So, I'm checking out Dr. William Davis' Wheat Belly Blog, http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/ and I see this laundry list of foods you can eat all you want, never, seldom, etc... Just wondering what you all think about this list and the whole wheat belly diet deal.
I also see on a comment to someone, Dr. Davis says, "...Personally, I don’t even like meat, but I do believe that uncured meats and other animal products are compatible with health.
Eliminate: All wheat-based products (all breads, all breakfast cereals, noodles, pasta, bagels, muffins, pancakes, waffles, donuts, pretzels, crackers), oat products (oatmeal, oat bran), cornstarch-based products (sauces or gravies thickened with cornstarch, prepared or processed foods containing cornstarch, cornmeal products like chips, tacos, tortillas), sugary soft drinks, candies
His 'never' list: Fried foods Fast foods Hydrogenated “trans” fats Cured meats─hot dogs, sausages, bacon, bologna, pepperoni High-fructose corn syrup containing foods; honey; agave syrup; sucrose Processed rice, rice flour or potato products─rice crackers, rice cereals, pretzels, white breads, breakfast cereals, potato chips Fat-free or low-fat salad dressings ”Gluten-free” foods
His 'unlimited' list: Vegetables─except potatoes; fresh or frozen, never canned Raw nuts and seeds─raw almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, pistachios, Brazil nuts, cashews; dry-roasted peanuts (not roasted in oil); pumpkin and sunflower seeds Healthy oils (unheated)─olive, flaxseed, coconut, avocado, walnut Meats─red meats, pork, fish, chicken, turkey, eggs. (Consider free-range, grass-fed and/or organic sources.) Non-wheat grains─ground flaxseed, chia seeds Teas, coffee, water, unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk or coconut water Cheeses—real cultured cheeses only (not Velveeta or single-slice processed cheese) Avocado or guacamole; hummus; unsweetened condiments, e.g., mayonnaise, mustard, oil-based salad dressings; ketchup without high-fructose corn syrup; pesto, tapenades; olives
Limited: Fruit─No more than 2 servings a day (one serving is a level handful), preferably in this order (best first): berries of all varieties, citrus, apples, nectarines, peaches, melons. Minimize bananas, pineapples, mangoes, and grapes Fruit juices─only real juices and in minimal quantities (no more than 2-4 oz) Dairy products─No more than 1 serving per day of milk, cottage cheese or yogurt, unsweetened (Fat content does not matter.) Legumes/beans; peas; sweet potatoes and yams; rice (white and brown); soy Dark chocolates─70-85% cocoa or greater; no more than 40 grams (approximately 2 inches square) per day Sugar-free foods─preferably stevia-containing, rather than aspartame
Try it or not. I always find it interesting when something like Wheat Belly appears, those who are entrenched in their own method of finding health through eating get all defensive.
What's to defend? If you don't like it, don't try it. I heard about the book months ago, put it out of my mind. Til the day I die I will be grateful to my sister, who sent it to me as a gift.
Why grateful? Because since the second day, I have been free of the ravenous hunger that has plagued me my entire life.
Since the 5th day, I have been free of the all over body pain that has kept me sitting in a chair for most of a year. I no longer have to think twice about getting up to go to the bathroom or the kitchen. The pain I had was getting impossible to live with and it was ruining my life. For me, this way of eating is nothing short of a miracle.
Racing heart normalized. Blood pressure coming down. Blood sugar never over 100, even after meals. I can sleep through the night without meds.
It's not as if I wasn't familiar with low carb or was on a grain binge. I wasn't. I've eaten low carb probably 90% of the last 10 years, since I recovered from the disaster that was the low fat/high carb craze.
This is very simple, very easy, and 1000% doable in the sense that the urge to eat, to binge, the craving for sweets and breads has just vanished.
I won't criticize your life saving plan if you won't criticize mine. How about that?
Wheat Belly is what led me to become a voracious reader of Paleo/Primal blogs and buy two Paleo cookbooks. I bought the book because I suspected wheat may have been the cause of my allergies, headaches and sinus congestion. I jumped on board with the program and immediately banned all gluten and (despite not needing to lose weight) I ditched most carbs from my diet. Things were great! For about two months.
