Rick posted this comment about a dilemma on his Wheat Belly journey:
2 years ago I started the Atkins diet with great success. I was 305 lbs. I lost 40 quick pounds on Atkins and felt great. After a while, I plateaued with the weight loss (after induction period). I couldn’t lose any more weight and started craving junk food. Needless to say, I caved and quickly gained back the weight. Alas, that is not my problem with Wheat Belly.
I needed answers to why I couldn’t lose weight, so I started digging. I came across Dr. Jonny Bowden’s blog. It made sense, the research, the facts about diet and nutrition. I am an avid fan of Dr. Bowden. These were the answers I was looking for about weight loss. I was getting back to 305 lbs quickly and needed to try another way. I developed plantar fasciitis of the foot. It is a very painful condition that left me in constant pain and severely limited any walking. To top it off, I knew it was coming down to being diabetic, already had the symptoms. This is not why I have a problem with Wheat Belly.
One day I was on Dr. Bowden’s blog and came across recommended books. At the top was “Wheat Belly.” I read the description and said “This sounds a lot like what I got”! I ate it up (I hope you didn’t use wheat to make the book!). I am now an official “Wheat Bellyian”. I will never go back to wheat.
I lost 85 lbs so far to date. I have never felt better in my whole life! The plantar’s [fasciitis] is completely gone. I am walking again (one of my passions). My cravings for junk food are virtually non-existent. If I do eat wheat (inadvertently), I truly do pay for the next day in the bathroom. Let me tell you, it is not very pleasant, very painful. I dare anyone to try wheat belly for a month, then eat a piece of bread and tell me it didn’t hurt on the way out. But my friends, that is not my problem with Wheat Belly.
My problem with Wheat Belly is this: resentment. Right now WW I (Wheat Wars I) is going on in my house. Don’t get me wrong, my family is in total awe and so happy for me. But when I try to help them and tell them that the food they are eating is the cause of their maladies (skin problems, stomach problems, etc.), they turn on me: Don’t tell me what to eat! I will eat what I want. When are you going to start eating normal again? That last one really makes me laugh, because I now know that I am eating normal. So to keep the peace, I refrain from offering advice, even though I want to tell the world! I am to the point where I have to defend myself and say “Hey, I don’t tell you what to eat, so don’t try to get me to eat that”. I don’t know what to do to get them to start caring about what wheat is doing to them. The Wheat War is raging in my house. Help!
More and more of us wheat-deniers will be encountering such resistance, as the wheat-is-poison message has not been fully understood or embraced by everyone. My view is that Rick should simply carry on, hoping that, by setting a quiet example of health and slenderness, the rest of the family will, in time, recognize the profound change he has undergone and embrace it themselves.
Anyone else have some useful advice for Rick?