After I wrote my original post introducing the idea of going wheat free, I couldn’t stop searching for more and more information. I spent hours – no exaggeration – poring over Dr. Davis’ blog. While reading, I also heard about another forward-thinking, wonderful person by the name of Maria Emmerich who pretty much echos what Dr. Davis talks about.
Maria Emmerich’s blog is a real treasure!
In Maria’s blog, she very generously shares more wheat and grain free recipes than anyone I’ve seen yet. In fact, the picture you see here of today’s lunch – a wheat free pizza – is something I made based on Maria’s husband Craig’s non-wheat pizza recipe! (The only thing I didn’t have was whey powder, since I don’t like using whey – something based on what I read in Isabel de los Rios’ book, Diet Solution Program).
The result was surprisingly good for my very first attempt! I just need to roll the dough out thinner, and crisp up the crust a little more.
Back to the idea of going wheat free…
Anyway, I’m not writing to really talk about the pizza, but to tell you that after spending those hours… well, actually more like a few days on Dr. Davis’ and Ms. Emmerich’s blogs, I had to buy their books. Specifically, I purchased “Wheat Belly,” “The Wheat Belly Cookbook,” and Ms. Emmerich’s “Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism.”
Half-way through Dr. Davis’ book, I made the decision to that I was going wheat free. The evidence he offers regarding today’s “wheat” (which is, according to Dr. Davis) a far cry from the wheat of ancient times) is far too compelling for me to ignore.
And since I began this blog originally to discuss healing from diabetes (and other chronic conditions), I knew I needed to begin helping Dr. Davis and Ms. Emmerich in spreading the word about the dangers and hazards of wheat. Essentially, if one were to believe Dr. Davis (and I do), there is no place in the human diet for wheat. Once you read the book, if you aren’t convinced that wheat is extremely toxic to your health, well… I honestly don’t think you’ll be hanging out at this blog any more.
Besides wheat playing havoc on the digestive tract (think “Celiac” patients), it affects nearly every organ and function in our bodies. Of particular interest to me was the discussion about how wheat affects insulin levels. If you go back to my original post about wheat, you can hear from Dr. Davis in the video… ALSO, if you watch his short video below, you can hear his own story about how he developed – and then reversed – his own case of diabetes. Look folks… this is not some pop-culture quack. Dr. William Davis is a cardiologist. Or, perhaps I should really say, a forward-thinking, really-cares-about-you-and-your-health cardiologist. One who seems to take the so-called Hippocratic Oath very, very seriously (actually, you’ll see from that link I just provided that the “oath” we always hear about is not exactly “do no harm.”)
So now I’ve been wheat-free for about 3 weeks. How is it going?
It’s going great! Although I’ve only dropped about 5 pounds thus far, I have noticed a few other, tangible differences in how I fee. First of all, I feel “steady” throughout the day. In other words, I don’t get any mid-afternoon crashes the way I used to. I haven’t had the feeling like needing a nap for 3 weeks. I am working better, with less need to “jump around” from one task to another (ahem… can we say “adult ADD?”). I have noticed that I’m not feeling “acidy” – like acid refluxy at all (if that is what it is…). I am also just not “grazing” much throughout the day.
I noticed, even as a child, that if I ate something like pancakes and syrup, I would get very shaky within an hour or two.
I also would get very light-headed and weak. Back then, I recognized that I needed protein a lot. This hasn’t changed – I like protein, and I just feel better when I have it. What I did not know then (but certainly do now!) is that it had more to do with the net carbohydrates (there’s no legal definition for net carbs – but the way Maria Emmerich explains in her book is to take the total carbs, minus the fiber content, and that gives you “net carbs.”) and the effect of sugar in the bloodstream.
My Pancake Example
So if something has, say, 6 grams of total carbohydrates and 3 grams of fiber (such as in 2 tablespoons of the natural almond butter that I just enjoyed), we take the 6 minus 3, and we have 3 “net carbs.”
Now, one of the interesting things I read in Ms. Emmerich’s book (page 50), was that 4 grams of net carbs is the equivalent of 1 teaspoon of sugar!! Do we really have to get into a discussion about the problems with sugar on this site?
So, take pancakes at IHOP. I have always loved eating pancakes! According to the IHOP Nutrition Info page, 3 original buttermilk pancakes have 69 grams of carbs, and 4 grams of fiber. 69 minus 4 = 65 “net carbs” 65 divided by 4 = the equivalent of a whopping 16.25 teaspoons of sugar going into the bloodstream!
And, on top of that, once we load it up with yummy syrup (1 ounce of the “Regular Old Fashioned Maple Pancake Syrup has another 27 grams of carbs… equivalent to another 6.75 teaspoons of sugar). So, just in the pancakes and syrup alone, that’s the equivalent of 23 teaspoons of sugar in ONE SITTING!)
So… Don’t you find all this disturbing?
Good God… What have we been doing to ourselves… to our children… all these years? Sorry IHOP… from here on, it’s just eggs for me when I visit you. And I won’t go into what’s in your kids’ Happy Meals (but I should). Is it any wonder why more and more children are developing so-called “Adult Onset” diabetes?? Frankly, I find this terribly alarming. So does Dr. Davis.
Again, this is all something you can learn about in more detail if you read Wheat Belly and Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism.
Well, this post has gone on long enough I suppose… I will be building more pages to share wheat-free recipes that I make at home, but in the meantime, I HIGHLY recommend you grab a copy of Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health (here for a discount at Amazon), as well as Maria Emmerich’s Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism (also at Amazon). Be prepared to change your life for the better! And please watch Dr. Davis’ video here.