I’m the daughter of a grain farmer. We grew wheat, oats, and barley on our family farm in Saskatchewan. Home-made bread was part of every meal growing up (lucky us). Mom could stretch the meal with bread and butter, and I know we weren’t alone. Sauces thickened with flour, baked goods welcomed us home from school, we started our mornings with porridge. All healthy, right?
And I was a pretty healthy kid – energetic, bright and talkative. Rarely sick, I’d catch the junk going around at school – Chicken Pox, Stomach Flu, you name it. Flash forward 45 years – my weight started to creep up, I often had the sniffles and regularly succumbed to respiratory infections. My joints ached. Out of nowhere my elbows starting hurting. I became used to it.
Flash forward to my 50s, I felt like I hit a wall. With my face. Weight loss was incremental and short-lived. My body ached for no reason whatsoever. I’d go through bursts of energy/feeling good, working out, eating “right,” including “heart-healthy” whole grains. Then I’d hit a point of complete and utter exhaustion.
My Pharmacist suggested Thyroid medication and that’s helped – somewhat – but still — right before Christmas, I woke up one morning to muffin face. That tired-puffy-you look like h*ll moment. Worse yet, I felt it. Going up and down stairs became painful. My wrists started to ache. I was restless at night. I was running on empty.
Like many of you I’ve counted points on Weight Watchers, I’ve choked down Nutrisystem, I’ve taken over-the-counter metabolism boosters, I’ve followed Atkins and here’s what happened: I was cranky, hungry and annoyed. I like to cook, I like real foods, and pre-packaged junk just isn’t my idea of a meal.
So here’s what I did. I read and I read and I read and I read. I watched a PBS special featuring Cardiologist Dr. William Davis talk about what happens to your body when you remove all grains. I had purchased his book “Wheat Belly” 2 years ago and never read it. I read it. Then I bought “Wheat Belly Total Health,” and I read that, too. On December 20th I bought his newest book, “Wheat Belly 10-day grain detox.” I read that too, only this time with a highlighter.
On January 3rd I took the picture on the left at 6pm at night. I started detox Jan 4th and the 2nd picture was taken yesterday morning. 10 days. I felt a difference in 3. My skin is happy and less inflamed. My face literally shrunk. I lost 5.5 lbs and more than an inch off my waist (!). My eyes are brighter. I sleep like a tree fell. Detox is hard – your body is so used to grains/carbs/sugar that it will fight you for what it wants. But after about 4 days I found I was longer a chip-aholic. I no longer planned my dinners around what I could snack on later. After 6 days I rarely felt hunger and my joints no longer ached. With Wheat Belly you eat real, delicious, yummy food. REAL – not out of a wrapper or box. I’ve made Fettucine Alfredo with spiraled Zuchini noodles instead of Pasta. I had given up eating that type of food because I always felt awful afterwards. LOW-fat is a no-no on this way of eating – healthy fats are in (olive oil, coconut oil, avocados).
My first picture is me living on grilled chicken in a “healthy” whole wheat wrap, eating whole oats for breakfast and sipping a light beer at night. My second is me eating Salmon seared in coconut oil, sauteed vegetables and grain free cheesecake with a glass of wine! No, I am not kidding. The transformation I see is from existing to living!
I share my muffin face with all of you — to encourage you. Maybe, like me, you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired. Maybe your weight is “stuck,” too. Maybe you want to try something for 10 days just to see if you can. You can. If I can do it, you can too.
Now on to the rest of my life – feeling wonderful and saying adios to muffin face! 🙂
- for more visit Dr. Davis’ website http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/ or you can find the official “Wheat Belly” site on Facebook — packed with information, tips and success stories.