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Changed my life,
This review is from: Wheat Belly (Hardcover)
A friend bought me this book as a gift and I'm so glad he did. Initially I was sceptical about reading it because I 'don't have a problem with wheat.' I'm also not a big fan of nutritional books because I find that most of them are heavily biased but don't offer any scientific proof for the claims they make. Some might say this book is biased against wheat but I believe that's because of the effects the author has seen on his patients. This book also has references to peer-reviewed articles for the claims that are made. I left this book sitting on my coffee table for weeks when, out of sheer boredom, I picked it up and had a quick flick through. What I saw interested me enough to start properly at the beginning and I read the entire book through in a single setting.
As some background to my story and why I read it all in one go, for the previous 18 months, I'd been working out 5-6 times a week and 'eating clean' and wasn't losing any weight; I felt hungry fairly often and counting calories was beginning to annoy me. I'm not overweight so I just assumed my body was happy where it was, as frustrating as that was for me. However, a year after that I started to feel unwell. I was tired all the time to the point of fatigue (getting off the sofa felt like a lot of effort), would have to take naps after eating, was having digestive troubles and a brain fog that left me unable to concentrate or remember even the simplest of things. My symptoms were described in the Wheat Belly book almost perfectly. I'd never considered that my problem may have been with wheat and after reading, I still wasn't sure so I decided to give the Wheat Belly principles a try for three weeks.
I ended up buying the accompanying Wheat Belly recipe book. The first three weeks went so well that I've now been following the guidelines for 10 weeks. I've lost 13lb without exercising to take me down to 131 lb! I'm also never hungry and I never count calories anymore. Within 2-3 days of starting this, my brain fog and fatigue were totally gone; the difference between before and after was like night and day. My digestive troubles vanished within the first 3-5 days. Even more interestingly is that I, the woman who 'doesn't have a problem with wheat,' have discovered I actually do! Ok technically it's gluten that's my issue, not wheat, but if I eat anything with gluten in it, my digestive upsets are back within 30 minutes, always accompanied by a delightful itchy rash. I did consider that perhaps this was psychosomatic but I have the same issue when I unknowingly ingest gluten (for example, if it's hidden in an ingredients label and I never noticed) so I think it puts the psychosomatic theory to rest for me.
Anyway, my ultimate recommendation is to read this book! I sometimes wonder where I would be now if my friend hadn't sent me it. Would I still be feeling as bad as I did before or would I now be feeling even worse?