Before I read Grain Brain and Wheat Belly, I LOVED bread. I consider myself a baker and did not want to stop eating wheat or grain, but I eventually did. Over the 3 month period in which I stopped eating wheat, I lost 35 pounds with little or no increase in exercise. I’m 65 and I felt so much more energized that I began a walking program after the weight loss. The weight stayed off, but the bloating, constipation and indigestion returns if I indulge in pizza, cookies, or sandwiches. It’s immediate and painful and takes about 2 days to repair the damage. I don’t know if it’s grain, pesticides, or both but I need to stay away from these foods!
C.F.’s story is something I am all too familiar with, having heard it from many patients and members of this community. Her turnaround is remarkable. – Dr. Perlmutter
In my family, and within my group of friends, I had always been the “bright” one. In 2001, in my early 20s, I was on the path to a great career and had a lifetime of success ahead of me. However, problems with concentration and my memory, which I had considered photographic, began to appear, to the degree that I knew something was wrong. I didn’t feel like myself. It progressed over the year until 2008, when everything just went downhill. My whole body was swollen, and I had an extremely high water retention level.
I couldn’t function anymore and was unable to form complete sentences. I would get lost, forget my name and wouldn’t know what was going on around me. Tasks that were once easy became unbearable, and life was so confusing that I spent a lot of time at home, unable to function. I was admitted to the hospital on 5 separate occasions as I was genuinely, unwell but no one knew what was wrong. As time progressed I noticed that even my vocabulary was eroding! I was a professional and people noticed.
Everything comes back to your diet. In Grain Brain, I explain the links between your nutrition and your brain health.