Oprah has a lot of influence and she often uses it for good. In this case, in one of her Weight Watchers commercials, I think she used it to make the diet of women a lot unhealthier. She enthusiastically advocated eating something that promotes overeating and cravings and is detrimental to your health.
Oprah purchased part of Weight Watchers and she was also following the program. Not a problem—to each her own. However, one commercial really pissed me off!
Oprah has a lot of influence and she often uses it for good. In this case, I think she used it to make the diet of women a lot unhealthier.
Here’s my issue. I don’t eat wheat. This means I don’t eat bread or pasta made from wheat. This is not a weight loss issue for me. I do it because I believe wheat is one of the most damaging substances we can put in our bodies. It is not just nutritionally questionable, it’s harmful.
Many people think that if they haven’t been diagnosed with Celiac Disease or a wheat allergy, then wheat products are fine in moderation. I don’t think so. I believe that eating wheat is systematically and chronically destructive to your body.
Back to the Oprah commercial. I am paraphrasing here. But Oprah says something along the lines of “I LOVE bread.” The wrap-up of the commercial is that she’s lost 20+ pounds and has eaten bread every single day.
I’m not pissed that Oprah is eating bread every day. She’s a smart lady with lots of consultants and she’s made that decision. But she’s told millions of people that eating bread every day is okay. And I don’t believe that it is.
I already feel bad that millions of people every day consume foods that are truly hurting their bodies. Just because you can’t see it in your 20’s and 30’s doesn’t mean it isn’t happening. It is and you will see and feel the damage as you age.
Wheat does a lot of damage and a piece of bread, or cereal, or even pasta is just not worth it.
Eating wheat damages your digestive system.
Eating wheat increases cravings.
Eating wheat increases your chance of getting diseases
I know that my opinion seems radical. I am a radical. I believe in doing my own research. I believe in not consuming foods that will destroy my digestive system, increase my chances for getting diabetes, make me overweight, and age me prematurely.
Here’s what I do know. At the time I made the decision to give up wheat products, I was very sick. I had bloating, gas, and frequent diarrhea. I kept Pepto Bismal tablets in my desk drawer, my purse, at home, and in my car. I had to have something nearby in case of what felt like near daily emergencies.
I came across a book called Wheat Belly and it made sense to me. I quit wheat cold turkey. Within a couple of days, every single one of my digestive problems cleared up. All of them and it was fast.
I never looked back and I never ever looked at wheat the same way.
Since that time about three years ago, I have continued to embrace my nearly wheat-free diet. My body feels best without any wheat in it. I believe other substances can be harmful as well but I have never ever had the dramatic improvement as I have had when I removed wheat from my diet.
Knowing how good a person can feel without wheat and believing that it is also a dangerous substance makes me sad, that someone that has so much influence like Oprah, would tell millions of people that it’s okay to eat.
Much of the “nutrition” information that is fed to the American public is out-of-date. Worse much of it is influenced by businesses and greed. You aren’t told to eat bread because it’s actually good for you. You are told to eat an insane number of servings because that serves the purpose of an entire industry (a trillion dollar per year industry). Not only that, but this grain has been modified to suit agribusiness not to make it better for you. It’s bad stuff!
So Oprah, eat your bread. But the rest of you, do some research and read some other opinions on what wheat is doing to your body.
Be smarter than Oprah is in this case. Educate yourself about what foods truly are harmful and totally worth giving up. One of the cool things about not consuming wheat is that it actually helps reduce cravings for other things such as sweets. Not only will you feel better, you may lose some weight as well.
P.S. Check out the Wheat Belly Blog for more information.
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