The new Revised & Expanded Edition of Wheat Belly released!

The complete updated Wheat Belly program is now available in the Revised & Expanded Edition of Wheat Belly! (For availability, see below.)

In the original Wheat Belly, I recounted how agribusiness and geneticists altered traditional strains of wheat, yielding the high-yield semi-dwarf strain that now dominates supermarket shelves. Consuming modern foods made from this plant yields peculiar, sometimes crippling, health effects, while dramatic benefits develop upon removing it from the diet. If you’ve been following the Wheat Belly conversations, you are no stranger to the huge successes people have shared on this lifestyle.

But lessons have been learned along the way in the marvelous worldwide grain-eliminating experience, lessons shared in subsequent books: Wheat Belly Total Health, Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox, the Wheat Belly cookbooks. The list of strategies we use has grown, strategies that have helped many more people lose the weight they want to lose, address residual health problems, address deficiencies caused by grain consumption but persist after their removal, go further in efforts such as cultivating a healthy microbiome.

So I have rewritten the original Wheat Belly, added the complete prescriptive program we now follow, expanded on discussions about hormonal health and efforts to cultivate a healthy microbiome, tweaked details of the diet, and added new recipes. Anyone who read the original Wheat Belly will recognize a lot that’s familiar, but you will also find plenty that is new. This means that the entire Wheat Belly program is now available in this single Revised & Expanded edition.

Wheat Belly has therefore been completely updated with new material that includes:

  • The FULL Wheat Belly program that we now all follow
  • New and delicious recipes to suit your Wheat Belly lifestyle
  • New discussions on topics such as hormonal health and cultivation of a healthy microbiome

Wheat Belly was the original book that turned the nutritional world topsy-turvy and exposed “healthy whole grains” as the genetically altered Frankenwheat imposed on the public by agricultural geneticists and agribusiness. The tidal wave of astounding health and weight loss successes has created a nationwide movement away from the destructive effects of wheat products. The Revised & Expanded edition now takes you to the next level for health, weight loss, and freedom from numerous diseases and prescription drugs.

  • Removing products made with modern wheat yields astounding and often unexpected benefits in health and weight loss.
  • Autoimmune, gastrointestinal, and mind effects top the list for conditions that improve or reverse with wheat elimination.
  • Weight loss can occur at a surprising rate, typically 15-18 pounds over the first month, when wheat is eliminated.

The new Wheat Belly Revised & Expanded editions is available for pre-order for release on Tuesday Dec 10 from:

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“Wheat Belly hit like a bomb”: Author Dana Carpender reviews the Revised & Expanded Edition of Wheat Belly

Dana Carpender, friend and author of many low-carb cookbooks, provided this review of my new Revised & Expanded Wheat Belly, below.

For more of Dana’s signature wit and conversation, you can join her on her engaging Facebook page “Hold the toast press” or visit her Amazon page that lists all her wonderful low-carb cookbooks.

It’s funny how things happen. Nine years ago I had already been eating a low carbohydrate diet for 16 years. During that time I had occasionally eaten low carb tortillas and low carb bread. These things were hardly a staple of my diet, but I kept ’em around for the occasional late-night grilled cheese sandwich or whatever. But the longer I ate low carb, the less I cared about them and the less often I ate them. Which is why, by January of 2011, it had been at least 8 months since I’d bothered eating either low carb bread or tortillas.

I was working on slow cooker recipes and came up with a recipe for slow cooker mu shu pork. As you may or may not know, mu shu dishes are served wrapped in Chinese pancakes. I figured low carb tortillas would be a fine substitute. So I made a supper of it, having two low carb tortillas wrapped around my meat and vegetables.

I woke up feeling like grim death. Bleary, thick-headed, exhausted, achy all over. It felt like a combination of a bad hangover and going hypothyroid. It was two days before I was back to my usual cheerful, energetic self.

Serendipitously, within a week or two I received a review copy of Dr. William Davis’s Wheat Belly in the mail. 

As I wrote in my original review of the book, I have read a lot of books since I first became interested in nutrition in the summer of ’78. I generally learn a little something new from each one. But Wheat Belly? Wheat Belly hit like a bomb. Every page brought information I simply had not known, had not even suspected.  I knew about celiac disease, but wheat linked to schizophrenia? Seizures? Dementia? Cancer? And a more, in a long and scary list? I had had no idea.

Completely new to me, too, was the information regarding the extreme hybridization of wheat — not the genetic modification that’s the current nutritional boogeyman, just crossing various strains of wheat, to the point that modern wheat is genetically a completely different plant than our grandparents ate — and one that has never been proven safe for human consumption. (Please note: even ancient grains were not good for humanity. The adoption of agriculture resulted in a drop in stature — humans are just recently beginning to reach the height of their hunter-gatherer ancestors — the weakening of bones, and the narrowing of the pelvic outlet, making childbearing far more dangerous and painful than it had hitherto been.)

Add to that the news that wheat is physically addictive — like, really, truly, similar-to-opioids addictive. And you wondered why you have cravings? 

So I’ve been gluten-free ever since. Oh, I may get a tiny bit now and then by mistake, but then, I don’t have celiac. I’m not one of the people who is going to become desperately ill from a single crumb. But eat anything made with gluten grains deliberately? Nope.

