Pasta. Pizza. Bread. Cake. Cookies. All are delicious. All contain grains. When I read that the Paleo Diet cuts out grains completely, I thought:
What am I supposed to eat?!
Think about it… no more garlic bread with dinner, no more mac-and-cheese, no more Italian Restaurants, no more warm, gooey, homemade chocolate chip cookies!
But I’m not one to turn down a challenge, so I thought I would try to cut out these scandalous grains.
I’m not going to lie, this part of my Paleo transformation SUCKED! It took me a while to get used to NO GRAINS. If you saw me, you’d witness a side of Natasha that resembled Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street.
I wasn’t proud of this.
My energy levels dropped and I had no motivation to do anything but stay rolled in my bed, mourning over the loss of delicious food.
You might be thinking… Why is this necessary?! Believe me, this crossed my mind daily hourly.
But it is.
The Paleo Diet for Dummies series wrote about the scientific reasoning for going grain-free:
“Grains can induce inflammation in susceptible individuals due to their content of omega-6 fatty acids, lectins, and gluten. Eliminating grains has been shown to improve glycemic control and cardiovascular risk factors more effectively than typically recommended low-fat diets rich in whole grains.”
This is why I persisted. I wanted better health, and I wanted a better body.
After two weeks of Natasha The Grinch, I noticed something…
My energy levels throughout the day stayed consistently higher than normal. My stomach started to flatten and feel less bloated. Slowly, it became easier to say no to the pasta and bread. Until about 3 months into my transformation, the unthinkable occurred…
…I stopped craving grains!!
Today, I am proud to say that I am still grain-free and do not miss them at all!
1 year down, the rest of my life to go!
Here’s to health!
- More Grain But No Gain (brookenepo.wordpress.com)
- Is Going Grain Free Better for Your Health? (onegreenplanet.org)
- Grains – Is Our Love Affair Killing Us? Guest Post by Huw Lloyd Davies (tinykitchenstories.com)