Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2013-04-11
on the Wheat Belly Blog,
sourced from and currently found at: Infinite Health Blog.
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Evie encapsulates the peculiar appetite-stimulating
effect of wheat that trumps all other appetite effects,
“sweet tooth” included.
I’ve been on the wheat-free plan for
four months and have had good results with loss of 12 pounds, total
resolution of digestive/intestinal issues, cessation of food/carbo
cravings, and diminished arthritic pain.
I am 70 years old and have fought Carbo Hell
for most of my adult life. It was called a “sweet tooth” in
my day, but I think it should be changed to a “WHEAT TOOTH,”
as without wheat, my addictive compulsion to eat the terrible chemical
laden sugar bombs pushed by the food industry just up and disappeared.
As a retired mental health counselor, who
worked in a MICA (mentally ill/chemical abuser) program, I was well aware
of the hypoglycemic and emotional ravages of abusing alcohol and drugs.
I also intellectually understood the similar effects of simple and
refined carbohydrates, even grains and fruits, but I was powerless to
resist the call from Little Debbie and Pepperidge Farm myself.
I was, myself, so frequently depressed and
often irritable and anxious, but saw little to no relief from cutting out
sweet treats. Every evening at 5 pm, the blood sugar dropped and I,
like a food zombie, began my craven search for that evening’s
simple carbo of choice. Ice cream, some cookies, a piece of pie or cake,
even candy. Somehow, despite my heavy research into the bad health
effects of high blood sugar and hyperinsulinemia, no matter that I ate
sweet-free all day, every evening I would, sooner or later, find myself
with some decadent goodie. Every morning I would wake up in an extremely
depressed mood (hypoglycemia?) with very negative thoughts. So, when
Wheat Belly arrived into my sphere of awareness, I just did it.
Wow. As long as I “Ate no wheat, I
craved no sweet.” Even if I had a little rice or grits occasionally,
I was just not hungry. But each time I’d relapse and have a slice or
two of sourdough toast, I’d be ravenous that evening again and would
wake up next day practically suicidal. I now know that cutting out all
the junk sweets and simple carbs, though healthy in itself, is not enough
for me. I must abstain from wheat in all its manifestations as for me
it is the “gateway food,’ if you will, to Carbo Hell with all
its many ill effects, both physical and emotional. Thank you, Dr. Davis
for helping me.
Evie experienced exactly what I have witnessed
countless times: What people perceive as a “sweet tooth” was
really a desire for sweets and carbohydrates triggered by the gliadin
protein of wheat. Spinach doesn’t do this; olives don’t do
this; beef liver can’t do this–only wheat.
Recall that the gliadin protein of wheat, this
modern form of the protein changed by the manipulations of geneticists,
triggers appetite and causes people to consume, on average, 400 more
calories per day. Appetite is triggered specifically for carbohydrates,
such as chips and cookies, not for steak, salmon, and asparagus.
Another interesting aspect of Evie’s
experience are the emotional consequences of wheat consumption: Not only
did it trigger cravings for junk carbohydrates, but also negative thoughts
that seem to go beyond the self-loathing of lost impulse control.
(Especially interesting coming from a person with the professional
sophistication of a mental health counselor.) This would be consistent
with the mind effects of gliadin that can
trigger depression in those susceptible. (Time and again, these gliadin
effects, often profound influences over mood and behavior, raise the
question: How many societal problems–violence, crime, family
discord, drug abuse–are really the consequence of this ubiquitous
disrupter? I don’t have an answer, but I suspect it is a
substantial contributor, one that can be remedied.)
Rarely does the impulse to consume
sweets–a “sweet tooth”–persist in the aftermath
of wheat elimination: Lose the wheat, lose the sweet tooth.