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Wheat Belly ch. 1-3

WB book spine

How’s the reading coming so far? Did you make it through all three chapters? I’ll outline my thoughts below and then feel free to comment on anything that stood out to you, whether it’s in my notes or not. Please note that there are direct quotes below. I haven’t used quotes throughout but I am directly quoting the book. Let’s discuss!

I’m starting with the introduction because that’s when my jaw started dropping.

The fact that he’s a cardiologist and observes the same results over and over again with his patients when they eliminate wheat makes me want to listen to him.

Rapid and effortless eight loss within the first few months, patients cured from ulcerative colitis, others being relieved of joint pain are all his observations. He mentioned here were studies previously done showing the same results which is concerning. Did that raise a question with anyone else?

Regarding his patients, I wonder what their diets were like before cutting wheat. If you’re not eating wheat you’re probably eating more whole foods and less processed or packaged foods. So what’s to say their cleaner diets with or without wheat wasn’t the cause of the clearing up of symptoms?

And onto CHAPTER 1 – What Belly?

He notes that every organ is affected by wheat and it mainly shows in the belly. The fat accumulation in the belly is caused by years of food consumption that triggers insulin, the hormone of fat storage. The collection of the visceral fat provokes inflammatory phenomena, distorts insulin responses and issues abnormal metabolic signals to the rest of the body. And…. MAN BREASTS! That would make me drop the wheat if I was a male.

During his wheat-free experiment he found patients with symptoms disappearing from all sorts of ailments:

Acid reflux

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Rashes

Rheumatoid arthritis pain

Asthma

And they gained things like more energy, focus, lung, joint and bowel health, and deeper sleep.

If these same patients ate wheat again after being off of it, they would experience symptoms like diarrhea, joint swelling and pain or wheezing. So that pinpoints that it’s the wheat and not something else in their diet.

CHAPTER 2 – Not Your Grandma’s Muffins: The Creation of Modern Wheat

Was anyone surprised that wheat compromises 20% of all calories consumed? I actually thought it may be higher. It just feels like it’s everywhere.

He also touched on the financials stating that a manufacturer can transform a nickel’s worth of wheat into $3.99 and have the American Heart Association as an endorser.

What was really interesting to me was how wheat evolved into what it is today. He mentions that wheat has been altered to make the plant more resistant to environmental conditions that could kill it (drought & pathogens) as well as increasing yield per acre. And now we have more than 25,000 varieties and almost all are because of human intervention. Wow! The original wheat was einkorn. It has the simplest genetic code with only 14 chromosomes. It’s explained in the book that wheat retains the sum of the genes of their forebears. So whatever count comes from one side is added to the other and that’s how many chromosomes the offspring end up with. The most genetically complex wheat has 42 chromosomes. It’s interesting to me that wheat of today can’t survive without human intervention. Something about that doesn’t feel very natural.

And then he starts getting into the way we’ve bred wheat. The goal was to produce more so we altered it genetically and were so intent on making the most we could, the fastest we could (in order to feed more people), we failed to test on animals or humans. The agricultural scientists were convinced there wouldn’t be issues since hybridization techniques created more of the same thing (wheat). If people could tolerate it before, why wouldn’t they be able to tolerate it after? It’s still wheat, right? The variations in gluten content and other enzymes and proteins would cause no issues either. Upon further investigation, it’s been found that 5% of the proteins in the offspring aren’t found in either parent. Hello genetically modified food! The author was speaking about hybridization in this example but they’re finding now that the process to produce GM foods isn’t as clean as they thought and can produce food that causes potential toxic effects in humans. So neither would be my decision when given the choice between hybridization or GM.

CHAPTER 3 – Wheat Deconstructed

What are we eating when we choose wheat?

SUGAR! 75% of the complex carb in wheat is amylopectin. It just so happens that amylopectin is digested efficiently and is rapidly converted to glucose and absorbed into the bloodstream. And that’s mainly responsible for wheat’s blood-sugar-increasing effect. Were you shocked to hear that whole wheat bread increases blood sugar to a level higher than sucrose? I was. And how about the fact that pasta can generate high blood sugars for 4-6 hours after eating it? The author makes a conclusive statement by telling us that wheat products elevate blood sugar levels more than virtually any other carbohydrate. This was eye-opening to me.

The author lets us know that when we trigger high blood sugars repeatedly and/or over sustained periods, more fat will accumulate. The more fat, the poorer your response to insulin, since the deep visceral fat of the wheat belly is associated with poor responsiveness or ‘resistance’ to insulin, demanding higher and higher insulin levels. And this leads to diabetes.

