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Friday, October 21, 2011

"Wheat Belly" Book Review......

Daddy Bear asked me to do a review of “Wheat Belly” when he saw that I bought it from Amazon. I would have to say that it is a worthwhile read if you are interested in different perspective as to some of the issues that affect us today.

As I get older I am seeing more and more friends  and their friends that are having issues with heart disease ,cancer, arthritis, gout ,stomach issues, diabetes etc.  There are also people’s pets that I know that are dying of cancer. What the hell is going on?  I have been reading more and more about Paleo and Low-carb eating and I am starting to realize that the processed food that we consume has got to be a culprit in our sicknesses.  The low fat craze turned out to be a bust as well as the work out craze that followed. We are getting fatter and sicker. It HAS to be in part the foods we are eating.

Wheat Belly is written by a preventative cardiologist who believes that the highly modified wheat we are subjected to, in hundreds of food products, is a major player in our sicknesses. The wheat that was around thousands of years ago isn’t the same wheat we have today, he even adds whole grain, that we are told to eat, to the problem. The big food companies have genetically engineered wheat ( and other foods) into things that are bodies don’t recognize. We have had thousand s and thousands of years of evolution base on a certain diet and in the past few hundred years ( a blink of an eye in time) our food has changed. 

If you are not allergic to wheat (celiac being one disease)  I would still recommend this book  as it seems that some of the issues that we are seeing are still do to the gluten proteins and glucose load that wheat and the products that are made from it can cause.  

Wheat Belly is along the lines of low-carb and Paleo eating. It stands to reason if you cut the wheat and all the products you will be in a lower carbohydrate category as you fill your plate with meats and veggies and some fruits and nuts etc.

I have struggled with my weight and I know that I have metabolic syndrome and its going to take a very positive struggle for me to stick to this.  I have cut all wheat and its products. I am eating grassfed beef when I can( it has a much better fat profile than grain fed beef ( they use wheat to fatten cattle)) I am eating more veggies, free range chicken and eggs and I use olive oil and butter from grass fed cattle.

It’s not easy and sometimes you fall off the wagon ( last week’s vacation was tough)  but I am back at it this week and have lost 5-6 lbs and do feel better. My exercise, for now consists of walking at least once and sometimes twice a day.  I hope you find this helpful and I do recommend the book to read.


I am no way connected to this book or author and only recommend it as a book that I enjoyed.


  1. Thanks! I'll put it on the list of stuff to read.

  2. Its definately worth it just for perspective if you don't agree with his premise.

    Look for "Primal Blueprint" by Mark Sisson and some of the new Paleo books that are out by Robb Wolf

    and Loren Cordain

  3. Generally, I'm skeptical of this sort of thing, but I'm going to check it out too.

    Congrats on the lifestyle change, too, btb. I've been overweight more or less my whole life, and Itruly understand what you're experiencing. For me, the 1-hour daily walk is a big part of my routine. When I skip it, I sleep like garbage. I had to be humiliated into weight loss, but it's working. I hope you find more humane motivation!

  4. Several years ago my Dr. put me on the paleo diet to get my cholesterol in check. In about 6 months I dropped 20 pounds and lowered my cholesterol by over 60 points.

    I've since gone back to my old ways, but I can still remember how great I felt.

    Eating a paleo type diet isn't easy, but it is sure worth it.

  5. I'll need to read it. Saw some information on this over at Advice Goddess, too.

    I'll throw in that if I eat much pasta, bread, etc., I'll feel stuffed for hours afterward; meat and veggies, get full but don't have that bloated feeling after.

  6. Definitely a great read for those who haven't entertained the prospect of a low-carb diet before.

    I appreciate Dr. Davis for exposing the issues with genetically modified wheat. Since the federal government has pushed citizens to increase the whole wheat intake and reduce the amount of protein consumed, the population has seen an alarming increase in obesity. Davis's conclusions about wheat are correct. Although he is a little over the top in some of his claims (wheat is more addictive than heroin,etc.) he is spot on and is simply helping Americans see the folly of a dietary system based on wheat and grain consumption.


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