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General Discussion / Re: "Too delicate to go gluten free"???
« on: December 23, 2013, 08:32:31 AM »
I'm trying to figure out what could possibly, legitimately explain her physiological response. There is a LOT of psychological resistance to going gluten free for her, but hat doesn't explain the physical response.

You can lead a horse to water...

I look back at my wheat-free denial before finally trying it.  Don't forget we are being bombarded by Big Food, Big Ag and Big Government to eat our "heart healthy" whole grains.  This is a very powerful message that sticks and after decades of hearing it very difficult to contradict.  I have loads of friends/colleagues that don't believe wheat-free works (even though they see how much positive effect it has had on me) and this is all a fad because they're buying into SAD (Standard American Diet). 

I would buy Wheat Belly and Grain Brain and leave them on the coffee table for her.  Invite her to the Wheat Belly page on facebook to see the before/after photos.

I will be wheat free 1 year this upcoming February.  My life has changed so much for the better that I will never eat wheat again. 

General Discussion / Re: Even health care professionals can be clueless
« on: October 23, 2013, 05:21:50 PM »
Doctors are high paid, highly stupid professionals. 

My triglycerides dropped down to 113 and HDL was up to 45 all through wheat elimination. 

Yet with that data in front of him he said I should eat whole grains. 


Food Elements / Re: GMO Free Cheerios available in Europe only
« on: October 20, 2013, 07:48:31 AM »
Currently, 64 countries around the world have GMO labeling laws.....which is largely the reason GM produces a GMO free version specifically for these markets.....obviously having a GMO label deters buyers.

The next few weeks are critical in the US as Washington state is currently voting on their GMO labeling  Initiative 522.....keep your fingers crossed that it passes!

I don't hold out much hope.  Big Food, Big Ag, Big Government are all against it.

Wheat Free Tips / Re: My new favorite cooking tool
« on: October 16, 2013, 10:34:46 AM »
We got the Vidalia Chop Wizard last month.  I was skeptical when we ordered it.  We've been using it a lot.  The device seems to hold itself together and so far hasn't been too hard to clean.  But the chop is incredible.  We made some salsa for a party shortly after getting it and people thought it was professionally made.  And when I want a quick salad of celery, onion and garlic with my canned herring it takes hardly any effort to throw the meal together. 

Success Stories / Re: When did you have your wheat-ectomy?
« on: October 16, 2013, 08:27:21 AM »
End of Feb 2013. 

Could not believe eliminating wheat and switching my breakfast to bacon and eggs every morning and six weeks later my high trglycerides and low HDL both improved to the point of being back in normal range.  I would not have believed it if I hadn't seen the results myself. 

But the weight loss is unreal.  I'm 10" thinner than I was a year ago.  My weight is below my driver's license.  For the first time in my adult life I think reaching my goal weight (87 pounds away but I've already lost 90) is something I can actually get to!  I'm not hungry all the time.  I only eat when I'm hungry.  Some days I don't eat at all.  Wheat was definitely an appetite stimulant for me.

What kills me is eliminating wheat and switching to LCHF was easy enough.  The hard part was wrapping my brain around it.  I came across Wheat Belly in Oct 2012 and it still took me 4 months to commit.  I wish I had started earlier.  I wish I had this information when I was a kid.  Such a shame that Big Government, Big Ag and Big Food have all been lying to us.

Success Stories / Re: When did you have your wheat-ectomy?
« on: October 16, 2013, 08:14:49 AM »

I went to Fat, Sick and left for Watched it for free. 😃

I went to but didn't see a way to watch the film online.

Food Elements / Re: Corn Fed VS Grass Fed Beef
« on: October 15, 2013, 04:30:19 PM »
Here is one of the best and clearest explanations I have seen as to why grass fed is SO much better for us. I wish that some of the farmers in my state [Iowa] would allow this part of the world to return to it's original grassland condition and get the cattle back out there instead of planting that damn corn and soy, fence line to fence line.

The problem is we have several factions at work.  First is the Big Government subsidies to Big Ag farmers.  We pay them to grow wheat, corn & soybeans.  Now that we have all this crop we have to consume it.  So the Big Government USDA tells us to eat heart healthy whole grains and the ranchers use the unused corn as feed for cattle. 

