I would normally be skeptical about a book with a title of “Wheat Belly” by Dr William Davis. As you would all know by reading this blog, I am a health conscious person with a healthy lifestyle and diet, but I was finding it difficult to shift about 5kgs of visceral fat.
Earlier this year I read the fascinating book Diet Evolution by Dr Steven Gundry.
Dr Gundry advocates removing all grains from our diet (“a healthy grain is an oxymoron”) and so I was open to what Dr Davis had to say about wheat.
And after reading “Wheat Belly”, I took action! Within two weeks, my waist size dropped by 2 inches. And I am slowly releasing weight. I am following Dr Gundry’s recommendations, but it was the bread at lunchtime (I was in denial) that was putting the brakes on, and they are now off!
I am a bit of a ‘how do the cells work’ person, and Dr Davis helped me to understand the role of cholesterol more thoroughly – I like the detail he gives on our body’s biology. This extract explains LDL particle size : how large LDL particles increase the LDL reading, but the large particles are healthier than the small particles.
Last year, my Naturopath told me to go on a gluten-free diet – and I have done more than that and I am feeling great! (And for more information about wheat and gluten this is an interesting article by Dr Mark Hyman: “Three Hidden Ways Wheat Makes You Fat“.)
I have been immersed in Dr Gundry’s book ‘Diet Evolution’ for 2 days. Dr Steven Gundry is one more highly qualified medical specialist who is on the prevention (not survival) wave.
Dr Gundry explains clearly how our genes work in relation to our need for food. He explains why our genes have responded to our changed diets in our Western world, which has created so much chronic disease (heart disease, cancer, arthritis, strokes, diabetes). He advocates removing grains (eg flour and cereals) sugar and sugar substitutes from our diet, and to eat more raw food.
The book is optimistic – it is possible to trick our genes into reversing chronic disease. Dr Gundry provides patient testimonials of people of all ages – some with obesity and some ‘normal’ weight.
Dr Gundry provides eating plans for each phase, as well as what I think is the most crucial – an eating plan for the rest of our life.
Dr Gundry recommends that we eat meat that has grazed on plant food (not factory fed grain) to ensure that we humans get all the nutrients we need. You may be surprised to learn that we not only get protein from meat – plant food contains protein too. He also advises topping up with nutritional supplements and provides dosage recommendations.
This is a book for people who are serious about getting healthy for life and/or longevity because it does take dedication and willpower to change from our lazy habits. But it is so worth it, because the people who have already made the change are not only enjoying true health, they have more energy and are getting more enjoyment from living.
Watch this: 11 minute video of Dr Gundry explaining why he wrote the book. Dr. Gundry explains that he was once an obese heart surgeon with pre-diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.
Here are links to videos of Dr Steven Gundry:
Contour Dermatology: Body, Mind, Spirit Seminar – Dr. Gundry (1/4)
Contour Dermatology: Body, Mind, Spirit Seminar – Dr. Gundry (2/4)
Contour Dermatology: Body, Mind, Spirit Seminar – Dr. Gundry (3/4)
Contour Dermatology: Body, Mind, Spirit Seminar – Dr. Gundry (4/4)