Post # 1
Wondering if there are other bees who have read (or are currently reading) Wheat Belly. If so, I thought this might be a good place to talk about your impressions of the book, whether or not you’ve started cutting wheat out of your diet, successes, struggles, etc.
Another Bee recommended that I read “Wheat Belly” after I wrote about my concerns for losing weight after being dianosed with Hypothyroidism. I am about halfway through the book and have not yet started cutting out wheat. I am slowly mentally preparing myself for the inevitable – wheat-free!
How are bees doing with the diet that Dr. Davis recommends? Any recipes that he suggests that you use as a staple now?
Look forward to hearing from other bees!
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
I’ve never read this but I’ve been gluten free for 9 years due to celiac.
Post # 4
I haven’t read the book, but I have read a summary, and I agree with some points made, and not others.
I am not obsessed with avoidin gluten or wheat, I don’t have any strong adverse reaction right away or anthing, but I don’t eat much wheat because it doesn’t seem to be good for me when I eat too much of it (just from personal experience).
Post # 5
I haven’t read the book, but have celiac. I would say that not eating wheat has caused me to lose belly weight and eating gluten free (as long as it is a healthy diet, not all the processed crap) does no harm.
Also, be aware that detoxing from wheat/gluten was the hardest thing I have ever done. I had the worst cravings, would bawl when I saw real pizza, and had trouble digesting food. After 3 months it got better, after a year I no longer had horrible gluten cravings, and 5 years out I have zero desire to cheat.
Post # 6
Yay, great thread!
I’ve gone on a wheat-free trial now for 1.5 months on the recommendation of my mom. One thing I’ve noticed is that I have a lot more energy now, I am normally quite lethargic during the day but it hasn’t really been the case for the last while. I also notice that I get stomach aches if I do eat some wheat (ex if eating out). I used to get these a lot more, so it’s a good sign about what’s causing them.
I’ve started reading Wheat Belly as well, but I’m not very far through it yet. I’m interested in what others think as well. One that that’s been hard for me to get used to is the idea that eating whole wheat and whole (wheat) grains is still bad for you.
For those that are interested, here’s a link to the book:
Post # 7
I have not read it, but I am hypothyroid so I went completely 100% gluten free for the last 8 months. It didn’t make a difference for me. My levels are still elevated, and now that I take synthroid I don’t think there is a chance to help naturally through diet. I am thankful for the synthroid however, I needed it. Before pregnancy I was doing gluten free, basically the primal diet. I like that diet and the way I felt focusing on lean meat, dairy, and fresh veggies and fruits. With pregnancy however, it does not work for me with my nausea! I *just* broke my gluten free yesterday. I feel so much better! I think once you take synthroid your thyroid is a goner anyway. (Not to be negative- synthroid has helped me- I was at almost a tsh of 11 prior! and I get checked every month now to watch my levels during pregnancy.) One more thing- not eating wheat makes it difficult for me to digest! I might go back to primal blueprint once I have baby, we shall see. Right now, my nausea is so severe, it dictates! It has become about eating whatever I can manage to keep down at this point. Also, gf and primal are expensive! I honestly think the best diet is one of moderation and variety.
Post # 8
I haven’t read Wheat Belly, but I am gluten (and all grains! free). I follow a Paleo diet – of course within today’s context…I’m not out there hunting for my food every day. Lol By not eating all those processed foods (yes bread is processed) I feel amazing and look better than ever. There are tons and tons of grain free recipes online. Just google “grain free ____” and you will find some amazing ones. http://comfybelly.com/ is one of my favorite blogs of grain free foods.
Post # 9
I also just found this review of the book, which isn’t as favourable:
He claims that the author misinterpreted several studies. It’s unfortunate, since some of the principles behind using alternate grains are good I think. I guess it’s another reason to take some things with a “grain” of salt 🙂
Post # 10
I am very interested in nutrition and food so I find these sorts of things interesting.
I really think there will be no one diet that works for everyone though. But more power to you if it works for you and you are getting everything you need! I think it takes some experimentation and luck to find what works for you.
I make no effort to avoid wheat or gluten personally since I am mostly happy with the way I eat.
Post # 11
I have read the book and it’s very, very interesting!!!! And as a PP mentioned, it is VERY hard to go off of grains, wheat, etc. The withdrawl is very hard. Which says something right there.
Post # 12
@Happy2bMrs: i find that there are so many gluten-free products in regular grocery stores now.
don’t think about what you can’t eat, think about what you can eat.
both my mom and brother are celiac so i am very familiar with meal planning around this. i have had numerous dinners, bbq’s and other functions where they could eat 99% of the food. in fact my entire wedding meal was gluten-free and delicious.
Post # 13
@mypinkshoes: Awesome about the wedding meal! I figured that the entree is no problem, since it’s usually protein and some veggies (we’re having a plated meal). But I don’t know what to do about dessert and cake. I really want to eat my wedding cake but I don’t want a bad stomach ache during our reception/wedding night! What did you do for this?
PS I’m not celiac, but I’ve now linked my frequent stomach pains to some wheat products.
Post # 14
@physicsbride: Thanks for posting that review. I found it to be an interesting read.
My thoughts are that even if the studies that he quoted may have had different variables or results, the actual facts are that whole wheat has a GI rating of x, which will spike your blood sugar and cause your body to produce insulin, thereby causing you to create fat cells.
So, maybe those of us who do not have gluten intolerance or Celiac’s disease would benefit solely from the reduced carbohydrate intake and reduced intake of GMO foods by cutting out wheat.
It’s hard to tell. I’d like to know whether there are bees who do not have documented gluten/wheat intolerance or Celiac’s disease, who have cut wheat out of their diets and had any positive health impacts.
@MrsJX3: How has your body responded to the reduced wheat intake? Any changes?
@cbee: Oh man, I feel for you with the nausea. I can totally understand eating whatever makes you feel better and stays down! So you went g-free and found that you did not lose any weight and it didnt improve your thyroid function? Did you follow the Wheat Belly diet or did you supplement with g-free products?
Post # 15
@physicsbride: we served vanilla bean creme brulee for our dessert with fruit garnish. it was truly the best i’ve ever had. as for the cake, we had separate gluten-free cupcakes made for my mom and brother.
Post # 16
- Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat
It’s been a week and the nausea and cramps that have plagued me for years are…gone. I can’t believe it. I don’t get super hungry anymore either…even after a big workout. I am really happy with this change so far!