Here’s Rachael’s wonderful story of marked improvement in longstanding depression, along with getting slimmer by 90 pounds!
In December/January just past I started eating to Wheat Belly guidelines. I’m no longer depressed, stomach pains from wheat are gone, I’m healthy and happy. I went from 250 pounds to 160. And still dropping.
I did this for my health and concern for Frankenwheat, not solely to lose weight. They just happen to go hand in hand.
Ever since I was little, I’ve suffered from depression. When I was 18, I was admitted to hospital for about three months. Drug after drug and trial after trial I felt like a zombie. After about four years on the drug, I stopped. I didn’t want to feel like I was just sitting and watching in my life.
The next 1.5-2 years were a struggle. I practiced all of the techniques that I’ve learned (cognitive behaviour therapy, etc.). I finally reached my ultimate low past January. I went researching what can cause such bad depression in people. Somehow I ended up reading about the genetic makeup of wheat, which led me to Wheat Belly.
I had nothing else to lose. I was already at rock bottom, so I cut it out. My withdrawals were awful for the first two weeks.
After the first 30 days, I could see my eyes getting clearer. My mood was changing. By month two, I had more energy. I wanted to start exercising, whereas before I wanted to, but was always too lethargic.
Now, 8-9 months later and 90 pounds thinner, I’m doing great. My depression is at a tolerable level where it’s not to the extreme. My outlashes are gone. I wake up wanting to nourish my body with healthy foods that will fuel me.
And I spend less money eating this way than I did eating before. I stay full and content throughout the day, whereas before I would eat pasta or something, be full, bloated, stomach pains and hungry in thirty minutes!
Rachael’s form of depression is labeled “unipolar” depression, to be distinguished from “bipolar” depression, i.e., a condition characterized by “highs” as well as “lows.” As Rachael experienced, a marked lifting (though in her case, not complete) is common; some people do indeed experience a complete lifting.
Let’s extend this to other forms of emotional/psychological struggles, such as eating disorders (especially bulimia and binge eating disorder) and schizophrenia, and increased behavioral difficulties and shortened attention span in children with ADHD and autistic spectrum disorder. ALL of these conditions are unmasked or worsened by the gliadin protein of wheat, the protein degraded to small polypeptide opiates that bind to the opiate receptors of the human brain and exert a variety of emotional and psychological effects.
As Rachael’s substantial struggles highlight, this is no small matter. Wheat can literally ruin a life. Only a minority of people are able to pinpoint the thing that makes their condition so much worse . . . then remove it. And they generally do so against the advice of their psychiatrist, primary care doctor, dietitian.
We are advised by our own government agencies that ALL Americans, without exception, benefit by loading their diet up with “healthy whole grains.” After all, whole grains are less harmful than white flour products! Can you appreciate the enormity of this blunder when it comes to mental health issues alone?
If you, like Rachael, experienced an emotional or psychological effect by banishing modern wheat from your life, please share your story here!