When I found out gluten was the main source in my gut issues last year, I was devastated. I love bread. I mean, really love bread. But, we began a love-hate relationship early in 2013. Although, if I’m truthful with myself it had been going on for a while and I just couldn’t give it up. I would give it up for a few weeks and feel better, then we would go to a restaurant with our families where the delicious dinner rolls and yummy honey butter called my name. I couldn’t resist and would give in. But, man oh man did I ever pay for it!!! My gut would swell to the size of a 5-month pregnant lady and the cramping was absolutely unbearable. Often times I would grin and bear it for the duration – sometimes upwards of 12-15 hours.
After several episodes landed me in the hospital on pain medication and a strict diet, it finally dawned on me that this little problem was not going away. Nor was it good for my system. But, I only gave it up because that’s what I needed to do. I never did any research to understand why I should or how it really affected my own body. I just came to realize that when I didn’t eat wheat – I didn’t have problems and I felt better. So when Luke and Trisha Gilkerson announced their new book, Weeding Out Wheat, was coming and asked for reviewers, I couldn’t respond fast enough.
You’re already gluten-free, so why review this book?
Some of you may be wondering then, why I wanted to review this book. I was already convinced that wheat was the main culprit, so why bother reading about reasons I should give it up? Because after the very little research I have done, I realized wheat might be the cause of several other issues present in our children and family. I wanted to know why and how it affected those issues we suffer and deal with here in our house.
What did I learn?
Oh man, I don’t even think I could begin to list all that I learned in this book. But here are some highlights of my favorite things.
- The wheat we eat today is NOT the same wheat from the Bible or even the early 1900’s. It is grown differently and therefore, “assumed by scientists that modern wheat hybrids would offer humans the same nutritional value as before. Unfortunately, this is not the case.” (page 13, Kindle version) They go on to explain in more detail how and why this is true.
- Celiac disease is not synonymous with gluten allergies and sensitivities. Celiac is simply one type of gluten sensitivity. These are all on the rise and occur in an estimated 18 million people in the United States alone!! (pg. 17, Kindle version)
- They define a list of words and phrases that are commonly misunderstood and even intertwined in the “gluten-free” community. Many of these I used – but understood them incorrectly.
- The list of conditions with wheat-related symptoms is far numerous to list here. But, I was genuinely surprised by the things beyond digestive, infertility (which a friend of mine suffered from) and ADD/ADHD. I think you will be too! (Including, but not limited to: migraines, PMS, infertility, miscarriages, mood disorders, asthma, autoimmune diseases and joint pain.)
- They give factual based information, as well as their own personal findings, of why you should give up wheat. It’s not a medical journal, but it is well researched and written in a clear and concise way that lay-people can understand.
- Gluten is not the only cause of gut issues!! This made my ears perk up quite a bit, because even though I have been gluten-free for over 18 months I still find myself having issues. I am definitely going to do more research on this for myself!
- A favorite quote: “Two slices of whole wheat (or whole grain) bread will raise your blood sugar more than a SNICKERS® bar.” (pg. 42, Kindle version)
Not only is this book packed with valuable scientific information, it is easy to understand!! As I mentioned earlier, it’s not written like a medical journal – yet it holds as much information on this subject. Not only is the information valuable, it is relative to the rise in conditions we are seeing in the United States.
What I love about this book
- The simplicity of it’s language allows even me to understand the complex, scientific evidence. And I mean that with the utmost respect! I am not medically or scientifically inclined. In fact, science is my absolute least favorite subject…EVER! So, for me to find this even remotely interesting and intriguing is saying something!
- They lay out the evidence so well, that it is hard to dispute.
- After laying out all the reasons, symptoms and evidence for giving up wheat – they don’t leave you hanging. They give you a variety of specific tests for your doctor to run to determine if wheat is a culprit for your symptoms.
- Then they address some of the most common questions about wheat! I’ve heard these from family members and friends who knew my reasons were medical, but they were still curious. Great questions with fantastic answers!!!
- Then they address the “faith” issues with going wheat free. Now, personally I never thought about it from this perspective, because I was solid in my faith and beliefs – but their points are valid and give you answers for those who might be skeptical.
- They conclude with some very practical ways of adding in the nutrients you need from the wheat you will no longer be eating. They focus on healthier eating and what all you can eat rather than what you’re leaving behind. They give a great list of resources for recipes and books to read for more information.
Overall, I love this book. I think it needs to be in the hands of EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON. There is so much more than gut issues or Celiac disease that wheat is the root culprit. If I could afford to buy a copy for every person in my family and friends circle – I would!! But…since I can’t, you can purchase your own Kindle copy for just $1.99 on Amazon through January 1st!!! If you prefer a softcover, you can also grab that on Amazon for just $9.45!!! (NOTE: It will be available in softcover from Amazon soon, but it’s not there yet!)
DISCLOSURE: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. I received no other compensation for this review. I am disclosing this information in accordance to FCC regulations.
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