It’s not just gluten, as Wheat Belly makes clear. Amylopectin A found in wheat (and other grains, like corn) turns out to be a super-carb, jacking blood sugar up worse than table sugar or corn syrup. Phytates bind up minerals, so those “healthy whole grains” actually lead to deficiencies.

Gluten itself can be broken down into gliadin which, among other charming tendencies, attacks the intestinal wall, causing everything from irritable bowel to leaky gut, and eventually autoimmune disease. Another gut-ripper is wheat germ agglutinin — which agricultural science has deliberately increased in the name of pest control. And you were worried about pesticides on your food! (As a long-time nutrition buff, I remember when wheat germ was the wonder-food du jour. Brrr.)

And exorphins! You know about endorphins, of course — the happy-juice your brain creates in reaction to exercise and such. Exorphins are just what they sound like — drug-like compounds from outside the body. Yes, wheat can get you high and is physically addictive.

In short, everything made of wheat, from an Oreo cookie to 100% whole grain bread, contains as pretty a package of poisons as you’re likely to find posing as food.

Which leads me to one more issue: Since Wheat Belly was first published in 2011, many, many people have chosen to quit eating gluten. Many other people have, for reasons that pass understanding, decided to be honked off about this. “I don’t mind people with celiac asking for gluten-free stuff. But those people who just pretend to be gluten-sensitive are muddying the waters! How can we know if it’s really important that their food is gluten-free? Why do they have to jump on the bandwagon?”

Why do you freaking care?! Do you question why Jewish folks don’t want their eggs scrambled in bacon grease? 

My experience with the tortillas tells me that my body does not like wheat. Isn’t that enough? Can I eschew gluten grains (and grains in general) not because I have celiac but because I’m convinced they are not wholesome food for humans?

I should add that despite the deluge of important and often disturbing information, Wheat Belly is far from a grim read. Bill Davis is a fine writer; he makes the science easy to comprehend, even entertaining — and often funny.

If you’ve wondered what the whole shift away from gluten is about, you need to read Wheat Belly. If someone close to you has gone gluten-free and you cannot understand why you need to read Wheat Belly. If you have been toying with going gluten-free because a lot of your health-conscious friends have gone gluten-free, you need to read Wheat Belly. If you have, indeed, gone gluten-free because you’ve heard various information going around, but would like to bring the reasons into laser-sharp focus, you need to read Wheat Belly. If you’re tired of family and/or friends giving you grief over eschewing wheat and want sound, scientific information to argue with you need to read Wheat Belly. And if like me, you’re just a big health-and-nutrition geek, you have really, really got to read Wheat Belly.

For those of you who read the first edition, there is new info to be had; science marches on. I was pleased to learn of new tests for various wheat sensitivities, all of them less alarming than a bowel biopsy via endoscope. That said, I don’t need a test, I’m convinced.

Because of the new tests, they’ve found a whole lot of people have markers for celiac without the classic symptoms — but increased rates of all kinds of other ugly health consequences. I emailed Dr. Davis partway through reading the new edition of Wheat Belly with the inelegant subject line “Holy s***, Bill.” I had read a few reports recently of alarmingly increased rates of death among younger Americans starting in their 20s. The opioid epidemic is implicated but does not account for all of it. Then I read that celiacs have 29% increased mortality — and that celiac has nearly doubled in the past several decades. (Wait until you read how they discovered that!)

Dr. Davis started a movement 9 years ago, one that has improved the health of thousands. Wheat Belly was important then; it is only more so now. Read it.

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An excerpt from the Revised & Expanded Edition of Wheat Belly

 

The original Wheat Belly book rocked the nutritional world with its revolutionary ideas. But, as time has passed, I’ve added new strategies and concepts that have expanded the overall program and taken the health, weight, and youth-preserving benefits even further. I have therefore collected all this new material into a new Revised & Expanded Edition. The new Revised & Expanded Edition of Wheat Belly is now available at all major bookstores.

Here is a brief excerpt from the new foreword:

Wheat Belly began as my modest effort to help people with heart disease stop relying on the revolving door of angioplasty, stents, and bypass surgery. The lifestyle that evolved from this effort did indeed bring a halt to chest pain and heart attacks, converting my procedural practice into one that was purely preventive with virtually no need for heart procedures or hospitals. But it proved to accomplish far more than that. Drugs to reduce blood sugar or blood pressure? Gone. Drugs for acid reflux or diarrhea? Flushed down the toilet. Statin drugs with all-expenses-paid trips to Orlando for the prescriber? Phooey. These efforts evolved into a comprehensive program that addressed a long list of common modern health conditions, from excess weight to type 2 diabetes, from autoimmune conditions to irritable bowel syndrome, along with hundreds of others. The explosive success of this approach, not just in the reduction of heart disease, but in improvements in so many other areas of health, means that the world of nutrition and health will never be the same.

This new and expanded edition of Wheat Belly contains the latest version of this lifestyle, so readers can follow the strategies within as a stand-alone program. I detail the nutritional supplement program that compensates for nutrients deficient in former grain-eaters, as well as nutrients to compensate for deficiencies arising from living modern life. I introduce an in-depth discussion of the hormonal disruptions introduced by consuming “healthy whole grains” that I call Mr. and Mrs. Wheat Belly, showing how readers can take back personal control over hormonal health. I’ve updated the advice and added new recipes to incorporate all the lessons learned along the way as this lifestyle has been adopted by millions of people, making the message even more powerful and effective.

