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Why wheat is not good for any of us

The reasons for avoiding wheat go way beyond an allergy or a gluten intolerance. The plot of this wheat story is far more complex. Dr William Davis, in his excellent book “Wheat Belly” provides some very convincing reasons why no-one should be consuming wheat. In this post, I summarise some of his main points.

So why should we say bye-bye to breakfast cereals, muffins, pasta, bread and biscuits?

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Spare tyres and man boobs

Wow Shirley, congratulations! I didn’t know you were pregnant. When are you due?

What do you mean Mary? I am not pregnant!

Maybe you know exactly how Shirley feels, because you have found yourself in this same scenario. I know I have! It was 8 months after having my first baby and someone who I hadn’t seen in a while thought I was still pregnant – and the comment was made in a lift full of people!

Dr William Davis, in his book “Wheat Belly”, claims that foods made with or containing wheat make you fat. He further admits that sugary soft drinks and sedentary lifestyles add to the problem, but for those health conscious people who exercise regularly and  watch what they eat  – the principal trigger for increasing weight is wheat. Read the rest of this entry

10 reasons to give up grains

pancakesWarm flaky croissants, hot buttered toast with jam, pancakes dripping with maple syrup. Sounds divine doesn’t it? Something that good can’t be that bad for you right? Life’s little pleasures and all that. I am hoping that what I have to share with you today, will help you see these foods in a different light.

I need to be honest at this point – I love these  foods too. I am from Italian stock  and was practically raised on pasta, ciabatta bread and Panettone. Unfortunately, I still often succumb to temptation. Put my sister-in-laws carrot cake in front of me and you won’t have to twist my rubber arm. I will gladly accept a slice and cite the 80/20 principle to justify the indulgence. Read the rest of this entry