My theory for how this worked is this: once I stopped letting those little devil exorphins into my body, my mind cleared, which was rewarding in itself. I also had more energy, so I had to move around more to burn the energy. Moving my body more created endorphins -- the body's own opioids. I had always feared that giving up alcohol would mean that I might not have fun. But guess what? Now I generally feel: Life is Fun.
This may sound crazy, but I think wheat (and sugar -- though I gave that up some time ago) were my gateway drugs leading to my alcohol habit. Wheat was my morning and mid-day opioid (one my mother, like many mothers, started me using at a very early age). Alcohol was my evening opioid. They let my body off the hook from producing its own feel good chemicals -- endorphins. I, like many people, became dependent on using certain foods and drinks to provide what my body would have naturally provided.
Yesterday, I found this interesting explanation for why humans went from being hunter gatherers to being dependent on agriculture (http://www.ranprieur.com/readings/origins.html). It has to do with humans discovering grains, grains providing exorphins, humans getting addicted, and this addiction leading to the building of communities to protect their source of gratification. In other words, this theory says civilization as we know it today was built around addiction. I believe it!
These days my brain feels sharper and has more feel good thoughts. I'm less likely to be depressed or negative. I conclude that my body actually prefers endorphins to exorphins. I bet a lot of bodies do! Imagine what will happen as more people discover this... For one thing, it won't be good for Kelloggs or Budweiser, just to name a few...
Update: I asked people on the Wheatbelly Facebook page if they had to choose ten foods/drinks to live on for a month, what would they be? I got quite a few answers and hardly anyone chose a beverage (water was a given). So I asked someone: "Nothing to drink besides water?"
Nope. Since giving up wheat I've not had any desire to drink anything but water, and this is HUGE for me, as I was a soda addict for many years and even when I'd done a low carb diet before I'd never been able to completely give up flavored drinks, but within a day of giving up wheat I just didn't want anything else. Do I sometimes drink other stuff? Yeah, but then I usually think I should have just had water.