There’s one way to find out, and it doesn’t exactly require expensive testing and such.
Just STOP eating it.
Do it for 30 days and see if you feel better.
In my experience working with health coaching clients, nine out of ten people find that some, if not all, of their nagging health problems tend to disappear with the removal of gluten from the diet. When they start eating it again, the problems come right back.
Two plus two, right?
By now, everyone has heard of a gluten-free diet. Some people swear by it. Others call it quackery or a fad.
But this is no fad, my friends. This is science.
Our friend Dr. Tom O’Bryan has put together a FREE online summit that will inform you on the how, what, and why of gluten sensitivity.
If I were to ask you which of the edible items above causes the greatest surge in blood sugar, which would you choose?
My guess is that most people would pick the Snickers bar.
It’s a candy bar, and candy bars are sugar bombs that lead to diabetes, right?
The answer is actually the one you likely least expected — the slice of whole wheat bread.
I kid you not. If you take a look at the glycemic index (GI) — which measures how quickly blood sugar rises after eating particular foods — you’ll find that whole wheat bread has a GI of 71.
Sugar – 68. Snickers – 55. A banana – 54.
Whole wheat wins!
Let’s think about this for a minute. I remember when the low-fat craze was at its peak in the mid-1980s. Fearing the supposed deadly consequences of red meat and saturated fat, the populace turned to mass consumption of “heart healthy” whole grains, or the base of the government-prescribed food pyramid.
Since this unprecedented shift in eating habits, the rates of diabetes and heart disease have soared.
Not a chance. The TRUTH is that the move to a whole grain-based diet only served to spike our collective blood sugars, leading to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
Yes, heart disease.
In the second of our 3-part video series, Dr. Tom O’Bryan — host of the upcoming Gluten Summit — shares what he learned from Wheat Belly author Dr. William Davis about this gluten-diabetes-heart disease connection. Plus, what it has to do with your bank account.
You walk into a room with purpose, then all of a sudden you can’t remember why.
You’re in the middle of good rant and suddenly forget what you’re talking about.
Life is good, but you can’t help but feel depressed and unmotivated.
And those darn keys! It’s like they grow a set of legs when you’re not looking…
If you feel like your brain isn’t quite what it used to be, you’re probably right. Brain related disorders have become incredibly common. Unfortunately, both western and alternative medicine have completely missed the boat on the cause and cure for these issues, typically chalking them up to aging.
It’s not that simple.
While aging does in fact play a role in brain degeneration, there are plenty of other contributing factors that are not being addressed or even considered, including blood sugar problems, autoimmunity, stress, food intolerances, infections, neurotransmitter deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, and more.
Last night on Underground Wellness Radio, Dr. Datis Kharrazian — author of the book Why Isn’t My Brain Working? — joined me for a fascinating discussion about the root cause(s) of brain fog, depression, anxiety, and other common brain problems. Plus, how to fix them!
* Why there is a 40-96% increased risk of suicide in children with celiac disease versus non-celiac children.
* How people with celiac disease who consume gluten once a month are six times more likely to die early in life compared to the general population. Wait until you hear how much gluten we’re talking about!
* Why kids diagnosed with celiac disease are three times more likely to die early in life with or without a gluten-free diet.
Check out the video below to hear Dr. Tom tell it. Share your thoughts and comments below!
Did you hit the snooze button repeatedly until you had to get up, or did you jump out of bed eager to attack your day?
Did you turn to artificial energy — caffeine and sugar — to put some pep in your step, or were your batteries completely recharged from a good night’s sleep?
Did you feel like a rock — static and inert — or did you feel like a rock star?
I tell ya, if you’re not feeling like a rock star all day, every day, then you’re probably not living your best life– and that’s no fun.
Maybe you’re getting to bed too late.
Maybe the automatic negative thoughts in your head (ANTs) are wearing you down.
Or maybe you’re just not feeling passionate about your occupation, and dread showing up to work for another eight to nine hours of trading misery for a paycheck.
The circumstances standing between you and rock stardom abound. But with a few tweaks here and there, I can almost guarantee that your energy and vitality can shoot to the top of the charts.
And I’m not talking about any one hit wonders here. No, I’m talking crazy longevity. Think Jay-Z, Ice-T, or LL Cool J — those guys have been rocking it for decades in one form or another.
In about a month or so, I’ll be officially launching my new website, where I’ll be sharing tips on how to live a rock star life by getting your mind right and following your passion.
Today, we’ll stick with food. Because when you eat well, you sleep deeper, think clearer, and even have enough energy to get through your workday with enough gas in tank to do what YOU want to do after clocking out.
Last night, my friend Kathy Smart stopped by UW Radio to share a handful of tried-and-true tips for feeling like a rock star. Check these out…
Do yourself a favor and remove gluten — a protein found in wheat, barley, oats, rye — from your diet for thirty days. I know, it sounds like a really long time to go without these staples. Just try it.
The first week will be challenging to get through, but I promise that ninety-percent of those who eliminate these foods will feel so amazing that they’ll never want to consume gluten ever again.
Nothing worth doing is ever easy at first. If you’re serious about your impending rock stardom, you’ll give it a shot and stick with it.
Add These Superfoods.
When you get rid of the gluten, you’ll have to replace those foods with some healthy alternatives — and I don’t mean gluten-free goodies like cookies, breads, and muffins. Not even. Those are usually worse than their gluten-containing counterparts.
Whenever I go to the market, every couple of weeks I make it a point to purchase something I’ve never tried before. Who knows, I may have been missing out on something for the past 35 years! I’ve discovered some pretty rad foods like dulse, chia, and asian pears this way.
So next time you’re strolling down the grocery store aisles, pick up one of these foods…
Avocado. Super yummy and contains more potassium than a banana, thus fighting high blood pressure.
Seaweed. Loaded with trace minerals and iodine (for your thyroid, of course). Also high in calcium and iron. If you’re ever at a Japanese restaurant, order the seaweed salad. Totally rocks!
Chia seeds. Sprinkle on a salad, or add to a healthy smoothie. Your digestive system will thank you!
Cruciferous vegetables. These include broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and more. They stimulate the detoxification system, neutralize carcinogenic in your body, and lower circulating estrogen levels. I spent three years testing hormone levels, and found that many of my male clients had sky-high estrogen scores. Guys, eat more broccoli!!! It’ll make a man out of you.
Click HERE to listen to last night’s show in its entirety. Kathy — a chef and bestselling cookbook author — shares her favorite ways to prepare these superfoods.
You can also pick up a FREE copy (PDF format) of her cookbook Live the Smart WayHERE.
Exercise, But Don’t Over-Exercise.
Although it sounds counterintuitive, more exercise is not always better. Too much cardio can actually burn out your adrenal glands and pack more fat on you. Yes, exercise can make you fatter!
Stick with a good 15-20 minutes of interval training, then head over to the weight room (or the park, backyard, beach, or living room) for some weight training — bodyweight movements, squats, lunges, kettlebells, push-ups, pull-ups, etc.
No one ever became a rock star overnight, it takes time. The above recommendations are a great place to start your journey. Once you get a taste of how it feels to absolutely crush your day with energy, passion, and a smile, you will be addicted for life. Why live any other way?
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