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I get asked this question a fair bit via email and often send long replies about my own personal experience in this area. I have been meaning to prepare a post about it for some time as it is an issue that affects many, including myself and to use that old cliche...if I can do it, anyone can.
Although I have been cooking grain free for my husband for many years I have often personally wavered in and out of grain free eating. I have always struggled with very strong sugar and refined grain/bad fat cravings (ie: fast/junk food). Pregnancy and motherhood pushed me over the edge. I have often been very frustrated with myself as I really do know better.
So, here is me. In the picture on the left (Bad photo I had to crop to cut out the innocent...this is AFTER I had already lost about 22 lbs / 10 kg of baby weight), this is what happens to me when I am eating grains. I get very quickly out of control. Its not pretty. I feel bloated and exhausted. My blood sugar goes crazy. I get depressed.
On the right, this is me after only 4 months "back on track", after removing the grains and refined sugar out of my diet (cough, again).
I am back in control, no longer suffering from depression or hormone related mood swings.
I have more energy, think clearer and generally just power through my day. Mental clarity is something I really notice in particular.
A rather nasty post pregnancy POP (pelvic organ prolapse) that was looking at hysterectomy territory is now manageable and liveable, a wonderful side effect of dropping the excess weight and also the fact that a grain and sugar free diet is naturally anti-inflammatory
So, here is how I did it...
I am a keen reader and love discovering new information that helps me on my grain free journey. Welcome to a regular new post on the Grain Free Living Blog were I give the run down of the links I've been reading recently. Some of these links get shared on Facebook/Twitter but then they tend to get lost. I've been looking for a way to keep track of them and adding them to the links page isn't practical as the list would get overwhelmingly long and hard to categorise, so I have decided to just post the links for my (and hopefully your) future reference in a regular post.
This post collects together my reading on healthy fats and oils as well as a fascinating article discussing the vegetarian vs meat eater debate.
One of the biggest learning curves you'll need to make when embarking on a gluten-free and grain-free lifestyle is working out all the sneaky places grains lurk for the unsuspecting shopper.
Its challenging for a gluten-free person but even more so for the grain-free as refined maize features so prominently as an additive in nearly all processed food. So even if something is clearly labelled "gluten free" in many cases the product can still contain a grain-based additive.
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