One of my favorite health books is Wheat Belly, by Dr. William Davis. In it, he discusses why he feels that modern hybridized wheat can be ruining the health of those who consume it. One of the symptoms of high wheat consumption is a protruding belly. When I saw this large man at the State Fair, he looked like the epitome of Wheat Belly. Big belly, but fairly normal arms and legs.
Health stuff that probably doesn’t belong on an art blog, but you can read on if you’re interested:
Twelve years ago this month, I went low carb, a move which felt counterintuitive at the time (Eat fat and lose weight? Impossible!), but it took the pounds off quickly. It turned out that the biggest benefit wasn’t the weight loss, but my health – I felt fantastic! I was healthier than I was in my 20s. Sadly, the pounds came back on after awhile, and I started to lose all the good energy I felt when I started low carb.
Eventually I realized that I started losing the benefits of low carb living only after I added low carb wheat wraps and bread to my diet. Five years ago, I dropped wheat from entirely. It didn’t seem possible that just eliminating this one food would make a difference. But it did. A huge difference! After dumping wheat, I felt GREAT. My joints stopped hurting, my blood pressure came back down to where it was before, and my already-good blood cholesterol levels got even better. No cravings, no hunger pangs, no heartburn. No brain fog, no depression, just glowing, even, constant energy. As long as I stayed low carb and wheat-free, my weight stayed the same no matter how much I ate.
Dropping wheat has been one of the best things I’ve done for my health (iodine is up there, too), and I’d love to see others experience the joy of feeling as good as I do. So I thank Dr. Davis for his book. I’ve been reading his blog for years, going back to when he was the “Heart Scan” doctor. I take vitamin D and niacin and monitor my blood glucose (I’m not diabetic) thanks to him. What I like about Wheat Belly is that it provides well-researched evidence about why wheat doesn’t belong in our diets. Not all wheat, but the modern hybrids that Dr. Davis aptly calls Frankenwheat. Ironically, the scientists who created it weren’t trying to build a monster, but feed a hungry world. An intense program of hybridization created a stocky, uniform, high yielding plant which contains hundreds of proteins not present in early wheat, some of which we’ve never seen before. Could one of these proteins be causing some of the health problems which have become so prevalent today? Dr. Davis cites a long list of conditions that may be caused or exacerbated by Frankenwheat, including type 2 diabetes, autism, obesity, bipolar depression, schizophrenia, and arthritis.
A common symptom of wheat consumption is visceral fat, AKA belly fat. Once called a “beer belly” (keep in mind that beer is full of grains and carbs), Dr. Davis calls it wheat belly. Those are the words that came to mind when I saw the man in my painting. Many would assume he’s weak, lazy, or eats too much, but to me, he looks like a victim of wheat.
Disclaimer: I do not work for Dr. Davis, nor do I sell his book.