More on Dawn’s big wheat-free success!

We’ve lately been parading out some pretty spectacular success stories of people engaging in the Wheat Belly wheat-free lifestyle on the Wheat Belly Facebook page. Dawn wowed us with her story and photos:

“75 lbs off, high blood pressure meds gone, no longer pre-diabetic–sugar levels normal!. No more anti-depressants. I have gone from a tight size 16 to size 2/4!!

Weight has been off over a year, the longest I’ve ever maintained a loss!!!

This tidal wave of success stories like Dawn’s has prompted many readers to ask for the details. Many people enjoying success are doing so with slightly different approaches: Some exercise, while others don’t. Some slash total carbohydrates beyond wheat, while others simply eliminate the Most Evil Grain of All. (This is not a controlled clinical trial, after all, but a real world experience with real people living their lives.)

Nonetheless, I’d like to post a series of brief Q&A’s with the people sharing these wonderful success stories so that readers can get an appreciation for what they are doing. Here are the details of Dawn’s experience:

What prompted you to eliminate wheat?
I was told by my doctors that I was pre-diabetic. They told me to eliminate everything white from my diet–and I interpreted that as wheat, sugar, potatoes, rice. I was already suffering from a number of other ailments (obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, glaucoma suspect, bad knee), so I figured I needed something to help me.

Did you experience a withdrawal process? If so, what did you experience?
No withdrawal. I ate a lot of fruit when I wanted something sweet.

After about a week, I had no cravings for any wheat or sugar-related products.

Have you experienced any improvements in health?
75 lb weight loss, kept off for over a year (best ever), normal blood pressure without pills, no more anti-depressant meds, off of cholesterol meds, glaucoma less of an impending problem (probably more from exercise, but losing weight helped me exercise more).

Because of rehab, orthotics and losing weight, I can exercise an hour or more at a time, so I’m in great shape and can walk for miles at a time. Obesity made me depressed and lacking in energy and self-confidence, for which I turned to an antidepressant. Since losing the weight and exercising, my mood is great without it!”

Can you describe some of your favorite wheat-free foods that help you navigate this lifestyle.
I eat an apple with natural chunky peanut butter every day for breakfast. If I can’t get that, I have an egg white omelet with cheese and veggies mixed in.

For lunch, I might have that again, or a salad with beans and protein, or even Kentucky Fried Chicken without the skin.

For dinner, I try to eat chicken or fish and veggies. If I really need a starch, I use quinoa, but it’s rare.

I find I can eat wherever I go: Thai (Veggie Curry), Mexican (chicken, beans, cheese, or I eat the insides of a fajita), Italian (I eat the toppings off of veggie pizza or I have fish or chicken), fast food (the inside of the grilled chicken sandwich), Indian (Chicken Tikka Masala without rice or Vegetable Korma without rice–I eat it on top of salad). You can always make anything work if you set your mind to it.

I snack on nuts, fruit, tea with coconut/almond milk.

I try to exercise 5 mornings a week for at least 30 minutes. I try to get at least 3 miles in on the elliptical or lift weights or take a class.

Dawn went beyond cutting out wheat by cutting out other rapidly-digested carbohydrate sources. She also exercised. The predominant effect of wheat elimination for Dawn appears to be freedom from appetite-stimulation from the gliadin-derived opiates of wheat and probable freedom from the depressive effects of the same opiates. But she did nothing particularly extraordinary beyond just sticking with these changes, yet obtained some spectacular benefits.

Anyway, another congratulations, Dawn, on your newly-rediscovered health!

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    • KCJ

      It was indeed an interesting article, thanks for sharing, Mia.
      I notice the author mentions both Dr D’s book and Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food but Pollan still endorses ‘healthy whole grains’.

  1. Reader1

    An interesting comment about childhood obesity by the AMA. “Rates of childhood obesity have increased more than threefold in the last 30 years.”

    • > … comment about childhood obesity by the AMA

      And because they won’t allow themselves to have the least clue about why, they instead gave up and declared obesity a “disease” in June of this year.

      Less charitably, their intransigent self-blindness to the role of diet in health will not permit them to have a clue, and if it did, the fix would not require the services of an expensive MD. So instead they decided to monetize their stubborn ignorance, and turn the needlessly tragic obesity epidemic into a revenue opportunity (expensive testing, supporting incompetent diagnosis, resulting in needless prescriptions if not hazardous surgeries).

