5″ Grain Belly Then Some!

Grains anyone?

I have never ever given this a thought. I ate bread and grains all my life and never ever thought of opening any book about grain like the Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter or the Wheat Belly Total Health by William Davis, MD but that has changed. The change came in 2 steps and only the second step connects to these two books.

The first step was that as a migraineur, if you read my book, you know that carbs disrupt electrolytes and simple flour breads are high in carbs so I switched to Ezekiel, which is a terrific bread! Not as high in carbs as other breads since it is from sprouted grains and legumes, like lentils. It is also rich in fiber with lower glycemic index (GI) than other breads so I thought I am doing great by switching but otherwise retaining my old habits.

Not so fast, said my body, and decided that while this bread is certainly healthier, it is still grains! I was still clueless at this point so I purchased Farro and Bulgur and Couscous. All three are high wheat (read gluten) foods though they are high in fiber and protein so I thought they were super foods (they in fact are considered as such) and cooked up a batch only to end up running for a Benadryl from starting to have my throat close up. I first tried Farro and so that was out. Next (still clueless) I cooked Bulgur (and Indian wheat version of even higher fiber and protein) and ran straight for a Benadryl. Then I ate Couscous that at first was just fine. It was Israeli Couscous with mushrooms and I had no problems. Later I purchased plain Couscous to flavor it myself and again, throat was tightening from 10 little grains of it on a fork.

This time though I did not take Benadryl albeit had it in my hand. I wanted to know if it was truly an allergy or just an irritation. Sure enough, after drinking some cold water and milk, the swelling went down. So it is not an allergy but what the heck is it? I asked for a blood test to check for food allergy and while waiting for the results, I went on a grain free diet and purchased the above mentioned two books.

I was 5 days into my grain free diet when my hubby said “it looks like your body is changing shape” but since my weight was the same I did not notice. The tape measure was used next that showed I lost 4 inches of belly! I found that amazing and started to spread the news among friends and my migraine group. Then the 7th day came about and I wanted to see if the 4 inches still stood or was that an accident and wow: 5 inches are gone!!!

Allergy or Inflammation Caused Resentment by the Body?

In the meantime my blood test came back completely negative, showing no allergies to gluten at all. It is interesting how much belly can be dropped from something you have no allergies to! If not allergic, it must be that wheat does something else: inflammation. Inflammation can give you close to allergic reaction if it passes a threshold and I suppose I reached that point!

So does it matter if I am allergic to gluten or not? I absolutely don’t care!!! Grains will no longer touch my lips! Ever! Because as a migraineur we are sensitive to carbs. Maintaining a low carbs level is important. Now imagine also that if I lost 5 inches of belly on my waistline, how much inflammation have I lost in my brain? Probably a ton! And how much carbs have I also not eaten by not gaining back the 5 inches of belly? Great migraine foods start with carbs cutting.

My recommendation: stop eating breads and pastas–do not go gluten-free and eat GF breads and pastas because they are made from higher carbs non-grains like corn or rice. Instead, grab two slices of cheese and make a sandwich from the cheese (no bread) if you are a sandwich person or eat food without any need for bread or pastas!

Comments are welcome, as always!


About Be Healthy

Angela A Stanton, PhD, is a Neuroeconomist who evaluates changes in behavior, chronic pain, decision-making, as a result of hormonal variations in the brain. She lives in Southern California. Her current research is focused on migraine cause, prevention and treatment without the use of medicines. As a migraineur, her discovery was helped by experimenting on herself. She found the cause of migraine to be at the ionic level, associated with disruption of the electrolyte homeostasis, resulting from genetic mutations of insulin and glucose transporters, and voltage gated sodium and calcium channel mutations. Such mutations cause major shifts in a migraine brain, unlike that of a non-migraine brain. A non-migraineur can handle electrolyte changes on autopilot. A migraineur must always be on manual guard for such changes to maintain electrolyte homeostasis. The book Fighting The Migraine Epidemic: How To Treat and Prevent Migraines Without Medicines - An Insider's View explains why we have migraines, how to prevent them and how to stay migraine (and medicine) free for life. As a result of the success of the first edition of her book and new research and findings, she is now finishing the 2nd edition. The 2nd edition is the “holy grail” of migraines, incorporating all there is to know at the moment and also some hypotheses. It includes an academic research section with suggestions for further research. The book is full of citations to authenticate the statements she makes to be followed up by those interested and to spark further research interest. While working on the 2nd edition of the book she also published academic articles: "Migraine Cause and Treatment" Mental Health in family Medicine, November 23, 2015, open access "Functional Prodrome in Migraines" Journal of Neurological Disorders, January 22, 2016, open access "Are Statistics Misleading Sodium Reduction Benefits?", Journal of Medical Diagnostic Method, February 3, 2016, open access “A Comment on Severe Headache or Migraine History Is Inversely Correlated With Dietary Sodium Intake: NHANES 1999-2004” Angela A Stanton PhD, 19 July 2016 DOI: 10.1111/head.12861 not open access, subscription is required to read it. Dr. Stanton received her BSc at UCLA in Mathematics, MBA at UCR, MS in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, PhD in NeuroEconomics at Claremont Graduate University, and fMRI certification at Harvard University Medical School at the Martinos Center for Neuroimaging for experimenting with neurotransmitters on human volunteers. For relaxation Dr. Stanton paints and photographs. Follow her on Twitter at: @MigraineBook
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6 Responses to 5″ Grain Belly Then Some!

  1. Roald Michel says:

    Hmmmm, Ezekiel is out too now?

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