This book includes material never before published in any of the books in the Wheat Belly series. After all, we are trying to unlearn the many lessons drilled into us, now realizing it was all wrong, learning new lessons along the way. And, you know what? It is liberating, exhilarating, and enormously empowering. The problem all along was not you.

 

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Bella Voste Nude Tease & Mocha Magic Sheer Creme Lust Lipstick Review

Today I am going to review Bella Voste Nude Tease & Mocha Magic Sheer Creme Lust Lipstick. Though I love matte finish lipsticks more than the cream finish ones, mattes are not the best choices for day-to-day winter makeup looks. Bella Voste Nude Tease & Mocha Magic Sheer Creme Lust Lipstick Review

This winter I tried two new launch lipsticks from Bella Voste. Though these are claimed as sheer lipsticks, they are not at all sheer. In fact, they have extremely pigmented formula with beautiful glossy finish. Let’s read on to know how these Bella Voste lipsticks perform.Bella Voste Nude Tease & Mocha Magic Sheer Creme Lust Lipstick Review

About Bella Voste Sheer Creme Lust Lipstick Nude Tease & Mocha Magic

Bella Voste Sheer Creme Lust Lipsticks are rich in moisturizing properties which makes lips look fuller and creamier all day long. It gives a flawless even coverage in just one swipe. With softening and moisturizing benefits, it will leave your lips ultra-soft, making you feel more beautiful!

Features:

1. Luxurious rich colour for one stroke application.

2. Advanced softer and creamier formulation.

3. Keeps lips soft and moisturized.

4. Suitable for daily as well as occasional.

5. Available in 24 stunning shades.Bella Voste Nude Tease & Mocha Magic Sheer Creme Lust Lipstick Review

Packaging: These lipsticks comes in a round shaped black coloured bullet. Each lipstick was packed inside black cardboard outer box. The brand mentions just the claims, shade name and price; nothing about the ingredients were mentioned anywhere. The packaging is sturdy and travel-friendly.

Shade: The shade Nude Tease is a pink based nude. The shade has a beautiful warmth to it. These types of nudes often look peachy on the lips but this one looks a medium toned earthy pink on my lips. The shade is extremely wearable and would look fabulous on many Indian skintones. Bella Voste Nude Tease & Mocha Magic Sheer Creme Lust Lipstick Review

The shade Mocha Magic is a cool toned deep brown. It is not exactly the mocha brown but a teak brown shade. The shade is pretty bold and not everyone’s cup of tea. The shade looks extremely dark on my lips. The lipstick looks nicer on extremely pigmented lips as the brown tone neutralizes to some extent.Bella Voste Nude Tease & Mocha Magic Sheer Creme Lust Lipstick Review

Texture, Pigmentation & Staying Power: Colour pay-off is excellent for this range of lipsticks. I don’t have to go over more than once to get the full opacity. I have one light and one dark shade and no any of them give patchy finish. The texture is smooth and the finish is creamy. It stays on for 4+ hours without meal. It transfers heavily due to the satin finish. Bella Voste Nude Tease & Mocha Magic Sheer Creme Lust Lipstick Review

Fragrance: Bella Voste lipsticks have light vanilla fragrance to them. the smell does not stay long or feel overpowering.

Quantity & Price: These lipsticks are priced at Rs.225 for 4.2gm of product. For a creamy finish lipstick with such an intense pigmentation, the price seems perfect. 

My Overall Thoughts:

I love nude lipsticks with either peach or pink tone. That’s the reason I really like the Nude tease shade more than the other one. The Mocha Magic shade, on the other hand, is quite bold and gives a gothic tone to the makeup. I don’t feel comfortable with such a deep dark shade.

The nude shade looks pretty and goes with most of my everyday minimal looks. Both shades are pigmented and gives even application. Satin finish shades often give patchy finish; these shades are not patchy. Being creamy lipsticks, these shades transfer a lot.

I tried blotting the excess moisture and it worked. These lipsticks do not dry out the lips or settle down on the fine lines of the lips.

Rating: 4.5/5 (for Nude Tease) & 3/5 (for Mocha Magic)

Myglamm K Play Flavoured Lipstick Orange Spin & Blueberry Rush Review

My today’s review will be about Myglamm K Play Flavoured Lipstick Orange Spin & Blueberry Rush. The new K.Play range by Myglamm comes with the motto of ‘krushing on flavour’. Myglamm K.Play Flavoured Lipstick Orange Spin & Blueberry Rush Review

These creamy matte lipsticks have unique flavours inspired by different fruits. Here’s what I found about these demi-matte and flavourful lipcolours.

About Myglamm K.Play Flavoured Lipstick Orange Spin & Blueberry Rush

The K.Play Flavoured Lipsticks by MyGlamm come in fun fruity flavours, tempting enough for you to cheat on your diet. Creamy shine finish and enriched with Vitamin E, these lip colours glide on streak-free in one swipe. All you need to do is pout pretty!

