Grains – we all grew up on them and ate them for their fabulous flavors and energy on a daily basis. This food group plays a huge role in the eating habits of millions of kids around the world! Oatmeal, YUM! Crackers, YUM! Mashed potatoes, YUM! Toast, YUM! Cereal, YUM! I mean, how can you resist all this goodness usually covered with sugar and delicious fruits, right?
Sure, our doctors tell us that we need to eat our veggies, but most moms give up on feeding children “the veggie train” at some point and settle for them eating grains multiple times per day like breakfast, lunch, dinner, AND snacks as well…
So grains must be just as important as meats, fruits, and veggies, right?
OMG, that is so WRONG!!!
But grains make up a hefty spot on the food pyramid so they must be healthy! Wrong, just because the government thinks 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! Um, sorry…wrong again. You can definitely get it elsewhere, like in a myriad of fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds – sources that don’t have all the other bad stuff in them like toxins.
So as you can see, the importance of high levels of grains in our diet is actually pretty much a tale spun by the American food industry and regurgitated by moms around the world. That’s a tough pill to swallow, isn’t it?
Health advocates around the world, especially those who follow a Paleo lifestyle, understand that grains can actually pose a great harm to your body, leading to illness and disease.
However, grains are so ingrained in our lifestyle, that my clients and so many others can say “they want to ditch the grains”, but find it so difficult to actually do it!
I want to share with you some of my tips for going grain-free… And guess what, you can go grain-free without fully committing to going Paleo. So, if baby steps is your best approach, stick around because this approach is perfect for you!
1. Don’t go cold turkey and ditch the grains all at once. Some can do this, but most people that quit all at once will 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, snack bars, etc.) and instead opt for healthier versions (quinoa, brown rice, etc.) Once you’ve done that, gradually cut down your portions of grains meal by meal
2. Fill up on proteins, veggies, and healthy fats. until none exist in your diet. 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 fuller longer. For example, eat lots of fish, clean meats and veggies like broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, peas, spinach, tomatoes, etc. Also, don’t forget to add healthy fat to each meal. These are fats such as avocado, olives, fatty proteins, olive oil, coconut oil, hemp oil, nuts, and unrefined/sugar free nut butters.
3. Don’t keep the grains in your house. As they say – out of sight, out of mind! This holds so 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. Yep! BUT If the rest of your family continues to follow a Gluten-Free Diet (like my family does) and eats rice, potatoes, oatmeal, and other “so-called-healthier grains”, be sure to keep a separate drawer or pantry space for their foods so that you are not tempted by their snacks and starches. I am telling you, it can be hard, but I can help you get through it, scouts promise!
4. Prepare meals in advance. This tip has saved me so much time, patience, and sanity when I decided to change my lifestyle! I write a meal plan at the beginning of each week and then 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 have to do is pop your food in the microwave. There will be no time to reach for the “unhealthy” granola bars!
5. Indulge in scrumptious Paleo 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. In my Paleo program https://realhealthylife.lpages.co/simple-paleo/ you will find easy and quick recipes to make this happen.
I provide over 50 mouthwatering Paleo-approved recipes for you to enjoy. You can print out these recipes and while you’re making your meal plan for the week, you can include various other recipes too.
Want to learn more about living Paleo? My Paleo program provides everything you need to adopt a Paleo lifestyle: https://realhealthylife.lpages.co/simple-paleo/
Paleo is a fabulous lifestyle and I hope it changes your life like it has changed mine too. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me and I would be happy to share further knowledge on how to lead your best life ever!
To your health and wellness,
Your coach Elizabeth