Yogi diet: More on this whole wheat fast

Day 1.5 of the no wheat week, and I’m miserable.

Headache. Body ache. My vision was blurred for pretty much my entire drive to work. It was like the whole world was a bit distorted.

I don’t think any of those things have to do with being nearly 24 hours sans wheat, though.

The headache, I can’t figure, I’ll admit. I think it’s stress, because it feels like it going down the back of my neck.

The body ache — that’s just from a few extreme forward folds in practice yesterday plus being seated at work too long.

The vision problem? Well, it’s raining here in Los Angeles, so I’m 99.9% sure that was the issue.

But I do quickly want to address one thing about this whole wheat fast we’ve undertaken. I’ve had a few emails, some Facebook comments and there have been comments here, too.

This isn’t about gluten. It’s to check the claims by cardiologist William Davis that wheat is “addictive” and, after too much hybridization, really isn’t all that good for us anymore. The key from the interview we found is this; from an answer by Davis:

It contains amylopectin A, which is more efficiently converted to blood sugar than just about any other carbohydrate, including table sugar. In fact, two slices of whole wheat bread increase blood sugar to a higher level than a candy bar does. And then, after about two hours, your blood sugar plunges and you get shaky, your brain feels foggy, you’re hungry. So let’s say you have an English muffin for breakfast. Two hours later you’re starving, so you have a handful of crackers, and then some potato chips, and your blood sugar rises again. That cycle of highs and lows just keeps going throughout the day, so you’re constantly feeling hungry and constantly eating. Dieticians have responded to this by advising that we graze throughout the day, which is just nonsense. If you eliminate wheat from your diet, you’re no longer hungry between meals because you’ve stopped that cycle. You’ve cut out the appetite stimulant, and consequently you lose weight very quickly. I’ve seen this with thousands of patients.

So the idea is to see if our appetite changes, and then if drop more weight and become suitably thin to make the cover of Yoga Journal. (A joke!)

Worst-case scenario, I’ve always wanted to do a food blog, so there’s that. But I’m not sure I’m sold on the raw oats we chewed down for breakfast.

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3 thoughts on “Yogi diet: More on this whole wheat fast”

  1. My opinion –Nope..It doesn’t really unless you eat a lot and have no activity.It does hike up your insulin levels if not taken in moderation.As long as one eats a small serving with a fat;the absorption would be slowed down. If weight is measured my the machine- carbs are packed with water–could be water weight. If its fat increase then there must be something else in the diet ??..more intake of seeds and nuts, maybe?

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