Wheat Belly Book
Warning: Following the Guidance of The Wheat Belly Book May Make You Feel Amazing
Thanks for joining me again for the Wheat Belly book recommendation. This is one of my favourite topics in life: diet and nutrition. If you know me, you’ll know how obsessed I get with the different fuels that feed our body and my belief of how much of an impact they have on our body.
To summarise the Wheat Belly book and entice you to keep on reading I will provide you with the following sentence:
If you want to feel more awake, lose weight and understand the fuel of your body more then you have to read this book!
So, if that floats your boat and you’re drooling at the idea of losing weight (irony), then enjoy the summary and hidden gems below of:
Wheat Belly book by Dr William Davis – Click Here to Get Your Copy
Summary & Recommendation
This book will get you excited about how amazing you could feel so definitely comes highly recommended from my humble self.
You’ll be amazed by not only the weight loss impact, but the medical issues that have been resolved by removing this white demon. I enjoy the humour of dislike towards wheat induced people. A fun style of writing that makes it very easy to read.
Reading it made me begin to wonder if most of our foods are empty calories with minimal benefit….Is that something you have ever pondered before? I’ll leave you to read the book and decide for yourself.
I’ll summarise the general findings of it: modern wheat is very genetically modified to create a lot more of it. It results in spikes insulin that make us tired, more hungry, gain weight and have an array of health issues. It’s cheap and fills us up.
This is such a hot topic that I don’t think it needs anymore of a recommendation. After reading it, you’ll be looking out for the wheat belly everywhere and feeling content at having a better understanding of what causes it. Onwards to the gems hidden in the book.
- Wheat stayed the same for thousands of years and changed into something unrecognisable in the mid 20th century and yet still has the same name: Wheat. The book nicely explains the differences before and after to give great insight and explanation
- GI level of food is the most important thing to look at (and I’d always avoided it!): glucose is unavoidably accompanied by insulin, the hormone that allows entry of glucose into the cells of the body, converting the glucose to fat. The higher the blood glucose after consumption of food, the greater the insulin level and the more fat is deposited
- Click here right now to view a great GI index of common foods. In conclusion, wheat is the same, sometimes worse, than having a spoonful of sugar
- Wheat has morphine like effect. You may have experienced it before. Having that big baguette at lunch knocks you out like a punch from Mike Tyson. It is also an appetite stimulant! That means that eating wheat will make you more hungry. I know I definitely crave more food after eating a lot of wheat. Me thinks this is a bad thing!
- Removing wheat is pretty much guaranteed to improve moods, reduce mood swings, improve concentration and allow for deeper sleep within a few days or weeks
- Gluten binds to the brain’s morphine receptor. That’s right, just like heroin. Induces a reward, kind of euphoric feeling. If this is blocked or avoided, people often experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms
- There is the usual story of large companies (pharmaceutical and food) having a sway over clinical trials to avoid the truth and promote/not create bad press for their products
- My business mind was running whilst reading this book, as per usual. It made me want to create the idea of: What wheat / whatwheat.com – an app and website that explains what you can eat and the effects of it. What do you think?
- Mountains of scientific evidence explaining the negative impact of wheat. This book articulates it, puts it all in one place and gives everybody a very good reason to put down that boots meal deal sandwich. Some of the studies were done decades ago which is why it is so surprising that it isn’t more common knowledge.
- It got me super pumped about the low carb dream. The evidence is impossible to ignore.
- Is gluten free worth it?: NO. Gluten free could be used temporarily to avoid the brain side affects of gluten wheat such as the euphoric high and addictive/withdrawel qualities. However, it still has the same, if not higher, glucose/insulin response so will still end up storing more fat.
- Is rice ok? Yes, gluten wise. Long grain and brown rice are fine as they don’t increase glucose and insulin much but other types of rice can increase glucose as much as bread
- Unless you’re very interested in the topic, I recommend reading just the first 25% of the book and skipping the sciency bits. It’s quite easy to flip to the next chapter when biology kicks in.
- Warning: It is an anti carb book disguised as an anti wheat book. The author explains that one should remove wheat and replace it with healthy natural foods such as meat, veg and nuts – not other carbs!
- Carbs are the biggest reason for appetite. Removing them will result in an individual being able to go for days without really feeling hungry. Imagine not having your life ran by the fact that you need to top up on sugar (carbs) every 2 hours. Life changing freedom!
So What Should You Be Eating?
As I was nearing the end of the book, I got the urge to write out a nicely refined list of what can be eaten to have the following benefits:
– a consistent level of energy and appetite by reduction of glucose/insulin spikes
– reduction of ageing due to lack of small LDL particles being created
– avoiding all allergic reactions to gluten
It turns out that the author had the exact same idea as when I got on to the next page, I found a very similar looking list. Useful stuff! Check out the list below:
– As much meat as you want (not cured such as bacon, sausages or salami). Cook at lower temperatures for as little time as possible
– as many eggs as you want
– as much fish as you want
– as much cheese as you want. Full fat.
– as many vegetables as you want
– as many raw nuts as you want
– some fruit (preferably berries). E.g. 10 blueberries or 3 wedges of apple or orange. Not dried fruit.
– some quinoa or oats. E.g. 1/2 a cup
– some brown rice. E.g. 1/2 a cup
– some potatoes. E.g. 1/2 a sweet potato
– some legumes. E.g. 1/2 a cup
– some cottage cheese, yoghurt, milk and butter. E.g. 1 serving a day. Unflavoured and unsweetened
– some soy. E.g. 1 serving a day
– use the following oils generously: extra virgin olive, coconut avocado and cocoa butter
Recommendation In A Recommendation – My Favourite
If you are interested in this topic then I highly recommend you check out Grain Brain by David Perlmutter and Kristin Loberg. It is very similar and stresses the same points as the Wheat Belly book. You grab your copy by Clicking Here.
Grain Brain concentrates more on the effects of wheat/gluten on the brain and is an excellent read. It explains the non visual effects of gluten such Alzheimer’s etc. in a very understandable, albeit, medical way.
The Wheat Belly Book is Totally Worth It
The Wheat Belly book is worth it just for the list of easy to make recipes at the back! Great low carb ideas and a surprising amount of sweet treats. I can’t wait to try them.
Thanks for joining us again. I hope these books are having a positive impact on your life. I know they certainly are on mine! Until next time…