      • HungryinTN

        I used to always feel guilty when I refused to donate the dollar to ADA or whatever medical charity the credit card machine at the drug store always wants me to give to. Not anymore.

        • Barbara in New Jersey

          Hi Hungry and Boundless,

          I agree with both of you.
          These professional associations are just toys of big agro and pharma,
          parroting whatever they are told to parrot. The shameful part is that our friends and neighbors (2/3 rds of Americans) are now overweight, pre diabetic or diabetic with fatty livers and high blood pressure and cholesterol because they followed the advice of these groups and government guidelines. These guidelines and recommendations somehow are all the same and serve only to benefit the industry of consumption. Your health, mine and the health of the people next door is not important because hopefully we won’t be consuming their products or services.

          My suggestion is to give to your local volunteer fire and ambulance groups or to the American Red Cross Disaster Fund.

      • John

        That is such a depressing and frightening analysis, Boundless. Mostly because in all likelihood it is true. Dr. Davis briefly discussed the “illness industry” in the U.S. at his Denver presentation, and it is a multi-billion dollar enterprise. What interest does that industry have in solving health issues? Or is it more in their interest to take a reactive approach through prescriptions/tests/multiple diagnoses through multiple specialists, though that approach treats only the symptoms and do not address the root cause of the patient’s health problem?

        As I said, depressing stuff. I’d much prefer to take proactive responsibility for my own health rather than have anything to do with that system.

  2. Culinary Adventurer

    Hi Dawn! What you have accomplished is so impressive and I particularly love that you didn’t wait for some kind of “official” permission to move forward and make so many positive changes. You figured out what to do and made the changes for yourself!
    The people who have embraced wheatlessness are already on a new path and this is just how change usually happens. People who see a better way must follow the good science and their own good sense. If we wait for those institutions that have a ve$ted intere$t in the dietary status quo even to acknowledge the serious issues involving wheat (let alone make the changes we know are needed), we are going to be waiting a l-o-o-o-o-o-n-n-g time! If anything they will show their true positions by their resistance.
    Those of us who have joined Dr. Davis and the others, who are already forging ahead with new and real science, are already on our way out of this backward, harmful, dietary mess. We recognize it as the emergency it truly is and have to take action to rescue ourselves. And Dawn, you have followed your own heart and mind and blazed a trail to your new path of wheatlessness! Your transition is beautiful and your sharing of your story is much appreciated. You go girl!

  3. david potack

    October will be my two year anniversary of living the wheat free lifestyle. I started as a 300 pound type two diabetic, with ulcerative colitis,high blood pressure [158/95 with meds],and cholestrol higher than my doc wanted it to be. I’m down to 183 [-117 lbs], off all diabeties meds with perfect scores, blood pressure 110/70, [still take some meds] and cholestrol at 75 [with meds,doc wants very low due to past open heart double triple bypass]. Question for Dr Davis. Can you comment in general about weaning one off all the meds people like me start out with. My experience was that while I was on the Actoplus and glipicide after losing the first 40 lbs ,I would get dizzy due to blood sugar levels very low. So I ‘experimented’ taking myself off the meds. Then I went to my doctor who at first didn’t believe me but after a couple of fasting blood test confirmed that ‘miraculously’ i was cured. He then after another 30 lbs switched my cholestrol from Vytorin to a lower dose generic statin. He still won’t do anything about the three high blood pressure meds i take today. I routinely get blood work done every 4 months and have been getting great results. Do I need to find a second opinion?
    Now commenting on my ‘secrets’ of success. I’ve always been a huge three meal a day guy who rarely snacked. Just home fries and bagels with my eggs for breakfast. Some giant Hoagie/sub sandwich with fries and a soda for lunch and a meat and pasta dish along with half a loaf of italian bread at dinner. No desserts. So the home fries and bagels are gone. Sliced tomatoes with the eggs [usually in the form of a one yolk two egg white with veggies and cheese omelet. Lunch is my own mix of raw nuts and seeds i buy in bulk. Eaten with a cup of coffee and i’m good to go until dinner. Lots of fish dishes, chicken and red meat once a week. Salad [with aged balsamic vinegar] and a whole bag of frozen mixed veggies. I eat at least 85% of my meals out and have found that to be no problem. All you need do is ask. When my wife does cook your cookbook is a great basis to go with.

