Are You Ready to Ditch Wheat?

by Todd Dosenberry on · 21 comments

Are you afraid of change? If you found out you had stage 1 cancer would you do something about it? Most people don't want to go through chemotherapy and take tons of drugs. If you catch cancer soon enough then one can cure it through food. It's been done over and over again. When something dramatic happens to human beings they do something. They make a change.

When an overweight individual finds out that they are pre-diabetic or already diabetic they are more likely to change their habits. So many of us think it's near impossible to make a change but when reality hits us, all of a sudden change becomes easy.

If someone told you that you were going to die in 1 year if you did not change your poor lifestyle habits starting today then what would you do? Would you educate yourself? Would you begin to play more? Would you laugh more? Would you eat less junk food? Maybe some of us should think this way. Most of us need a change but most of us won't change unless we have a desperate reason to.

I used to be afraid of change. I still am somewhat but am getting better and better every single day. There are no tricks. You just have to take action. To kick a habit you have to replace it with another habit. If you have a poor habit of drinking pop everyday then start to drink more water. Add a few splashes of lemon or lime juice if you want for some zesty flavor.

What is one change that could save billions of lives?

Ditching wheat. I would love to go even further and encourage you to ditch all grains but I think an easier and more appealing approach is to ditch wheat. I am not going to write a 1500 word essay on why you should ditch wheat. I am not a nutritionist, or anything close to it. I am a normal guy whose mission is to save millions of lives. Taking this one step, making this one change of ditching wheat, may save your life.

It's not difficult. You have a habit of eating wheat on a daily basis. You must replace those calories with something else. I recommend you eat more meat and vegetables. If you are skeptical of this recommendation then why not try it out? Why not go 30 to 60 days without eating a single gram of wheat. Replace those calories with meat and veggies. Record how you look, feel and perform and be honest with yourself.

You may not want to give up bread, cereal, pasta and pizza but would you rather be a happy, healthy, vibrant human being or eat wheat? If you currently eat wheat then you may think this choice sucks but I am here to tell you that the world opens up to you when you go wheat (or completely grain) free. You discover more vegetables. Your relationship with food improves. It becomes an enjoyment. A time to be grateful for everything that you have. You begin to go to the farmers market to buy local produce and meat and even grow a plant or two of your own.

Ditching wheat is a major change. It's a simple change to your dietary habits that will significantly change you. You will feel better. If your bloated today then that sick feeling will more than likely go away within 30 days. If you are constipated then that will go away. Your energy levels will soar. If you have an autoimmune condition then that will improve. You will lose fat.

You will feel alive again.

I don't eat any grains. Please understand that this is a general statement. I won't be avoiding grains 100% of the time for the rest of my life. When eating out at an Italian restaurant I sometimes eat a piece or 2 of white bread dipped in olive oil. If I eat more than a bite or 2 then I regret it. I ate cake at a wedding I went to back in May. I'll eat white rice here and there, when it's free. Think Chipotle and Moe's burrito bowls. I love sushi too and don't mind the rice in sushi rolls.

However, at least 95%, probably closer to 99% of my caloric intake is grain free. I went primal, as I like to call it, on April 5, 2010. It was by far the best decision I have made in my entire life. Food is the main focus because it's, well, food. But it's more about going back to the beginning while still living in the modern world. Play more, sleep more, rest more, workout less, move more, eat more meat and vegetables, eat less junk.

If you want to take one step today towards a happier, healthier, more vibrant you, then do one thing: ditch wheat. Do what you feel is best for you, but take a close look at your life. Ask yourself how you feel at this very moment. More than likely, ditching wheat will be a simple, yet major step towards a new you. Are you ready?

If you are confused and want to learn more about the problems of wheat then consider reading Wheat Belly. It's the newest book on on this subject and is beyond enlightening.

Do you still eat wheat? Why or why not? If you have ditched it then please leave a comment with your story. Let readers know what ditching wheat has done to you. You could quite possibly save someones life!

by Todd Dosenberry

Todd Dosenberry, aka "Primal Toad", is a primal enthusiast who is on a lifelong mission to inspiring millions of people. You can find him on his blog, Primal Toad, various social media sites or possibly in your hometown as he is in the midst of a world travel expedition through 2020.
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Lynn October 19, 2011 at 8:29 am

I do find that wheat products make me feel tired after I eat them. I try to eat other grains, such as oats – usually just once a day at breakfast if I can do that. But just eating meat and vegetables does not sound like good advice to me. Respectfully said. 🙂
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Primal Toad October 20, 2011 at 3:37 am

I said to focus on meat and veggies 😉

I eat a lot of fruit. I eat butter. I love cheese but breakout when I eat it so I don’t really eat it. I eat lots of macadamias and a lot of coconut. And, I follow the 80/20 rule and thus enjoy chocolate, wine and Mai Tai’s while in Hawaii 🙂
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Harleena Singh@Freelance Writer October 19, 2011 at 9:54 am

This sure is an interesting concept, and something that I have heard earlier and tried carrying out as well.

