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Early this year, I read a book that changed my life forever. Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis. For years, I dieted and exercised, and I'd reach a plateau. No matter what I did, I couldn't break through that ceiling. So I'd get frustrated and go back to my old ways.
After seeing Dr. Davis on the Dr. Oz show, so much of what he said made perfect sense. Here's a cardiologist that sees so many patients who need to lose weight, take control of their lives, and often struggle with issues like diabetes and high cholesterol.
I had issues with borderline Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and a belly I just couldn't get rid of. So I read Wheat Belly and tried it for one week. I felt horrible the first three days...then I felt amazing. I continued for two weeks, then three. Its' been eight months and 42 pounds later.
1) The "modern wheat" we eat today is genetically different from the kid of wheat we ate 50-100 yrs ago. Scientists have crossbred, intergrossed, and hybridized it several times in order to increase yield per acre. Modern wheat even looks totally different than more ancient wheat. It's short, but grows outwards. Ancient wheat is more robust and tall (remember the "heaven scenes" in Gladiator?)
2) Modern wheat has some dangerous components. Gluten is one of them, but GLIADIN is the real problem. It's the most abundant protein found in wheat. Gliadin releases exomorphins into your brain (crossing the blood-brain barrier) and produces an opiate effect. Yes, many of us are literally addicted to wheat and moderns grains. We eat, and we need to eat some more.
3) For those struggling with Type 2 diabetes, whole wheat bread has a higher glycemic index than a freaking candy bar. Dr. Oz even did an experiment proving this. Those products being marketed as GLUTEN FREE are even worse, as they're made with replacement flours that send your blood sugar levels skyrocketing!
4) High blood sugar = high insulin levels = visceral fat accumulation = lots of problems. It becomes a circle that's tough to break.
*My vice: very dark chocolate (70% dark or greater). I have it every day.
I recently had blood work done. After the initial shock of my doctor seeing me, my A1C1 showed normal insulin and blood sugar levels and my cholesterol numbers improved (good is up and bad down). I've NEVER had such good numbers.
My blood pressure was perfect. I just bought new pants yesterday in a size I haven't worn since being a senior in high school twenty-four years ago.
This is not a diet or a fad. I'm eating more similar to how our bodies were designed. I don't feel like I'm starving myself or making crazy sacrifices. After that first week, the cravings stop. I no longer crave bad food or late night snacking - two things that made me pretty unhealthy. When I go out to eat, I do my best, but wheat still gets into my food. No biggie, although I can definitely feel it the next day. My stomach is upset and my joints get a little achy.
With my blood levels evening out, I can even fast for 24 hours and feel perfectly fine. Before, if I went six hours without eating, I got cranky and developed the "shakes." Signs that I was on my way to Type 2 diabetes.
I obviously was a major carb addict, and going wheat/grain free has made a huge difference in my life. If you or someone you know is struggling with weight loss, high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol and nothing seems to work, give Wheat Belly a good read.
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CONFESSIONS OF A DUMB WHITE GUY
Matt Shifley is one of my oldest blogging buddies. Okay, he might not be old chronologically, but we've been following each others blogs since 2005. His posts about his life always cracked me up, and he's finally compiled his ditties into a book.
About the Book
Welcome to my world. My name is Matt Shifley (a.k.a. Mr. Shife) and for the past eight years, I have been chronicling my odyssey from a really dumb newlywed in 2005 to an even more mindless, married, stay-at-home dad in 2013. This book is a collection of short, distinctive anecdotes from my blog, Confessions of a Dumb, White Guy. A lot has happened over those years. Some of it funny like discovering that pleated pants can make you look like a sex addict. Some of it heart-warming like becoming a dad and holding my child for the first time. Some of it painful like dealing with the unexpected death of my mother and the aftermath: trying to recover from the worst moment of my life. And through it all, I’m still learning, discovering, laughing, writing, and enjoying life in my little corner of the world. I’m proud to share these tales with you, even the one where you learn exactly why white thong underwear can be a weapon of mass embarrassment.
About the Author
Matt Shifley is a stay-at-home dad but has been a sports reporter, copy editor, copywriter, marketing manager, marketing consultant, and Mountain Dew addict. When he is not being one of the most celebrated and sought after bloggers in thehistory of the world (Matt also particularly enjoys embellishing his own bio), he lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife, their two children, and Tank the basset hound. Matt’s eyes are blue and his relationship status is complicated with his favorite sports team, the St. Louis Cardinals. You can visit him at www.mrshife.com.
The book is available at www.amazon.com/author/mattshifley.