    • Tony

      Hi David, congrats on your success, great job! I’m trying to persuade my diabetic, overweight brother to give it a go but… it’s a work in progress I guess. :-(

      One quick question: what’s your beef with egg yolks? Or red meat for that matter?

    • Mrs C

      hi David
      Congratulation on your success. I think you need a second opinion…not sure why you would need to be on 3 BP meds other than for your Dr to make you keep coming back….

      • Irene

        Definitely need to get off the b/p meds. Maybe stay on one. Usually the docs like a beta blocker. Take your b/p at home for a few weeks then ask him to stop one for a month or two then go off another. Always taking your b/p at home daily. you’ll be able to see if your b/p begins to rise.

    • MrsRatfire

      Hello Tony-
      Take the bull by the horns and buy a very good BP meter. Take your BP meter to your doc’s office and measure it against his. Read the reviews on them, you will find some from nurses and such who have recommendations on the accuracy of certain products. Even your doctor’s may be off. Once every 4 months is not a line of BP. The sugar level in your blood over 6 months is measurable as an average by a blood test. But you can’t do this with a blood test. Investigate the meters, invest, check it against your physcian at once. I know if I went to my doc’ office, they would take my BP even if I did not see the doc, I am sure they will do that for you. One of the reasons to check it at once is so you can take it back for a refund. You may want to buy several types. I have never seen a wrist moniter used in a medical office and if you ask them, they would tell you why. If after you check your BP, and it is NOT high, why would you continue to medicate? It makes no sense. Your doctor knows he only sees you every 4 months and he does not have an actual line. Based on his experience, most patients never leave BP medications. He is following what he knows. Make a line. You will have a full scrip on hand if you are measuring, discontinue and find out you were wrong. Great job on the weight loss!

  4. Karin

    Great! I still enjoy reading all these success stories.

    I just read an interview you had in Amsterdam, Dr. Davis. It’s in the Dutch magazine ‘GezondNu’ (translation: Healthy Now), that arrived this week. Great interview! Five pages, lots of interesting information and seven lovely photos. Smiles everywhere. :) I must say that Catherine Keyl did a great job.
    You probably already knew this article was out, but I thought I’d mention it, just in case you didn’t.

  5. Uncle Roscoe

    “For lunch, I might have that again, or a salad with beans and protein, or even Kentucky Fried Chicken without the skin. ”

    I react quickly and pretty severely to wheat. I ate fried chicken without the skin once. It hit me like a sledge hammer. The effects lasted, as with me and all wheat exposure, for three more days.

  6. stephen ottridge

    I have just read about Biotrust IC-5. Does anyone have any comments on this product?

    • Faye

      I hadn’t heard of Biotrust IC-5 until your post, but the company ( compares its action against insulin resistance with Metformin. My doctor had prescribed Metformin for me, off label, to help with insulin resistance and he hoped I would lose weight. Didn’t happen for me. So I’m not sure about how effective this product would be.

    • Tony

      Hi Stephen,
      I haven’t used IC-5 but in the past I purchased 2 of their other products and they did absolutely nothing for me.
      I looked at the claims and they state you can have a high carb meal as long as you take 2 capsules 15min before. Well, in essence then these people have solved the insulin resistance problem I guess… According to Steve Phinney’s and Jeff Volek’s book “Art and Science of Low Carb Living” modern science still doesn’t understand biochemical mechanism(s) of insulin resistance, all they have is unproven theories, and not for the lack of trying. What are the chances that some veg mix capsule is the answer to the problem that’s been evading researchers for the last 40-50yrs?
      Just curious what are you trying to achieve?

      • Rich

        I do no longer believe that one can find the way back to health, swallowing a pill. It seems to me that all this does is help big pharmas bottom line. The first medication you get has some side effects. You do not notice them at first. Then you go back to your doctor (medicator seems a more appropriate title) with the ‘new’ ailments that have develped. Before you know it, you leave the doctor’s office with yet another prescritption. Time goes by, the blood work results from your last physical don’t look so great. Now they try to push stetin drugs on you on top of all the other drugs your are already taking on a daily basis. When asked for the underlying cause of your ailments, they tell you that nobody knows. Everone runs for the cure, but nobody knows the cause. Yet, the cause is the key to the cure. I am slowly coming to grips with that fact.
        I am greatful that there are physicians like Dr. Davis. They look at the issue from a different, better perpective. So I embarked on the wheat-free lifestyle about 1 1/2 months ago. I feel much better already, but I have still ways to go in my quest to eliminate the pills.

