I’m sitting here pool-side, on our mommy-daddy vacation, reading the new book I picked up on our way down, Wheat Belly, and I just have to write this post.
If you haven’t read Wheat Belly yet, I urge you to pick up or borrow a copy. The message of the book is extremely important for not just weight loss but our family health.
I experienced the effects of a gluten-free diet completely by accident. For the past few years I have struggled to shed weight especially belly weight. I am and have been for years and years a very active person. I run, I go to the gym, I eat a healthy diet. I don’t go to extremes and enjoy a moderate diet of both veggies an the occasional pastry or macaron. Yet despite my 6-7 days of cardio+weights a week and even diet changes I just wasn’t able to shed the weight and worse I seemed to continue to gain belly weight. After giving birth I attributed the belly weight to something normal that happened as a result if being a new mom. But I don’t believe that to be the case any more.
In January I decided to make a change. I eliminated all starchy carbs, which by default included gluten. In addition I minimized the amount of dairy consumed and limited it to a splash of milk in my coffee and a few spoonfuls of fat free Greek yogurt. The results have been astounding. Not only have I lost 11+ lbs but I lost most of it in my belly…2inches to be exact. Yes I exercise too. But I always have and in the the past it wasn’t sufficient to cause me to lose any weight.
In addition to the weight loss I feel amazing. I don’t have cravings which helps me make smart food choices at breakfast, lunch and dinner. I sleep better. My stomach cramps from which I suffered for years have completely disappeared. I am less bloated. I run faster, breathe better and am less irritable. All the while I was aware of these changes but had no insight into the cause.
Wheat Belly is now giving me the answers I have been looking for. The premise is simple, wheat has been genetically modified to make it easier to grow, yet the way that it is processed and absorbed by our bodies is by way of converting it to glucose…sugar. 2 slices of whole wheat bread are the worse for you than munching on a tablespoon of white sugar. Excess sugar in our system is converted to fat…primarily belly fat. Beer belly and wheat belly…same. The book goes into more detail about the really damaging health and neural effects of gluten so I won’t go into detail. If you are interested read the book.
I know that our family’s future will be a gluten free one. What scares me most is the unknown. I feel like I’m constantly fighting a battle for health. Health for my son and my family. I don’t know all. I am afraid of what I don’t know. But all I can do is try to be as informed as possible and follow my gut. In this case my own personal symptoms are enough to convince me. I can’t argue with feeling better.