Wheat Belly

February 05 2012

I mentioned in my last post that I read the book Wheat Belly over the holidays to help motivate me to give up wheat and go completely gluten free in 2012. In the book, author Dr. William Davis explains how wheat has evolved over the past 50 years, how it's been genetically altered and how these changes have made wheat highly addictive and incredibly destructive to our digestive system and overall health.

"And it’s not just about celiac disease, the destructive intestinal disease from wheat gluten that affects 1% of the population. It’s about all the other destructive health effects of wheat consumption, from arthritis to acid reflux to schizophrenia, caused or made worse by this food we are advised to eat more of. It’s about being set free from the peculiar appetite-stimulating effects of the opiate-like compounds unique to wheat. It’s also about losing weight–10, 20, or 30 pounds is often just the start–all from this thing I call wheat belly."

I can definitely relate to the addictiveness of wheat because I've often found myself walking past the bakery section in the grocery store and getting sucked in by the smell of fresh baked goodies! I absolutely love sandwiches and there is nothing better than having one made on a fresh baked bun or a loaf of bread right out of the oven! 

After the reading the first few chapters of the book though, I also realized that I had been suffering from the digestive and gastro-intensinal problems associated with wheat. I chose to ignore these warning signs for years though because I love gluten rich foods (i.e. pizza, breads and pastas) and instead blamed my stomach pains on over eating or a sensitive digestive system.

The book really opened my eyes to the negative effects wheat has on the body and on athletic performance. It convinced me to totally jump ship and give up wheat and all of my favourite comfort foods. It has been just over a month now and I feel great! It's funny, the only times that I've felt crappy (no pun intended) in the past few weeks was when I cheated and ate wheat. The first time was when I had a couple pieces of pizza at a friends place and the other time was last weekend when Marlaena and I BBQ'd some burgers and had them on fresh onion buns. Don't get me wrong.. the pizza was really tasty and the burgers were awesome but I felt so bloated after and spent most of the night in the bathroom both times!

So I am going to try to make this a life long change and say good-bye to wheat forever. It's going to be hard at times and I'm only human so I know I will most likely consume gluten again. I'm just going to make sure those times are rare and well worth it.. and know to expect some discomfort afterwards!
Article by (Train Online)  |  February 05 2012

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