Then Big Food uses wheat and grains to create heart healthy cereals, breads, etc.  That the then bombard us with commericals on tv to eat heart healthy processed foods.  And we know wheat is an appetite stimulant for a large portion of the population (just look at what obese people have in their shopping carts).  Hey, I used to buy the same crap myself before I went wheat free. 

Then Big Pharma will help us with our bad blood work from the wheat consumption with their expensive drugs. 

That, folks, is the circle of life.

General Discussion / Re: What's Up With My Doctor?
« on: October 15, 2013, 04:24:51 PM »
I went wheat free in Feb 2013.  Just so happened 6 weeks later I had my blood work done.  Triglycerides fell to 139 and HDL hit 40.  Doctor had the data in his hands and yet he couldn't see that wheat free was good.  Then in August Triglycerides down to 113 and HDL up to 45.  Yet he still gave me a print out to eat whole grains.  Good grief they are idiots. 

Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Re: Staying with it
« on: October 15, 2013, 04:21:45 PM »
Yes, it does get easier once you pass the 6 week mark.  I gave up wheat in Feb 2013 and haven't looked back.  10" off my waist!  I'm only 6" from my goal now.  Keep with it.

Personal Diaries / Re: Down 9 pounds
« on: October 03, 2013, 10:43:05 AM »
Congratulations!  (though completely expected  :D just takes time sometimes)

General Discussion / Re: Monsanto
« on: September 26, 2013, 08:09:31 AM »
It's "interesting" when WB comes up in conversation.  Folks I associate with do not "get it"!  As someone said on here, apparently it's too easy OR they think it's deprivation that they can't do without.  IF the "foodies" I know would just google they'd come across healthy sites with great recipes.  I, for one, am NOT a foodie.  I just tell them I eat to live, not live to eat.  My journey has evolved over several years in that I was pursuing how I might be able to 1st-- lose weight, then it went on to just plain get healthy and feel good again!!

So true.  But I understand it.  Everyone (USDA, Big Ag, Big Food, Big Pharma) is pushing "heart healthy" whole grains.  We watch TV and we are bombarded with the message that wheat and whole grains are what will make us feel better.  I was a doubter too.  I came across "Wheat Belly" in Oct 2012.  I didn't commit to wheat-free until February 2013 and then I only did it because I had run out of diets to try (and I tried them all except WB) and my doctor told me (Oct 2012) if my triglycerides did not improve with my next blood work he was putting me on statins.  Quite frankly, I'm sick and tired of having several prescription drugs and adding another one was not on the things I wanted to do (expense being part of it!). 

Likewise, my doctor set me up with a nutritionist (one of the RNs) in early Feb 2012 when I went wheat free.  I told her I was going wheat free and she said "No! You can't give up whole grains."  Funny how 6 weeks later when she had to give me the results of my blood test and my triglycerides fell so far that they went from abnormally high to 139 which is below the 150 top end (my last reading in Aug was 113!) and my HDL went up from 39 to 45.  I reiterated to her the only change I made was eliminating wheat from my diet (I don't eat rice or corn more than once a week and only in small portions). 

Now, 7 months into wheat-free I'm a complete convert.  I totally believe Dr Davis and his assertions.  Wheat is an appetite stimulant.  I have not been hungry since giving up wheat and typically eat only 2 light meals a day lately.  I lost 6" in the first 4 months.  But if someone had told me this back in Oct 2012 I would have laughed and said no way which is what I thought about WB.  It seemed totally irrational because of the continuous brain washing we are bombarded with. 

The other assertion by Dr Davis around gut flora and change in stool is also true.  I went from almost constant gastric distress and frequent diarrhea to zero gastric problems and solid stools.  Again, no medication necessary anymore for dealing with my tummy problems. 

Quite frankly I don't think until the medical establishment quits ponying up to the Big Ag/Big Food/Big Pharma industries and finally takes a stand against wheat will there be any change.  And I just don't see that change happening.  There is too much money to be made here.  Doctors will lose income if people are not sick from consuming wheat.  Right there is a big reason the medical establishment will not change their stance.  Pharma will lose money because they make the medicine we need to cope with the side effects of eating wheat (and they aren't making money off of me anymore!).  Big Food knows wheat is an appetite stimulant and incorporates it into their food to make us eat more of their food thus shoveling more money to them.  There is just too much money involved around wheat. 

