“I could never give up eating grains. I love bread too much.”
“If I can’t eat pasta, tortillas or crackers, what CAN I eat?”
“Yuck! Gluten-free stuff just isn’t the same.”
If you’ve ever had any of these thoughts, know this: you are not alone. Adjusting to a new way of eating can be a discouraging process. Many people just like you are reluctant to give up grains and dairy. And it’s easy to see why—as kids, most of us loved cereal and ice cream. We continue to love that kind of food as adults.
Consuming grains over a long period of time and in high quantities can have detrimental effects on health. Eventually, there may come a point when you’re so sick and tired that eating “whatever you want” just isn’t worth it anymore. But does that mean you have to give up the foods you love forever?
Get Off Grains
Get Off Grains is a 4-week program to easily transition your diet from grain-based foods to more nutrient-dense ones. These are private Paleo cooking classes located in Boulder, Colorado.
Each week, we’ll shop for ingredients, prepare two grain-free dishes, and review your progress and challenges.
Private Paleo cooking classes are ideal for you if:
- Your doctor, nutritionist or healthcare practitioner has recommended you adopt a grain-free diet
- You’ve been wanting to try a grain-free diet, but you don’t know where to start
- You want to lose weight, stabilize your energy levels, and sleep better
- You want improved digestion, more mental clarity, and fewer mood swings
- You don’t know how to or don’t like to cook—but want to learn
- You’re feeling overwhelmed or hopeless about giving up grains
- Your loved one needs to follow a grain-free diet, and you want to support them
Why should I stop eating grains?
In a nutshell, grains can damage the gut and create a permeable gut lining (otherwise known as leaky gut syndrome). When other foods get through these leaks and into the bloodstream, the immune system attacks and creates inflammatory or allergic reactions. These reactions can be immediate and severe, but they sometimes appear in chronic feelings of fatigue, indigestion, headaches, and so on. Over time, autoimmune disease can develop.
There are many more scientific reasons for stopping grain intake that I’m not professionally qualified to explain, but head over to this post by The Paleo Mom if you want the whole story. You can also check out my What Is Paleo? page for a basic overview of the Paleo Diet.
So what do people eat in place of grains?
The good news is that more and more people are realizing their health issues can be greatly helped by simply quitting grains. This means two things:
- You now have tons of online support and resources at your fingertips, and
- Many food bloggers and nutritionists have started getting creative with vegetables. There are literally hundreds of vegetable substitutes for grain-based dishes.
True, your taste buds may need some time to adjust to new flavors and textures. Cauliflower “rice,” for instance, doesn’t taste exactly like regular rice. But it’s a close cousin, and with the right seasoning and preparation, it can be just as satisfying and twice as nutrient-dense.