Today’s post is a bit of a quickie…more “food for thought”, pun intended. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE being a health coach. Why? Because as I’ve mentioned before in previous posts, I’m a people pleaser, to a fault even. Nothing makes me happier than being a resource to others, so that they too can optimize their health, and as a result- their happiness. That being said, I get bombarded with questions (in a good way!) on a daily basis when people make discovery of my occupation. Can I eat fats? What about Stevia? Do you prefer juices or smoothies? What’s the deal with coconut oil? The list goes on…and on… and on. While I love entertaining these questions, and could happily discuss or debate wellness for hours, my husband would confess I make a horrible double date. It isn’t uncommon when we are with a group of friends for the table talk to quickly become a Q & A session, much to his dismay (I mean can’t a guy get a word in about the Red Sox?? Just kidding, Trav xo). I’ve started mentally compiling a list of the most frequent inquiries, and am going to dole out my insight on a somewhat regular basis here. Today’s topic? GRAINS. Yep, they are in just about everything these days and I’m gonna tell you why you should rethink making them a staple in your daily food consumption.
Okay, before I roll out all this info, want to make sure you all are aware of my medical disclaimer! So see details at the bottom, please : )
Let’s start with the obvious. For years, we grew up with with a food pyramid model that gave grains a significant spot on the chart. Grains are low in fat content, and for a number of decades, our country has been waging war on the obesity epidemic. Unfortunately, in my opinion (as well as many others), giving grains the extra weight in the food pyramid, only added extra lbs. to our waistlines. See what I did there? Weight? Ahhh, so punny ; ) In any case, grains do have some wonderful nutrients, but our bodies process grains, loaded as carbohydrates, into sugar. More sugar in your body leads to not only extra storage of fat, but also inflammation and a whole host of other longterm health issues. I can speak, literally, for hours (and do when I give presentations) on how badly sugar wrecks our bodies. I promise I’ll devote another post to that in the future, but for now- just know that sugar truly is one of the absolute worst things you can put in your body. By the way, if you are reading this and thinking “but the government said it was okay… why else would they have created that pyramid chart for my high school science room?”- here’s a news flash: I can think of about 15 other foods that are banned in other countries but are served here, with regularity. Sigh.
But what about all that awesome fiber? Fiber IS important, as it helps create bulk in your system and keeps your colon clean, but there are plenty of sources of fiber besides grains. Nuts, seeds, and fruit all contain an ample amount of fiber… and don’t contain a lot of that other toxic crap that typically comes with the grains we consume these days. Plenty of health advocates around the world, especially those that embrace a Paleo and Ketogenic lifestyle, are promoting going grain free and personally, I’m in the same club. I am not 100% grain free, but I am keenly aware of how much worse my body feels after consuming them, so for that reason alone, I avoid them on a day-to-day basis. My rule of thumb for anyone- if you aren’t feeling great, try something different. One person’s fuel can be another’s poison, so try eliminating possible culprits.
So, wanna know how to reduce these funky dudes? Here are some tips:
Okay, so you wanna know more? Well, that’s what I’m here for, friendos! If you are interested in learning more about any of my programs, please feel free to reach out! For a limited time only, I am offering a 50% price reduction on the 14 Day Paleo Program by entering the code Paleo50 at checkout : ) Enjoy!
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