Wheat Belly Blog reader, Ang, left this fascinating comment about her break from wheat addiction:
I have been wheat-free for 9 days after reading the article in Woman’s Day (which I NEVER pick up — don’t know why it struck me that day to read it). I cannot believe the PROFOUND DIFFERENCE in my life.
I have spent 43 years in the throws of what I will call a “food addiction” problem. The CONSTANT fight to win the battle of not -eating too much, not-eating the wrong foods, not eating, exercising more, etc. has taken a toll on my life and is time wasted I can never get back. But my husband described this best when he said “it’s like you’ve been a wheelchair and can walk again.”
Cravings have been ELIMINATED. I mean COMPLETELY ELIMINATED. The ability to recognize ACTUAL HUNGER is so foreign to me that when, in the past eight days, it happened, my husband and I were GIDDY. I actually KNOW when I am hungry. I have NEVER KNOWN what hunger felt like.
PERFECT EXAMPLE: We were at a ballgame and there were few options available and I was, as my husband, GENUINELY hungry. So I ordered a sausage and peppers without the bun and the fries that came with it. Now, I have NEVER, EVER, EVER LEFT FRIES on a plate and called them a “trigger food” for me for years. But, with out the wheat trigger in my life, I easily knew when I was full and, lo and behold, half the fries were left. NOW LET ME BE CLEAR: I am not saying I’ve replaced bread with french fries, I get that carb-porn/fried or otherwise can be problematic and I am eating plenty of vegetables, lean meats, brown rice and healthy choices, but when I was in a situation where real genuine hunger and VERY limited choices made a poorer choice the only option — without WHEAT, I was able to eat like a NORMAL human being, recognizing the signs of FULL and not feeling deprivation or the need to “WILL” myself not to finish the fries. I have NEVER had that ability!!!!!!
Oh — and I’ve lost eight pounds in the eight days.
The “pull” of wheat for many is crippling. Removing wheat can be like being released from the hold of a powerfully addictive drug, as Ang’s experience illustrates. Thanks for sharing your story, Ang!