We all avoid grains. But, why? There is an unlimited amount of reasons to do so. I want to know why YOU avoid grains. We all learn better when we here opinions from a variety of people. Do you avoid them simply because its a non paleo food or have you had specific problems with them? Maybe you have way more energy or have lost weight.
Tell us why YOU avoid them - not why your friend Fred avoids them.
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- They are crack-cocaine to me. Fiber-One bars? Breakfast cereal? Bread? Crackers? Chips? Rendered me insatiable. My life is so much more sane without the case of the nomnomnoms brought on by grains.
- Knowing that the longer I'm off grains, the more likely I am to be sickened once I eat them, makes it easier for me to stay away.
- On a TMI note, I'm a lot less bloated without grains in my diet.
- It's forcing me to eat a far wider variety of animal protein, veggies, and fruits in order to get my fuel, and I know those are more nutrient-dense and better for me.
- I have a lot more even energy and also better sleep because I'm not riding the insulin roller coaster.
No Counting Calories.
More room for tasty tasty Meat.
Superhuman immune system
No Digestive Issues
Avoiding grains effectively ended the migraine headaches that had plagued me since childhood.
I avoid grains because I love them. But love means never having to say you're sorry, so I try to avoid all contact nowadays.
Really though, I second the "grain as crack" idea. I absolutely love(d) stuffing my face full of bread, chips, and candy. No noticeable acute grain detriments for me though.
- Ten chips are never enough
- Bread and olive oil taste so healthy
- Nutella demands attention once it lodges itself in your cabinet
- Ice cream makes me susceptible to colds
- Ice cream makes me susceptible to indigestion
- I don't like holes in my gut
- Grains cause me to break out in eczema
- Grains cause uncomfortable bowel movements (for me....ahem*...)
- I also get slightly bloated after ingesting grains
- Fatty-fat tastes so much better...mmmm....
1 - All headaches have gone away since dropping grains from my diet.
2 - All heartburn has gone away since dropping grains from my diet.
3 - I'm 25lbs lighter.
4 - I've learned what they do to my body.
5 - I'm not a grazing herd animal; I've learned not to eat like one.
Five reasons i do not eat grains (although soba noodles in japan were seriously delicious):
allows me to eat more roasted chickens
makes life generally simpler as far as shopping, cooking, etc.
allows me to eat more at a meal without any "heavy" feeling later. Bloat some call it. whatever. I just never feel bad after eating now (which sounds funny when you stop and read that, but its true that so many people look at eating as this thing that will make them feel WORSE!)
keeps me from binging on crap. With grain foods i never had perspective on how much energywise i was consuming so, bam, whole bag of chips, or giant bowl of cereal, blah blah just goes down too easily. Not natural.
Makes me confident that i am healthier and lead a happier life. Just knowing that goes a long, long way.
- No grains = veins on abdomen with almost no effort/exercise
- No more digestion issues
- Better skin
- No Grain = Low-Carb = Low-Insulin = Longer Healthier Life
- Did I mention veins on my abs? ;)
1) Most grain products are gluten products. I really love not having to take off work because of debilitating seasonal allergies every other week anymore.
2) Of all the food groups recognized as "real food" out there, grains are of the least nutritious. Not worth make a point to include from a nutritional standpoint.
3) When I have $15, I'd rather spend it on a ribeye than a plate of cheap pasta. There are far too many tasty foods out there to waste every meal mourning bread.
4) Not including grains makes it easier to manage my carb intake. I'm pretty "moderate carb" by Paleo standards, but since grain-based convenience foods are off the menu, it's a lot easier to not be stupid with my carb consumption.
5) Laziness/creativity. You could look at it either way. I'm too lazy to make homemade gluten free baked goods all the time. I'm too creative to think a lunch is not a lunch without something stuffed between two slices of bread.
That said, my reasons for eating some grains anyway:
1) Nutrition isn't the only valuable reason to eat. Eating Mexican food, complete with nixtamalized corn, gives me a great deal of pleasure.
2) I have no digestive or immune issues with certain grains. Grains don't give me any additional metabolic issues over any other carb source. No need to make my diet any more complicated than it has to be.
3) Some grains are just as nutrient-dense as some tubers.
4) The antinutrient content of most grains is far less than that of most nuts.
