Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Going Against the Grain: Links to Articles Written By People Who Know What They're Talking About

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. :)


alycia said...

okay so i read these articles and i mean, they are pretty crazy enlightening - but i just don't think i could do it! i love bread, cereal and pasta way wayyyy too much! i've been making a legit effort to downsize how much i eat daily, and i could probably get it down to only a few times a week if i tried really hard, but i just don't think i could live without them!

how did you get to a point where you stopped consuming grains altogether? i need some kind of game plan lol

Nicole V. said...

Hmm. well, mine kinda happened gradually.

I was never crazy big into rice/pasta, so omitting them wasn't too difficult. i switched from having cereal in the morning to having something more substantial, like eggs and chicken sausage with fruit and some sort of nut butter. it definitely gave me more energy throughout the day, and kept me full and focused longer.

I used to like to eat whole wheat wraps and tortillas and stuff like that--it sucked not having them at first, but you get over it. i know it sounds rough at first, but after awhile, you don't even think about those things anymore.

the last grains to go for me were ezekiel bread and popcorn. i still have to indulge every once in awhile (being super strict is too mentally taxing), but the main thing is that you find healthier foods to replace them in your diet so you're not eating them all the time.

i strongly encourage to to try going grainfree completely, even just for a couple of weeks--and see how you feel. ask yourself why these food are so necessary, and see if you can try other things in their place.
if you dont want to go completely grainless, at least cut out the rice/pasta. and then gradually drop the other stuff out as well.

Let me know how it goes. :)

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