Features:

1. Crème touch finish

2. Intense colour pay off

3. Smooth application

4. Enriched with Vitamin E

5. Available in fresh fruity flavours

6. High coverage

7. Cruelty-free

Myglamm K.Play Flavoured Lipstick Orange Spin & Blueberry Rush Review

Packaging: These lipsticks comes in a round shaped matte pastel lavender coloured bullet. The cardboard outer packaging was quite beautiful with fruit grafiti. The brand mentions complete ingredient list in the outer packaging which I find quite important. The packaging is sturdy and travel-friendly.

Shade: The shade Orange Spin is a bright reddish orange. It is not a true coral orange; it is more on the red side on my lips. The shade looks more orange on deeper skin tones. This shade has warm undertones so this would look beautiful on most Indian complexions.

The shade Blueberry Rush is a blue based violet. The shade is quite deep and extremely bold. The shade looks more on the plum-violet side on lighter skin while the violet part comes out more on pigmented lips. This is definitely not a shade for the faint-hearted!

Texture, Pigmentation & Staying Power: Pigmentation of Myglamm K Play Flavoured Lipsticks is awesome for this lipstick range. I get opaque finish in one stoke. The shade does not look patchy. The texture is smooth and the finish is creamy matte. It stays on for 5-6 hours without meal. It leaves a light tint on the lips when the colour fades.

Fragrance: Each and every product from Myglamm’s K.Play range has unique fruity fragrance. The Orange Spin shade has tangy orange flavour. The Blueberry Rush shade has blue berry candy flavour. The fragrance is not very strong or longlasting so it won’t feel bothersome.

Quantity & Price: These lipsticks are priced at Rs.545 for 4.3gm of product. For a creamy matte lipstick the price seems a bit higher than the same quality products from other brands. It’s a good deal if you can get it on discount.

My Overall Thoughts:

I love orange lipsticks. Though the orange based shades are often quite bold and not daily wear lip colours but I still love the bright finish. Naturally, the Orange Spin shade has been able to win my heart. This is not a true orange; but a red based one. The red part makes it a wearable shade.

I sometimes use it as a tint or blush. This one works fine as blush due to its creamy formula. The shade Blueberry Rush, on the other side, has blue violet tone which does not complement my skin tone that well.

Plus, I am not that comfortable with such bluish lip colours so I can use it only as a tint. It gives a light plum kind of finish if used as  tint. Both Myglamm K Play Flavoured Lipsticks transfer but they can be blotted off with tissue for a more matte and transfer-proof finish.

Rating: 4.5/5 (for Orange Spin) & 2.5/5 (for Blueberry Rush)

Crabtree & Evelyn New Look

[sample] I am saying ‘new look’ because I’ve been out of touch with the brand for so long that it’s new to me and I’m not sure when this transformation took place. However, gone are the flowers and frills and instead, a pared back, straight from the Farrow & Ball colour chart, offering instead. Shiny is replaced with matte for the packaging of some products and the ingredient list has got far more adventurous.

Crabtree & Evelyn New Look

You might think that Crabtree & Evelyn is a quintessentially British brand – it’s not; it’s American in origin and is now owned by a corporation in Hong Kong. They’ve kept a nod to the past with their Archive collection where you can still find La Source, Nantucket Briar and Goatmilk & Oat products but on the whole there has been a huge product shift with facial care and ‘serious’ fragrance. I am still scratching my head as to why C&E would put their hand scrub into a category (Gardener’s) that alienates anyone who doesn’t garden or certainly plants (see what I did) the idea that it’s only for people who garden. For anyone who hasn’t used this, it’s a pumice infused hand wash that is instantly skin softening with an invigorating fragrance – I am as sure as I can be that it’s not the same as the original La Source which I remember as having more oil content although you would see an immediate difference with this version – it’s excellent and would be my top pick from the entire collection and worth every penny of the £19.50 price. I also liked the Buff & Smooth Lip Exfoliator which works a treat at providing a barrier that stays, but not so much in the exfoliating department. I’ve looked at the ingredient list and it’s not clear what’s providing the ‘scrub’ element (it can’t be apple fibre can it?) but there are some decent if unexciting oils in the mix – olive oil and grapeseed oil, namely. It’s £17 which I find expensive for this – it does the smoothing and protecting job beautifully but so do many at half the price.

Crabtree & Evelyn New Look

Quality wise, I really like the Luminous Cleansing Balm that you can use either as a balm or with some water to transform to a milk. It’s not particularly pungent so if the many highly fragranced essential oil infused balms aren’t for you this might offer a welcome alternative although it does contain eucalyptus and rosemary that make a kind of woody smell. Ingredient wise, not bad at all – meadowfoam seed oil and avocado oil help to make it a loose balm although from the picture it looks very solid. I can’t complain about this at all. It’s £27.

Crabtree & Evelyn New Look

I can, and am, complaining about the Velvet Body Melt. I don’t want to open a tub of anything to find half of it missing – except, obviously, it’s not missing – the amount of product just doesn’t fit the size of the tub. So, it’s a slack-fill by another name with a pot that fools you into thinking you’re getting more than you do. The formula is delightful – a cream to oil consistency that’s a dream on the skin with rosehip, mallow and murumuru. If your body skin is dry this will give you some welcome relief. It’s a whippy consistency that feels cool on the skin and makes it instantly calmer and more flexible. A bit of a find if you can get past the fact it looks like someone else has pre-used your tub. It’s £31.50 which probably puts it out daily use and into luxury treat but it does feel treaty for sure.

