Wheat Isn’t What it Used to Be

Imagine if we lived in a world where a government institution told us that smoking a pack of cigarettes was good. Scary? That's how scary it really is, except it is food, not cigarettes. Someone you thought you trusted and was looking out for you, is not. Wheat Belly is a New York Times bestselling book by William Davis. Dr. Davis explains why it is absolutely necessary to stay away from wheat, whether you have Celiacs disease or not. This topic is incredibly personal to me as I do not eat wheat (as well as many other things) for the last 4 months and have never felt better.

This Thing Called "Wheat"

It is crucial to avoid wheat all together-or this thing called wheat that is available today. Wheat has drifted so far away genetically and biochemically, and therefore has changed its effects on humans. The major change away from its origins took place in the 1970's to increase yield. Wheat now has the capacity to raise blood sugar higher than eating a Snickers bar. It also triggers high levels of blood insulin. High levels of blood insulin causes insulin resistance, which causes accumulation of visceral fat in the stomach (love handles), diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, and cancer. The chemical makeup of wheat is one factor to blame.

Amylopectin A is a carbohydrate unique to wheat that is responsible for increasing blood sugar. This carbohydrate runs on a 2 hour cycle. This means that after consumption, you are inevitably hungry 2 hours later. This is coined the 2 hour hunger cycle. I was a victim of this, despite thinking that I was eating well. On a typical day I would have some type of whole grain English muffin or cereal for breakfast with a few scrambled eggs. A sandwich for lunch on whole grain bread, and whole wheat pasta with a protein and veggie for dinner. In between every meal I snacked: fruit, graham crackers, yogurt, string cheese, whole grain crackers, or another piece of bread. To most, this would seem pretty well balanced and "healthy". I thought it was too and I felt pretty good all the time except for the extreme hunger I always dealt with. I called it “hulk hunger” because if I didn't eat something I got so angry and felt like I was going to die. Yes, it was that intense. I needed to eat so often that it was irritating and a hassle. If I wanted to go anywhere, even run errands I needed to bring a snack so that I was happy and could finish what I set out to do. Does this sound like you to some degree? This is also why I, and maybe you felt this way: Gliadin protein is a protein unique to wheat that acts like an opiate. It causes appetite stimulation, increases blood sugar, increases visceral fat, and causes a 2 hour hunger cycle. In essence it is perfectly crafted to cause obesity. This is the "food" that I was eating all day long. After eliminating wheat, I no longer feel this way.

Eliminate Wheat

Even if you feel fine or think you feel fine it will still affect you. If you eliminate wheat you will have more energy, and sleep deeper. There are also many metabolic transformations that happens inside. Long term blood sugar drops, and blood pressure drops. Absorption of nutrients increases especially B vitamins and magnesium. Whether you feel it or not, it is affecting you.

Why not try a wheat free nutritional plan? I know it is precisely opposite of what we are being told. Typically we are told to cut fat and eat more whole grains. This is what caused the crisis. Healthcare costs continue to rise because Americans continue to get sick from their diet. What we actually need is to eat fat and cut out grains. You will have better mental clarity, lose weight, your gastrointestinal issues will go away, acid reflux will disappear, as well as joint pains, and on. But, there is more to eating right- you can't just eat jelly beans, junk carbohydrates, and high fructose corn syrup, etc. But, it does fix 90% of all problems in most people's diets. Chronic conditions are actually bad choices in diet. Wheat has an effect like poison or drugs, not a food.

Typical outer characteristics of someone who eats wheat-free are: Clean skin, lack of cellulite, no redness of skin, no bags under eyes, and skin glows. With these positive traits, you have to wonder what's happening internally because the skin is a reflection of internal processes. Personally, my skin has cleared so well that I have no need or desire to wear any foundation. I would have never thought I could feel this way from eliminating wheat from my diet. If you have any health conditions or are simply curious how to feel even better, eliminate wheat. It might be hard but it is one of the best things you can do for your health.