Hey all – thanks for your patience as I took a short hiatus to tool up my bloggin’ plans, and start homeschoolin’ my kiddos. Yeah, that’s just another wacky cool thing I do! 😉 I’ve been reading about grain-free stuff lately, so I’m going to devote the next couple’a’ Wednesdays to talking about what I’m learning and thinking about.
I have finished reading a very interesting book called, “Wheat Belly” by William Davis, MD, and am quite taken with trying to give up wheat. Having a gluten-sensitive son has diminished our family’s intake of wheat already, but reading the information in the book, and other recent blog posts on the same topic, have really made me consider seriously if wheat, as we know it, should be eaten at all!
Wheat has been altered by cross-breeding and gene modification in the past 40 years or so. The alteration has made it more productive and predictable, which is helpful to farmers, but the altering of its structure as a plant has left some question as to what it really does to humans. Because cross-breeding is practice that has been done for generations, and something that has happened naturally since the first nomads became the first farmers, it wasn’t questioned as to whether the lab-variety crossbreeding should be tested. Now, with increased outcry that Genetically Modified Organisms SHOULD (have been!!) BE tested, wheat’s lab cross-breeding also is being questioned.
The book, and others like it, are worth a read, in my opinion. Did you know that two slices of ‘healthy whole grain bread’ raise your blood sugar more than a Snickers bar? This is bad news for people who already struggle with blood sugar issues of many kinds. And, bread, while making you feel full pretty fast, also doesn’t last (the way protein, or other carbohydrates like as in veggies) do – so you want to eat more. Wheat stimulates your appetite. You eat more.
Which leads to ‘wheat belly’ – and most people in the US sport one, large or small. I decided to give up wheat for a week, to see how I felt, and if it made any difference in my own body.
I lost 5 pounds, and I felt great. I truly didn’t crave afternoon sweets or carbs as I used to. I gave it up for another week. After a large pasta dinner, I woke the next morning feeling groggy, bloated, and depressed. Was it the wheat? Could it have affected me so much?
And, what could I do? Myself, giving up wheat, is one thing. But I have 5 guys to feed that already are always hungry. And while they’re good at eating vegetables, they do crave those filling breads. I’m not sure quite what the future holds, but I would like to see us lessen our dependence on whole wheat bread.
More on this story as it develops. What do you think? Conspiracy theory, or sound science?