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Why Being Better and Eating Wheat Doesn't Mix

Answered on May 13, 2016
Created November 14, 2013 at 2:30 AM

 

What's everyone elses experience with removing wheat/gluten from their diet?

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on November 15, 2013
at 01:18 AM

Noted and done. :)

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on November 14, 2013
at 08:06 AM

i would make this bit, "What's everyone else's experience with removing wheat/gluten from their diet?" your very first line. the one line question kind of gets lost all the way down the bottom

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on November 14, 2013
at 04:49 AM

"if you have a condition such as celiac disease, certain autoimmune conditions or even just gluten sensitivity"...

You're preaching to the choir.

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on November 14, 2013
at 04:47 AM

I am wheat free/grain free/diary free and try to be sugar free. I have experienced a marked difference in how I feel physically and mentally. When I "cheat" my body lets me know and I usually pay a pretty high price for a day or so. You might find The Gluten Free Society website interesting. The doctor who runs it really knows his stuff and his information is relevant and interesting. Other sites with great recipes include quirkycooking and justeatrealfood

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on November 14, 2013
at 04:20 AM

Sure thing buddy. Let's continue this conversation elsewhere. I know you have some things to learn but who knows, maybe I have some things to learn from you, too.

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on November 14, 2013
at 04:16 AM

"...it's not manna coated in unicorn tears."

Yeah, it's not NEARLY salty enough for that to be true.

2a948c73718167614cbb5130a2f77293

on November 14, 2013
at 03:55 AM

You seem like a very intelligent fellow and I'd be happy to continue this conversation or hear any of your ideas. Feel free to email me at [email protected]

2a948c73718167614cbb5130a2f77293

on November 14, 2013
at 03:23 AM

I can see your point. Counterpoint, if you have a condition such as celiac disease, certain autoimmune conditions or even just gluten sensitivity it can be life threatening. Appreciate your skepticism. Calm down? No thank you. Also, if demon feces or unicorn tears existed they'd probably have a lot of interesting health effects.

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on May 08, 2016
at 08:36 AM

I didn't think I needed to, I never linked any particular symptom to gluten until my migraines became fewer on a low carb regime. I made a concerted gluten free effort after deciding gluten was triggering headaches/migraine. 

Long story short, the relationship was not as I thought. I did a hardcore gluten challenge this year (celiac diagnosis qualifies for some food subsidies here.) No migraines during the challenge, the biggest surprise, a reduction in IBS D. Still trying to figure this one out. Celiac screen negative.

Despite my enjoyable time I will not be returning to a wheat and rye filled life, for the following reasons:

  1. Hair falling out. 
  2. Mental agitation bordering on mania. 
  3. Ravenous thirst.
  4. Reflux.

The mental changes were stark. I felt like a different person. But vanity: fear of losing so much hair, is the most compelling reason not to eat it. Wheat products are so cheap, I would probably eat them otherwise. It's good to know these things. 

And I found another culprit for headaches = vinegar.  

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on August 26, 2014
at 03:33 AM

I got rid of bread along with the carbs when I first went paleo/low-carb/whatever and I have to say, it was nice being able to eat really well while watching my gut get smaller. So it was a very good experience overall. I admire your passion by the way, but it is a bit intense.

To be fair (and believe me I'm no fan of bread, grains, or carbs for that matter) I would have to say that certain things on that list like Autism, Lupus, Porphyria, Infertility, etc. are pretty exaggerated. Also, you pointed out bread can have mold, but then again, I don't think anyone actually eats green, moldy bread you know.

But I do agree with you on bread being a big part of the whole obesity/type 2 diabetes thing as well as causing gut problems for those who have legitimate gluten allergies.

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on November 14, 2013
at 06:03 AM

There's a Gluten Summit going on this week for anyone that's interested in more on this topic. Have no affiliation with them but find it fascinating and free.

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on May 13, 2016
at 09:25 AM

I am experiencing:
Improved digestion and digestive function.
Excess fluid loss, and weight loss
Increased energy
Better bowel function and elimination
Improved mental function and better mood.

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on November 14, 2013
at 11:54 AM

"Why Being Better and Reading black/white thinking posts at Paleohacks Doesn't Mix"

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on November 14, 2013
at 03:05 AM

Good sir, while I find your goals admirable, you have a great deal to learn before becoming an authority on "being better". I hate to come right out and say it. I'm kind of following you because your goals are inspiring and I like your title "Building a Better Human" and I'm thrilled by your perseverance and animosity. You see people like the bullet proof exec, the perfect health guru, Chris Kresser, Rob Wolf, and so many others... These guys are awesome and i can see why you aspire to their status.

You seem to have your nutrition down pretty clean. Next, work on your punctuation and presentation. You need to come across like an authority and authorities still abide by such dogma as the English Language. Also consider a dab more humility until you achieve greater status. Holding at least as much knowledge on the subject as yourself, many PaleoHackers just sit by the wayside and comment rigorously. I'm not saying it's a good thing. Again, you're doing something admirable. Just step back and look at the big picture for a few moments from time to time. You have a lot of growing to do and I honestly hate to suggest that you "slow down" but it may well be good advice.

Sorry to come down hard on you. I just want you to wake up and succeed at what you're doing. Heck, maybe I'd even partner with you. I bet we could make a good team.

2a948c73718167614cbb5130a2f77293

on November 14, 2013
at 03:55 AM

You seem like a very intelligent fellow and I'd be happy to continue this conversation or hear any of your ideas. Feel free to email me at [email protected]

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on November 14, 2013
at 02:44 AM

Your questions seem to be not questions, but a bunch of strong claims about food without any good supporting evidence provided.

Yeah, maybe wheat isn't healthy, but it's not a uranium laced ball of toxic demon feces. And yeah, maybe coconut oil is healthy, but it's not manna coated in unicorn tears. Let's calm down.

2a948c73718167614cbb5130a2f77293

on November 14, 2013
at 03:23 AM

I can see your point. Counterpoint, if you have a condition such as celiac disease, certain autoimmune conditions or even just gluten sensitivity it can be life threatening. Appreciate your skepticism. Calm down? No thank you. Also, if demon feces or unicorn tears existed they'd probably have a lot of interesting health effects.

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on November 14, 2013
at 04:16 AM

"...it's not manna coated in unicorn tears."

Yeah, it's not NEARLY salty enough for that to be true.

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