I rarely go to Wheat Belly blog anymore or the Facebook page since I find it too difficult to sort through the hysterical rhetoric to find anything helpful. In going VLC I believe I may have triggered a thyroid issue and I spent two and a half months in a VERY, VERY dark place. I'm just in the process of crawling out of it. I was depressed, anxious and had severe fatigue. Blood tests revealed nothing out of sorts and I just could no longer continue to eat such a restrictive VLC diet.
I must be clear here: Dr. Davis' input on both the FB page and the blog are very helpful and almost without fail compassionate and respectful. He also says most people (without metabolic disorders or obesity) should be able to handle small amounts of non-gluten grains, legumes and dairy products. He said this in his book, on his blog, and in several comments on the FB page. This message seems to get lost on the followers of WB who have become quite dogmatic about VLC.
While Wheat Belly started me on this journey of wheat-free living, it did not end there. I'm not exactly Paleo either. I eat dairy (cottage cheese and cheddar! Yum!), white rice, yams and potatoes and it's pretty rare that I make anything with stevia (Dr. Davis' favoured sweetener) these days since it triggers a serious case of the hungries unlike anything since modern wheat! Heaven's I even splurge once in a while and put real sugar or honey in tea (gasp! the horrors!).
I do have Wheat Belly to thank for helping me discover the cause of my headaches and chronic congestion. To wake up every day without a headache is amazing to me. (I do still get headaches, but they appear to be hormone-related.)
Following my Wheat Belly experience, my husband has also eliminated gluten from his diet and lost 20 pounds. He looks leaner and he is not by any standard eating low carb. He's currently eating a bowl of chocolate ice cream as I type!
I'm sure Wheat Belly is very beneficial to some with more serious health concerns than I currently deal with. And it's a very good introduction for someone who is heavily entrenched in SAD. But it's important to note whatever diet you embrace, make sure it works for you. And like many things in life, what works for you may not work for another.
And for the Wheat Belly-ers reading this... you're preaching to the converted on this forum about ditching wheat and restricting carbs. You can save your breath for those that really need to hear about non-processed whole foods and the health they can gain from eating them!
Not having read the book, I guess I'm missing something. This can't possibly be a weight loss diet. Is it?
Unlimited nuts and coconut milk? "Ketchup without high-fructose corn syrup"?
I guess if this is one of those "health-optimizing" deals, you could argue credibly about the merits of this diet. But the harsh (and I think mostly justified) criticism Wheat Belly has seen does make me nervous about relying too closely on its recommendations.
2 weeks wheat-free and I no longer need the daily heartburn medicine I've used for 21 years. I've read Wheat Belly and I may not agree with everything he says, but I'm sold on the basic principle.
I have to disagree with the HuntGatherLove review out there on Dr. Davis's book. For one she hasn't read Dr. Davis's book, so it's hard to take her at her word. More important that the back and forth of whether this is the latest version of Atkins is the results. First, having done both Atkins and Dr. Davis's diet I can attest to the ability of staying on Dr. Davis's diet as a lifestyle change. Davis doesn't have the same focus on meats as Atkins. Furthermore, I have lost 45 pounds with Dr. Davis's Track your plaque program and have kept it off for three years.
Bacon and sausage on the never list? I'm out....otherwise seems quite reasonable.
Yeah, actually I question some of those items on the unlimited list like ketchup minus the HFCS...seriously this should be in the limited category. A lot of brands still way overdo it on the sugar in em.
I don't know whether to laugh or cry when I read this thread. The WB posters clearly aren't getting the point that paleo hacks is a pro-paleo board (ie. don't eat grains, except possibly rice).
I have read Wheat Belly. The only interesting thing in the book is about how wheat and other grains have changed over the past 100 years. Otherwise, there are far better books and far better information for free on paleo or the "grain-free" lifestyle. If reading Wheat Belly sends a person on their way to better health by leading them to dump the wheat, more power to it. It's an o.k. beginning. I suggest reading more threads and paleo blogs: http://www.archevore.com/, http://perfecthealthdiet.com/, http://www.marksdailyapple.com/, http://robbwolf.com/ are a few good places to start.
Wow, the disconnect on this thread is fascinating. The Wheat Belly advocates appear to be unaware of the context of this thread: the audience for this thread (i.e. PH readers/posters) are already receptive to the idea that grains are bad.
The critique of Davis's work is addressing other components of his conclusions and recommendations. For example, the last time I checked potatoes were not a grain, and the pros and cons of including them in one's diet have been examined with some subtlety in this forum.
I suppose straw men are assembled from wheat, or at least the chaff.
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