the avocados and eggs do not impact on weight.

  14. Sandhyas

    I was on met forming for past 6 years but since leaving out grains, I have been able to,maintain my sugar levels without any medication. My fasting level is usually between 80 to 90. Btw, this never happened even while taking Metformin and I used to hover around 115 or 130 for fasting levels.
    I have been on thyroid meds as well and since I have been wheat free, my medicine level is going down….my doctor says it seems my thyroid is regaining its activity. Dr.Davis,,is that unusual?

  15. stephen ottridge

    I have now been wheat free for over two months. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes back in September. At the end of October I was injecting, morning and evening, a total of 23 units of insulin. Now I am on just 8 units of insulin once a day. My weight is down 10 lbs since 28th Oct. I have not had any incidence of gout.

  16. Jo Anna

    After reading this blog & success story posts, I was so inspired to purchase the book & give it a try. I have eczema, 30 extra lbs, & am fatigued/foggy a lot. I am 44. I was a huge bread, pasta & cracker eater, & decided that wheat & too many carbs must be my “problem”. So, I eliminated all wheat/grains & most carbs. The only sugars I eat are occasional strawberries & grapefruit juice. The only carbs I eat are the occasional Xocitl totopos w/ salsa. Tomorrow will mark the last day of week three, & I am so sad to say I haven’t experienced the wonderful things I’ve read on these posts. I lost 4lbs in the first three days, but since then, my weight keeps going up & down with those same 4lbs. My skin doesn’t look or feel any differently, I don’t feel any differently, my clothes fit the same, I am still as fatigued as before. I am so discouraged. I haven’t stopped yet; but need to know if I should keep at it or try something else. Maybe I’m just missing something.

    • Dr. Davis

      Then there is, more than likely, something sneaking through that is wheat-containing, Jo Anna.

      Alternatively, there is something fundamentally wrong with your metabolism that is disrupting your response to this otherwise powerful wheat-free approach.

      Do you have access to a functional medicine practitioner or naturopath? You may benefit from a more extensive consideration of other factors.

      • Jo Anna

        Dr. Davis,
        After seeing your message above, I researched Hypothyroidism online, & I have every symptom listed. Plus, my mother had her thyroid removed about 30 years ago, & 2 of my 3 sisters have been diagnosed over the years. I know it probably seems like a no-brainer, but I had never given it a thought because weight loss has never been an issue for me until now (not being able to exercise due to SI joint dysfunction). I have an appointment with our nurse practitioner to be tested tomorrow. I will let you know the outcome. In the meantime, I will continue with my wheat-free diet. Thank you so much for caring enough to not only do what you do, but to take the time to respond to my (& others’) concerns on here!

          • Jo Anna

            Dr. Davis,
            Got my test results back Thursday night, & NP says I’m the pinnacle of perfect health. She also let me know that there is a physician in that clinic doing WB, & that he is very pleased with it. She said she approves, & that I might want to give it a bit more time.

            So, I bought the Wheat Belly cookbook that night to ensure that I am doing everything perfectly. I lost 2lbs over the weekend. Sooooo, I’m going to keep on keepin’ on & see where it takes me. Thank you again, so much!!!

  17. Debbie

    I was diagnosed with celiac in April 2012. I was seeing a new endo for m hypothyroidism and he convnced me to see a gi dr. for my peristent anemia of 20 years or more. The gi diagnosed celiac first with a blood test and then pathology. When I went off of wheat I was totally miserable. I felt worse. I had more stomach pain and I had diarrhea than I ever had when I ate wheat. These symptoms continued for months not weeks. Finally after 4 months, I started feeling better. Then about 5 months in, I noticed that my knee pain was getting better. This was a knee which had 2 knee replacements and unrelenting daily pain for which I had to take narcotic pain pills on a daily basis. All of a sudden Iwas not dependent on the pain pills. I would go through the day and realize I hadn’t taken a dose. I have not lost weight because my thyroid has been yoyoing due to increased absorption. I also eat the junk gluten free foods. I found this book by accident when I was looking for a biscuit recipe for breakfast. What a great book. I’m trying to get my sister and niece on this diet because they have multiple health problems. Finally someone has presented a comprehensive look at the damage wheat does to the body. After my knee stopped hurting I thought that wheat played a large part in inflammatory diseases, but had not seen anything to confirm that. I am starting to use these recipes and will hopefully lose weight.

  18. Jeanine

    I happened to read a comment by Dr. Oz that unless you have CD or other gluten issues that wheat is fine. Of course, I disagree, but I also thought Dr. Oz was open minded. I was wondering if Dr.Davis and Dr. Oz have ever talked to each other about this and why Dr. Oz doesn’t seem open to Dr. Davis’ assertions about wheat.

        • Boundless

          > Apparently Dr. Oz isn’t convinced.

          … or can’t afford to admit it. Yep, his web site still advocates “whole grains”.

          Based on watching the Davis interview, and on what little exposure to broadcast TV I get, I suspect that Dr. Oz needs to be very mindful of his advertisers, who sort out something like:
          a. 30% packaged foods that will main and kill you
          b. 30% meds needed to manage the symptoms of a.
          c. 10% products you simply don’t need, and
          d. 10% products that are mostly harmless

          If Dr. Oz advocates low-carb grain-free paleo, 90% of his show’s financial support could vanish.

          Also keep in mind that it’s not really a health show. It’s an entertainment show. Without the miracle food / health threat of the hour to discuss, there’d be a lot less content.

          Nonetheless, we need to applaud Dr. Oz for having Dr. Davis on. That must have rankled at least a few advertisers. And did he really run a segment on mercury amalgam fillings? That’s nervy.

          • Jennifer

            Remember when Oprah got attacked on the whole beef thing. Taking on a product is one thing taking on an entire industry is career suicide.. Obviously Dr Oz believes in it to some extent because he had him on the show n that’s how I discovered this miracle. I just started about 3 weeks ago n right away felt my hands were smaller/ less swollen, my knee problem that had been hurting since dancing at my work Christmas party basically disappeared, n my feet/ ankles are smaller/less swollen, I also dropped about 10lbs that would never come off before. I was at my highest weight of 225 (5’3) and I worked out n thought I was eating “right” before wheat belly. Aside from a serious sweet tooth, I didn’t drink soda, I didn’t eat fast food, I worked out, I love veggies n fruit and couldn’t figure out the problem. I was so stressed/ depressed over this issue. I felt fat, ugly , tired(fatigue), n helpless. I would wake up on the morning n still feel tired after many hours of sleep. Since giving up all breads, pasta, sweets I feel smaller n see a decrease in weight. Can’t wait to be under 200lbs with an ultimate goal of 141 (healthy bmi of 25). Work outs (treadmill) is so much easier without the swelling joints.. I feel lighter n workouts are easier. I am so excited for the first time in a long time!!! 34yo n I feel like I’m living for the first time in a long time… After my goal weight is reached in about 9 months or less I can’t wait to start a family n hopefully increase my chances of becoming prego.. Fingers crossed.. an exciting journey to weight loss has finally begun!!

  19. I certainly recommend going wheat free , it does involve some hard work at worst , but the benefits are worth it.