Not only did Tammy turn the clock back on aging and appearance by at least 20 years, she also lost 70+ pounds, reversed decades of rheumatoid arthritis, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and gastroesophageal reflux.
"I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis 24 yrs ago and ran the gamut of methotrexate to Remicade infusions, steroids—you name it. I no longer have to take anything and my inflammatory markers are lower than they ever were.
“My A1c was 8.4 and is now 4.9. I no longer have GERD. My BP has stabilized and the only real medicine I am currently on is Naturethroid.
“Oh, and my starting weight was 205 and I now weigh 134, an unexpected perk!”
Experiences like Tammy’s are why I have to tell newcomers: This is not just a diet like paleo, or being ketogenic, or low-carb. One of the principal reasons why this approach is so powerful and alters appearance so much is because we reverse inflammation, a big part of the reason why Tammy now looks like the daughter of her “before” photo! Yes, she changed her hair color, but look at the contours of her face, around the eyes, and how her eyes are bigger. And, by reversing type 2 diabetes, she has added back something like 8 years to her lifespan.
In one year, Sherry has come a long way in weight, health, and appearance on the Wheat Belly and now Undoctored lifestyles. Here is what she posted recently:
“It’s my one year anniversary with the Wheat Belly and Undoctored programs, and I want to thank Dr. Davis for providing them. My prayers for weight loss and improved health have been answered, and I’m motivated to continue. Let me share some of my data:
I have lost 40 lbs.
Waist Circumference: I’m 6 inches smaller.
Fasting Blood Sugar: Down from 130 to 102
HbA1c: Down from 6.8 to 5.6
Triglycerides: Down from 124 to 51
“My quality of sleep, energy level, and mood are greatly improved. I no longer need 6 prescriptions for various issues. I’m down to none. My blood pressure has been problematic, but I’m following Dr. Davis’ advice on that. I’m enjoying shopping for clothing now, and I feel good in my clothes. I enjoy exercise now, and I’m participating in a 5K soon. I’m so happy that I began this journey when I did. My quality of life is so improved.”
Just becoming a non-type 2 diabetic is a huge change in the course of Sherry’s future: she will be spared all the complications such as kidney failure, heart disease, peripheral vascular disease and amputations, and accelerated dementia. And, with successes like this, people like Sherry regain their confidence, self-esteem, and a sense that they are in control of their lives, not the doctor, prescription drugs, or a disease.
Watch interview with Dr. Davis and Sherry here
Grand Rapids, Michigan
I’m the daughter of a grain farmer. We grew wheat, oats, and barley on our family farm. Homemade bread was part of every meal growing up. Mom could stretch the meal with bread and butter. Sauces thickened with flour, baked goods welcomed us home from school, we started our mornings with porridge.
Flash forward 45 years, my weight started to creep up, I often had the sniffles and regularly succumbed to respiratory infections. My joints ached. Out of nowhere, my elbows starting hurting. In my 50s, I felt like I hit a wall. Weight loss was short-lived. I’ve counted points on Weight Watchers, I’ve choked down Nutrisystem. I’ve taken over-the-counter metabolism boosters. I followed Atkins and I was cranky, hungry, and annoyed. My body ached for no reason whatsoever. I’d go through bursts of energy/feeling good, working out, eating “right,” including “heart-healthy” whole grains. Then I’d hit a point of complete and utter exhaustion.
My pharmacist suggested thyroid medication and that helped somewhat. I woke up one morning to a muffin face, that tired, puffy, you look like hell moment. Worse yet, I felt it. Going up and down stairs became painful. My wrists started to ache. I was restless at night. I was running on empty.
On January 3rd I took the picture on the left. I started Jan 4th and the 2nd picture was taken 10 days later. I felt a difference in 3. My skin is happy and less inflamed. My face literally shrunk. I lost 5.5 lbs and more than an inch off my waist. My eyes are brighter. I sleep like a tree. I have gotten off the albuterol rescue inhaler. After about 4 days I found I was no longer a chip-aholic
. I no longer planned my dinners around what I could snack on later. After 6 days, I rarely felt hunger and my joints no longer ached. You eat real, delicious, yummy food—real, not out of a wrapper or box. I’ve made fettucine
Alfredo with spiralized zucchini noodles instead of pasta. Low-fat is a no-no on this way of eating—healthy fats are in.
My first picture is me living on grilled chicken in a whole wheat wrap, eating whole oats for breakfast, and sipping a light beer at night. My second is me eating salmon seared in coconut oil, sauteed vegetables, and grain-free cheesecake with a glass of wine! The transformation I see is from existing to living. I share my muffin face to encourage you. Maybe, like me, you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired. Maybe your weight is stuck, too. If I can I share my muffin face to encourage you. Maybe, like me, you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired. Maybe your weight is stuck, too. If I can do it, you can too.
Down 95 lbs. Lower than my goal weight
Normal blood pressure and no meds
Full of energy
And loving the acne-free skin I am in!
“Today my blood pressure is normal. Today my acne is gone. Today my depression is gone. Today I wear a size 2 instead of a size 16/18. Another new discovery: my tonsils are normal. I've had abnormally large tonsils my entire life. Stayed sick as a kid with strep and tonsillitis, and have snored all my life as well. I realized in the mirror a few days ago my tonsils are almost gone. I barely had a space
in my throat my whole life and now they have disappeared. And I no longer snore!
"Two years ago I was put
on blood pressure meds. I did a random check yesterday, and it was 102/62—but without meds! My body didn't just change with this way of eating. My physical health has changed. My mental health has changed. My entire life has changed.
“Every day I find something new. Every day I feel better than the one before. Every day I am so thankful!"
“Just came back from my annual physical, where I managed to shock the bejeezus out of my doctor, which is not an easy thing to do.
"She looked at my vitals and last year's report, looked at me and said in complete surprise ‘What HAVE you been doing?! What happened to last year's issues?’ Meaning dangerously low blood pressure, heart palpitations, GERD [gastroesophageal reflux disease], Barrett's esophagitis (a nasty little swallowing disorder), leg edema, unstoppable weight gain/BMI in the obese range, chronic fatigue and brain fog, and zero libido to be the frosting on that little cake of unpleasantness.
"All of those issues have been completely resolved, BMI normal and healthy and my blood pressure has actually increased to normal. I've always had very low blood pressure which caused fainting spells, edema, and heart palpitations. I've actually passed out right in front of her during exams in the past. Haven't had any of those issues since starting this way of eating 11 months ago.
"The 'before' was taken during a time when I was doing CrossFit 3 times a week, spin classes 3 times a week AND riding my bicycle hundreds of miles a week (yes, every week) to train for 100-mile charity bike rides. All the while eating low-fat and 'healthy' whole grains and barely losing any weight. Would you just look at that butt! My doctor told a frustrated me that I just needed to exercise more and it would come off. I asked her what more could I do, wrestle a bear?!
"The 'after' is me 80 pounds lighter after 18 months grain-free, cardiac issues gone. And recovering from a broken ankle and being confined to a walking boot for almost two months. The muscles that I’ve worked so hard to build for years are finally showing. I’m 53 and a half and am here to show that it’s never too late to get your health back and you’re never too old to start living! Soldier on, Wheat Belliers and let your inner jock come out to play!"