Amanda began the process overweight, depressed,
struggling with energy, muscle and joint pains,
pre-diabetic, hypertensive, and with polycystic
ovary syndrome, reliant on numerous medications
even in her 20s and early 30s. As you can see now,
after starting with the Wheat Belly 10-Day
Grain Detox, she is now slender and free
of ALL her health problems and off ALL her
Dr. Davis: Well, Hi Amanda. Thanks again for agreeing
to tell your story. Now, I know a little bit about
your story, because you’ve posted it on the
Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox Facebook page, but
would you mind going through what your health and
life was like before you undertook all this?
Amanda: Sure, sure. So I always had weight issues,
hormonal issues, growing up. I always had really
bad cycles, really bad pain, and so I just had all
the horrendous polycystic ovarian syndrome symptoms,
and really bad acne.
My dermatologist realized I might have PCOS. I was
referred to a gynecologist in college, who put me on
birth control pills, which started the issues with other
stuff (later on in life), and always, just the weight
issues — I just couldn’t figure out why.
I mean my mom would be like “You’re eating
like a bird. You’re not eating much.” I would
just gain weight, and gain weight, and so,
By the time I hit my mid-twenties I felt like I was
90 years old. I just … and I think it was
frustrating because the worse I got, doctors would say
“Well, you’ll never lose weight. You’ll be
diabetic by 35. You’ll have high blood
pressure … like, you’ll never, you’ll never,
I think, by the time (when you see that picture), I
think I’d really just given up. I mean
what’s the point? Why not eat the fried food, and
all the crap, and all the sugar, and all the soda,
because it doesn’t matter anyway.…
D: This is at age 27?
A: Mm-hmm. Yeah the pain was so bad in my 20s and
30s, the physical pain, that I don’t know if I
hadn’t changed my lifestyle if I would if I would
be here anymore. I had had so many suicidal
ideations. And one day, I was just at the very bottom,
and my dad, who’s a pastor, he knew, and he called
me up and said “I’m on my way. I’m three
hours away, but I’m on my way.” I know that
was a turning point. If I hadn’t found the nutrition
support, and the supplement support, I don’t
know if I would be here anymore — I really
don’t. I was at that low of a point.
I was just really frustrated because everyone kept
saying — I would go to the doctor, go to the doctor,
go to the doctor, and I finally got to the point;
why? The pharmacist in this larger
city knows my name — you know like you shouldn’t
be known by the pharmacist when you’re in
your 20s. I was like: no, I don’t want
to go on another medication. I was on Adderall.
I was on (I think) anti-anxiety medication,
antidepressant. I was on birth control pills, which
I found out later depleted my progesterone, which was
causing me to be very moody, and I was just … you
know, just on everything.
So, when I found you and your books this past
summer, it just totally clicked. I was like: this is
it. I’ve lost 22 pounds. I’m almost at the
weight I was when I graduated from college in 2002, so, yeah.
D: How do you feel nowadays?
I feel good; I feel good. I teach Refit, which
is dance fitness. I teach that twice a week.
I do aquatics. I work full-time. I’m a
[motion coprocessor?], so I work with clients at night.
In that picture — the before picture — it was me
barely able to survive work. I didn’t sleep
at night. I would crash after a few nights of not
sleeping. And then on the weekends, I would just sleep
all weekend — just kind of depression, and just not
sleeping for the week. I would just crash.
I definitely have a whole lot more energy.
D: What became of all your prescription medications?
A: They went in the trash.
D: How about all the PCOS phenomena?
A: I don’t have the symptoms anymore.
D: Great, great. You don’t have diabetes? You
don’t have high blood pressure?
I don’t have diabetes. In fact, I was
pre-diabetic, when I had lost my weight, and I was
vegan. I was working with the integrative doctor,
and he even was like “well, maybe you’re just
genetically predisposed.” Well I changed some things,
went back the next year for lab work, and I was out of
the pre-diabetic level. So, I don’t have diabetes
at all. Oh yeah, that was right, they also tried to put
me on metformin with the PCOS. That made me so sick that
I was like, I’d rather have the hormonal issues
than be sick like this all the time. So that one went
the trash too.
D: Did you start with the 10-Day Grain Detox?
A: I did. I had listened to your podcast and I
started reading Wheat Belly, and
then I was trying to figure it all out. I thought
I was grain free, but then I read the 10-Day Detox and
found out tapioca starch wasn’t. The day that I
joined the group, and started reading the 10-Day Detox,
I got a lot of help. There were some things that I
needed to tweak, that I thought I was doing right,
and I wasn’t.
You’re so right: when we get rid of the sugar,
and the those grains, that we don’t have the
opiate effect on our body. We just don’t crave
food anymore. I don’t want the cake.
I don’t want that stuff, because I know I
would feel horrible afterwards. It is amazing how you
get your brain back. It’s amazing that when I
found you and your books, I was ready, I was
humble. I was so ready. My husband will try to give
me popcorn, or he’ll try “um, don’t you want
this?”, and, no, act like it’s poison — like get
it away from me. I don’t want it.
I don’t like the way I felt on that. So,
no regrets at all.
D: Great. Amanda, you truly look terrific. You are
clearly a grain-free sort of lady. Thank you for
taking the time to tell your story.
A: Absolutely. Thank you.