William Davis's Blog
May 25, 2015
Wheat Belly followers have pointed this out a number of times, but it bears repeating because it happens so often: Watch out for scrambled eggs!
Wheat Belly Facebook followers have previously figured out, for instance, that scrambled eggs served at the International House of Pancakes have pancake batter added to them to make them fluffier. They also figured out that you can work around this by asking for “shell” eggs be used.
I’ve encountered scrambled eggs with wheat flour in many hotel breakfasts, especially the small buffets that many chains include with the price of the room (to decrease costs by adding filler?). In this case, because they generally will not whip up a batch without wheat especially for you, you will have to choose hard boiled eggs, an omelet, or other safe choices.
I encountered this–to my surprise–having breakfast in Paris, France. Because the French have a reputation for being more traditional in their food preparation, it surprised me when the staff did indeed tell me that the eggs (looking too fluffy for simple scrambled eggs) did indeed have batter added to them.
This also happened to my tennis player daughter (wheat- and grain-free) who had scrambled eggs at a hotel breakfast in Madrid, Spain while there for the Madrid Open, and experienced 48 hours of fatigue, lightheadedness, nearly passing out, loose bowels, and insatiable hunger. She now knows better.
Don’t let this happen to you and experience all the awful re-exposure reactions of wheat and grains, ruining your business schedule or vacation, perhaps even causing you to go further off course in response to the cravings that can be triggered. Be aware that something that seems as benign as scrambled eggs can indeed be a source of wheat/grain exposure.
May 21, 2015
Doris shared the photos and some of the many health benefits she experienced while living the Wheat Belly lifestyle:
“I started my journey March 28th, 2014. I’m just shy of turning 48 years old. I began this lifestyle change to lose weight but have since changed my outlook.
“In 2012, my doctor wanted to put me on cholesterol medication. Thankfully, he gave me time to get it fixed with diet. He advised me to continue with my low fat eating! I had already been doing this for years, falling on and off the wagon and binging until I hurt and couldn’t sleep from going to bed with a tummy so full.
“I worked out in challenge groups, limited my fat and calories, bought shake meal replacements and was starving an hour later. I stopped this insanity immediately when I began my Wheat Belly journey.
“I noticed the change in my first month. I had tried so many different products for acne, I thought I’d be 70 years old, still buying an abundance of products to clean my skin. My acne disappeared immediately. I’ve taken so much medication for upper GI irritation for 20 years. I haven’t taken any Nexium in the last year. For years I had a really bad tremor. It was embarrassing, but I thought it was something I had to live with. A few months after changing my way of eating, my tremor was gone. My cholesterol and blood sugar are all normal now, tested six months after I gave up the grains. My proudest accomplishment is not overeating. I was embarrassed by how much I used to eat. I sent my husband to the store one day to buy me chocolate cake for breakfast and I ate the whole thing in one sitting. Now if I’m in a social setting, at a party I watch my friends reload their appetizer plates over and over and I bite my tongue.
“The photo of me in black was taken the month prior to going grain-free. I was struggling with my weight. Up and down 10 lbs, no matter how much exercise I did. I was sleepless and forcing myself out of bed to do my morning workout before work. Everything was low-fat and I was obsessed with eating my next meal or having cheat days.
“This photo of me in pink was taken in April, 2015. I no longer struggle. I travel, I do have to eat out on vacations, but I make good choices. I don’t fear trying on my jeans when I get home from vacations. I keep my carbs extremely low and I know that any variation in my weight will be back to normal within days.
“For the first time in my life, I’m confident I will be healthy and medication-free for many years to come. I’m blessed to be a grandmother who will live to be a healthy great grandmother one day.”
May 20, 2015
Sharon shared her wonderful story of wheat- and grain-liberation and the health transformation that resulted:
“I started Wheat Belly last August after years of weight that never dropped and 23 years of chronic thyroid problems that could never be corrected, no matter how much or what medications I took. Respected endocrinologists were stumped and told me basically this was how it would be: I was untreatable with medicine, but If I could work out 2 hours a day that might help.
“I went low-carb a few years ago, lost some weight but gained it back–over and over the cycle went. I was sick, exhausted, such severe brain fog I was sure I had something wrong with my brain, severe joint pain and flu symptoms every time I ate–no matter what it was, I was sick. Depressed and anxious, panic attacks–you name it.
“I bought Wheat Belly and in two weeks I felt cured. It was unreal, so I spent a couple months learning and, through trial and error, finally understood my own body and everything I was allergic or sensitive to. I gave it all up. Focused on the Wheat Belly way-of-eating and I started a support page and felt so great I knew I could find my way.
