I get a lot of questions about my diet from people who want to know what is so bad about grains. These are typically people that are hip to the idea of 'evil, white, starchy carbs', but see no harm in consuming whole grain breads, pastas or cereals, brown rice, quinoa, or things like that. These are things that have been branded "healthy" time and time again, and people often stand awash with displeasure at the thought of living a grain-free existence because they've depended on these slow-digesting "good" carbs for energy for so long.
Well, listen. They aren't good carbs.
They're pretty much destroying your GI tract from the inside, leaving you susceptible to all kinds of modern maladies--ranging everywhere from acne to cancer.
I'm not going to pretend like I am an expert on the subject--as I've mentioned, I am neither a doctor or a scientist--however, I am capable of deductive reasoning, and to me, all of the ideas behind going grainless (provided in the links below) seem pretty solid. Plus, the difference in the way I've felt personally/performance-wise since going grain-free--that's all the proof I really need.
So, for some why's and how's behind why grains are like dirty old men who touch you in bad places, here are a couple of really good nutrition links that do a good job of explaining things so I don't have to:
Mark's Daily Apple - Why Grains are Unhealthy
Mark's Daily Apple - The Definitive Guide to Grains
Loren Cordain - Cereal Grains: Humanity's Double-Edged Sword (it's a bit longer and less basic, but a worthy read.)
Mind you, these are the essentials here. Grains-Are-Bad 101, if you will. If you're still hungry for more, those Resources links I provide to the right are..well. Really good resources. Robb Wolf's "The Paleolithic Solution" Webcasts answer a lot of questions - Definitely worth a listen. Also, Loren Cordain has a list of published research articles that cover a range of different topics relating to the Paleo Diet.
There are so many excellent reads and so much information, this stuff here is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig around a little. Be an active learner! The internet is a big place: Searching out info on Google Scholar should keep you busy for awhile if you're really interested in the really science-y stuff.
While you get busy feeding your brain, I'll get busy writing out a few recipes to help feed your belly. Come back for another update in the next day or so. :)