Have you ever imagined eating a grain-free meal? Americans are so used to consuming grains that many people will feel unsatisfied if they don’t get to eat bread, pasta or dessert with their meals.
It also doesn’t help that the USDA Food Pyramid recommends generous servings of bread, cereal, pasta and rice per day.
Eating a diet loaded with grains will increase your insulin levels and impair your body’s ability to burn fat, leading to weight gain, at the very least.
Your so-called “grain addiction” stems the “high” that you get from eating grain products. Grains are essentially comfort foods and produce a spike in your blood sugar, which comes with a corresponding insulin release to compensate for the blood sugar surge.
Eating grains also releases serotonin, a “feel good” neurotransmitter that induces relaxation and a state of wellbeing
Aside from weight gain, your habit of eating grains in every meal will impair your body’s ability to function properly – sapping your energy, give you digestive problems and leave you prone to disease.
That is why you should limit or even entirely eliminate grains from your diet based on your Nutritional Type.
You can break free from this addictive cycle by not eating grains for three days, Dr. Joseph Mercola, DO, explains. The first step is by giving the no-grain diet a shot. You’ll be surprised at the number of delicious and nutritious grain-free recipes you can try.
Here is a sample grain-free menu:
- Breakfast – no-grain pancakes with cinnamon butter, homemade sausage patties (grass-fed beef or bison) and Dr. Mercola’s green juice (the beginner’s juice consists of celery, cucumber and fennel)
- Lunch – energy soup (composed of herbs and vegetables), Asian salad, hearty stew (turkey)
- Snacks – Chicken and vegetable wrap using Romaine lettuce with walnut garlic sauce
- Dinner – Squash spaghetti with tomato meat sauce
At the beginning, you may feel hungry after eliminating grains from your meals. This means you will likely have to adjust the ratio of protein, fat and carbohydrates in your diet. Try eating more protein and lesser carbs, or more carbs and lesser fat.
Grain-free recipes are just one part of the no-grain diet. Understanding the no-grain diet principles will help you continually adjust the program so it can work for you. Grab a copy of Dr. Mercola’s No-Grain Diet to get more grain-free recipes and learn how to eat the no-grain way.