Alana shared this instructive story of finally being freed from food binging/bulimia by living the Wheat Belly lifestyle:
“Restored, Renewed and Illuminating!
“At age 16 I was chubby, self-conscious, and began my 30+ year adventure of my big, fat bulimic life.
“I used binging and purging as a way to have my cake and eat it too, and it worked! I lost weight, looked great and loved my delusional life. I tried so many times over the years to get help and recover. Unfortunately, everything I tried failed. Therapist, diet pills, even my son’s Adderall. Finally, at age 50 I said no more purging, which took every bit of will power I had. I am a personal trainer and felt like a FRAUD helping my clients get healthy as I wrapped myself around a toilet with 2 fingers deep.
“Finally, last February while I was at the gym on the treadmill, I stumbled across Dr. Davis on PBS talking about his new book Wheat Belly Total Health. It was my biggest ‘Ah Ha’ moment of my life. It was the missing piece to the answer of my constant binging and having no control to stop it. I went to Barnes and Noble that day and bought his book and cookbook. I did his Detox, lost a bit of weight, which was a benefit, but what mattered most to me is that I no longer suffer from the damage the grains were having on my mind, body and spirit.
“I have shared my knew-found knowledge with my husband, friends, and clients. So many lives have been forever changed due to Dr. Davis’ dedication to his work, passion, and educating the millions of misled Americans. I am now 53 yrs young and for the first time ever can say that I’m loving the life I have.
“Thank you, Dr. Davis, from the bottom of my grain-free belly and healthy heart, I am eternally grateful to you!”
The gliadin protein of wheat, rye, and barley yield peptides that bind to the opiate receptors of the brain and stimulate appetite. While most of us experience increased appetite, thereby consuming 400-800 (mostly carbohydrate) calories per day and struggle with hunger, susceptible people will have extravagant appetite stimulation and 24-hour-per-day food obsessions that are uncontrollable and experienced as binge-eating disorder and, as did Alana, bulimia, purging food by self-induced vomiting. As Alana so perfectly lays out, the problems with bulimia do not end at appetite and weight, but impact emotional health, self-image, well-being.
Eating disorders are another wonderful example of the perverted and bizarre ways that humans manifest when our bodies are confronted by something that should never have qualified as food in the first place, the seeds of grasses or “grains.” Eliminating them from the diet can be liberating at so many levels. And, if you have an eating disorder, there is NO reason to not consider this lifestyle and potentially be freed from this bizarre effect.