Cutting out wheat from your diet, does make you feel much lighter and better, though one is not able to do so on a regular basis. However, those who do leave wheat lead a much healthier life. I had tried out living on fruits, vegetables, and milk for a few days. It was a wonderful experience, though with kids at home and a family around, I couldn’t carry on with it.

Thanks for the reminder 🙂
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Primal Toad October 20, 2011 at 3:39 am

You said that one is not able to cut out wheat on a regular basis… do you mean just you or someone in general?

I ask because their is a large health movement going on and the main action step to take is to ditch wheat… ever heard of primal, paleo, hunter-gatherer, caveman, ancestral health?
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Harleena Singh@Freelance Writer October 20, 2011 at 7:01 am

I was talking about myself, as I get tied down with kids and have to cook things which is good as a whole for the family where kids do need wheat and bread also.
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Primal Toad October 20, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I won’t go into details but I’ll simply say that no one need wheat and bread. Everyone needs to get rid of wheat.
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Kimberley October 19, 2011 at 8:20 pm

I know wheat makes me sick and I am able to stay off it for awhile; then I fall back onto the wheat wagon. I am currently doing a 31 day gluten free challenge and I am on day 19.

I would like to eventually be off all grains, but that will be a big step for me. Right now, no gluten.

I recently purchased Wheat Belly and figured out that although I feel way better with no wheat, barley, rye, or oats, I would probably feel even better 100% grain free.

I have had many physical improvements as a result of not eating wheat, joint pain gone, skin rashes healing, less bloating etc. One of the best benefits for me was minimizing my excruciating menstrual cramps. Love this!

Wheat be gone!
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Primal Toad October 20, 2011 at 3:40 am

Glad to hear you are trying! Never give up and you will be grain free soon! Just go primal or paleo – it makes life a hell of a lot easier! 🙂
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Jean Sampson October 20, 2011 at 7:29 am

I don’t really understand how I was able to do it, but I gave up all grains and sugar (even the fruits that are so sweet—I really only eat berries now). All my allergies got better and my cravings all went away. I substituted nuts for sugar foods and my blood sugar never is a problem any more. It is so freeing and it is not hard to do. I eat eggs, some meat and fish, nuts of all kinds and tons of veggies. I had cake for my birthday and was able to notice not feeling as well even with one piece. So the next day, I was grain and sugar free again—-easily! Hope this post will help folks with this issue. No more cravings!


Primal Toad October 20, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Thanks for your comment Jean! Millions are doing what you do. It can be done and needs to be done!
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Kathryn October 20, 2011 at 10:19 pm

A friend just forwarded this article to me and I almost felt like I might have written it myself! With only a couple of minor exceptions, I’ve been grain & sugar free since 1/4/11. The improvement in my health has been phenomenol. I’m not a true paleo eater because I eat beans but there is a great deal of overlap. My blood sugar, cholesterol, triglycerides, etc all normalized in a short amount of time and I’ve lost nearly 90 pounds without hunger. Eliminating the grains and sugar reduced cravings to a manageable level. I don’t worry much about fat (except the kind of fat – stick to the healthy ones) and I don’t really count calories. When grains and sugar are eliminated it actually makes everything easier as well as helping me to feel better than I have in many years. I can’t say that I don’t still miss the yummy stuff, but the price and havoc it wrecked on my health makes it just not worth it. I also found that drastic reduction in dairy has also significantly helped a severe rosacea problem I’ve had for nearly a decade. I am a believer!!!!! It was hard for me to believe and I think it’s hard for most people to believe. We’re led to believe that we needs grains. That does not seem to be the case. Maybe some people can handle them, but I see so many people suffering and I just wish they would at least give it a try for a few months and see if it helps resolve many long standing problems.


