Grains – the food group that plays a big role in the eating habits of millions of people around the world. Oatmeal, YUM! Crackers, YUM! Mashed potatoes, YUM! Toast, YUM! Cereal, YUM!
Sure, doctors tell us that we need to eat our veggies too, but most people also serve some sort of grain for or with breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks as well – so grains have to be just as important as meats, fruits and veggies, right?
But grains make up a hefty spot on the food pyramid so they must be healthy! Wrong,
Shockingly, just because the government says it’s healthy, doesn’t mean it is. I can name you 14 foods off the top of my head that are banned in other countries but served in the United States.
But I need the fiber! You are right you do, But um, sorry…wrong again.
You can get it elsewhere, like in fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds – sources that don’t have all the other bad stuff that grains contain.
If I’m honest about it, the importance of grains in a diet is actually pretty much a tale spun by the American food industry and regurgitated by others around the world. That’s a tough pill to swallow, isn’t it?
Health advocates around the world understand that grains can actually pose a great threat to your body, leading to illness, disease and even death. To learn more about Grain-Free as a lifestyle and more on why grains are so harmful, click here!
However, grains are so ingrained (get it?) in our lifestyle, that my clients and so many others that say they want to ditch the grains, find it difficult to actually do it.
So I want to share these five MUST KNOW tips for going grain-free.
- Don’t go cold turkey and ditch the grains all at once. Some can do this, but most people will quit all at once and then sabotage their efforts a few days later with a binge. To gradually incorporate this new lifestyle, you can first begin by ditching the unhealthiest grains (sugary cereal, fruit bars, rice, etc.) and instead opt for healthier versions (quinoa, brown rice, etc.) Once you’ve done that, gradually cut done your portions of grains meal by meal until none exist in your diet.
- Fill up on proteins, veggies and healthy fats. If you eat plenty of these items, you’re not going to crave the grains as much because your nutrient needs will be satisfied, and you’ll feel full longer. For example, eat lots of fish, clean meats and veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, spinach, tomatoes, etc. Also, don’t forget to add the healthy fat to each meal – such as avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, nut butters, etc.
- Don’t keep the grains in your house. As they say – out of sight is out of mind. This holds true for the grains. If you don’t keep them in your house (after they’re gone for good), you’ll be more likely not to eat them.
- Indulge in scrumptious Grain-Free recipes. Another nuisance that could prevent you from experiencing success with your new lifestyle choice is boredom. If you’re making the same chicken and broccoli every day, you’re going to get bored and revert back to your old lifestyle. Therefore, it’s so important to try out new recipes all the time.
- Prepare meals in advance. This tip has saved me so much time, patience, and sanity when I decided to change my lifestyle. I always write a meal plan at the beginning of each week. Then I shop, and prepare the food all in the same day. Prepping meals once a week prevents you from binging on grains when you’re hungry. Purchase glass containers and mason jars to store your food in the freezer after cooking, and then all you’ll have to do is pop your food in the microwave. There will be no time to reach for a frozen pizza.
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