Monday, July 30, 2012

A Change in My Diet

I have always been conscience about what I eat, and I do yoga, and work out at the gym when I get the time. I know I was much more active several years ago before I was laid off and had to cancel my YMCA membership (I was at the Y about 4 times a week and was in tip top shape because of it). So in conjunction with not doing as much hardcore cardio workouts that I did before, I have gained eight stubborn pounds that are hard to get rid of. To lose weight, one must increase their exercise while lowering their caloric intake. But I eat well in general, so I don't know what I'm doing wrong. However, I found a clue recently. While I was at a website over the weekend, I clicked on an amazon ad for a book titled, 'Wheat Belly'. It has bagels on the front of it, so the name and the image peaked my interest. As a person who loves bread in all its forms and styles, I was curious as to what this book was about. So I went to the amazon webpage where this book was featured and read the summary of the book and about half a dozen comments. Just based on that half-hour of reading about this book, I could relate to what the author, William Davis M.D., and reviewers were saying about the effects of today's wheat products is related to so many aliments that people suffer from today. Basically, today's wheat is genetically modified to produce more to feed more American mouths. I have been aware of the hormones that are given to cows to make them produce unnatural amounts of milk and have been conscience of not consuming so much, but wheat, this is new to me. As per the amazon link regarding this book, please read the following:
A renowned cardiologist explains how eliminating wheat from our diets can prevent fat storage, shrink unsightly bulges, and reverse myriad health problems.
Every day, over 200 million Americans consume food products made of wheat. As a result, over 100
million of them experience some form of adverse health effect, ranging from minor rashes and high blood sugar to the unattractive stomach bulges that preventive cardiologist William Davis calls “wheat bellies.” According to Davis, that excess fat has nothing to do with gluttony, sloth, or too much butter: It’s due to the whole grain wraps we eat for lunch.
After witnessing over 2,000 patients regain their health after giving up wheat, Davis reached the disturbing conclusion that wheat is the single largest contributor to the nationwide obesity epidemic—and its elimination is key to dramatic weight loss and optimal health.
So as you can imagine, reading just this brief snipet about what Dr. Davis has determined from his own patients, has prompted me to make a dramatic change in my diet. I thought nothing of eating blueberry muffins, bagels, buttered toast with honey or strawberry spread, deep dish pizza, etc. I haven't had a four-pack tummy in quite a while, and I miss it! I want it back. Right now, my stomach is very soft and a little puffy, and I now know what is the cause of it! So, I will be buying this book to become more educated and figure out how in the heck I'm going to be successful at this because when you think about it, especially as Americans, BREAD is a food staple! But today, bread is not what it was when I was a kid in the 70s or 80s for that matter. The wheat has been genetically altered to produce more to meet the demand of an increased population. Now I know why 'gluten-free' is so popular now. A lot of people realize that wheat is messed up and therefore, has messed up our health and weight. If you're concerned about your health and diet, what can it hurt to go to the Amazon link and read up on this book and the helpful reviews, and determine if you need to eliminate wheat from your diet.

I hauled ass last week and into Saturday afternoon in finishing an essay paper for my summer graduate class. I did some work on it while at work, and stayed up late Thursday night, and to about 1:30am Friday night. I woke up Saturday morning at 8am to finish it up, and it was completed by 1:30. I then emailed it to the professor. On Sunday, in starting Unit 5 I read that the Unit 4 essay is due Aug 5th. Dang! I killed myself working on that paper and it wasn't due until another week! Oh well... at least I have this week to breathe easier eh? ;-)


  1. I found this blog some time ago she is not a doctor and she makes sure we all know that but i found some interesting questions/answers and recipes: and and also i found this: . To tell you the truth what i really like in this site is her YT channel: (i love these workouts) i'm too agitated to yoga, i've tried but it didn't work for me. Maybe you will like some of it ;)

  2. I'm suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Every day belly pain and always searching treatment this disorder. The regular doctor say it's a psychic disorder but the alternative doctors say it's all about food. I tried so many things. Chinese herbs, foot reflexology, blood type diet. You name it, I've done it. Some things work, but are to expensive or hard to hold on for the long term. Seven years ago I start with a colon cleasing (detox). For 5 days you bring down your foodconsumption until nothing. The next 7 days you eat nothing, you only drink (fresh homemade) fruitjuices or/and vegetable juices. After 7 days of no food you slowly (very slowly!) start consuming food again. You will start with an apple :). During the whole cure you'll take supplements and you'll take an enema once (or twice) a day.
    After this cure you feel as new. It's hard but it gives you such a great feeling if you succeed. Your skin and eyes shines and you're full of energy! No belly pain. But....after a couple of months ...the belly pain is back and the energy level is very low. So a couple of years ago the (regular) doctor, finaly, prescribed me a medicin. It was heaven for me. The belly pain and the balloon belly decreased with 60%.
    But I don't like taking medicine. So in march I did the colon cleasing again and when I reached the state of consuming food again I decided to stop eating bread, pasta, rice and patatoes. And it works! It;s normal to loose weight when you detox (off course, you eat nothing). I lost 5 kg (11 pounds) and when you start eating again you gain 3 kg (7 pouds). But this time....I put on no weight!.
    I drink tea and black coffee (not much) and I try to drink at least 2 liter water.
    My breakfast is fresh fruit or low fat yogurt with cereals and fruit. Lunch is green salad with fish, chicken or meat and same in the evening. Weekend is weekend so then I'll eat some bread and the other (forbidden) food. Like a treat. And I feel great! I take no medcine anymore so it's a win win situation. So I believe in the wheat story. Here is the link to the (dutch) site were I buy my detox stuff

    BTW: breathing easier is difficult with the London pics :)

  3. Wow, thank you for sharing your story Hupsakeek. It was obviously difficult for you to figure out what diet or foods to avoid would help you best. Glad you got it sorted out and are living a happy and healthy lifestyle!