Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2018-08-12
on the Wheat Belly Blog,
sourced from and currently found at: Infinite Health Blog.
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It’s no exaggeration
to say that lives are transformed by the Wheat Belly
lifestyle. Look what happened to Susanne after her
health was ruined by being gluten-free, reversed by
following the Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox.
Food manufacturers, out of
ignorance or ruthless profiteering, have chosen to
replace wheat and gluten with cornstarch, rice flour,
tapioca starch, or potato starch—among the few
foods that provoke high blood sugar and insulin more
than even our favorite grain to bash, wheat. It means
that people who are gluten-free and consume such
garbage replacement products gain weight in visceral
inflammatory fat, develop higher blood sugars and
type 2 diabetes, glycate body proteins that lead
to conditions such as cataracts and arthritis, develop
hormonal distortions, and markedly increase risk for
heart disease, cancer, and dementia. Gluten-free
replacement foods are, in a word, awful.
Here is what Susanne learned
by making the mistake of consuming gluten-free foods,
now all reversed on the Wheat Belly grain-free lifestyle:
“I started Wheat
Belly in September of 2017. I figured I’d give
it a try to see if it would work for me. I had
just looked into the Keto diet but hated the fact that
you had to count micros and calories. It was the one
thing that always discouraged me from starting a diet.
Wheat Belly sounded like something I could stick with.
After all, watching your carbs and eliminating grains
and sugar seemed easy enough.
“Prior to starting
Wheat Belly, I was gluten free for 6 years.
6 years earlier a doctor noticed a nodule on my
thyroid. He suggested I go gluten free, so I did.
I found removing wheat kept my nodule from growing
and kept my Hashimotos from getting worse. However, over
the next several years food manufacturers started to get
smart and began making new products with gluten free
flours (corn, cassava, rice, potato, tapioca, etc) and
that’s when my issues really began to get worse.
“Over those next
5 years I thought I was doing the right thing
for my body. However, my weight kept climbing and I
gradually started to look like a swollen tick.
I was frustrated, confused and my health started
to decline pretty quickly. I struggled for
1. heart palpitations
3. anxiety attacks that sent me to the hospital twice
4. depression that kept me isolated and alone
7. No sex drive
8. Tons of painful facial acne
9. back/hip pain
10. Slept on average 2 hours a night
11. High Blood pressure reaching 150/115
12. No energy
14. Cravings for snacks all day long
“I had no idea what
was wrong with me but once I started reading Wheat
Belly it all became crystal clear. I was slowly
killing myself by eating a gluten free lifestyle.
I should have been grain free all along. The
new gluten free products were easy to use but so
much more toxic to my system!
Once I began to eliminate the grains and sugars
I went through at least 2 months of withdrawal.
It was a tough 2 months packed with headaches,
palpitations and heartburn. I kept pushing
through and was thankful to have this group to
“By the end of
my 2 month detox I started to notice my feet
weren’t as swollen and my ankles looked thinner.
I had only lost about 8 pounds but the
loss of inches was encouraging. Around the
2 month mark I had also figured out all the
silly mistakes I was making and found myself
reading labels every time I bought something whether
I bought the same item the week before. Shockingly
I learned food companies change ingredients like we
change our underwear. The next few months I started
to lose a lot more weight. I noticed the weight
loss for me started at my hands and feet and worked
it’s way towards my body. Right now I’m still
looking to lose another 18 pounds and it’s
mostly in the thighs and stomach. I know I
can do it as I know this WOE (Way of eating) is
easy and a lifestyle I can live with.
Now that I am down 42 pounds and
went from a size 16 to a size 8 I feel
great! Using the list above here are the biggest
changes I have noticed:
1. No heart palpitations
2. No heartburn
3. No anxiety
4. No depression
5. No eczema
6. No arthritis
7. Sex drive returned (wow)
8. Facial acne only when I have been
wheated or drink wines with added sulfites
9. No back/hip pain
10. Finally sleeping after years of struggle
and upwards of 6 hours every night
11. Lowered Blood pressure
12. Enormous increase in energy level
13. Sinusitis improved
14. No cravings or desire to eat food.
No longer a slave to food. It doesn’t interest
me at all. I can go hours without eating.
“What I have learned:
1. If you really
want to feel better and lose weight you have to
make yourself a top priority. Cheating isn’t
putting yourself first! Cheating hurts your
body and pushes you back to inflammation and
causes your body to struggle. It also allows
your cravings and desires to continue.
2. A Gluten Free lifestyle can be toxic.
If your currently gluten free and not fully grain
free try to eat whole foods, not products
designed by the food industry.
3. This is a lifestyle. Don’t look back!
4. The scale doesn’t always move and
sometimes it goes up. That’s normal and expected.
Your body does not weigh the same every moment of
the day. If you weigh every day expect those days
when it goes up a pound or two. It’s not the end
of the world. It will come off if you stay the
5. Supplements are very important on this
journey. Stop procrastinating and take them.
6. Healthy fats are your friend. They
keep you feeling full and allow your body to
work probably. If you don’t eat enough healthy
fat your weight loss will slow down.
7. If your feeling hungry and want a
snack you probably aren’t eating enough fat!
8. Avoid toxic oils like vegetable, canola
Good luck to all those starting the journey.
Choose to make yourself a priority and choose to
leave the excuses behind! It works if you want
it to work!
Dr. Davis! I feel like I’m in my 30’s