Likewise, there are whole segments of the population that do not seem to be affected by wheat.  My wife is a size zero yet she is vegetarian and wheat (and vital wheat gluten) is a major component of her processed foods (fake meats).  Her blood work has never strayed out of normal range and she is rail thin.  So obviously not every one is affected by wheat. 

But I do believe anyone who is overweight or obese should be looking at wheat elimination.  There is hope folks. 

Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Re: Staying with it
« on: September 26, 2013, 07:25:40 AM »
The first couple of weeks, for me, I was eating more than normal to get through the wheat cravings.  Then magically one day... no craving.  Then my appetite went down.  Most days I only eat a couple of meals which consists of a couple of eggs maybe 2 slices of bacon for breakfast then cheese and mortadella for a light dinner.  If I do eat lunch it'll be a 4-6oz (I weigh all my food) grilled steak or cheeseburger. 

General Discussion / Re: How to Use the Wheat Belly Blog (WBB)
« on: September 20, 2013, 11:47:24 AM »
Or in the google search box type the following: faq

and it will search for the faq only on the wbb site.  I do this when I'm researching technical topics for a particular company to restrict my search to their site only. 

Wheat Free Tips / Re: New Clothes
« on: September 20, 2013, 11:39:46 AM »
I'm at a size/weight I haven't been at in years so I'm forced to buy new clothes and unfortunately with another 87 pounds to my goal (hey, down 80+ pounds from my heaviest) weight I'm going to be making regular trips to Goodwill.  Maybe I'll start leaving notes in the pockets "Eliminate wheat.  Get the 'Wheat Belly' book.  I did and that is why I don't need these pants/shirts anymore!" 

Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Re: 6 months into wheat free
« on: September 20, 2013, 10:22:53 AM »
You know it!  Finishing up month #7 soon and still losing weight.  Going to be making another Goodwill run this weekend to drop off more clothes. 

Went to my wife's swearing in ceremony (new US citizen) Aug 31 and put on a suit that I had tailored end of July to take off the excess size.  The suit is an inch loose!!  This weight loss is unreal. 

Food Elements / Re: Coconut Oil
« on: September 20, 2013, 10:14:19 AM »
I have tried a variety of coconut oils (cold pressed, organic, etc) from different manufacturers at our local health food store and they all have a coconut taste that does come through even with cooking.  I just assumed that is the way it is as no one brand seems to have less taste than the other. 

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt
« on: September 10, 2013, 11:48:45 AM »
No egg yolk?

Success Stories / Re: I broke through the wall!!!
« on: September 10, 2013, 11:47:27 AM »
All of you are writing in about so many wonderful changes in your lives since giving up grains and sugar!  Makes me happy just to read these comments.  Lovely to be in an upwards health spiral isn't it?

I have found this to be true for me too!  Just yesterday, the women in my yoga class were remarking about how flexible I am in the yoga positions.  They only want to believe that it is because of my 15 years of classes.  They do not want to hear about my no grain no sugar diet!  I figure they will ask me if they wanted to learn more.  I refer them to the WB blog, this blog and of course, the book.

And in a spiral that goes against the grain LOL

Success Stories / Re: 5 months in
« on: September 10, 2013, 11:46:12 AM »
Hungry and aspexil~I'm happy to hear that you've both been experiencing the same loss in dress size that I have. It's weird though. Not losing all that much weight, but sure am down the sizes. Not complaining at all. I've just never lost weight like this before. Sort of all over at the same time. Just found a drawer full of smaller shorts that I was saving for that day when I lost weight. (so much time has passed since I lost any weight that I forgot all about them!!)  So glad I saved them!! Won't have to buy anything new for awhile as long as it stays warm. :)

Probably from the inflammatory effect of wheat we are shrinking because our body is not bloated. 

I have never lost weight like this before either!  This is the only time in my life that I actually believe that I will make my goal weight.  People who know me tell me I look like a completely different person. 

