For me, it was the digestive distress that did it and I decided to take a leap and go grain-free. But for the many others who suffer from constipation, gut-related ailments, inflammation, autoimmune disorders, celiac disease and more, going grain-free can prove to be life-changing!
Not just for the disorders and ailments, but if you’ve been unable to shed weight and are constantly struggling with weight-gain or weight-loss issues, try going grain-free for a month and feel the difference.
Our typical meals have grains in them. Heck, we can’t imagine food without grains – bread, pasta, rice, roti or cereal. Grains are a staple ingredient. So why change?
Because our composition has changed. Our habits have changed. And so has our diet itself. This makes us more sensitive to gluten and prone to all its vagaries.
Our meals do not pack as much nutritional value as they used to. This means we are receiving less with every mouthful and we are compensating the bulk of our meal with grains and carbs.
We don’t eat as many whole raw foods – fruits and veggies as we used to either. We have a lot of processed and packaged foods. We have our meals on the go, not giving our body enough time to actually break down the food properly. And even then, we are distracted by the glare of our smartphones and televisions.
Some would argue – going gluten-free is enough! I would say it is the first step. But going grain-free is really the whole package.
In this week’s article, I talk to you about my experience of going grain-free and how truly amazing it felt. I will be adding some interesting grain-free recipes to my website soon. FREE for download. Send me a DM and I can inbox them to you.
1. No Inflammation. No Digestive Trouble.
Gluten intolerance from grains is known to cause inflammation as well as trouble with digestion. It also hampers with immunity and general health.
Minus the grains, you will feel healthy and energized. Your digestive function will perform at its optimum. And you will have no bouts or troubles with inflammation.
Try adding probiotic and fermented foods to your diet such as yogurt and kefir. Also, fibre-rich foods such as lentils, green veggies, legumes and beans. These foods will strengthen your gut and improve your immunity further.
2. Beautiful Alternatives
Staying grain-free you can then concentrate on some beautiful alternatives such as toasted nuts and seeds – almonds, cashew, hemp seeds, flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds. Dried or fresh fruits and berries – cranberry, blackberry, strawberry and whole fruits – watermelon, peach and kiwi fruit. Always try and buy organic seasonal produce from your local farmers markets and avoid fertilizer laden fruits and veggies.
You can also have amaranth, quinoa and buckwheat in moderation since these are considered seeds and not grains.
You will uncover ingredients that you overlooked earlier in your bid to fulfil your grain quota. And it is an eye-opening experience.
3. Better Balance. More energy.
People usually feel like they are losing their energy quotient by not eating grains and carbs, this is not true. You refocus and include foods that give you energy without causing you harm.
Good carbs from cauliflower, potatoes, pumpkins and other whole fresh foods are actually good for you. And so are fats from avocados, bananas and mangoes. While you are not taking in grains do take in nutrient-dense foods such as these.
At the same time, I recommend that you reduce your consumption of meat and eggs, avoid intake of sugar and dairy, and be careful to not consume other such foods that may override the good you are doing by keeping the grains away.
Again, if you are interested in trying out grain-free meals for yourself, I have some interesting recipes for you. I will be posting them to my website soon. FREE for download. Send me a message and I can inbox them to you straightaway!