Amanda began the process overweight, depressed, struggling with energy, muscle and joint pains, pre-diabetic, hypertensive, and with polycystic ovary syndrome, reliant on numerous medications even in her 20s and early 30s. As you can see now, after starting with the Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox, she is now slender and free of ALL her health problems and off ALL her medications.
“The pic on the left is me in my 20’s, 27 to be exact. This was before I ever started my journey.
“That smile was masking physical and emotional pain, suicidal ideation, PCOS, depression, hypothyroidism, ADD symptoms, fibromyalgia symptoms. Basically a lot of symptoms and a lot of meds all because of my diet, toxic overload, stress, emotional toxicity, and lack of movement.
“I was miserable, and lost and got no help from doctors other than meds. The meds kept adding up and when I realized the pharmacist knew me by name, I knew that was a problem.
“The pic on the right: I’m almost 39 and I’m not on any meds! I’m perfectly healthy. All of my levels are perfect and I have healed internally and externally!
“As I had healed internally, I was still stuck with weight loss. As soon as I heard a podcast by Dr. Davis, I knew I had a wheat belly and his advice was exactly what I was missing in my nutrition.
His books were the missing link!
“I follow his WOE and am now the healthiest I have ever been. Thank you Dr. Davis for you info and for caring enough to share truth with us!”
Dr. Davis: Well, Hi Amanda. Thanks again for agreeing to tell your story. Now, I know a little bit about your story, because you’ve posted it on the Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox Facebook page, but would you mind going through what your health and life was like before you undertook all this?
Amanda: Sure, sure. So I always had weight issues, hormonal issues, growing up. I always had really bad cycles, really bad pain, and so I just had all the horrendous polycystic ovarian syndrome symptoms, and really bad acne.
My dermatologist realized I might have PCOS. I was referred to a gynecologist in college, who put me on birth control pills, which started the issues with other stuff (later on in life), and always, just the weight issues — I just couldn’t figure out why. I mean my mom would be like “You’re eating like a bird. You’re not eating much.” I would just gain weight, and gain weight, and so, really battled.
By the time I hit my mid-twenties I felt like I was 90 years old. I just … and I think it was frustrating because the worse I got, doctors would say “Well, you’ll never lose weight. You’ll be diabetic by 35. You’ll have high blood pressure … like, you’ll never, you’ll never, you’ll never…”
I think, by the time (when you see that picture), I think I’d really just given up. I mean what’s the point? Why not eat the fried food, and all the crap, and all the sugar, and all the soda, because it doesn’t matter anyway.…
D: This is at age 27?
A: Mm-hmm. Yeah the pain was so bad in my 20s and 30s, the physical pain, that I don’t know if I hadn’t changed my lifestyle if I would if I would be here anymore. I had had so many suicidal ideations. And one day, I was just at the very bottom, and my dad, who’s a pastor, he knew, and he called me up and said “I’m on my way. I’m three hours away, but I’m on my way.” I know that was a turning point. If I hadn’t found the nutrition support, and the supplement support, I don’t know if I would be here anymore — I really don’t. I was at that low of a point.
I was just really frustrated because everyone kept saying — I would go to the doctor, go to the doctor, go to the doctor, and I finally got to the point; why? The pharmacist in this larger city knows my name — you know like you shouldn’t be known by the pharmacist when you’re in your 20s. I was like: no, I don’t want to go on another medication. I was on Adderall. I was on (I think) anti-anxiety medication, antidepressant. I was on birth control pills, which I found out later depleted my progesterone, which was causing me to be very moody, and I was just … you know, just on everything.
So, when I found you and your books this past summer, it just totally clicked. I was like: this is it. I’ve lost 22 pounds. I’m almost at the weight I was when I graduated from college in 2002, so, yeah.
D: How do you feel nowadays?
I feel good; I feel good. I teach Refit, which is dance fitness. I teach that twice a week. I do aquatics. I work full-time. I’m a [motion coprocessor?], so I work with clients at night.
In that picture — the before picture — it was me barely able to survive work. I didn’t sleep at night. I would crash after a few nights of not sleeping. And then on the weekends, I would just sleep all weekend — just kind of depression, and just not sleeping for the week. I would just crash. I definitely have a whole lot more energy.
D: What became of all your prescription medications?
A: They went in the trash.
D: How about all the PCOS phenomena?
A: I don’t have the symptoms anymore.
D: Great, great. You don’t have diabetes? You don’t have high blood pressure?
I don’t have diabetes. In fact, I was pre-diabetic, when I had lost my weight, and I was vegan. I was working with the integrative doctor, and he even was like “well, maybe you’re just genetically predisposed.” Well I changed some things, went back the next year for lab work, and I was out of the pre-diabetic level. So, I don’t have diabetes at all. Oh yeah, that was right, they also tried to put me on metformin with the PCOS. That made me so sick that I was like, I’d rather have the hormonal issues than be sick like this all the time. So that one went the trash too.
D: Did you start with the 10-Day Grain Detox?
A: I did. I had listened to your podcast and I started reading Wheat Belly, and then I was trying to figure it all out. I thought I was grain free, but then I read the 10-Day Detox and found out tapioca starch wasn’t. The day that I joined the group, and started reading the 10-Day Detox, I got a lot of help. There were some things that I needed to tweak, that I thought I was doing right, and I wasn’t.
You’re so right: when we get rid of the sugar, and the those grains, that we don’t have the opiate effect on our body. We just don’t crave food anymore. I don’t want the cake. I don’t want that stuff, because I know I would feel horrible afterwards. It is amazing how you get your brain back. It’s amazing that when I found you and your books, I was ready, I was humble. I was so ready. My husband will try to give me popcorn, or he’ll try “um, don’t you want this?”, and, no, act like it’s poison — like get it away from me. I don’t want it. I don’t like the way I felt on that. So, no regrets at all.
D: Great. Amanda, you truly look terrific. You are clearly a grain-free sort of lady. Thank you for taking the time to tell your story.
A: Absolutely. Thank you.