5) I'm too lazy/creative with my food, so my overall consumption of grains in the grand scheme of my diet is so low, it's not worth becoming dogmatic about it.
I avoid grains because:
- Without them I lose weight effortlessly
- Without them I am not hungry constantly
- Without them I can eat juicy, fat meat instead
- Without them I no longer have constant flatulence and a bloated belly like a troll
- Without them my mind is clear and focused
I will avoid grains short of starvation, as the difference in me is so marked and wonderful without them. I have lost 10 lbs since mid November. I was despairing that I had old age weight gain at 54, and there was nothing I could do, slower metabolism and all that. It was not true. I am female, 5'2, and went from 123 to 113 and still losing; all thanks to Paleo.
Awhile back I posted about recurrence of Grover's Disease after an eat-anything-I-damned-well-want carby grain-product-y binge at an enormous buffet after having it in remission for some time. That was a few weeks ago, and it's since healed except for one little spot. So knowing what I know about grains, and specifically how they affect me, I got plenty of reasons to avoid the little bastards.
In my case my five are: (a)No more IBS (b) It makes it easy to stay slim and eat as much as I like (c) No more gluten making me sick and depressed (d) No waiting for half an hour or more for damn whole grains to cook (e) More room for bacon! (this should be no 1)
I am also a slave to the "crack" that is processed carbs. I'm almost 40 years old and have always had weight issues. I've never been successful in losing more than 20 pounds and keeping it off until I cut the grains out. I'm down 45 pounds now and it's been pretty easy. Even easier since I really didn't realize I had any physical issues with grains until I quit eating them and then had the occasional cheat meal where it made me sick as a dog for two days after. Never have gas or bloating, cramps and general lethargy while eating paleo.
I am heading towards insulin issues. I didn't know it, and I am not terribly overweight, but I thought that I was having hypoglycemia, but when I purchased a glucometer, I found out that I was at the high end of normal. I have also listened to every one of Robb Wolf's podcast and he really sells how bad they are. I do notice digestive issues when I have them, so I avoid them completely. I definitely have much more of a flat belly without them. I know about all of the inflammation that they cause in the body and based on the nutrition, I don't think that they are worth it at all. Since I have been off of them, I don't crave them. I actually think that they sound disgusting! From a girl, that ate pizza every day :) Woo hoo!
I binged on pizza and waffles 4 days and I am so sick. Taking 4 days to finally feel OK. Grain is disgusting. And any packaged grain is like puffed air. No substance. Signed up for farm delivery and excited to fall in love w fresh veggies. Who knew fresh picked veggies were so tender and ridiculously delicious? ?
- Stomach Pain
- More Energy than ever!
My reasons are not unlimited:
They mess with my intestinal health.
Now that I've been off them, I feel really bad when I eat them (stomach cramping, bloat, gas, trips to the potty)
They mess with my blood sugar, causing hard to correct swings.
Everything I've read about them is negative, with no real upside (except eating them to avoid starvation). Facts about grains that support not eating them: high carb (glucose/insulin response), not nutrient dense, gluten, WGA, lectins, gliadins, phytates - I think that's more than enough!!
I avoid grains based on the science. I actually tolerate them just fine and lost 85 lbs on a high carb low fat diet (I exercised a lot). However, I have not done nearly as much cardio and i'm still at least 10 lbs away from my lean weight. i'm 5'10 180 lbs but for some reason I have gained some weight due to inactivity. Shouldn't it be the other way around if i'm following Paleo soundly? Must be the cheats every now and then... Although sometimes I do wonder if I would get back to the shape i was in on a high carb diet, since I was never sick I don't think i'm gluten intolerant. Be it the case, would including a little grain be disastrous?
Each 1g of carbohydrate holds 4g of water. I don't like to be bloated, puffy, and have diarrhea. A also didn't enjoy taking insulin 3 times a day when i was 300lbs. I prefer having a metabolism that utilizes fat for fuel instead of leaving it behind to clog my arteries and make my clothes too tight. Oh yeah, and the insulin spikes that come from 8-10 servings of grains/day...and the MS symptoms that they make worse...I don't like those either.
I do however, have one "cheat" meal per week without ill effects. So strictly paleo? No...but what I do works for me.