Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-08-21
on the Wheat Belly Blog,
sourced from and currently found at: Infinite Health Blog.
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It’s not just weight loss we’re after: it’s HEALTH
Kristina shared her Wheat Belly experience since originally posting her “before” photo (left) a year ago:
“This pic (right) was taken August, 2015. I have now been wheat- and grain-free for a year and 10 days.
“I have learned a lot about myself and how my body reacts to different foods that I eat. I must say that I feel better, look better, and I am so glad to be living this lifestyle indefinitely. I have lost 53 pounds and almost 10 inches off my waist.”
Kristina makes an essential point: If you are attuned to the way you feel, you can identify many of the adverse effects that wheat and grains exert on the body. The problem is that most people have eaten them for such a long time that we have forgotten what it feels like to feel good again, or feel normal. We’ve forgotten what it feels like to have a clear mind, forgotten that healthy digestion should proceed effortlessly without the discomfort of heartburn/acid reflux or the urgent need to empty your bowels, how healthy skin looks and feels, and dismiss joint discomfort and stiffness as part of aging.
Followers of the Wheat Belly lifestyle come to understand that weight loss is just one aspect of this way of living; it’s the recovery of health that really matters. This is why we continue to witness such wonderful and striking transformations in the people who follow this lifestyle who, yes, lose substantial weight but also look and feel different. If, instead, you suffered the agony of reducing calories to lose weight, you might lose the weight, but you would not experience improved skin health, relief from acid reflux or irritable bowel syndrome. You would not experience relief from inflammatory joint pain or stiffness. Cutting calories but continuing to include wheat and grains in your diet means you are still exposed to all the inflammatory, autoimmune-triggering, appetite-stimulating, blood sugar-raising, bowel health-disrupting effects of wheat and grains.
Just take a good look at Kristina’s features: she has lost the puffiness around the eyes and cheeks that reflect skin inflammation, surely paralleled by reversal of inflammation in other parts of her body. These are the sorts of impressive results you can experience when you remove the cheap fillers, commoditized monoculture crops, seeds of grasses inappropriate for consumption by our species, yet the favorite of all “official” providers of dietary advice called wheat and grains.