Going Grain-Free

Lisa Austin Blogs, Nutrition Related

I’m just going to come right out and say it. This week you should just say NO to bread.

 

You don’t have to do it forever but I strongly suggest you try it for 2-4 weeks and see how you feel!

Giving up the bread in your diet might seem challenging in the beginning, but I promise you will learn something about yourself and your body by the time you are done. Not only that, but can you imagine the massive sense of accomplishment when you start noticing all the benefits and how INCREDIBLE you feel?

If you don’t get rid of your brain fog, have more energy, and just all around feel better by the end of the week, I’ll do 25 burpees in your honor 😉 Send me a message and tell me how you did with this experiment!

Let’s face it: eating just a single slice of bread isn’t the end of the world- but when you’re eating bread, cookies, and other baked goods on a regular basis, it starts to take a toll in more ways than one. Most people have a couple of slices most days of the week and then it just adds up from there.

Research can go a long way

I’ve done a lot of research on this and I find this to be very interesting…

I am not telling you to go gluten-free but reducing certain grains can certainly affect how you feel for another reason. Gluten is the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. These cereals also happen to be high in FODMAPs (mostly fructans). ’Gluten-free’ foods are usually based on rice flour, corn flour, potato flour and quinoa which are low in FODMAPs. So by choosing gluten-free you may also be choosing low FODMAP.

When grains are refined (as they are in most baked goods, even “whole wheat” varieties), they’re stripped of their fiber. That means your body absorbs them fast, leading your blood sugar to spike (and which can make you gain belly fat). And then, shortly after, your blood sugar levels crash, giving you cravings while leaving you feeling tired.

Food with fiber will always be the better alternative when it comes to eating clean and watching your waistline. Foods rich in fiber help you stay fuller longer by slowing the absorption rate… and helping to keep your blood sugar levels more even.

Grain-Free doesn’t have to be boring

Do you cringe at the thought of living life without a sandwich? Here are a few suggestions for alternatives:

~ Ezekiel bread for sandwiches or toast
~ Lettuce wraps
~ Cauliflower pizza crust

…and for more ideas, check out this post to make this easier.

Challenge yourself and eliminate the breads, cookies, cakes, and other baked goods (basically anything with refined grains in it) from your diet for, at least, an entire week but if you can, and better yet, go for a month.

Learn by Experimenting

Every day, make sure that you take note of a few things and rate the following questions on a scale of 1-10 with one being “barely functioning or awful” and 10 being “wow, this is great!”

~How do you feel?

~How much energy do you have?

~How well are you able to focus?

~How does your skin look?

~How is your digestion?

~How well are you sleeping at night?

Experimenting is the only way you will truly learn what works best for your body. Everyone is different and what works for one may not be what’s best for you. Write down the things you notice each day and at the end of the experiment review your notes. There may be a day or two where your body may feel sluggish when it’s clearing the clutter and adjusting to going without bread but you may not notice any symptoms at all. Be objective and decide then whether or not you will continue to go grain-free. 🙂

I would love to know what your results are and what you notice during your experiment.  Send me a message and let me know or share it in a post in my Simply Fit Facebook Group.