I’m not the kind of person to go from diet to diet. For the last fifteen or so years I’ve pretty much stuck to a Mediterranean type diet for about 80% of my eating. But recently I hit a roadblock in the way I manage my weight. In my search for answers I stumbled upon a book called Wheat Belly. This is the review I wrote, which describes how this diet has affected me:
If you think you have the discipline to eliminate all grains from your diet — wheat, oats, almost all rice, yes even quinoa — and to eat low carb, then you might benefit tremendously from the wheat belly diet. Try it for a week and see what happens.
I needed to lose a few pounds. The weight loss strategies I had been using for thirty years had now failed. Out of frustration I looked through the Wheat Belly book and when I saw that it said to cut out oatmeal, it became obvious: my daily bowls of oatmeal were the culprit. I just knew it.
In one week of the wheat belly diet I lost the few pounds that months of calorie counting and extra exercise couldn’t shake off.
As the weeks went by and I kept losing pounds, what became clear was that the wheat belly diet isn’t only about losing weight.
If you’re somehow sensitive to wheat, or to whatever else you’re cutting out, various ailments start to clear up. I’m seeing lifelong ailments disappear: asthma, eczema, sinus problems, stomach problems, dental problems (yeah no kidding, I’m shocked), sleep quality. My sensitivity to caffeine has even gone away and I have no idea why. It’s like every week a new disorder or sensitivity is corrected. I feel like I’m being reborn, re-youthed, in a way. Blood pressure is down, I can go 7 or 8 hours without eating, I no longer nap during the day, I stay mentally alert throughout more of the day, psychological cravings and habits have lost much energy.
For me, the wheat belly low carb way of eating is proving to be a powerful tool for well-being.