Chapter 3 wraps up with an explanation of gluten as well as the other non-gluten proteins in wheat. These can cause allergic or anaphylactic reactions so just because it’s not gluten doesn’t mean it’s not harmful.

Phew! That was a lot of info packed into 3 chapters. What did y’all think while you were reading? Any new revelations? Anything not surprising to you? Is it making you want to start the wheat detox now? :)

Please add comments below and let’s all discuss.

The next post will cover ch 4-6 and is set to publish Saturday, 7/19

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Wheat Belly Book Club Kick-off

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Are you ready? Are you intrigued by the idea of learning something new? I am! Let’s start reading Wheat Belly and discuss it along the way. Post your comments/thoughts/learnings/disagreements under each post so we can all discuss and learn from one another.

When we’re finished reading we can implement what we’ve learned in a wheat detox to see if we come to the same conclusions the author presented in the book.  I’ve learned that when I take the mindset off of weight loss and onto how it affects my body and test the theories for myself, a lot of times I end up losing weight in the process. If you’re struggling with losing weight, take a different approach. Don’t focus on losing the weight, focus on something else that will cause you to lose weight. When I think this way, it takes the pressure off my initial goal, my stress levels go down and I end up hitting my goal in the end. Be creative. You can use this mindset with just about any goal you have.

Keep that mindset as we read through Wheat Belly and start mapping out your plan now for cutting wheat out of your diet. Take inventory of your kitchen cabinets (just peek inside them and make a mental note), when you grocery shop think about the things you buy that have wheat and what alternatives you could replace them with. Reach out to me if you need ideas. Start googling to find good sources for wheat free food ideas. There are tons of ideas out there, including those at the back of the book.

I’m posting the reading schedule again so you won’t have to look back at another post. I’m excited to get started!

Sunday, 7/13 – kick off message

Wednesday, 7/16 – ch 1-3

Saturday, 7/19 – ch 4-6

Wednesday, 7/23 – ch 7-9

Saturday, 7/26 – ch 10-13

Stay tuned for Wednesday’s message…

 

 

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What the Wheat? The Wheat Belly Book Club

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It’s almost time! Time to dive into our quest to educate ourselves on wheat. Is it bad? Should it be completely eliminated from our diet? Why?

I’m hearing an awful lot these days that wheat should be completely eliminated from our diet. I believe this book is of that mindset.

I don’t know about you but when I hear something is absolute: ‘always eat kale’, ‘cut all processed sugar from your diet’, ‘never eat yellow snow’, I wanna know why. Maybe not for the snow one but absolutes generally intrigue me.

NEVER, EVER?!?!? Really?  ALWAYS? FOREVER?

I believe we should research and educate ourselves to figure out the ‘whys’ before jumping on the bandwagon. And lucky you, you’re in the right spot for delving a little deeper into this whole wheat mystery. Here’s the schedule I propose:

Read Wheat Belly:

Monday, July 14th through Saturday, July 26th

**for those not wanting to read the book, no worries, you can follow my blog posts and pick up all the details that way**

10-day Wheat Detox:

Monday, July 28th through Wednesday, August 6th.

I’m thinking 18 pages a day is very doable. I’ve already started reading and it’s not tough to get through. That puts us at about 13 days to finish the book. So you’ll have an idea of my blogging, here’s the schedule I’ll stick with. I’ve tried to keep it uniform so you can watch for the emails on Wed and Sat except for the kick-off that lands on a Monday. I’ll blog about that the night before so we’re all hyped up and ready to roll.

Sunday, 7/13 – kick off message

Wednesday, 7/16 – ch 1-3

Saturday, 7/19 – ch 4-6

Wednesday, 7/23 – ch 7-9

Saturday, 7/26 – ch 10-13

If it feels a bit overwhelming, start reading as soon as you get the book. I tacked on an extra week here so everyone would feel like they have ample time. That and my birthday is this weekend so I wanted time for birthday things :). Truth be told that will most likely entail reading the book since I’m already enjoying it so much.

Do you need to purchase the book? I’ve checked with both Half Price Books stores by me in Houston (stopped by one tonight again) and it appears they’re all out of copies. My sister-in-law found a really good deal (better than HBB) on amazon. That may be your best bet.

Don’t forget to take notes as you read and comment on my posts so we can turn this into a true book club. I envision all of us learning from one another through posting about the different points that stick out to us while we read. Let’s absorb the info and comment with our thoughts and make this a collaborative space.

I can’t wait to get started!

In the meantime, don’t forget…

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