I love hearing about Wheat Belly experiences outside North America. (Wheat Belly is published in 34 countries around the world.) Iveta from Lithuania shared her story and photos:
“My name is Iveta. I’m from Lithuania. I really love your book and Wheat Belly lifestyle. We have your book translated to the Lithuanian language. This book made a huge impact for me.
“I had ulcerative colitis for almost 3 years and, since I’m wheat-free, I feel great. Here is my photo, you can see a little difference (on the left side before wheat free lifestyle and on the right side I’m now.)
“I’m wheat-free nearly 2 months. I find it hard to eliminate all grains, but I definitely will try.”
Reversing ulcerative colitis is a huge accomplishment for Iveta. Not only is she spared from the pain, diarrhea, and bleeding that accompany the disease, she is also freed from the nasty drugs prescribed for this condition, as well as the markedly increased risk for colon cancer–all gone. Going grain-free will help eliminate the chance that other grains and their closely-related proteins won’t reactivate the disease. And, Iveta, please be sure to address vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, and cultivation of bowel flora, all of which help the intestines heal further and make it less and less likely that you will ever suffer a relapse. (Discussed in detail in the Wheat Belly Total Health book and summarized in this Wheat Belly Blog post.)
And isn’t it wonderful that, in parallel with her receding colitis, that you can also witness the reversal of inflammation on her face? See the reduction in facial swelling such as that in her cheeks? You can appreciate that Iveta looks different now that she has removed the inflammatory effects of wheat.