Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-08-27
on the Wheat Belly Blog,
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No more “dumpling face” for MariaAurora
MariaAurora shared her 3-month Wheat Belly photos and comments:
“I probably looked thinner much sooner than August, but I used to avoid taking pictures unless I was ‘forced’ to take them because I was ashamed of what my mother and aunts affectionately call my ‘dumpling’ face. We’re all very happy that my dumpling face is gone. Now I can stop being self-conscious of my cheeks when I smile in pictures. I’m also down 12#, 4 inches around my waist, and 2 dress sizes.
“I wish your book would’ve come out in 2007, when I first started university. I might’ve avoided gaining my freshman 20 (and another 15# over the course of undergrad) in the first place. Sandwiches, pasta, toast, and waffles were my favorite things to eat in the dining hall. Now I’m well on my way to being even thinner than I can ever remember being.
“I’ve always suffered from wheat bloat, even as a little kid. Back then, people would tell me to just wait for my ‘baby fat’ to go away. It never really did (probably because I was told I needed to eat at least 8 servings of grains, especially wheat, a day).
“Thank you for teaching me that what we think of as ‘baby fat’ may actually be inflammation from wheat. I definitely won’t make that mistake when I have my own children someday.”
It’s the same person, of course, but she looks different: facial edema, MariaAurora’s self-described “dumpling face,” are now gone. She lost a modest 12 pounds but, more than that, she has lost the inflammation of wheat and grain consumption. If wheat and grains underlie such inflammation in the face and skin, imagine what it does to the gastrointestinal tract, blood vessels, joints, airways and lungs, brain, and other organs.
This is because wheat and grains are inappropriate for human consumption. If consumed, you strike a deal with the devil, exchanging cheap, available calories for long-term health compromises from inflammation, autoimmunity, gastrointestinal havoc, and high blood sugars.