Crabtree & Evelyn New Look

Although I like most of the products, formula wise, I can’t clearly see the direction this brand is headed. The packaging is nice enough but it doesn’t fall into the ‘must have’ category. The fragrances are £71.50 each – sorry, but I’d head almost anywhere for premium fragrance before here and the new look Gardeners collection (the hand scrub lives in the Archive collection) features products such as Falling Stars Body & Hair Overnight Oil which has absolutely sod all to do with gardening or gardens. If they’d called it the Falling Stars collection, I’d be instantly in, especially if they’d put some stars on the packaging. The new look branding feels muddled and without a confident stride and yet within it, there are some gems to discover. Find them HERE.

 

 

 

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Get Better Skin & Sleep With This Magical Mineral

We know better than anyone the benefits of botanicals like fruits and plants. But, we also know that you can find good-for-you ingredients from other sources. One often overlooked source of skin support also comes from the earth — quite literally. Minerals can offer a variety of positive effects for both your skin and your overall health. One of our favorites is something you’ve probably heard about quite a bit recently: magnesium.

You might be familiar with it from your high school chemistry days of memorizing the periodic table, but we’re betting you might need a quick refresher. “Magnesium is a mineral that plays a part in over 300 enzymatic reactions that take place in the human body, and is essential for overall body health, particularly bone health and muscle strength,” says Hadley King, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City.

“For the skin, magnesium plays a part in maintaining the levels of fatty acids on the surface of the skin, which help keep the skin moisturized, and in maintaining collagen levels. Magnesium also regulates cellular repair and regeneration and is therefore helpful for protecting the skin from external damage.”

Unfortunately, our bodies do not produce magnesium on its own, meaning we need to look to our diets to get the recommended daily amounts. Foods like green leafy vegetables, whole grains, beans, and fish are all great sources of magnesium, but unfortunately most people don’t eat enough of these to get the proper amount. In fact, nearly two thirds of the population in the Western world are magnesium deficient. Which is where supplements and topical magnesium come in.

When taken orally, magnesium may also be beneficial for specific skin concerns. “[Magnesium] may be helpful for acne because it can lower cortisol production,” says King. “It could also be helpful for eczema and skin allergies because it plays an important role in the immune system.”

“According to some research, applying magnesium topically is more effective than taking magnesium supplements because some supplements can’t stand up to the acidic nature of the stomach and they can lose their potency,” explains nutritionist Tracy Lockwood Beckerman, MS, RD.

If you’d rather opt for magnesium-infused skincare over supplements, consider trying Glow Recipe’s latest launch, Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream. With banana, magnesium, turmeric and chia seed extract, this powerhouse potion will calm stressed skin and strengthen its barrier. Banana is a rich source of magnesium and potassium — the former helps to relax and rebalance irritated and inflamed skin caused by external stressors while maintaining barrier health, and the latter helps skin keep hydrated and moisturized, lessening dryness and irritation. Alongside our new moisturizer’s namesake fruit, it works with turmeric and centella asiatica to hydrate, soothe, and rescue stressed skin. And, for an even bigger magnesium boost, we added chia seed to the formula — according to Lockwood Beckerman, just two tablespoons of chia seed has been shown to provide 30 – 40 percent of your daily magnesium intake.

Speaking of stress, magnesium also helps to relax the body before bed. From the Nue Co’s Magnesium Easy Spray, to Luna Nectar’s Anti-Stress & Sleep Magnesium Oil, to Moon Juice’s Magnesium Supplement, this multi-use ingredient pops up everywhere in the beauty and wellness category.

And, if you’ve ever dropped some epsom salts in a bath to soothe your aches and pains, then you’ve also been experiencing the benefits of this stress-relieving mineral. A combination of magnesium and sulfate, epsom salts have been used for decades to help reduce muscle tension, making it great for anyone dealing with headaches or post-workout muscle pain.

Whether you’re looking to calm your skin, your body, or your mind, magnesium is an essential mineral that can work wonders for the perpetually stressed. Try it for yourself with the new Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream!

Lauletta: The best (and worst) of the decade in women’s soccer

Anytime the calendar comes to the end of a year that ends in a ‘9,’ it signals the human impulse to review everything that happened over the soon-to-be-completed decade. For women’s soccer in the United States, that means examining the demise of one professional league in and then the rise and partial stabilization of another. It means looking at the rise to global prominence of the Women’s World Cup and the rebirth of what had been a faltering United States national team as one of the great brands in sports.

For better or for worse, here are some of my best and worst of the 2010s in WoSo.

Best Player: Marta

Those who have only been exposed to Marta over the last three years in the National Women’s Soccer League have seen a very good player capable of doing things that few others can do. They have also missed out. The decade began with Marta as the most unstoppable force in the game. She led FC Gold Pride to the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) championship in 2010 and then the Western New York Flash to the same title in 2011. Her speed, strength, stamina, finesse, and killer instinct were all among the best in the world. Blended together they created a near perfect specimen.

