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Alternative Thoughts

davizasa's picture

Alternative Thoughts

I apologize if this topic has already made the rounds as I am a new subscriber and have found this website because of this book.  The book "The Wheat Belly" was a life-altering read which I will more than likely try to follow simply because of the significant amount of healthy benefits that result when the proposed changes are made.  The biggest challenge I have found is finding a bread replacement that I can use in place of all the ingredients that are suggested not to use...  Thus my interest in this site as I have read a lot of suggestions by others that come close.  As a qualifier, I am a 49 yr old happily married father of 2 (19 & 16) who just wants to ensure I live to spend time with my grandkids (if they ever do come along) or as a minimum spend a lot of retired years with my wife in our retirement bliss...

So this entry is twofold, first to offer my humble opinion about the book, The Wheat Belly and second to seek out advice as to suggestions for a possible bread/loaf anybody knows of that would meet the very stringent guidelines of ingredients (or should I say, more specifically, non-ingredients) offered in the book.  I have to say the book was a revitalizing read and a real eye-opener, and not one to usually just jump on ban-wagons, I have to say a lot of the content was logical and made perfect sense.  I would absolutely recommend it solely as a knowledge based reference (not a good read if you're looking for drama, action, mystery or romance).

I will be very eager to see if any of you have read it and if so, if anybody has experience with making good, non-wheat, non-glutin-free based breads.  My sole attempt was not a success but it was done in a 10 yr old bread maker (did I mention I am absolutely useless in the kitchen, something you may want to fully appreciate when/if you attempt to educate me).

Looking forward to reading some feedback on either the book or recipe guidance.



G-man's picture

It's marketed as a weight loss book. That in itself is a big red flag, one that demands further research. It is an extremely controversial claim (made in order to make money in the self-help market) and one that is still under rather intense scrutiny by the nutrition sciences community.

Anyone who tells you that one particular food item in your diet is the cause of all your woes is selling you something, unless they are a certified dietitian who has a full and accurate picture of your personal eating habits over an appreciable span of time in coordination with an internal medicine specialist who knows the ins and outs of your physical condition.

The problem is not what you are eating but how much. If you eat too much of ANYTHING you'll be unhealthy. We're omnivores, our bodies are designed to handle a lot of foods, and wheat is included in that list. We are specifically NOT specialist eaters, and our bodies do not deal well with being fed a specialized diet. This includes those who eat too much wheat, as well. Variety is not only the spice of life, it's the key to our survival.

For my part, I feel like you can largely eat whatever you want as long as the list includes a wide variety of foods from the food groups. Just don't eat too much of any of them, and be sure to live an active lifestyle. This is the weight loss plan I used to lose my extra baggage.

clazar123's picture

It is good to have light bulb moments and try different things but from someone that has tried MANY different things, I am back to moderation and activity. It is the healthiest lifestyle.

If you feel you have had issues, please consult your doctor and get a prescription to a Registered Dietician who is perhaps a specialist in your issues. 

If you want recipes for gluten free goods, there is a  "Baking for Special Needs" forum here. There have been several posts that may be helpful to you.

For gastrointestinal issues and general good health, you may want to check out home made probiotic foods such as kefir,yogurt,kombucha or lactofermented foods.