Sourced from: Infinite Health Blog, by Dr. Davis,
originally posted on the Wheat Belly Blog: 2011-09-22
Lose the wheat,
lose the . . . addiction
Wheat Belly Blog reader, Ang, left this fascinating
comment about her break from wheat addiction:
I have been wheat-free for 9 days after
reading the article in Woman’s Day (which I NEVER pick up —
don’t know why it struck me that day to read it). I cannot
believe the PROFOUND DIFFERENCE in my life.
I have spent 43 years in the throws of what
I will call a “food addiction” problem. The CONSTANT fight
to win the battle of not -eating too much, not-eating the wrong foods,
not eating, exercising more, etc. has taken a toll on my life and is
time wasted I can never get back. But my husband described this best
when he said “it’s like you’ve been a wheelchair and
can walk again.”
Cravings have been ELIMINATED. I mean
COMPLETELY ELIMINATED. The ability to recognize ACTUAL HUNGER is so
foreign to me that when, in the past eight days, it happened, my
husband and I were GIDDY. I actually KNOW when I am hungry.
I have NEVER KNOWN what hunger felt like.
PERFECT EXAMPLE: We were at a ballgame and
there were few options available and I was, as my husband, GENUINELY hungry.
So I ordered a sausage and peppers without the bun and the fries that came
with it. Now, I have NEVER, EVER, EVER LEFT FRIES on a plate and called them
a “trigger food” for me for years. But, with out the wheat
trigger in my life, I easily knew when I was full and, lo and behold, half
the fries were left. NOW LET ME BE CLEAR: I am not saying I’ve
replaced bread with french fries, I get that carb-porn/fried or otherwise
can be problematic and I am eating plenty of vegetables, lean meats, brown
rice and healthy choices, but when I was in a situation where real genuine
hunger and VERY limited choices made a poorer choice the only option —
without WHEAT, I was able to eat like a NORMAL human being, recognizing the
signs of FULL and not feeling deprivation or the need to “WILL”
myself not to finish the fries. I have NEVER had that ability!!!!!!
Oh — and I’ve lost eight pounds in
the eight days.
The “pull” of wheat for many is crippling.
Removing wheat can be like being released from the hold of a powerfully
addictive drug, as Ang’s experience illustrates. Thanks for sharing
your story, Ang!