How not fine we are

You know that old saying about how you never know what you’ve lost till it’s gone?  Or left? Or something like that?

I didn’t realize how bad I felt until I didn’t.


This is what I felt like before starting the Wheat Belly way of eating 15 days ago.  Slogging though, getting it done, barely living.

sleepy-kitten-cute-kittens-9835304-450-301This is how I feel today.

peeking kitten

I wake before my alarm. I come home from work with energy to spare.  No longer am I just slogging through.

alert kitten 

15 days. 7.5 lbs.

Inches lost.

Inflammation – gone.

Body softly whispering “Thank you.”

Muffin Face has left the building ~ someone else has taken her place and she’s feeling just fine!



“Sometimes, though, we let ourselves get so used to being ‘fine’ that we lose track of how ‘not fine’ we are.”  – ― Martina Boone, Compulsion

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23 thoughts on “How not fine we are

  1. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Wow, you are doing GREAT! So glad you found this and it’s working so well for you,

  2. It’s so exciting to hear how good you feel! I had the book in my hands at Target the other night, but for some reason I put it back. If you keep posting like this, I’m going to run back and get it.

  3. I’m so glad this is working well for you! You prompted me to buy the book for my Kindle…read a little of it, will pick it up again in the next week or so when I have a chance to read again…just curious, would this be considered a paleo diet? ~ Sheila

    • I don’t know enough about Paleo to comment, unfortunately?

      I had already cut breads down to 1-2 servings a week. I ate a lot of veggies & fruit already. This wasn’t a “hard” change for me, but it was a change. All I can say is I’ve never felt better, I no longer obsess about food, I don’t snack and sometimes forget to eat, the food is so good/filling/yummy that when I do have it I am easily satisfied. Mind-blowing!!! MJ

    • Judith

      Yes and no about is Wheat Belly Paleo. Paleo does not limit net carbs per meal, Wheat Belly does because too much carb interferes with weight loss AND health improvement. Paleo is supposed to be pre-agricultural eating which would also exclude wheat and all grains. But you see all kinds of Paleo recipes and sites that have you eating cookies and cakes made with regular flour or (gag) gluten-free flour, tapioca, potato, rice and sorghum flours, all of which are NOT wheat belly okay. Paleo allows all kinds of starchy veggies like white, purple, sweet potatoes and Wheat Belly does not because of the high starch content that prevents most weight loss. Paleo says milk and yogurt are okay and WB says no, too much milk sugar. Only cheeses, cream from the dairy group for WB. Paleo allows any fruit and WB says only the low sugar, high fiber berries — cran, straw, blue, black, and rasp. Paleo allows beans but WB says only occasionally because of the high net carb count. WB has recommended supplements based on known modern deficiencies and Paleo doesn’t although an individual Paleo site may do so and even sell them. Hope this helps.

      • Thank you Judith! That’s a wealth of information. Still trying to sort out a lot of the dos and don’ts. It is confusing, to say the least! I’ve definitely cut most of the bread and starch from my diet, but I read so much conflicting advice about fruits and vegetables…really hard to decide which camp I’m in. ~ Sheila

      • Judith

        Only you can decide what aspects of your health are the most important. There’s really only 2 sides of the coin — high sugary foods (regardless of group) and low/no sugar foods. ALL the carbs/sugars/starches you eat lead to glycation of all the cells in your body whether they come from the fruit group or the high carb veggies in the veggie group or ANY and ALL of the grains/cereals/seeds/bread/pasta/biscuits/muffins/pancakes/crackers group. Glycation is a medical term for sugar trash that becomes attached to your cells and causes various parts of your body to get gummed up and less efficient. It also leads to fat deposits called visceral fat that you DON’T see unlike muffin tops and tummy bulges and flabby arms and double chins and fat faces that we DO see. The ones we see are the 2nd phase of fat deposition. So once visceral fat clogs your pancreas, you start to develop diabetes. Once you start to have more visible fat, you will be classified as Pre-Diabetic, well on your way to diabetes and heart disease UNLESS you decide to do something about your weight through your food selections. But only you can decide which is more important — your health in terms of reducing/stopping glycation OR having another piece of bread or a high sugar fruit/vegetable or pasta or snack crackers, etc.. A minute in the mouth or a lifetime in the liver and the pancreas is the deciding point for all of us. Good luck and I hope you make the better one for you and your own health.

      • Oh and I have ~ The muffin face is gone and I don’t miss what I’m not having 🙂 Thanks for weighing in ! MJ

      • I eat all veggies, starches in moderation, for fruits I stick to mostly berries, but I can’t resist (and won’t) a Honeycrisp apple. I think if we eat real whole foods that came out of the ground or off a tree we’re far ahead of the boxed junk, at least that’s my take 🙂 MJ

      • Good info ~ personally I’ve limited dairy, it slows things down for me and I don’t miss it. 🙂 MJ

  4. That’s phenomenal! I need to get back on the wagon of no sugar and no grains except non-white rices. I had so much energy then as well. So thrilled for your awesome experience.

    • I have always loved to read and there have been many books that have influenced me or stayed with me. This one changed my life. Period.


  5. Seven and a half pounds in TWO WEEKS?! AND you’re feeling better?! That’s AWESOME!! (you can tell that I mean it since I’m writing in upper case…) 😉 Congratulations! Keep those updates coming.


  6. Sounds good. Hope it continues to work for you.

  7. I’m so glad you tried this, and even better, it’s working for you.

  8. That’s fantastic! Are you keeping your carbs to his 15 grams per meal limit? I have no trouble avoiding grains but dang it, I want to eat a whole apple at a time. 🙂

    • Thank you Barbara. I am not eating a lot of carbs but I am also not counting them – meats, veggies, berries, a bit of dairy – that’s it. Easy peasy!! I did have 1/2 a Honeycrisp apple with cheddar cheese yesterday afternoon and it was glorious – and too much food 🙂 MJ

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