“I’m half way thru my weight loss journey.The weight loss is a side bonus. I’m not sick anymore. I have my life back. Sometimes I get so mad that I lost 20 years to the socially acceptable ways of eating. It’s so sad I look around and I want to help others but honestly many people think I’m crazy–we know different! After two knee surgeries in the past 6 months, learning to walk again, I stayed strong. I’m down almost 50 pounds and I hit the gym today for the first time in a year. Am I 25 or 45? Most days I feel so great it’s hard to tell. Through tears I say THANK YOU, Dr. Davis!”
Work out for 2 hours a day? Exercise is good for health, but it cannot undo all the health struggles Sharon was experiencing, nor can any drug. And can a low-carb diet reverse joint pain, brain fog, fatigue, and thyroid disease? Of course not. Only removing the initial cause of the entire spectrum of health problems–wheat and related grains–can the process of healing begin.
But understand these issues and you are released from the grips of a destructive diet rich in “healthy whole grains,” starting your journey back to health and slenderness.
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May 16, 2015
Heather shared her impressive results after less than one month on the Wheat Belly lifestyle:
“The first pic was on April 19th. I have come off all my type 2 diabetes meds and insulin, even though I have only lost 22.2 pounds. The inches lost from all the inflammation I had is amazing. Not to mention all the energy I have. Thanks so much for your book. Plus I lost all of this in 26 days.”
Losing the wheat and grains adds up to more than reducing the glycemic potential of a grain-based diet. Removing all the components that cause inflammation, the exceptional distortions of insulin metabolism, the appetite stimulation, the disruption of bowel flora all contribute to causing diabetes. This is another instance of 2 + 2 = 11–not bad arithmetic, but the total effect of grain removal is greater than the sum of the parts.
Heather provides another great example of how conventional dietary advice to have diet dominated by “healthy whole grains” is a way to cause diabetes. Eat no wheat or grains reverses the whole kit and kaboodle. And this is just what happened to Heather in the first month!
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May 15, 2015
Heidi shared her Wheat Belly experience since late 2014:
“Started Wheat Belly in September. I’ve lost 36 lbs so far and joined a gym in January. We are now expecting baby #3–this will be healthiest pregnancy so far.
-no more headaches
-helped fertility (I’m having baby #3)
-down 36 lbs since August/Sept of 2014.
-my skin is clearer
-my hair seems to have more volume
-overall happier mood
“If I slip or cheat and eat wheat, my knees & joints ache for days.”
Heidi experienced changes in her brain (headaches, mood), skin, hair, hormones, and metabolic factors by doing the opposite of all conventional dietary advice to eat plenty of “healthy whole grains.” Not just weight loss, not just a reduction of a few dress sizes, not just reversal of “gluten intolerance”. Heidi experienced a constellation of health benefits by removing the entire collection of dietary poisons in modern wheat:
Gliadin-derived opiates that drive appetite and exert mind effects
Gliadin that, when left intact due to incomplete digestion, initiates autoimmune phenomena (such as in skin, hair, and joints)
Amylopectin A that contributes to visceral fat accumulation
Gliadin-derived peptides, intact gliadin, wheat germ agglutinin, and several other proteins that drive inflammation
Had she measured iron levels (serum iron, ferritin), she would have witnessed a marked increase. Had she measured vitamin B12, she likewise would see the levels climb as her stomach and ileum recovered from wheat consumption. Zinc and magnesium levels would likewise all go up, reflecting the removal of phytates that block absorption of positively-charged minerals.
Add it all up and you can appreciate that wheat removal achieves a virtual head-to-toe health and body makeover.
May 14, 2015
Marcie shared her photos and experience living the Wheat Belly lifestyle:
“January, 2015 I started the wheat-free lifestyle, and now I am down over 50 lbs. I have lost weight every week. I am also free of fatigue and insomnia that I have had for quite some time. The energy I have now is the best part of my new lifestyle.”
Insomnia is an interesting wheat-related phenomenon. Despite being a very common observation, frequently reversed with wheat elimination, we don’t have any hard science to explain why this occurs so consistently. I suspect that it is related to either a peculiar effect of gliadin-derived opiates and/or part of the endocrine disruption of wheat and grains. We know, for instance, that the A5 pentapeptide fragment from partial digestion of the gliadin protein of wheat stimulates the pituitary to release prolactin–pro + lactation = stimulating growth of breast tissue in both men and women, resulting in man breasts and increased breast cancer risk in women. Could the insomnia effect be due to some distortion or blockade of melatonin, the pineal gland hormone of circadian rhythmicity?
We’re limiting to speculation on the why of it, but experiences like Marcie’s are the rule around this neighborhood: slender, energetic, and sleeping again, all part of removing the incredible health-disrupting effects of modern wheat and grains.
May 13, 2015
Erika shared her most recent update on her Wheat Belly journey, now down a total of 80 pounds in weight along with relief from several health problems.
“When I started this journey (for me, it’s been a whole new life journey), I was huge and bloated and feeling gross: 225 lbs and a size 22.
