April followed conventional dietary advice to limit
fat and calories that resulted in relentless weight
gain and deteriorated health.
April Duval: So I was gaining
weight. I gained about 60 pounds. I was
feeling depressed. I was on an emotional hamster
wheel, and I felt like I couldn’t get off.
It was 2016, and I just kept going up in clothes.
I went from a 12 to a 14.
I was shopping in 16, and 18, and 20, and
I just had had enough.
So I went to my medical doctor, and I said “I’m
gaining all of this weight. Something’s wrong.”
She tested my thyroid. Everything came back normal.
She gave me the classic, eat less, exercise,
calories in calories out hubbub, and I said,
“I’ve done that. I counted points.
I did meal replacements, and it didn’t
work long lasting.”
So I was searching for an answer. I went to my
chiropractor, and he did some nutrition response
testing. I found out I was intolerant to soy and
to wheat. In his lending library he had the
Total Health book by Doctor Davis.
I read it, and a light bulb just went off.
I was like this is the answer — this is
what needs to happen. I knew Wheat Belly
was the answer. It wasn’t counting points. It
wasn’t replacing meals with fake products that
are filled with junk. I just knew that this
was what was going to restore my health.
When I first read the Wheat Belly 10-Day
Grain Detox book, it was such a quick and
easy like here’s how to live this
lifestyle. In the back of the book I saw that
there was a Facebook page to help support the
journey. I joined, and I’m so blessed
that I did that, because it’s a network of
people doing the same thing that I was doing.
I learned so much just by asking questions,
using the search feature, checking out all the
different things that are there. Any question I
had was answered.
Our family may not be doing this lifestyle. Our
friends may not understand this lifestyle, but we
can go to that page and we know that we have that
network. We have that group that is going to
support and understand what we’re doing.
Because it is a journey. It doesn’t happen
overnight, because we didn’t get unhealthy
overnight. We have to be patient, and listen to
our bodies, and just know that it will happen if
we continue to make the choices each and every
day, meal by meal, day by day, no cheating, no
sidelining and making different decisions.
Now I’m shopping in the smalls section.
I’ve never ever shopped in the smalls section.
That feeling is so amazing and empowering, to know
that I did that by changing the foods that I eat.
Now I look down and I go that’s you,
this is your body now. I embrace that
every day, and I’m so very thankful that
I’ve got that.
About halfway through my journey I reached out to
Doctor Davis, and asked him if I could help
facilitate the 10-day grain detox process. I’ve
been doing that for about a year and a half now, and
I find so much joy in giving back to the lifestyle
that restored my health. I know what this
lifestyle has done for me, and I want to see other
people do that too, for their health.
I’m so excited to say that I can officially
begin my health coach
practice. I’m doing one-on-one
consultations with people, to really dig deeper
into their story, and find answers for them. They
may read the book, and they may be on the page, but
they just have to tweak and fine-tune some things.
Seeing people make those changes, and being there
to support them in their journey, just fills my
heart with joy — that I’m giving back — that
all of these great things that I have experienced,
I can now help other people have those same experiences.
Thank you Doctor Davis for giving me my power and
control back, for having the resources for us to
take ownership of our own health, and most of
importantly thank you for supporting my journey
in the Wheat Belly lifestyle. I’m so excited
about what’s going to be happening next.