A useful list of what is a grain, and what is NOT a grain. It doesn’t include everything. But its a good start.
You don’t need to throw out your cookbooks. Use this list as a guide, you can easily convert any “normal” recipe into a grain-free, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free or anything else free with a little bit of know-how. (more…)
The benefits of a grain-free diet has been proven through the personal experience of hundreds of people worldwide who have experienced significant relief from symptoms of crohn’s disease (and many other illnesses of the digestive system) and also for chronic fatigue.
This is not a diet of just salad and protein. That would be really, really boring. And restrictive. (I should also point out that it is NOT ANYTHING LIKE OR TO DO WITH the Aiken’s Diet or any other low carb eating plans. This is a diet for intestinal and immune health and wellbeing, and it is total lifestyle change and it not a DIET in the traditional sense of the word, although for simplicity I tend to refer to it as that).
To my mind, the typical Australian or American diet is WAY more boring. Think about it:
You get up in the morning and have the same old cereal (wheat), muesli (wheat) or toast. (wheat)
Mid-morning tea you have a coffee or tea and some biscuits (wheat)
One of the first things I hear going through people’s (by people I usually mean doctors and traditionally trained mainstream dieticians) minds when I tell them we are grain free is “gasp, that must be so unhealthy, cutting out AN ENTIRE FOOD GROUP”
Firstly, lets get one thing completely clear. Going grain free is NOT a low carb eating plan. Don’t listen to ignorant people who assume that cutting out grains is “completely cutting out a food group and isn’t that really dangerous and doesn’t it mean that you are going to be malnourished because you don’t eat bread or rice and pasta?”
Well, to see where this idea comes from, lets take a look at the typical modern day food pyramid:
Grain-Free is the elimination of all grains including wheat, rice, corn, millet, barley and oats. A grain-free diet has been proven through the personal experience of hundreds of people worldwide who have experienced significant relief from symptoms of crohn’s disease (and many other illnesses of the digestive system) and also for chronic fatigue. Main-stream medicine disputes this due to the fact that the so-called evidence is anecdotal in nature, and cannot be backed up or substantiated by clinical trials or studies. They will tell you that there is no evidence that diet can play such a pivotal role.
Quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat are technically not grains and so (technically) they are allowed. However according to the SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet), GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet) and Paleo rules, these are still not permitted. I feel that whether you would have these or not would depend on your own personal experience of these non-grains and whether you felt you could tolerate them or not. Everyone is different.
When first starting a grain-free diet it can be a little freaky to have all your staple foods suddenly taken away. The following meal suggestions for breakfast, lunch and dinner show how easy it is to eat a varied, interesting and nutritionally complete grain-free diet.