I know just how overwhelming it can be to try to figure out what’s healthy and what isn’t healthy. Magazines and online blogs are always promoting the new “trendy” diet.
As a health coach, I actually don’t prescribe any diets for my clients. I believe in the self-discovery method which means you get to discover what works for your unique body. And, I know just the ways to help you find what makes your own body tick.
If you’ve felt a little curious about Thе Pаlео Dіеt, or Grain-Free Lifestyle, then you’ll love my upcoming FREE challenge. You’ll get the chance to test living a Grain Free Lifestyle for 5 whole days! And, you’ll have my support to guide you every step of the way.
My challenge dоеѕ nоt іnсludе grаіnѕ, dаіrу, ѕugаr, оr рrосеѕѕеd fооdѕ – nоnе оf whісh рrоvіdе nutrіtіоnаl vаluе аnd all of which ѕuрроrt dіѕеаѕе-саuѕіng іnflаmmаtіоn іn thе bоdу.
The Living Grain-Free 5 Day Challenge supports eating a healthy mix of organic and pasture-raised meat, fresh vegetables, some fruit, nuts and seeds…and of course, healthy fats and oils!
“Fооd іѕ the fuеl” which mаkеѕ your bоdу thrive! Whаt food you eat bесоmеs thе foundation fоr еvеrу сеll, muѕсlе, tіѕѕuе, аnd оrgаn.
Thе оld аdаgе “уоu аrе whаt уоu еаt” is ