Even though I’m new to the whole gluten-free thing, I’ve been doing pretty well with it. You know, minus the times when pizza randomly jumps into my mouth. Whoa, how did that happen? It was pretty difficult for me at first, until I finally found a non-mushy, non-crunchy gluten free pasta brand. Now I think I’m set. So of course, once I finally have the gluten-free thing down, I come across grain-free.
A lot of bloggers and chefs are now saying that going gluten-free just isn’t cutting it anymore and that to truly heal and restore our bodies, we need to go completely grain-free. I decided that before giving up grains for a week, I should do my research on why people are going grain-free and how it’s supposed to make you feel. I collected info from various websites, and the following seemed to be the most common reasons for a grain-free diet.
1. Grains are inflammatory. Inflammation is linked to degenerative diseases, arthritis, bone loss, and even cancer.
2. Grains are terrible for your stomach. When there are problems with your stomach, you stop absorbing all of the nutrients from the foods you take in. Grains are linked to something that sounds completely awful, “leaky gut syndrome.” When you ingest grains, tiny particles can slip through your intestinal walls and cause an immune response. With your immune system attacking those baby grain particles, it has less time to fight off the real threats.
3. Any nutrient you find in grains can be found elsewhere. If you can get it from grains, you can get it somewhere else in higher quantities.
Also, it’s reported that grains aren’t good for your teeth, your joints, or your skin.
As stupid as this made me feel, I found myself thinking, “well what is a grain and what isn’t?” I almost cried when I thought about giving up my precious quinoa for a week. Quinoa is a grain right? Wrong! It’s okay, it’s okay; I thought it was too! After that surprise, I looked up list after list of grains vs. non grains. Quinoa and lentils are fine, but rice, couscous, oats, millet, cornmeal, and more are not.
I’ve been grain-free for three days now, but I haven’t noticed a change. I’m hoping that if I stick this out long enough, I’ll see a difference.
What do you think about going grain-free vs. going gluten free?