Evie encapsulates the peculiar appetite-stimulating effect of wheat that trumps all other appetite effects, “sweet tooth” included.
I’ve been on the wheat-free plan for four months and have had good results with loss of 12 pounds, total resolution of digestive/intestinal issues, cessation of food/carbo cravings, and diminished arthritic pain.
I am 70 years old and have fought Carbo Hell for most of my adult life. It was called a “sweet tooth” in my day, but I think it should be changed to a “WHEAT TOOTH,” as without wheat, my addictive compulsion to eat the terrible chemical laden sugar bombs pushed by the food industry just up and disappeared.
As a retired mental health counselor, who worked in a MICA (mentally ill/chemical abuser) program, I was well aware of the hypoglycemic and emotional ravages of abusing alcohol and drugs. I also intellectually understood the similar effects of simple and refined carbohydrates, even grains and fruits, but I was powerless to resist the call from Little Debbie and Pepperidge Farm myself.
I was, myself, so frequently depressed and often irritable and anxious, but saw little to no relief from cutting out sweet treats. Every evening at 5 pm, the blood sugar dropped and I, like a food zombie, began my craven search for that evening’s simple carbo of choice. Ice cream, some cookies, a piece of pie or cake, even candy. Somehow, despite my heavy research into the bad health effects of high blood sugar and hyperinsulinemia, no matter that I ate sweet-free all day, every evening I would, sooner or later, find myself with some decadent goodie. Every morning I would wake up in an extremely depressed mood (hypoglycemia?) with very negative thoughts. So, when Wheat Belly arrived into my sphere of awareness, I just did it.
Wow. As long as I “Ate no wheat, I craved no sweet.” Even if I had a little rice or grits occasionally, I was just not hungry. But each time I’d relapse and have a slice or two of sourdough toast, I’d be ravenous that evening again and would wake up next day practically suicidal. I now know that cutting out all the junk sweets and simple carbs, though healthy in itself, is not enough for me. I must abstain from wheat in all its manifestations as for me it is the “gateway food,’ if you will, to Carbo Hell with all its many ill effects, both physical and emotional. Thank you, Dr. Davis for helping me.
Evie experienced exactly what I have witnessed countless times: What people perceive as a “sweet tooth” was really a desire for sweets and carbohydrates triggered by the gliadin protein of wheat. Spinach doesn’t do this; olives don’t do this; beef liver can’t do this–only wheat.
Recall that the gliadin protein of wheat, this modern form of the protein changed by the manipulations of geneticists, triggers appetite and causes people to consume, on average, 400 more calories per day. Appetite is triggered specifically for carbohydrates, such as chips and cookies, not for steak, salmon, and asparagus.
Another interesting aspect of Evie’s experience are the emotional consequences of wheat consumption: Not only did it trigger cravings for junk carbohydrates, but also negative thoughts that seem to go beyond the self-loathing of lost impulse control. (Especially interesting coming from a person with the professional sophistication of a mental health counselor.) This would be consistent with the mind effects of gliadin that can trigger depression in those susceptible. (Time and again, these gliadin effects, often profound influences over mood and behavior, raise the question: How many societal problems–violence, crime, family discord, drug abuse–are really the consequence of this ubiquitous disrupter? I don’t have an answer, but I suspect it is a substantial contributor, one that can be remedied.)
Rarely does the impulse to consume sweets–a “sweet tooth”–persist in the aftermath of wheat elimination: Lose the wheat, lose the sweet tooth.