The Wheat Belly Diet is essentially a grain free diet, which allows a vast number of other foods that will replace the grains. Dr. William Davis, a cardiologist and author of several books including the recent Wheat Belly Total Health created this diet not just for weight loss but for overall well being.
The wheat belly diet food list has food with a low glycemic index, which can help your blood glucose drop into a normal range. Increased energy and better sleep are also noted as benefits to this diet.
But what can you eat o the Wheat Belly diet? Luckily there are plenty of ways to substitute wheat and other grains while still eating a variety of good food.
Wheat Belly Diet Food List
- Flaxseed – ground
- Ground nut meats –walnuts, almonds, pecans, etc.
- Coconut flour
- Cocoa powder, unsweetened
Dairy Products and Substitutions:
Dairy products are allowed on the wheat belly diet but should be limited.
- Milk, yogurt (unsweetened), cottage cheese-limit dairy to one serving per day.
- Coconut milk
- Almond milk
Other products commonly use cooking and baking:
- Nuts – including raw almonds, pecans, walnuts.
- Nut butters – almond butter, peanut butter, sunflower seed butter.
- Oils include extra-virgin olive oil, coconut, avocado, flaxseed, sesame and walnut oil.
- Sea salt
- Sweeteners including stevia, erythritol, monk fruit and inulin.
- Extracts including vanilla, almond and coconut.
Many foods can be eaten in unlimited amounts
- All vegetables, with potatoes and corn used sparingly.
- Raw nuts and seeds -include; cashews, dry-roasted peanuts (not roasted in oil), pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
- Red Meats – pork, beef, chicken, turkey, buffalo, lamb, any type of eggs.
- Fish, such as catfish, cod, halibut, mahi mahi, red snapper, trout, tuna and shellfish.
- Avocado, guacamole, hummus, unsweetened condiments (mayonnaise, mustard, oil-based salad dressings, ketchup without corn syrup, pesto, tapenades and olives.
- Choose real cultured cheese, not processed cheese foods like Velveeta.
Dr. Davis encourages his patients to eat free-range, grass-fed and organic meats.
Limited food choices
Fruits may be eaten twice a day with the best choice being berries of all types, citrus fruit, apples, grapes, peaches, nectarines and melons. You may eat bananas, pineapples, mangoes and grapes in limited amounts. Limit fruit juices to two-four ounces.
Other options include legumes/beans, peas, sweet potatoes and yams and dark chocolate at 70-85 percent with no more than 40 grams and limited sugar-free foods.
One thing to consider when following the wheat belly diet is that wheat can be hidden in pre-packaged foods such as salad dressings and even spices under other names. To really appreciate the health benefits of the Wheat Belly diet as well as tips and tricks for finding hidden wheat in your favorite foods then check out the most recent book by Dr. William Davis, Wheat Belly Total Health.