“Just want to thank Wheat Belly for saving my life from couch potato status and always being tired and having migraine headaches and yuck tummy and opening my eyes to life. I am now a happy 145 lbs and a size 6!! I never thought I’d see this weight or feel this fantastic ever again. I just wanted to thank you for opening my eyes to health and happiness.”
Even without knowing Erika’s story, just looking at her photos makes it pretty clear that something very important has happened. Yes, she’s got a swimming cap on in the “before,” but look at the facial contours. Losing 80 pounds will do a lot for appearance, but generally not to the degree we see around here with the inflammation-reversing Wheat Belly lifestyle, nor would weight loss reverse conditions like migraine headaches or gastrointestinal struggles.
Doesn’t she look spectacular?
Elena shared her photos, with the photo on the right her Wheat Belly result after one year.
“Greetings from Vienna, Austria. 46 years old on the left, 50 years old on the right. I have to say that, more than looks, it is the FREEDOM I enjoy most, freedom from beeing always hungry. By eliminating grain, I can have a relaxed attitude towards food and enjoy it again. I’ve tried many diets (after turning 40 and the weight kept turning up), but this is effortless.”
50 years old? Not only does Elena look younger at 50 than she did at 46, I would have guessed her age as 30!
Not everyone will look 20 years younger than chronological age like Elena, of course, by following this lifestyle. But we sure have witnessed some pretty dramatic reversals in all the signs and symptoms of aging around here.
Remember JoCarol? She was the woman who, starting at a weight of 250 pounds, dropped to 217 over one year by adhering to the Wheat Belly lifestyle. But then she wandered off this lifestyle and gained nearly 60 pounds. She shared this experience with the photo on the left above as her new starting point.
Well, JoCarol is back, down again in weight and dramatically different once again in appearance!
Here is the original “before” and “after”:
The key to this lifestyle, as JoCarol has learned the hard way, is to simply stick with it. As any seasoned Wheat Bellier will tell you, there is no deprivation, no need for hunger, no calorie counting, no counting points, no pushing the plate away.
This is a rich and varied lifestyle filled with delicious foods. But, in order to maintain the wonderful health benefits such as weight loss, freedom from joint pain and acid reflux, reversal of autoimmune conditions, reversal of type 2 diabetes and hypertension, etc., you must remain wheat- and grain-free and eat otherwise healthy foods. Going off program allows all of it–all of it–to come back with a vengeance. Don’t let it happen.
May 12, 2015
Sherri shared her amazing “before” and “after” Wheat Belly lifestyle photos and story:
“The pic on the left is from June, 2014 and the pic on the right is May, 2015. I started the Wheat Belly lifestyle in August, 2014 after reading how giving up wheat/gluten can help with arthritis pain.
“In Wheat Belly Total Health, you talked about people who were chronically constipated, I think the term was “obstipation.” Well, that was me. I thought that maybe as a ‘side effect’ I could get my gut working right, as well. I wanted to post because I was one of those people who really struggled with withdrawal and I don’t even like bread, pizza, or pasta. Between giving up wheat in August (I gained 5 pounds in the first 3 weeks and was horribly bloated), all grains in September, and Splenda in October, I felt terrible for 3 months and only lost a few pounds, including the 5 I had gained. Everything seemed to go really slowly for me. I realize now that my gut was more damaged than I ever imagined and was taking the time to heal.
“But now, ten months later I have (finally) lost 30 pounds and feel amazing. I stopped having hot flashes the first week, I rarely have a headache anymore, I do not need allergy medicine on a daily basis. The age marks on my face are gone, my hair is growing faster and it’s growing in a different color, my gut is working and my arthritis is so much better.
“Thank you so much for leading me on this journey. I’ve learned so much from you and have read at least 30 books on nutrition and getting healthy!”
Besides the impressive “anti-aging” effect that Sherri experienced, the obstipation she previously experienced deserves some discussion. Constipation is bad; obstipation is far worse. People with obstipation are able to move their bowels once every several days to weeks, sometimes longer. They are subjected to repeated upper and lower endoscopies that invariably find nothing wrong, then advised to use laxatives and enemas. They become reliant on such strategies, but even they can fail and/or result in a colon that doesn’t work at all and can enlarge (“megacolon”) and yield obstruction (“intestinal pseudo-obstruction). Obstipation yields a constant battle to move food through. Retained stools undergo putrefaction (rotting) that messes with intestinal permeability, nutrient absorption, and bowel flora. In short, it creates a gastrointestinal disaster. I’ve now witnessed many cases of obstipation reverse with wheat/grain elimination though, as Sherri discovered, full recovery of healthy bowel function requires months of healing.
In addition to relief from obstipation and turning the clock back 10 or 20 years, Sherri also reversed allergies, headaches, arthritis, and is experiencing improvements in hair. So what were those critics saying about the Wheat Belly lifestyle being nothing more than a new spin on a low-carb diet?
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