      • stephen ottridge

        Had an email from Townhall Daily advertising the product. I watched the video, big sales promotion and wondered if anyone on this blog had heard of it. We are all careful with our carbs.

    • > I have just read about Biotrust IC-5. Does anyone have any comments on this product?

      Looks like the purpose of IC-5 is to counteract the effect of their other products :).

      The protein bars are way high in net carbs (15 grams of sugars alone), way too low in fat, and needlessly high in protein. I note that their comparison to other bars on the market conveniently neglects Quest (which aren’t ideal, but are miles ahead of BT). There are several ingredients in the cookies that torpedo any dietary credibility.

      Proceeding cautiously, IC-5 might be worth a look for someone whose pancreas is so screwed up that they must supplement with something like metaformin, and would like a non-prescription alternative. But for the vast majority of us, the product is simply unnecessary. Zerothe wheat and cut the carbs to very low, and you can also cut down on your buying at the supplement aisle and pharmacy window. Even if IC-5 works, it’s usually managing a completely avoidable problem.

    • Barbara in New Jersey


      Thank you, we did read it. Funny too! This has been posted by other people as well.

      • The science of everything

        Thank you sooo much!
        I´m glad that you liked it, feel free to post it as well, wherever you like :)

        • BarbinNC

          Hi Sciene! I’m the Barbara who left you the comment on your very interesting blog ;) Thanks for writing back, and I really look forward to the second part of the article. Btw. did you notice the funny name of the book in German? Weizenwampe ….. hahahaaaa! Das ist sehr lustig, nicht wahr?

    • Trish C

      Thanks so much for these links! Sorry I took awhile to respond. Been having computer issues and was in a car accident. Kinda kept me busy.


  7. Susan Fox

    Since July I’ve been staying with my Dad while my Mom recovers in an orthopedic unit after after having knee replacement surgery. She’s going to be 90 soon. Dad just turned 91. My parents passion in life has been cooking and entertaining. They’ve eaten well with lots of vegetables, meat, etc. But they eat wheat and other junk starches and sugar. I don’t eat wheat or any starch and only tiny amounts of sugar (I use xylitol).

    The food in the nursing facility is so full of starch and sugar that I decided the first few days she was there that I would bring lunch and dinner every day. So I have been bringing lunch and dinner daily for over a month. I also cook for my Dad and myself every day to relieve him of any additional stress. (He still is a fabulous cook at 91). Many of the days my Mom hasn’t eaten any wheat or starch and little sugar. But then my father started bringing her little sweet rolls. We’ve already had issues with getting her meds straightened out and finally got that done but now I feel helpless as my Dad unknowingly sabotages my efforts of helping my Mom by giving her poison (wheat rolls). My Dad hasn’t been eating any starch with meals that I cook except for these sweet rolls and some biscotti a friend made. My parents both know about Wheat Belly (I bought them the book and the cookbook) and that I am celiac and say they understand what I’m saying but old habits die hard. And at their age I know they probably won’t change. Their whole life has been built around cooking and baking with wheat and other starches. I don’t force the issue but I do speak out about it with others in front of them. I just need to write this to vent my frustration. I’ve worked extremely hard to help my Mom recover and sit there helplessly, biting my tongue as she is fed poison. Some days she says she eats cheerios for breakfast. Then Dad brings her the rolls. She has had some very good days at the nursing facility but then she’ll have bad days. She gets fatigued, has confusion and hurts more on some days. I know if she didn’t have any wheat she would improve so much faster and have so much less brain fog. (I know the meds cause some of that and have gotten that changed). I’m so exhausted I just give up on trying. And I’m not normally a quitter. Maybe I’m just taking a break. It’s so crazy how the plant “wheat” has been genetically altered to give a higher yield more cheaply so that more people can have food and then that very food poisons and kills them!
    Has anyone else out there experienced a similar frustration? Help!