Success Stories / Re: I broke through the wall!!!
« on: September 10, 2013, 09:59:38 AM »
That's super awesome!  I'm so happy you're seeing positive results and feeling so much better, especially dropping the meds.  That was a totally unexpected thing for me (anxiety meds).  I thought I'd be on those things for the rest of my life, but now I am cool as a cucumber about 95% of the time and the other 5% is completely manageable without medication.  It's amazing how something as simple as changing your diet can have so many positive effects.  I wish more people believed it, just for 30 days.  It would be a health revolution!  The Rx companies would HATE it!  :D

As people see me making progress they are coming around.  I know for a fact one of my neighbors has gone wheat free after I lost 6" in 4 months (I have a lot to lose).  From there this should snow ball.  As more and more people start they'll set the example that others will see that wheat free actually does work.  Wheat free has to be done by example.  For myself, I so didn't believe Dr Davis and the fact that wheat was my problem it took me four months before I finally committed.  And the only reason I committed was because the low sodium diet didn't do anything for my triglycerides.  On my 6th week wheat free I had scheduled blood work and my numbers dropped from 196 to 139!  I was stunned but immensely pleased wheat free worked.  Triglycerides are now down to 113 and not due for another blood draw until Feb. 

As a side note I am only doing wheat free and whole foods.  I did not substitute bread, pasta, muffins or pizza with anything.  Just cut them out.  No processed foods and if I do buy something in a package (i.e. bacon, dark chocolate) I thoroughly examine the ingredients for wheat.  I do eat, typically not more than once a week if at all, corn, rice and potatoes.  Carbs for me on most days are under 50 but sometimes I do get to the 100 mark every once in a while (i.e dark chocolate snack). 

I only weigh myself once a month, if not longer.  I can't deal with the stall/up/down frustrations even with weekly weigh ins. 

Success Stories / Re: Any major dude will tell you...
« on: September 10, 2013, 09:35:02 AM »
The loss of hunger is absolutely unreal for me.  I used to be constantly hungry.  Now 7 months in there are days I don't eat at all and some of the time where I only have one meal (some slices of mortadella wrapped around a piece of cheese or bacon and eggs) and that is it!  Most days I eat 2 meals and think the last time I ate 3 meals was back in month #1.  I literally eat to live now where before I lived to eat!  So sad that I only figured out at age 48 that wheat is an appetite stimulant. 

Success Stories / Re: 5 months in
« on: September 10, 2013, 09:27:58 AM »
I'm into my 7th month now too and had the same size reducing effect you saw.  End of July I took in my business suits to the tailor because they were all 6"+ too big.  Had to wear one of them on Aug 30th and it was an inch loose!  Okay, I guess that is a good problem to have!!  Just unreal how effective going wheat free has been. 

1 egg with shredded red leicester cheese (if you've never had it you need to find it and try it) scrambled with spring onion with a touch of milk (didn't have heavy cream on hand) and put into a corn tortilla (certified wheat free from the local Mexican bakery - and yes I know I should avoid corn but at least it is not wheat) and 3 slices bacon.

Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Re: 6 months into wheat free
« on: September 10, 2013, 09:14:33 AM »
Now into month #7.  Weight loss continues.  With the numbers from last months' blood draw I don't have another one until February. 

Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Re: Hi...and help!
« on: September 10, 2013, 09:09:58 AM »
I've switched to weighing myself every other month.  Well, we'll see if I actually make it.  Last time I weighed myself was Aug 3 and the previous was July 3.  And while I saw losses every month if I tried weighing myself every day or week the stalls and up/down nature of my weight was maddening.  I know I'm still loosing weight as clothes are getting looser.

Food Elements / Re: Farm Raised Fish
« on: September 01, 2013, 02:17:12 PM »
I remember the taste of King salmon straight off the boats in Alaska.  We had friends that worked the boats and would bring us one, nothing was better.  People who have never experienced it have no idea the difference.

I totally agree. 

General Discussion / Re: Gluten Free/ Dairy Free weight loss shakes
« on: September 01, 2013, 11:13:58 AM »
Have you tried Kind bars? 

Food Elements / Re: Farm Raised Fish
« on: August 31, 2013, 04:19:23 PM »
Note, I am a satisfied customer of this organization and I'm not spamming but hope this link will help people find sustainable fish.   But there are sustainable minded fishermen out there.

Honestly, the difference in taste of wild caught Alaskan salmon and the farm raised fish is night and day.  In fact, the Sockeye we just received is so much better and even tastes like a whole different fish. 

Corrected we received Sockeye not Coho.

