If you read my last post, I dropped the G-bomb that we should not only be gluten free but that we should also be grain free.
And you may be overwhelmed wondering, “where do I begin?”. I know the first thought that came to my head was, “what is left to eat?”.
The good news is that there are a vast amount of resources to help you. You have google at your fingertips and the library is a free source for books on how to successfully go grain free, as well as numerous cookbooks available.
Even so, I often hear one of the “3” following responses when discussing going grain and gluten-free.
I felt so good not eating gluten that if I did “cheat” it was not worth how I physically felt.
Number 1. I don’t have the time. I know everyone is busier than ever and especially at this time of year. But when is a good time? You have to make your health the number one priority. When the plane is getting ready to crash, the flight crew instruct the mothers to put the oxygen mask on themselves first and then their children. There is a reason for that. Our families, friends, and co-workers depend on us, and how can we do our role to the best of our ability if we feel ill, in pain, and have no stamina. I know because I have lived it.
Number 2. It is a fad. I agree that you can’t go down the grocery store aisle without seeing “gluten-free” everywhere. It is a multi-million dollar business. The problem with grains today is the fact that the grain of today is not the grain of your grandparents. It has been altered. The rationale for doing so was to have higher crop yield and to grow crops that were resistant to disease, drought, and heat. Add to that, “wheat products elevate blood sugar levels more than virtually any other carbohydrate, from beans to candy bars”. (Davis, William, Wheat Belly). It is no wonder we are unhealthy and overweight.
Number 3. It is too expensive. It is expensive if you buy all the pre-packaged food that have “gluten-free grains” in them. And some are delicious. But to make them edible, they have increased the amount of sugar in the product otherwise they would not be edible. That is why it is recommended to go grain free. Those who continue to do those pre-packaged products and gluten-free bread won’t have the same health results or weight loss. Ideally, they also recommend you buy organic produce, grass-fed meats, and pasture raised eggs. Realistically you purchase what you can afford; just no grains.
I can personally say I have said 1, 2, and 3 numerous times before going gluten free and I have mastered being gluten free for 5 years, and to be honest it wasn’t really that hard. I felt so good not eating gluten that if I did “cheat” it was not worth how I physically felt.
My health improved but my weight stayed the same. I have been struggling to lose weight. I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t losing weight when I was “being healthy” eating gluten-free. It was through research that I learned the impact grains have not only on our health but also our weight.
I want to match how I feel on the inside as I do on the outside. I am ready to take on the challenge to go grain free.
Do you want to join me?