So in the last 3 weeks I have been putting on weight and belly fat like crazy. I didn’t figure it out till this morning when I was putting together this post on wheat—-Bingo (light bulb)– A few weeks ago I got the crazy notion to add some goldfish crackers on my salad at lunch. My obsessive compulsive habits had me eating those little heathens daily. Despite eating primarily PALEO, that little bit of wheat has started that vicious wheat belly cycle all over again. Needless to say, I will be eliminating those today.
So here is the part 2 of the dreaded wheat conundrum–wheat is a drug! Crack if you must.
Wheat actually acts like an opioid in the brain. Like all opioids, wheat can stimulate appetite. In 1981, the glycemic index was first introduced and ironically wheat had a higher index than sugar and white bread. Wheat elevates sugar levels which in turn elevate insulin levels. Insulin resistance can then ensue which can lead to diabetes. Wheat has a component called amylopectin A which can really elevate insulin levels. Not to mention that it contains the protein Gliadin which can cross the blood brain barrier. It actually unlocks the intestinal barrier which can allow foreign antigens to enter the blood stream. This leads to Leaky Gut Syndrome. But, more on that to come……
Symptoms of Insulin Resistance
general fatigue, after meals
difficulty losing weight
need for sweets after meals
cravings for sweets are not satisfied after eating them
waist circumference is equal to or greater than hips
irritability between meals
More detailed information can be found in Dr. William Davis’s book–“Wheat Belly”
and by visiting http://www.wheatbellyblog.com