My experience is like Barbara's.  People who know me have noticed the loss of weight I'm going through (6" in first 4 months).  To the point where they think I look like a whole different person.  The weight loss is tremendous and when people ask me what I did is when I go on my "wheat-free" ministry.  I tell them how my blood work is all normal now too.  High triglycerides are gone.  HDL is up.  And I'm losing weight that I'm now below the weight on my driver's license.  About half the people I've told said they were going to try wheat free.  I don't know if they have but I'm sure by the end of the year I'll see who did and who did not.  I'm still in awe of how this has worked out.  Didn't believe it was going to make a difference when I started.  The results speak for themselves.  Though I was REAL nervous as I sat in the doctor's office for the first wheat free blood test results after 6 weeks of eating bacon and eggs cooked in bacon fat.  Triglycerides went from 196 to 139.  Last blood draw at the end of month #5 was 113.  Doesn't get better than this.  Dr. Davis has a lot of us out selling his book for him because, darn it, it works!  I have never had a diet have such a radical effect on my weight/size. 

It's the snacks in the car I'll have to make plans for.

I don't have a link handy but I found some grass fed beef sticks (no wheat in them) on that were not too unreasonably priced and come 2 sticks in a package.  I have some in the pantry also for my next trip.

Food Elements / Re: Heirloom wheats
« on: August 22, 2013, 08:15:30 AM »
Why don't you make a bread?  The WB recipe is excellent.  I really like the pumpernickel too.  Many other recipes for those ingredients!  Have you tried the microwave muffins?  Delish!  Easy enough for the Kooking for Dummies crew!  There are recipes for this on this blog.

The few attempts I made at bread were not very good.  I've done the microwave muffins and they are good.  Throwing a piece of meat/fish on the grill is just easier and less effort for me. 

Okay so this morning was a bit of a challenge.  I'm travelling for business right now, staying in a hotel that was chosen by the colleague I'm travelling with (a hotel I would never, ever, ever have selected for myself - yeah I'm kind of a snob).  I brought my BP coffee makings - sort of.  About two hours into the trip yesterday I realized I had brought the blade section of my immersion blender, but not the motor.  Okay, fine.  I've had it before without the blender.  I can manage.  Unfortunately I didn't think about the fact that there wouldn't be any filters for the hotel room coffee maker because they have those little packets.  So, plan B.  The hotel has a hot breakfast.  Basically, it was powdered eggs and biscuits.  I tried to choke down some of the eggs.  They were inedible.  So finally I gave in and ate the yogurt I had brought for the road.  Now I have to meet with city officials and pretend I know what I'm doing on an improperly fueled body.  :(

That does sound like a challenge.  I also hate it when hotels don't provide standard coffee makers because they never provide good quality coffee in those packets. 

Can't trust eggs either.  Some places apparently put pancake batter in their omelettes to make them fluffier.  I won't touch the eggs unless they're sunny side up.  I'm going to make sure I pack some nuts on my next business trip.

This morning breakfast at home for me.  4 slices bacon and 1 sunny side up egg cooked in the bacon fat. 

Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Re: Three weeks in
« on: August 22, 2013, 06:40:46 AM »
Yes, full fat everything.  I feel so guilty using full fat cheese. 

Have found some wonderful recipes on Gourmet Girls Cook that are absolutely delicious.

I keep reading about excellent success stories and am a big discouraged.  I have a dr. appt later this week, so we will talk about T3 this time instead of TSH.  I have several articles to show him and hope he will change up my meds.  Maybe that will make a difference.

Just give this time.  I did not see results until about 6 weeks in when (by coincidence) I had my blood work done and my triglycerides went from 196 to 139.  Weight loss started about the same time like crazy and in the first 4 months I lost 6" off my waist.  I've never seen that happen on any other diet.  And I was eating bacon and eggs for breakfast every morning. 

Food Elements / Re: Heirloom wheats
« on: August 21, 2013, 10:42:50 AM »
Now that I'm 6 months into wheat-free I see that my meals are basically single product items like meat, fish, poultry, vegetable, cheese, etc.  I remember too well how back in the beginning I was searching for "alternatives" and now still have a freezer full of almond/coconut/flax flour I haven't really touched except to coat some fried green tomato slices a couple of weeks ago.  I may end up throwing most of it out to make room for more meat and fish.

