Friday, June 29, 2012

Good Bye To Wheat Belly And Muffin Tops

Usually, I like to write my own blog.  Today, I would like to share a blog from a colleague and fellow health coach, Taylore Caldwell.  We are collaborating on an ebook for managing diabetes from different health modalities.  The following article from her addresses how the wheat we consume today is causing many health problems.  The worst offender for her was the unattractive excess fat around our waists, also known as the "mufffin top."  Read on for a great eye opener.

Stay healthy & well,

Over a six-month period I found myself turning to bread just because of the simplicity of it. It was laziness on my part.  I would pop a couple pieces of sprouted grain bread into the toaster, and throw 3 or 4 toasted tortillas in my lunch because it would easily fill me up. In this way I would not have to be creative and innovative in my meal planning.

Well, I began noticing that I was developing a muffin top. I had cut back somewhat on my exercise and thought that might be the cause.  It was at this time that a friend had introduced me to the book “Wheat Belly” by Dr. William Davis.

It has been a real eye opener for me.  In the book he explains how wheat has been genetically modified over the years, and no research was done to determine the effects of these modifications before releasing it into the public domain.

The book goes into great detail about WHY wheat is a problem. If you’re like me, you probably think of wheat as four-foot tall “amber waves of grain.” But that’s not what we are eating these days. It’s an engineered version that’s two feet tall, and is nothing like what I ate as a kid in the 1960s. And unfortunately, it raises your blood sugar higher than eating a candy bar.

Dr. Davis explains how eliminating wheat from our diets can prevent storage of fat, and reverse many health problems. 50% of people eating wheat experience some form of adverse health effect, ranging from high blood pressure, heart disease, celiac, minor rashes, high blood sugar to stomach bulges that he calls “the wheat belly.”

According to Davis, that excess fat has nothing to do with gluttony, sloth, or too much butter, but rather to the whole grain wraps we eat for lunch.  After witnessing over 2,000 of his own patients regain their health after giving up wheat, Dr. Davis reached the disturbing conclusion that wheat is the single largest contributor to the nationwide obesity epidemic.

With case histories and lots of well explained science, Dr Davis lays out his experience, and his contention:  that every single human will experience health improvement by giving up modern wheat.  In a fascinating chapter, he even explains why we find it so difficult to “live without bread.”  It has natural morphine like qualities that make us act like any sick and despairing junkie!

Based on all this evidence, I am now baking and cooking with almond and coconut flours.  I stay satiated longer, and no longer have cravings to eat starchy carbs or breads. I also make everything from scratch, and know there are no hidden wheat products in my food.  And as an extra bonus (which I knew would happen), I am losing my wheat belly!

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