The first giant leap on our thoughtfully sought path through life
It all started the way every good thing does: with a book.
While managing a rural library, I was blessed to work with an amazing woman with a keen eye and open mind. She helped me a lot, both personally and professionally. The largest impact she made on my life, by far, was introducing me to this book*:
Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health by William Davis
“Renowned cardiologist, William Davis, MD explains how eliminating wheat from our diets can prevent fat storage, shrink unsightly bulges, and reverse myriad health problems.”
What we learned shocked us to the core. Davis’s extensive research and clear writing style captured myself and the BHE so that we both read this book cover-to-cover and discussed it at length.
Gluten-free and non-GMO
It wasn’t just the wheat, the gluten, the main focus of Davis’s writing that concerned us the most. Yes, we drastically cut back on wheat consumption. Yes, we became more cognizant of reading labels and what we were really putting in our bodies. Yes, cutting out wheat and gluten was our first step on this dietary journey. And yes, it made a huge difference.
Like, a 20-pound difference.
Did you see my last post, about the numbers, about our weight loss/health gain? Remember where I said that after our eyes were opened, we both changed for the better? Within two months of changing our diet, of cutting out wheat, I dropped 12 stubborn pounds and the BHE lost almost 10 (but a total of around 20).
I definitely believe the lack of gluten is what triggered our bodies to start looking and functioning as they should. Our minds were sharper, our bodies became more responsive, and our overall well-being was greatly improved.
But wait! There’s more!
Davis opened our eyes to more than our “wheat bellies.” His discussion of GMOs was a springboard for a lot more research and plenty more changes for our household.
The next painful (life-altering) eye-opener*:
“Food Inc. lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing how our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. Food, Inc. reveals surprising and often shocking truths about what we eat, how it’s produced and who we have become as a nation.”
We aren’t the type to blindly accept what our government says and does. We do not appreciate major corporations choosing profit over quality and safe products. We are distrustful of chemicals, from cleaners to those added to foodstuffs.
We question the status quo.
At least, we thought we did. But we were typical American consumers before we started to really pay attention.
Well, we do so now. To a much deeper extent. Everything is researched. Everything is thought over and discussed.
It isn’t just about us. It isn’t only our family we are concerned about, although what we feed and expose Angel Baby to is a major consideration.
No, this effects us globally. Humanity’s survival. The planet’s survival. It’s bigger than you or me or our diets.
Don’t believe me? Do your own research. I’ll try to include as many of our resources as I can in future posts. I’m all about the sharing of information. Heck, I’m a librarian!
This documentary was an eye-opening game-changer that we have re-watched and shared. Every time we recommend it, we give the same “disclaimer” we got. A couple we are friends with told us to watch it only when we were ready to change everything about our diet. Now I say the same to you:
Watch this video WHEN YOU ARE READY**
Then you’ll be prepared to take the next necessary steps. This documentary, and its handbook if you can get it, will help pave the path your mind and body need to take for a healthier future, for yourself and your household and your world.
I’m not a nutritionist. I’m not a doctor or professional dietician. My education is in the library sciences. Do your research. Talk to your doctor, if you trust her judgment and extent of her research. Trust yourself and find trustworthy resources.
What I write about here is what our family has found and how our family had learned and benefited from that knowledge.
Stay tuned to this blog for more on why we do what we do, what we’ve learned on our thoughtfully sought path through life.
* Both the book (and it’s similarly named cookbook) and documentary (and its accompanying book) were borrowed from our library.
** If your eyes aren’t opened, if your mind isn’t changed, if there isn’t some part of you questioning the status quo, then either you weren’t paying attention or you enjoy being willfully ignorant. In which case, don’t bother reading any more of this blog; go watch Fox News.