I know a lot of you have cut wheat out of your diet already- well done you!
This is not easy, especially if like me you were brought up to believe that wheat is “The staff of life” and “Wholewheat & grains are healthy”
For those of you that haven’t yet cut wheat out or are not sure why they should – please, please read on!
Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health is written by the renowned cardiologist, Dr. William Davis. In my opinion the book has not been very aptly named, the title gives the impression of a need to lose weight around the middle that has been caused by wheat (as in a beer belly) when the book is really about the awful damage wheat is doing to our health. It really has to be read to be believed!
This book explains how eliminating wheat from our diets can result in HUGE health benefits (including weight loss).
Think about what you have been eating for the last twenty or thirty years.
If you are like many people, your main meals probably consisted of the following:
Toasted bread, bagel, biscuits – wheat flour
Croissant or pastry – wheat flour, sugar
Cereal – wheat or corn, sugar.
Pancakes/Waffles – wheat flour, sugar
Lunch & Snacks
Sandwich, wrap, rolls etc – primary ingredient is wheat flour, (look at labels)
Hambuger – primary ingredient is wheat flour, with a protein in between
Desserts, sweets, puddings, pastries, pies, sauces made with wheat
Cheese & biscuits – made of wheat flour.
Feed or Food?
It is not a stretch to suggest that up to fifty percent or more of what we have historically eaten was wheat, and perhaps up to seventy-five percent wheat and other grains.
When you look at it this way, what we thought of as “food” was more like “feed.”
In fact, at the time when humans adopted agriculture, the majority of grains were actually grown to feed livestock.
Perhaps in times of famine or desperation, humans raided their grain bins.
“Feed” in Disguise
This bad habit must have stuck.
10,000 years later we have morphed agriculture into a processed food industry where we take wheat, corn, and soy and either make it sweet with sugar or high fructose corn syrup, make it savoury with salt and spices.
Then we mould and press the feed mixture into the desired shape – thick or thin, short or long, big or little, round or square, soft or dense – choose a colour, and then add chemicals so it will last a year or more.
We fool ourselves into thinking this is food, but if we were honest, we have to admit this is more like how we feed our dogs.
The packages all look different, but pick any of these things and imagine if we all ate with our mouths open, we’d see it for what it is – just a mush of wheat or corn flour. They might as well just sell this feed in 50lb bags.
It’d be much more honest… and cheaper too.
Enter REAL FOOD
After decades of eating just a few crops, it’s no surprise that we have forgotten what REAL FOOD is, and people enlightened enough to reject the standard Western diet often struggle initially with determining what to eat.
In fact, many are too quick to substitute wheat with other things that are just like it. If you have decided to reject “feed as food,” consider exploring real food instead and letting the notion of real food serve as your litmus test before putting something in your mouth.
Ask yourself, “is this real food…or made with real food?”
We all enjoy our treats here and there, but imagine replacing that 75% “feed” in your diet with food! One of the joys of rejecting grains is a reintroduction to the so many things this planet provides us to eat.
With a little time, you’ll get the hang of it.
Wheat Belly has become a phenomenon that countless thousands of people are following.
In its simplest form, Wheat Belly is really about two things:
1) Eliminating wheat (and other gluten-containing grains such as barley and rye)
2) Managing carbohydrates/sugars to individual tolerance levels to manage blood sugar and promote good health weight-loss (if desired).
Wheat Belly isn’t really about being “gluten-free” the way most people understand that to be. There is much wrong with wheat of which gluten is only a part.
We strongly recommend that people avoid gluten-free foods made with other high-carbohydrate grains, because that is inconsistent with achieving point #2!
Most people begin the way described above and for the first time in their lives see the stark causality between what they eat and the status of their health.
It can be quite an epiphany for people to eliminate a seemingly innocuous food and in a matter of a few days experience significant health benefits or begin rapid weight loss.
This initial experience changes people, and changes their attitude about and perception of food. Thus the journey begins!
Buy the book and see for yourself!
There are resources there to help you, an active Facebook page, and of course, Dr. Davis’ books and blog.
Most people find that committing to a period of 3-4 weeks is a sufficient trial period to understand just what Wheat Belly can do for them.