Paul Riley, the coach on the losing end of both those WPS finals, was asked to compare Marta to Sam Kerr, whom he beat in this year’s NWSL Championship. Riley explained that Marta was (and is) a wizard on the ball and was not particularly dependent on service from teammates to create and score goals.

Marta’s Brazil exploits were also prominent. Although the overall performance of the Samba Queens did not measure up to the results of the 2000s, Marta still danced practically every dance and was the player around which the program was orchestrated.

Also considered: Christine Sinclair, named this week as Canada’s player of the decade, has been a bastion of consistency in a variety of roles. She’ll enter the 2020s on the doorstep of Abby Wambach’s all-time record for international goals… Camille Abily began the year 2010 as Marta’s teammate at Gold Pride and then went to Lyon, where she scored 144 times in 222 appearances and won the French title every season… Dzsenifer Marozsan was a midfield general for Frankfurt and then Lyon all the while performing at a high level for Germany… Becky Sauerbrunn has been the best defender in the world this decade, bar none. She should have won the Golden Ball at the 2015 World Cup… Sam Kerr put in her bid at the end of the decade but leaves as the world’s most menacing goal scorer.

Best Game: 2012 Olympic semifinal; United States 4, Canada 3; AET

A thrilling match played on the hallowed ground at Old Trafford saw Sinclair bag a hat trick for Canada, giving the Maple Leafs three separate leads. The United States would equalize each time, the last on a Wambach penalty that followed the decade’s most controversial moment. First, Canadian keeper Erin McLeod was whistled for holding the ball in her box for too long, and the ensuing free kick led to a handball that appeared to find Marie-Eve Nault with her hands pinned to her side. Alex Morgan won it with a cheeky finish in the dying seconds of extra time.

Also considered: The Western New York Flash’s 4-3 extra-time win over the Thorns in the 2016 semifinals is NWSL legend… Germany’s 2015 World Cup quarterfinal win over France was extraordinarily hard-fought with the Germans barely surviving normal time by converting a fortuitous penalty late… Brazil eking by Australia in the 2016 Olympic quarterfinals came after an intense, scoreless draw and Marta being bailed out when it looked like her PK miss would see the hosts sent home.

Best Performance: Carli Lloyd’s 16-minute hat trick

Carli Lloyd turned the 2015 World Cup final into her own personal highlight reel — all in the first 16 minutes. Lloyd scored in the 3rd, 5th, and 16th minutes to become the first player to score a hat trick during regulation of a World Cup final (Geoff Hurst of England needed extra time to do the same in 1966). The third goal was a chip from near midfield that reverberated around the world.

Also considered: Sinclair’s hat trick in the 2012 semifinal was as inspiring an individual effort as women’s soccer has ever seen… Kerr’s four-goal second half for Sky Blue FC on August 19, 2017, erased a 3-0 halftime deficit and concluded with a header off the recycle after she hit the crossbar, with a penalty in stoppage time… The Washington Freedom’s last game ended in disappointment with a loss to the Philadelphia Independence in the 2010 WPS playoffs but the match was as close as it was only because of Ashlyn Harris’ blinding performance in goal on what was a stifling hot afternoon.

Best moment/story: Abby Wambach saves the U.S. against Brazil

The U.S. women were about to hit an all-time low. They were being badly outplayed by Brazil in the World Cup quarterfinal, a stage at which they had never lost. They were playing with 10 players. And then it happened. Megan Rapinoe drove a perfect cross to Abby Wambach whose head found the cross and tied the match. In that moment, the women’s soccer fan base back home rose from its slumber. The U.S. still had to win the penalty shootout, which they did, and they didn’t even win the tournament, falling to Japan in the final. But that simple moment helped turn the U.S. women into a fortified brand. The residual impact on the domestic game was not enough to save WPS, but it likely spawned the expedient formation of the NWSL, now about to start its eighth season.

Also considered: The Netherlands winning the 2017 Euros in front of an adoring nation of fans brought back memories of the magical summer of ’99 here in the U.S… The 2018 North Carolina Courage were a thing to behold, losing only once in a tour-de-force of the NWSL and even getting by PSG and Lyon in the inaugural ICC while playing without several starters… Homare Sawa propping Japan on her shoulders to win the 2011 World Cup final over the U.S., including her otherworldly equalizer in extra time… Megan Rapinoe owning the 2019 World Cup—on and off the field… The rise of Vlatko Andonovski.

Biggest upset: 2010 Concacaf Women’s Gold Cup semifinal: Mexico 2, United States 1

In the backwards world of WoSo qualifying, the semifinal serves as the springboard to the World Cup. On this night in Cancun, Mexico held on to a 2-1 lead for the final 64 minutes to prevail in what remains the only contender for biggest upset in the history of the sport. It remanded the U.S. to the consolation match which they needed to win just to reach an intercontinental playoff just to qualify to go to the 2011 World Cup. They did all that, else the above Wambach equalizer never happens. Lost in the shock of the U.S. loss was that the win sent Mexico to their second World Cup and first since 1999.

