Archive for March, 2018

“I have a wheat intolerance”

I hear this comment with some regularity when, for instance, someone recognizes me as the author of the Wheat Belly series. This is a step in the right direction.

But saying that you have a wheat intolerance is like saying “I have a tobacco intolerance.” The impact of tobacco smoking on health ranges from mild impairment, to incapacitating diseases such as chronic lung disease and abdominal aortic aneurysms, to death. A rare person escapes the ravages of years of smoking, but most people develop at least one, if not half-a-dozen, health problems from cigarettes.

Mr. and Mrs. Wheat Belly

Men and women follow the Wheat Belly lifestyle and can undergo important and sometime startling hormonal changes. Though results vary with stage of life—young adults, middle-aged, older—there are a variety of hormonal changes that women and men typically experience, some in concert, others independently. Such hormonal shifts can be powerful and part of the health-restoring menu of changes that develop with this lifestyle. They can even improve a relationship in a number of ways, both physically and emotionally, especially if we weave in some of the newer Wheat Belly/Undoctored concepts and practices such as oxytocin enhancement. (Note that I am talking about the Wheat Belly dietary lifestyle combined with additional strategies we add to compensate for nutritional deficiencies of modern life, such as vitamin D supplementation to correct for living indoors without daily sun exposure, magnesium supplementation to compensate for magnesium removal from water filtration, efforts to re-cultivate healthy bowel flora distorted by multiple modern habits and others. These additional strategies are the basis for the conversations provided in the Wheat Belly Total Health and Undoctored books.)

Curried Chicken Soup

Here is a variation on chicken soup that’s rich with the flavors of curry, shiitake mushrooms, and cilantro. It’s thickened with coconut milk to induce satiety. The best results are obtained by using homemade chicken broth, though store-bought (look for brands without wheat flour, cornstarch, or other grain derivatives) still yields a delicious end result. Makes 6 servings.

¼ cup coconut oil
1 pound chicken breasts, cubed
4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, sliced
1 quart chicken broth
2 cans (14 ounces each) coconut milk
¼ cup curry powder
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

No Soup For You!

You may remember this phrase from the popular 90’s American TV series “Seinfeld.” This phrase caused so many of us to chuckle as the fictional character “The Soup Nazi” refused to serve certain customers in his restaurant. His quick dismissal of these individuals was often for reasons known only to him, leaving his victims feeling dejected and hungry. They lived in fear of provoking his hidden sources of frustration, which would cause him to blurt out the famous phrase, “No Soup For You!”