I will be posting some brief excerpts from the new Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox book here to highlight some of the information in this new way to begin (or resume) the Wheat Belly lifestyle.
That may sound odd, given the benefits of exercise. But exercising during the withdrawal process is like trying jog, swim, or jump rope while suffering the flu: it will be a miserable experience minus the sinus congestion. Don’t torture yourself—and don’t feel guilty for not exercising during this process. At most, do something at a leisurely pace: go for a walk in the woods or around your neighborhood, or take a casual bike ride. But it would be counterproductive to force yourself to run, bike hard, or strength train, as the effort will make you feel worse. Rest assured that, once the fireworks of withdrawal are over, you will feel so wonderful that physical activities and exercise will not just be possible again without all the discomfort, but you will feel eager for the freedom and movement of vigorous physical activity.
Some people are skeptical that this might be true. After all, most people feel terrific after a round of vigorous exercise. But I’ve found this to be true over and over again: exercise during your wheat/grain detoxification and withdrawal, and you will be nauseated, lightheaded, poop out way earlier than usual, and even provoke joint and muscle cramps/pains you’ve not had before. It is simply not worth it. So I really mean it: no exercise during the first week!
You will get beyond this phase of the Wheat Belly lifestyle, and it is a small price to pay to feel and look wonderful.