Also considered: None really, but… Colombia beating France in the opening group match in 2015 was a shocker but did not prevent France from going through or Colombia from finishing 3rd in the group (a spot from which they advanced to the round of 16 only to lose to the U.S.)… Japan’s win over Germany in the 2011 quarterfinal is not quite a huge deal in retrospect, but few around the world thought it would happen.

Most forgettable story: magicJack

Desperate for new owners, WPS leadership made the decision to allow the Washington Freedom to be sold to Dan Borislow, who moved the club to Florida and rebranded it magicJack, named after his internet-phone business. The gambit failed. Borislow ran afoul of league rules and common decency and made a mockery of much of the 2011 season. By the time it was over, the league was on shaky ground and ultimately shuttered in part to make litigation with Borislow go away. The saving grace was when the Philadelphia Independence beat magicJack in the 2011 Super Semifinal, sparing the league the embarrassment of a championship match with its red-headed stepchild.

Also considered: The equal pay battle is far more nuanced than most care to admit, but it belies logic that U.S. Soccer continues to be so tone deaf on the matter. The new decade starts with pending litigation on multiple fronts… Sky Blue’s off-field woes which came to a head in the summer of 2018, as first reported on this siteThe 2015 World Cup being played on artificial turf… The 2019 World Cup ticketing fiasco… Earlier developments in WPS that helped create the magicJack situation, notably Saint Louis Athletica folding during the 2010 season after owner Jeff Cooper had brought in clandestine partners to help pay the bills he could not… The 2017 NWSL Championship was everything a final should not be… Tom Sermanni’s unceremonious firing as U.S. coach between games of a two-game series of friendlies in 2014.

The new Revised & Expanded Edition of Wheat Belly released!

The complete updated Wheat Belly program is now available in the Revised & Expanded Edition of Wheat Belly! (For availability, see below.)

In the original Wheat Belly, I recounted how agribusiness and geneticists altered traditional strains of wheat, yielding the high-yield semi-dwarf strain that now dominates supermarket shelves. Consuming modern foods made from this plant yields peculiar, sometimes crippling, health effects, while dramatic benefits develop upon removing it from the diet. If you’ve been following the Wheat Belly conversations, you are no stranger to the huge successes people have shared on this lifestyle.

But lessons have been learned along the way in the marvelous worldwide grain-eliminating experience, lessons shared in subsequent books: Wheat Belly Total Health, Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox, the Wheat Belly cookbooks. The list of strategies we use has grown, strategies that have helped many more people lose the weight they want to lose, address residual health problems, address deficiencies caused by grain consumption but persist after their removal, go further in efforts such as cultivating a healthy microbiome.

So I have rewritten the original Wheat Belly, added the complete prescriptive program we now follow, expanded on discussions about hormonal health and efforts to cultivate a healthy microbiome, tweaked details of the diet, and added new recipes. Anyone who read the original Wheat Belly will recognize a lot that’s familiar, but you will also find plenty that is new. This means that the entire Wheat Belly program is now available in this single Revised & Expanded edition.

Wheat Belly has therefore been completely updated with new material that includes:

  • The FULL Wheat Belly program that we now all follow
  • New and delicious recipes to suit your Wheat Belly lifestyle
  • New discussions on topics such as hormonal health and cultivation of a healthy microbiome

Wheat Belly was the original book that turned the nutritional world topsy-turvy and exposed “healthy whole grains” as the genetically altered Frankenwheat imposed on the public by agricultural geneticists and agribusiness. The tidal wave of astounding health and weight loss successes has created a nationwide movement away from the destructive effects of wheat products. The Revised & Expanded edition now takes you to the next level for health, weight loss, and freedom from numerous diseases and prescription drugs.

  • Removing products made with modern wheat yields astounding and often unexpected benefits in health and weight loss.
  • Autoimmune, gastrointestinal, and mind effects top the list for conditions that improve or reverse with wheat elimination.
  • Weight loss can occur at a surprising rate, typically 15-18 pounds over the first month, when wheat is eliminated.

The new Wheat Belly Revised & Expanded editions is available for pre-order for release on Tuesday Dec 10 from:

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“Wheat Belly hit like a bomb”: Author Dana Carpender reviews the Revised & Expanded Edition of Wheat Belly

Dana Carpender, friend and author of many low-carb cookbooks, provided this review of my new Revised & Expanded Wheat Belly, below.

For more of Dana’s signature wit and conversation, you can join her on her engaging Facebook page “Hold the toast press” or visit her Amazon page that lists all her wonderful low-carb cookbooks.

It’s funny how things happen. Nine years ago I had already been eating a low carbohydrate diet for 16 years. During that time I had occasionally eaten low carb tortillas and low carb bread. These things were hardly a staple of my diet, but I kept ’em around for the occasional late-night grilled cheese sandwich or whatever. But the longer I ate low carb, the less I cared about them and the less often I ate them. Which is why, by January of 2011, it had been at least 8 months since I’d bothered eating either low carb bread or tortillas.

I was working on slow cooker recipes and came up with a recipe for slow cooker mu shu pork. As you may or may not know, mu shu dishes are served wrapped in Chinese pancakes. I figured low carb tortillas would be a fine substitute. So I made a supper of it, having two low carb tortillas wrapped around my meat and vegetables.

