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Book Review: Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

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Updated: Oct. 31, 2011: Paragraphs added (see below).
Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health, by William Davis, M.D., is an eye-opening and provocative book. Davis examines the history of modern wheat, and the health problems associated with its consumption.

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Dr. Davis describes the evolutionary path from ancient wheat to the human-engineered varieties found in modern products. The bad news is that humans have engaged in genetic engineering of wheat over the last fifty years, much of it done without concern for potential human health impact.

When seeking a likely cause of the recent rise of obesity, diabetes, and other health problems, it seems reasonable to look at what's changed in the typical American diet.

Wheat has come to dominate the typical American meal. Official health guidelines and other authorities tell us to put "healthy grains" at the bottom of the food pyramid, and many if not most people have. A trip through the typical supermarket shows us just how much the American diet is dominated by wheat-based products. Pasta, cereals, breads, rolls, muffins, cakes, snacks... the list seems endless. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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Dietary grains and their avoidance

I've been reading more about gluten, grains, and "paleo" diets–mainly in support of Teri's decision to go grain-free and her recent (and dramatic) results after cutting all wheat-based carbs from her diet.

I'll blog interesting articles as I find them. This is the first installment. If you know of additional educational resources, please drop a comment at the end of this post, and I'll include it in my next post, with attribution.

Why avoid seed grains?

Kurt Harris, MD argues for gluten/grain avoidance, and describes the effect grain feeding has on beef cattle and humans alike:

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Grain Free Scale Results After 7 Days!

I began an experiment beginning on the 11th of June. A friend of ours mentioned to my husband that he lost weight by cutting grains from his diet. I have been trying to introduce other carbohydrates into my diet besides chocolate, and I didn't realize that every carbohydrate that I like to eat besides avocados, chocolate, fruit, and nuts, contain flour.

I was really excited to begin eliminating grains in my diet because I hope to find out how certain foods affect me. I want to know why my scale has been bouncing around so much lately and going without grains for thirty days sounded like the easiest experiment I could try.

Six days after going grain free, I ate lunch at an all you can eat pizza parlor with a group of six of us. My intention was to eat from the salad bar, hoping I could get enough protein. I had already mentioned to some of the group that I had gone grain free and since I had no problem going to the pizza parlor, one of the women asked me if I was going to eat the toppings off of the pizza. I didn't think of that and once she mentioned it, I knew I could get enough protein, not missing the bread at all.

I continue to follow the guidelines of CALP and I have lost weight every single day since going grain free. I have noticed since I have given up grains that I am not as hungry during mealtimes which has lead me to eat less. Is it coincidence, or do grains...flour in my case, affect me negatively. Only time will tell!

Weight
6.11.11 - 146-1/2 lbs.

6.12.11 - 146 lbs., lost 1/2 lb.

6.13.11 - 145-1/2 lbs., lost 1/2 lb., down 1 lb.

6.14.11 – 144-3/4 lbs., lost 3/4 lb., down 1-3/4 lbs.

6.15.11 - 144-1/2 lbs., lost 1/4 lbs., down 2 lbs.

6.16.11 - 144 lbs., lost 1/2 lb., down 2-1/5 lbs.

6.17.11 - 143 lbs., lost 1 lb., down 3-1/2 lbs.

Positive results so far!

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