Category: Grains

Super Simple Avocado Toast

Super Simple Avocado Toast

Ingredients:

2 slices toast (sourdough or gluten free bread)
1 clove garlic, peeled
1/2 avocado
1 T extra virgin olive oil (I use Lucini)
sea salt, fresh cracked pepper + red pepper flakes to taste

Directions:

Toast your bread. Once you remove your bread from the toaster, drag your garlic clove over the face of the bread so that the heat lets the clove melt into the bread. Smear your avocado on top of both pieces. Season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes and finish with a quick drizzle of olive oil. Good morning!

Why Low Carb Diets Don’t Work for Most People

Why Low Carb Diets Don’t Work for Most People

Have you been trying to follow a low carb diet for years?  The truth is that low carb diets just don’t work in the long run.  Most people crave carbohydrates, and if you remove them from your diet altogether, it will make you want them even more.  Here are a few reasons why low carb diets do not work for everyone.

They make you stressed out and sad

If you find yourself having a short temper and yelling at the kids and your husband it might because you are depriving yourself of carbs.  People who eat carbs are calmer, happier and more focused than those who are carb-deprived.  In fact, those who don’t eat carbs are routinely stressed out.  Your stress is caused because carbs boost mood-regulating chemicals that reduce stress in the brain and foods that are fatty and high in protein can deplete them.

Low carb diets can make you fatter

Low carb dieters feel lots of stress and depression, and this can derail their weight loss efforts.  Your efforts may fail because stress causes the production of higher levels of hormones including cortisol that will effectively increase your appetite and cause you to go on a major binge.

It is not possible to sustain a low carb diet!

You may be able to do a low carb diet for six weeks or a few months, but if you try to do it for a lifetime, it is much harder to follow.  Only about 75% of people who use a low carb plant can stay on that diet for the long term.

Low Carb Diets Cause Belly Bloat

Belly bloat is a major symptom of constipation that is a side effect of following a low carb diet.  For those who are trying to follow a low carb diet, the constant constipation is a problem while about 30% of the non-dieting population or 35% of dieters who eat more carbs are also constipated.

A Low Carb Diet Can make you feel Deprived

Most low carb diets fail because a person ends up craving carbs.  When you stop eating carbs, it is impossible to avoid the pitfall of a binge when you let your guard down.  If you are on a diet, the first place you will see, metabolic changes is in the gastrointestinal tract.  Metabolic changes can cause constipation because you are no longer eating as much fiber as you once did with high carb foods including bread and pasta.  Dropping fiber intake will increase constipation.

If you follow a low carb diet the right way, you are replacing starchy foods with high fiber vegetables that help to reverse constipation by providing increased fiber.  It is important to eat as many as five servings of low-carb vegetables every day including lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower to keep bowels healthy while not interfering with the progress of the weight loss.

A low carb diet helps you to lose weight because it ignites fat burning processes that are called “dietary ketosis.”  The keytones are also believed to provide an appetite suppressant effect.  Low carb dieters also face fast dehydration, so it is important to consume a lot of extra water every day.   It is important to drink enough water to keep yourself hydrated, and this can help to alleviate constipation.  The other main low carb diet issue is bad breath.  Ketones produced can produce a fruity odor or chemical odor.  The smell is coming from metabolic changes so is not dental-related, meaning that no amount of brushing or flossing is going to help with the bad breath issue.  Drinking more water can also handle this problem.

Some people can handle a low carb diet well while others fail miserably.  What you must remember is that dietary changes are generally for life, not just for the short term, so you need to decide what you can tolerate for lifelong changes in your diet.

Why Grains are an Unhealthy Choice

Why Grains are an Unhealthy Choice

We have all heard a lot of different reasons from the time that we were young about why we need to eat grains and how they are healthy for our bodies. The emerging evidence is that this is no longer true for a variety of reasons.

Here are the reasons we have been told that we need to eat grains:

  1. You need the fibre! For years, we have been told that we need the fibre that grains provide, but the truth is completely different.  In fact, scientists have discovered that high-fibre foods can rupture the gastrointestinal tract by banging up against the cells that line it and rupturing their outer covering.  The result is that it the lubricating mucus is increased.  If a person has irritable bowel syndrome, they should consider not eating grain because they truly do not need it.  In fact, there are a lot of fibres contained in vegetables that cover and replace what you would get from grains.
  1. Grains contain minerals and vitamins. Yes, you need to ingest the necessary vitamins and minerals for your body including B1, B2, iron, potassium, zinc and magnesium, but you do not need to eat carb-dense grain that is bulky.  Eat a giant salad instead!
  1. Grains are the foundation of the food pyramid. This thinking has not been examined for many decades, and it is completely wrong.  In fact, grains are the most pointless food in a healthy diet.
  1. Grains contain lectins that bind to insulin receptors, human intestinal lining and attack the stomach lining. They can also be the cause of leptin resistance that worsens metabolic syndrome.
  1. Grains also contain gluten that is found in barley, rye and wheat and is a composite of the proteins glutenin and gliadin. People who are gluten intolerant can suffer from deficient vitamin D3 and calcium levels, bone defects and hyperparathyroidism.  Some people are not celiac, but they test positive for anti-gliadin IgA in their waste products. If this is in stool, then it is because your body is trying to fight the threat of gluten.
  1. Phytates, also contained in grain, cause minerals to be bio-unavailable, so it renders the consumption of cereal grain pointless.
  1. Modern grain milling is very efficient and fast. It gives the processing plant a large amount of control over how the grain is separated and creates flour that lasts forever.  It can be shipped over long distances to provide food for massive populations.  It remains pest free because there is nothing in it that pests want or need nutritionally.   It was the very first processed food and allows shelf stable foods to be created months ahead of the time of their distribution.
  1. Grain milling eliminates the proteins, lipids, vitamins, and minerals that are found in bran, germ and shorts. The middlings are the nutritional portion of the grain that is used in animal feeds, ironically.
  1. Although white flour is harmful and contains no known nutrients, it is one of the most widely used products worldwide.
  1. Wheat has been engineered to be drought and pest resistant. It is simple to harvest, giving farmers a higher yield per acre.  The biological manipulation that has hybridized wheat, which has increased the gluten, creating an end product that results in fluffier baking products.  Today we are eating grains that are bleached, chemically treated and converted into a “food” that no other living animal on the planet will eat.

Simply put, there is no good reason for people to eat grains or to rely on them as part of their diet.  We don’t need grains in our diet as part of our survival.  They are a natural pest deterrent in the wild and are not something you want to put into your body.