I woke up feeling like grim death. Bleary, thick-headed, exhausted, achy all over. It felt like a combination of a bad hangover and going hypothyroid. It was two days before I was back to my usual cheerful, energetic self.

Serendipitously, within a week or two I received a review copy of Dr. William Davis’s Wheat Belly in the mail. 

As I wrote in my original review of the book, I have read a lot of books since I first became interested in nutrition in the summer of ’78. I generally learn a little something new from each one. But Wheat Belly? Wheat Belly hit like a bomb. Every page brought information I simply had not known, had not even suspected.  I knew about celiac disease, but wheat linked to schizophrenia? Seizures? Dementia? Cancer? And a more, in a long and scary list? I had had no idea.

Completely new to me, too, was the information regarding the extreme hybridization of wheat — not the genetic modification that’s the current nutritional boogeyman, just crossing various strains of wheat, to the point that modern wheat is genetically a completely different plant than our grandparents ate — and one that has never been proven safe for human consumption. (Please note: even ancient grains were not good for humanity. The adoption of agriculture resulted in a drop in stature — humans are just recently beginning to reach the height of their hunter-gatherer ancestors — the weakening of bones, and the narrowing of the pelvic outlet, making childbearing far more dangerous and painful than it had hitherto been.)

Add to that the news that wheat is physically addictive — like, really, truly, similar-to-opioids addictive. And you wondered why you have cravings? 

So I’ve been gluten-free ever since. Oh, I may get a tiny bit now and then by mistake, but then, I don’t have celiac. I’m not one of the people who is going to become desperately ill from a single crumb. But eat anything made with gluten grains deliberately? Nope.

It’s not just gluten, as Wheat Belly makes clear. Amylopectin A found in wheat (and other grains, like corn) turns out to be a super-carb, jacking blood sugar up worse than table sugar or corn syrup. Phytates bind up minerals, so those “healthy whole grains” actually lead to deficiencies.

Gluten itself can be broken down into gliadin which, among other charming tendencies, attacks the intestinal wall, causing everything from irritable bowel to leaky gut, and eventually autoimmune disease. Another gut-ripper is wheat germ agglutinin — which agricultural science has deliberately increased in the name of pest control. And you were worried about pesticides on your food! (As a long-time nutrition buff, I remember when wheat germ was the wonder-food du jour. Brrr.)

And exorphins! You know about endorphins, of course — the happy-juice your brain creates in reaction to exercise and such. Exorphins are just what they sound like — drug-like compounds from outside the body. Yes, wheat can get you high and is physically addictive.

In short, everything made of wheat, from an Oreo cookie to 100% whole grain bread, contains as pretty a package of poisons as you’re likely to find posing as food.

Which leads me to one more issue: Since Wheat Belly was first published in 2011, many, many people have chosen to quit eating gluten. Many other people have, for reasons that pass understanding, decided to be honked off about this. “I don’t mind people with celiac asking for gluten-free stuff. But those people who just pretend to be gluten-sensitive are muddying the waters! How can we know if it’s really important that their food is gluten-free? Why do they have to jump on the bandwagon?”

Why do you freaking care?! Do you question why Jewish folks don’t want their eggs scrambled in bacon grease? 

My experience with the tortillas tells me that my body does not like wheat. Isn’t that enough? Can I eschew gluten grains (and grains in general) not because I have celiac but because I’m convinced they are not wholesome food for humans?

I should add that despite the deluge of important and often disturbing information, Wheat Belly is far from a grim read. Bill Davis is a fine writer; he makes the science easy to comprehend, even entertaining — and often funny.

If you’ve wondered what the whole shift away from gluten is about, you need to read Wheat Belly. If someone close to you has gone gluten-free and you cannot understand why you need to read Wheat Belly. If you have been toying with going gluten-free because a lot of your health-conscious friends have gone gluten-free, you need to read Wheat Belly. If you have, indeed, gone gluten-free because you’ve heard various information going around, but would like to bring the reasons into laser-sharp focus, you need to read Wheat Belly. If you’re tired of family and/or friends giving you grief over eschewing wheat and want sound, scientific information to argue with you need to read Wheat Belly. And if like me, you’re just a big health-and-nutrition geek, you have really, really got to read Wheat Belly.

For those of you who read the first edition, there is new info to be had; science marches on. I was pleased to learn of new tests for various wheat sensitivities, all of them less alarming than a bowel biopsy via endoscope. That said, I don’t need a test, I’m convinced.

Because of the new tests, they’ve found a whole lot of people have markers for celiac without the classic symptoms — but increased rates of all kinds of other ugly health consequences. I emailed Dr. Davis partway through reading the new edition of Wheat Belly with the inelegant subject line “Holy s***, Bill.” I had read a few reports recently of alarmingly increased rates of death among younger Americans starting in their 20s. The opioid epidemic is implicated but does not account for all of it. Then I read that celiacs have 29% increased mortality — and that celiac has nearly doubled in the past several decades. (Wait until you read how they discovered that!)

Dr. Davis started a movement 9 years ago, one that has improved the health of thousands. Wheat Belly was important then; it is only more so now. Read it.

The new Wheat Belly Revised & Expanded edition is available from:

Amazon Barnes & Noble

Books-A-Million

Indiebound

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