Success Stories / Re: We can do better than this!
« on: August 20, 2013, 02:52:50 PM »
These days I just say screw it when someone gets mad if I say no to something offered. On WB it mostly happens with beer and appetizers at Happy Hour, cake at work celebrations, and when someone brings in baked goods from home. If politely declining offered foods puts someone off, they've got other issues going on.

I have the same sentiment. 

Personal Diaries / Re: Starting a journey/ progress thread?
« on: August 20, 2013, 01:16:43 PM »
I started my WB diet today, going to give it a strict 8 weeks to see if it is for me or not. I don't have any wheat intolerances to wheat, nor am I Celiac. I do however have an unhealthy addiction to wheat, and while I am reading WB, figured it would be a worthy venture to break it.

I too thought I didn't have any wheat intolerance.  I went wheat free end of Feb.  Then about 3 months in we ate out at a restaurant.  I don't know where they snuck the wheat in but boy did I notice it later that afternoon.  It is not unusual to find out that after you've given up wheat you actually can't tolerate it anymore.

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: Lunch Ideas?
« on: August 20, 2013, 12:12:21 PM »
Has she experimented with spices?  I've even gone down the path of making Indian and Ethiopian dishes that if you watch what you put in it can be pretty low carb. 

We've also started eating fish at least once a week (actually found a source that ships it in fresh from Alaska). 

One thing I like to do is some almond flour, flax seeds, tsp cream, tsp yoghurt, 1/2 banana (she can substitute chocolate pieces instead), pinch of baking powder (if she wants it to rise at all) and egg beaten together in a mug and throwing it in the microwave for 90 seconds is a tasty meal.

Thanks folks.  I have to say I cringe every time I hear about heart healthy whole grains.  Even the nutritionist my doctor had me see (one of the RNs) objected when I told her I was going wheat free.  She also had to read out my blood work to me 6 weeks later when my triglycerides went from 196 to 139.  Again, the look of disbelief. 

BTW, I happened to only find this forum from some random comments on the wheatbellyblog site.  You guys need to have Dr. Davis promote this site more prominently on his site.  I was hanging out at another primal forum but they got weird.

My sister posted on facebook the other day that she had been gluten-free for six weeks (her case was actually doctor-ordered) and one of her friends commented "Going gluten free is really bad for some people."  Based on her picture, the woman probably eats lots of "healthy whole grains" like the rest of us used to.  It's amazing the way that people reject this lifestyle out of hand without even trying it. 
And yes, some of the other primal forums get a little weird...But great job, great news, and keep up the good work!

I totally agree that people reject it.  I was one of those people.  I had trouble wrapping my head around the fact that wheat was causing all my problems that it took several months before I committed to it.  The food pyramid says we need more whole grains.  The only reason I decided to try it was because I literally had no other options left to try.  I had done low sodium, vegetarian, vegan, etc, etc all the while bread, pasta and the occasional pizza were staples.  And the one thing that surprised me specifically around the wheat belly blog was the number of people saying how eliminating wheat changed their lives.  It gave me the inkling of hope that maybe wheat free was going to work.  The one thing I kept telling myself was that no one could have that many shills.  But on the other hand the USDA and the government and the constant advertising on television can't be wrong?  Even at my last doctor visit at the beginning of this month my doctor was trying to convince me to not eat the egg yolk (I told him I've been eating bacon & eggs for breakfast since going wheat free) yet my triglycerides hit the new low of 119 and HDL was up from 40 to 45 eating eggs every day!  Good grief...  He had the data right in front of him yet he is completely ignoring it? 

I'll say one thing, a number of my neighbors are considering wheat free.  All of them are already on diabetes medicine and cholesterol meds ("better living through medicine" is the slogan of one neighbor) and all are obese.   The only reason they are considering it is because of the unreal change they've seen with me.  They say I look like half the guy I used to be.  Which makes me feel great.  So I keep an email with my "evil wheat links" that I send out to people so they can read up.  I've added this site to my list now too.