Primal Toad November 9, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Well said Kathryn! A lot of people are suffering BIG TIME and its getting worse. I do wish too that this message gets out in an exponential fashion (seems like its starting too!) so more people can enjoy life. We all deserve to LOVE life, not to suffer!


suzen October 22, 2011 at 11:28 am

Great info here – I do nutritional counseling and boy the gluten issue comes up a lot! It can cause inflammation that results in a myriad of symptoms and diseases for the vast majority of people. It is not a fad to be gluten-intolerant as some may think. Thanks to you, more people may have a head’s up on this! I’m going to bop over to your blog!
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Cathy | Treatment Talk October 23, 2011 at 12:39 am

Hi Todd,

Cutting out wheat from the diet sounds like it has some real benefits. I was recently reading about eating for my blood type and wheat was one thing for my type that I shouldn’t eat. So I am trying to cut down. That is a good idea to stop for 30 days or so and feel the difference. I love bread, but I feel like I am ready to move in that direction and let it go. Great post to get me motivated!
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Primal Toad November 9, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Give it a shot! I used to eat a sandwich daily for lunch. Today, I just eat a big ass salad full of meat, veggies and maybe some extra healthy fat like avocado!


Shelah October 25, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I have been telling my family this for years. I too gave up all gluten and wheat a few years ago. I felt better not eating it. Then I noticed I still was not getting completely well, so I gave up all grains also. I have never felt better. Anytime I do eat any grains, including rice I feel awful almost right away. I tell my friends that to try and give up all gluten and wheat products for a week, notice how they feel, and then eat some plain bread or pasta. If they feel tired, bloated, or have any pains in their gut, then they know they should definitely not be eating it. There are some great grain free recipes for bread, cake, cookies etc. It’s worth the extra effort to feel good and be healthy.


Primal Toad November 9, 2011 at 3:29 pm

It’s hard to get the family on board. I was pushy at first but have backed off. It’s their life. My family is healthy in general. If someone was sick then I would be ok being pushy. But, they aren’t.

I just live my life and people, including my family members, ask me all the time what I am doing. I feel so alive 99% of the time and I contribute a lot of that to not eating grains or sugar. When I don’t follow this rule, I don’t feel as well!


Jimmy October 27, 2011 at 4:16 am

Hi Todd,

Two things I would love to comment on here.

If you someone told me that I would live for another year only if I do not change certain habits, I would surely make the change. It happened for me last year end. I was confounded by a psychic reader about my alcoholic ways. She mentioned that it would destroy my life if I did not quit. I did. It has been nearly a year since I took another sip of alcohol. I guess when you are face with the possibility of extreme pain, people will make the change. I like to be in control, rather than let my habits control me.

The second thing is really about this ditching wheat thing. You have offered not much scientific reasons for not taking wheat or reducing our wheat intake. I wonder why? I know you directed us to another book, but short of reading another article, could you at least enlighten us here? Personally, I feel that all forms of carbs have their place, why just wheat. By the way, from my picture you probably know that I am Asian, so rice is very much my diet. But I was just curious why wheat?
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Primal Toad November 9, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Gluten. Have you ever heard of it? It’s the protein found in wheat that our bodies are unable to digest properly. It destroys us. It causes inflammation which leads to a host of problems.

Wheat contains more antinutrients then most other grains. These guys rob our body from essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron.

More importantly, our diet is full of wheat. Everywhere there is wheat. Other grains can be just as problematic but we eat so much wheat. So, if someone ditches wheat then they are well on their to ditching all grains.

All plant foods contain antinutrients. Even veggies and fruits. Just in smaller amounts.

Why don’t I link to studies? I can look for studies that “prove” anything. I’m not a master at sorting through the best ones. There are too many. I don’t bother because I don’t need to. I read and read and read and educate myself. I experiment A LOT. I recommend we all experiment. Some can tolerate grains well. Some don’t eat that much as it is.

Ditch grains for 30 days. Take notes. Add a grain back in and see how you feel. Maybe you will feel ok. Maybe you will discover that you are sensitive too.


Selina July 22, 2013 at 12:58 pm

I am one of those who also have given up wheat and gluten based products and I have not felt this strong and well in a while. I’m about 98% wheat/gluten free. The 2% makes up for when I am totally unaware that there’s wheat or gluten in a product. That’s why I rarely eat out now. It seems that wheat is in almost anything that’s packaged and use plentiful by restaurants. I am low on grains now but I had a high grain diet assuming I was doing the best thing to loose weight, well on the contrary that’s not true. I was overdosing on wheat/carbs. I also workout but it was still major work to lose pounds. I do a lot of weightlifting so I am lean but still notice fat under muscle mass. Well after cutting wheat out of my diet I like many others do notice more efficient weight lost, less bloating and feel more energy. I do eat rice but about twice a week. I eat potatoes here and there but I’m not much into potatoes. My foods: fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish, poultry, yams,occasional red meat, some beans, coconut, very seldom corn or corn product. Lets say grains are about 5-10% of my diet with close to total wheat avoidance.


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