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Wheat Belly


Wheat Belly

March 12, 2012 - 03:28 PM
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Ever since the American Cancer Society proclaimed a direct link between obesity and cancer deaths, we on the Pink Cart team have been working on a new Be Healthy section on our site as a destination for readers interested in leading a healthy lifestyle. We would love help from you, our friends, in this area so if you have topics, recipes, book reviews, exercise tips or ideas that would contribute to a woman’s good health please send them in for posting as this is our collective site to share.

Along those lines, I recently read a book called Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis which I thought was an interesting read.  Essentially the Doctor makes the connection between the highly altered wheat of today and obesity in our society. He says “Wheat strains have been hybridized, crossbred, and introgressed to make the wheat plant resistant to environmental conditions, such as drought, or pathogens, such as fungi. But most of all, genetic changes have been induced to increase yield per acre. The average yield on a modern North American farm is more than tenfold greater than farms or a century ago.” The wheat of today (which by the way seems to be in everything…just ask a Celiac sufferer) when ingested causes blood sugar to spike and the body reacts by accumulating abdominal fat. You know the dreaded spare tire around the middle of our bodies? The Doctor talks about diabetes and other diseases that are on the rise and helps the reader to understand his perspective as to why that is happening.

I have been following the program for ten weeks and didn’t lose the copious amounts of weight suggested in the book but have lost steadily one pound per week and significant inches, and that feels pretty good to me. What I can attest to is renewed energy and the complete absence of bloating or  any digestive issues which would occasionally bother me. In some ways this program is easier than any of the other famous ones I have tried because it doesn’t take over your life, forcing you to think about, measure, weigh, calculate, write down, etc. every morsel of food you put in your mouth. You simply give up wheat. The book speaks to withdrawal, which I had for about three days, but after that I have absolutely no cravings or desire to consume wheat.

I don’t think this book’s wheat-free diet is for everyone but if you are interested in different points of view and a little education, I recommend the read.

-- JoAnne

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