Success Stories / Re: Reversing Type 2 Diabetes
« on: August 20, 2013, 07:34:56 AM »
Great job LibbyMe!  Was at 280 when I went wheat free end of February.  Now down to 249.  I also haven't weighed in the 100s since the early 90s but for the first time in my life I believe I can get back down there again.  My BP has come down some (from 140/90 to 130/80) and I've been on benazepril for a decade now.  I'm curious to see what my BP will be when I get under that 200 mark. 

Thanks folks.  I have to say I cringe every time I hear about heart healthy whole grains.  Even the nutritionist my doctor had me see (one of the RNs) objected when I told her I was going wheat free.  She also had to read out my blood work to me 6 weeks later when my triglycerides went from 196 to 139.  Again, the look of disbelief. 

BTW, I happened to only find this forum from some random comments on the wheatbellyblog site.  You guys need to have Dr. Davis promote this site more prominently on his site.  I was hanging out at another primal forum but they got weird. 

Wheat Free Tips / Re: Snacks on the road
« on: August 20, 2013, 06:46:49 AM »
That is a good idea Barbara!

Wheat Free Tips / Re: Cheat Days - Birthdays, Special Occassions
« on: August 19, 2013, 03:48:17 PM »
No way for me.  I'm one of those that accidental wheat ingestion sends me right into gastrointestinal hell.  Even break out in a low grade fever too.  Only happened twice since I went wheat free (restaurant).

In a weird sort of way that makes it SUPER easy to be motivated to avoid wheat.  I'm very vigilant about what I consume now.  And I've only been wheat free 6 months (got hit 3 months and 5 months in).

Wheat Free Tips / Re: New Clothes
« on: August 19, 2013, 03:37:19 PM »
In 6 months I have made 2 trips to Goodwill.  I have another load ready to go next weekend.  This is just unreal. 

Wheat Free Tips / Re: Snacks on the road
« on: August 19, 2013, 03:35:34 PM »
Hi folks.

What do you do for business travel (i.e. away from home, in a hotel in some far distant land sometimes internationally)? 

For business meals I have to ask about wheat but in foreign countries that can be impossible even with an "interpreter". 

Back at the hotel if it has a fridge I can fare a little better with cold cuts (read the ingredients carefully) and canned fish (herring/sardine) fruit (in reasonable quantities) and nuts.  Cooking is often not an option so I have to do with simple foods. 

Problem for me is that unintended wheatings have knocked me down hard.

And be sure to reward yourself with something you can eat.  Like bacon, eggs, cheese (if you're not going dairy free), steak, pork chops.  When I first started wheat free the cravings were insane but I just cooked up some meat with eggs (in coconut oil) and got through it that way.  Just make sure you eliminate all wheat and read those labels.  I'm amazed where I find wheat where I didn't expect it!

Switch out your whole milk (that has carbs) with heavy whipping cream (zero carbs).  As other people have said start adding fats/protein.  I started with bacon and eggs in the morning.  Even with that for breakfast I started to lose weight.  I kept a food diary (plenty of places on line) and tried to keep my carbs below 50 but was okay with some 100 level days.  The weight loss really kicked in about 7 weeks into wheat free for me.  Then in the first 4 months I lost 6" off my waist!  I'm into month #6 and still losing weight and all my blood work is now normal. 

General Discussion / Re: Plateau busters?
« on: August 19, 2013, 02:07:55 PM »
I plateau about every other month.  But I just keep with it eating as a normally do and then one day, bam, 8 pounds gone (I only weigh myself once a month as otherwise it gets too depressing). 

Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / 6 months into wheat free
« on: August 19, 2013, 02:01:29 PM »
I discovered Dr. Davis' Wheat Belly back in October 2012 when researching high triglycerides.  It seemed crazy that wheat was my problem and it wasn't until the end of February when I finally went wheat free.  My triglycerides were at 196 and this month were at 119.  HDL is up from 40 to 45.  This style of eating has made tremendous gains in my blood work where everything is now normal. 

In addition, in the first 4 months I lost 6" off my waist.  I can say that at no time on any other diet have I had such incredible results.  I continue to lose weight and a couple of weeks ago I finally weighed less than my drivers license weight.  For the first time in my life I think I can get down to my goal weight.  People (who know me) have been stopping me in the street asking how I had such amazing results.  I see the look of disbelief that I would have had. 

Like the man said my cravings disappeared.  Sometimes I eat only one meal a day.  Sometimes not at all.  Just unreal.

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