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Some good tips but a little extreme, boring and repetitive
on April 11, 2013
I have been intrigued by the effect of gluten and wheat on health for quite awhile. My husband has a definite gluten sensitivity, and I am a carb addict who adores all types of breads and pasta, but noticed that whenever I would eat them, I would feel bloated and noticeably retain water. In my all my research online, this book was recommended as a must read, so I finally ordered it.
I must say, I was disappointed with this book. The case studies and histories were at first interesting, but began to get repetitive as the chapters went on. I really found much more extensive and helpful information online for free than I did reading this book. And the claims that going wheat free will cure serious psychological disorders are a little dubious.
That being said, the general concept that wheat avoidance may lead to better health is sound. My husband and I have been avoiding wheat for about two months now. We both noticed an immediate, very noticeable difference in my level of hunger. Whenever we do eat wheat (whether by accident or purposely), we are ravenously hungry all day long and bloat up almost instantaneously. He is more sensitive than I - when he eats wheat now his joints hurt and he can feel a major difference in his body. He was just so used to feeling bad all the time, he didn't know any different - until he was off wheat and feeling much better. Now when he eats wheat, he gets really sick and feels awful. I don't get sick, I just get uncomfortably bloated (and very hungry).
The reason I say this is a bit extreme is because of the banned list of foods. Both of us have absolutely no problem with rice products (which are on the rare list). So rice noodles and the like (from Trader Joe's) have been a wonderful substitute. Also, I don't think fruit is something that is bad for you. I just think people are setting themselves up for massive failure if they think they can adhere to the strict Wheat Belly diet of only veggies, nuts, oils, meat, cheese and eggs for the rest of their lives. Obviously, avoiding highly processed foods is a good idea for most everyone. Eating more veggies is great. But you need to experiment and see what works for you and what doesn't (why severely restrict yourself from a particular food if it causes you no benefit to do so). Everyone is different and there is no one size fits all nutrition plan. The wheat free movement can be a step in figuring out what's right for you.