    • Neicee

      Susan Fox, a great many of us have had to experience the marvels (sarc) of modern medicine and feeling helpless. We’re made to feel like we’ve the IQ of an idiot, and in most cases….completely ignored by the staff at hospitals, nursing homes, etc. involving our aged parents or in-laws. After having to witness losing my parents in their 70’s and now in-laws in their 90’s it can seem like a nonsensical merry-go-round. I watched my own sister a year ago pass with cancer which they’d only found a couple of weeks before she died. Yet, the trays on her table in the hospital was loaded with juice, oatmeal, toast, jam – no butter, and Jell-O.
      Good luck and anytime you need to vent about the issue, please do so. Sometimes the only people that understand your thoughts are those that share the same boat yet have never met. Take care.

      • Barbara in New Jersey


        Neicee is quite correct. Most of us have experienced this with ourselves or our loved ones. Perhaps that is why we spend the time here on this blog trying to reassure people like you. It is so painful to watch their health decline and not be able to do anything about it. The closed circle of government guidelines, big pharma and agro, medical/insurance coverage/doctor ignorance is rather frightening to everyone. We have all been treated like we are idiots and that “doctors know best” while watching our loved ones slip away from us.

        When you consider that according to government figures, more than 2/3rds of American’s are overweight and at least half are pre-diabetic or diabetic, there is a lot more misery to come. Eventually the government will change the food recommendations, but probably not until medicare/insurance is overwhelmed will this be accomplished

        Brave people like Dr. Davis have given all of us hope for a healthy medical future.
        As a group, we “miraculously” aren’t succumbing to the current ills caused by the Standard American Diet. As our numbers grow, the availability of “clean food” grows and companies will take notice as will the medical profession (hopefully). Until then, we can only “walk with our feet and pocketbooks”.

        My heart goes out to you. Be happy that you are doing what you can for the people you love.

    • Dr. Davis

      You appreciate the depth of the broad brainwashing of the nation, Susan. It is deeply ingrained. (Sorry!)

      I know of no way to change people’s ways except to 1) educate them without nagging, and 2) help effect broad change at the societal level, as we are trying to do here and elsewhere in media. Imagine your dad is watching TV and hears a report on how consuming modern wheat kills? THAT would do it!

      • Susan Fox

        Your’e absolutely right Dr. Davis. That would do it. He’s recently changed his thinking on another issue due to excellent tv coverage.

  8. Susan Fox

    Thank you so much Neicee and Barbara. You’ve lifted my spirits. I know what your saying is true. But to hear this from like minded people helps boost my spirits. I’ve spent a fair amount of time talking with staff and patients at the nursing facility to help make them aware of Dr. Davis and his courageous work. I know little by little we’ll change attitudes and knowledge about our foods, illness and big pharma.

    • BarbinNC

      Susan, I hope you’re Mom is recovering nicely from her knee replacement surgery. I just had bilateral knee replacement surgery 4 months ago, and its been pretty rough, to say the least… your story brought back memories of my iron will to stay wheatfree while in hospital and rehab. I ordered bacon and eggs for breakfast and lunch every day, and after a few days, the dietary supervisor stopped in to check on me. I didn’t have much appetite any way, but she asked if I was celiac, and I said that I wasn’t really, just wanted to get nothing with wheat or any other grains in it. She asked if I could have a salad, and I said that would be nice, so we put together a salad that had nothing like luncheon meat etc. It was such a wonderful gesture, and I will never forget her. She even made them bring me olive oil and vinegar for dressing, I had forgotten about it, and expected some packaged mix that I was going to shun, but she seemed very intuitive about this way of eating.

      I hope everything goes well, and your Mom can be at home soon, you are a wonderful daughter to be there for your parents, and my heart goes out to you, I do understand your frustration quite well.

  9. Greg

    Hi Dawn, congratulations!!! What an accomplishment and new way of life :)
    Question: what is the brand name of the natural peanut butter you buy? And where is it sold? My hardest part with this is finding the allowed foods, wish there more specifics on what brands, types, etc…..
    Thanks much!!!

  10. chris andersen

    Hi All,
    I have been wheat free for over a month now. For the first time in my living memory I can breath through both nostrils and my post nasal drip has vanished. Most surprising though is the total disappearance of my facial psoriasis and my long term reflux appears to be gone! Lost a couple of kilograms even though I have a low BMI. Also feeling calmer and more positive about life; but that could be as much attributable to the above transformations as the diet. Time will tell. Wheat Belly is proving to be my best investment Ina long lifetime.