I knelt down and placed my hands on the floor positioning my body for a set of push-ups and instantly felt pain shoot through my wrist up into my arm. What did I do? I attempted to massage my wrist but any amount of pressure sent sharp, knife like pain into my wrist. I thought, maybe I pushed too hard and decided to give my wrist a break and not do any push-ups for a few days. This didn’t help and thus my journey into a gluten free diet.
I enjoy doing pushups to strengthen my upper body. Not hundreds but sets of push-ups to give me a great rush of energy and keep the blood flowing to my mind. When I get tired and feel like I cannot sit at my desk any longer, I get up and do 10-20 push-ups. I enjoy doing this activity on the hour but too often I get busy and time slips by without a push-up rush.
In early 2012, any ‘standard’ push-up sent sharp pain into my wrist and one was more than I could handle. If I did a knuckle push up, then I was fine but I wanted to know why I couldn’t do the tried and true standard push-up.
Searching the INTERNET gave me many options including wearing a wrist brace (I tried multiple items with no success) but nothing seemed to help until one day while listening to Dan Miller’s 48 days to the work you love podcast I heard him mention a book entitled Wheat Belly and how he adopted some of the items in the book and found success in some health related issues in his life. This caused me to not only buy the book but research gluten and its related side effects.
Little did I know that my beloved ‘wheat’ and associated grain items like barley were targeted for removal out of my diet. As in everything I seem to do in life, I went ‘cold turkey’. Yes, I tossed out anything associated to gluten from my diet without hesitation and began to document my progress in my personal journal. Wow! Immediately, I noticed a change in my body and more important within a few weeks, the constant pain in my wrist subsided and the ability to do push-ups without wrist pain returned. Yes, I could drop and give you 20 without pain in my wrist. (However, since it was months since I did push-ups daily, the drop and give you 20 needed building up.)
Not only did I purchase the written version of the Wheat Belly but the audio (to burn it into my brain). The anecdotes and associated research in the book are tremendous but there are times when the technical side of the book caused me to desire studying my eyelids (sleeping). I went through the book twice gleaning tremendous information and an insight to the wheat industry.
Too often we associate gluten related issues to Celiac Disease but there are many people who struggle with gluten intolerance and its associated issues. If you struggle with your weight, have pains in your body, glucose intolerance, or many other health related issues, then you owe it to yourself and loved ones to read Wheat Belly.
William Davis has many recipes in the book and companion book. However, many contain items I cannot recommend including dairy and similar products.
“Aside from some extra fiber, eating two slices of whole wheat bread is really little different, and often worse, than drinking a can of sugar-sweetened soda or eating a sugary candy bar.” ― William Davis, Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back To Health
I highly recommend this book for everyone and suggest both the written and audio version for a different insight into the study.