Patti posted this wonderful description of her and her son’s experience in their first week of wheatlessness:
One week on the Wheat Belly diet has come and gone. Here is how it is working at our house:
I (mom) feel so good. I no longer need an afternoon nap, I have lost the squishy fat around my middle (I am not overweight, so the squishy thing was driving me nuts!). I’m drinking more water; because now I can tell when I am thirsty and hungry. Best of all, my thoughts are more positive and my emotional resilience has increased. This is particularly good because I have a 14-year old son.
The 14 year old son is following the diet and is quickly losing the beginning of a spare tire. He now recognizes when he in genuinely hungry and does not snack after dinner or between meals. His focus is stronger for household tasks, music practicing, and homework and he is also emotionally more even. Finally, his bad acne is receding. Good bye tetracycline.
I’m shamelessly telling everyone I meet about the wheat belly world; who could eat the awful engineered wheat, once they know what Dr. Davis has revealed!? Thank you so much, Dr. Davis!
We often hear from critics that wheat elimination is nothing more than a low-carbohydrate approach. If this were true, we should not expect amazing reductions in appetite, freedom from depression and increased well-being and happiness, better concentration, less acne and skin rashes like seborrhea and psoriasis, relief from joint pain, etc. Yes, cutting carbs can accomplish some of these phenomena, but not to this degree and with this wide a range of benefits.
Compared, say, to gumdrops (sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup, flavorings, food coloring), wheat contains a spectrum of unhealthy components that go far beyond that of sugar and carbohydrates. No other food contains the gliadin protein that yields appetite-stimulating opiates and increases intestinal permeability leading to autoimmune conditions. No other food contains the powerful lectin of wheat, wheat germ agglutinin, that is a direct bowel toxin, mimics the effect of insulin upon absorption into the bloodstream, and triggers inflammation powerfully. No other food contains unique allergenic proteins created by the genetics manipulations of the 1970s that changed the amino acid structure of alpha amylase inhibitors and others that underlie asthma and skin rashes (though soy, corn, and peanuts may have similar allergenic issues).
And followers of the Wheat Belly arguments recognize how limited the “gluten-free” notion is. The Wheat Belly concepts are not about being gluten-free; they are about being free of all the awful health effects of all the components in modern wheat, just as Patti and her son experienced in their first week.