Do you eat grains every meal? If you are primal, paleo, gluten free or grain free did you used to? How do you feel now that you are off grains? Let everyone know by leaving a comment below. Please.
I used to eat cereal for breakfast and a sandwich for lunch every single day. Dinner varied but 90% of the time grains were part of the meal. Pizza, spaghetti, vegetarian based foods that were full of soy and gluten used to be the norm. I suffered with many problems which I will discuss in a later post. Today I want you to take a step back and look at your diet. If you already avoid grains then I beg you to comment on how/if eliminating them has benefited you.
You could very possibly save someones life!
I have been wanting to dive into the Practical Paleo Nutrition Guidebook for months but never took the time to do so. I finally dove in. It’s a challenge to put my iPad down once I start to read. I have been a fan of Diane Sanfilippo ever since I went primal 14 months ago. She runs her own blog, Balanced Bites, and teaches Paleo Nutrition workshops around the country. I will be doing my best to have her teach a Paleo Nutrition workshop for the Grand Rapids Primal Tribe this summer/fall.
Many “passages” within Diane’s book really stood out to me. I am going to grab a passage from Diane’s book and then comment.
Gluten (more specifically the protein in gluten called gliadin) can cause a myriad of health problems, but they aren’t always obviously related to the fact that the you’ve consumed grains. In fact, they don’t always occur immediately after eating them.
When digestive issues occur, often it isn’t until you stop eating gluten for at least two weeks, allow your body recover from the attack it’s been under, and then reintroduce the offending foods. Once your body has had a chance to rebalance, the offending foods often result in direct discomfort. You might think you made yourself intolerant by eliminating the gluten, but that’s not how it works.
What if you never stop eating the offending foods? Does that mean the allergy or intolerance isn’t there? If you don’t eliminate then reintroduce the food to FEEL the effect of it, can you simply avoid the negative effects? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. This is where the chronic, negative effects of a gluten or grain intolerance really wreak havoc. It’s the effects of gluten that you don’t feel immediately that are far worse than the ones that you do feel.
This is why it is best that you avoid all grains for a period of time. Diane says 2 weeks but once you are done with 2 weeks you may never want to go back to eating grains if you are preparing yourself delicious primal meals. There are countless recipes all over the web. Diane has a handful in her Paleo Nutrition Guidebook as well. If you want a hardcover then I currently recommend Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals.
Gluten could be doing an incredible amount of harm without you knowing it. As far as I know, lactose and gluten are the 2 most prevalent allergies in the modern world. This could be a reason alone to avoid these types of food and create a paleo eating plan that works for you.
Do what YOU want. What YOU feel is best for YOU. Just please be aware of the consequences when you consume gluten on a daily basis. There is no need for grains in a human beings diet. There are superior foods that taste way better too. Have you ever truly enjoyed whole wheat flour by itself? What about bacon? See what I mean?
Don’t start tomorrow. Start today. For your next meal I want you to ditch grains.
Make a big ass salad that is full of veggies, meat and quality fat. Then make yourself a smoothie. It’s easy. You have NOTHING to lose and EVERYTHING to gain. What are you waiting for?