“Flip through your parents’ or grandparents’ family albums and you’re likely to be struck by how thin everyone looks.” The truth of this quote from Dr. William Davis’s Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health strikes home. Go look at your family pictures, you know you want to. Our nation is growing heavier and heavier by the year.
Are you one of those people who think they’re doing everything right, such as eating well, drinking your water, getting enough exercise and yet the weight won’t budge or you’re even gaining? Or maybe you’ve been doing the same things since your teens and nothing has changed except your weight.
Dr. William Davis reveals in his book one of the reasons we could be getting fatter and fatter each year: it’s the wheat in our diets.
Dr. Davis goes into great detail deconstructing wheat and explaining what’s been done to it over time, especially in the last 50 years. He shows the addictive nature of wheat. It is often hard to deny the bread plate or to take just one piece. Your trainers and nutrition minded friends will advise you to avoid wheat or at least limit your intake.
Davis discusses a number of health problems caused by or exacerbated by wheat. Diabetes, a disease once found only in adults, has become more frequently diagnosed in children. The author links this to our consumption of wheat. The largest organ of our body, the skin, can be harmed and made to look weathered from current wheat products. People with celiac disease must avoid wheat and other grains because their bodies are unable to process gluten properly.
Thankfully, he also offers up some solutions and alternatives. Removing wheat from our diets is a labor intensive process. Dr. Libby Weaver (www.drlibby.com) from New Zealand recommends that people try cutting wheat products for four weeks to see how they feel and then slowly reintroduce it. Every body is different and only you can test how your body will respond.
You’d be surprised where wheat is hidden in our foods. Dr. Davis provides several recipes to replace some of our favorite foods including flax seed flour used as a replacement flour for pizza dough. It creates an interesting flavor and texture, although kids might not go for it. Davis’s book is one of many great resources out there that can help us on the path to cutting back or eliminating wheat in our diets.
Review by Stacia Kelly, PhD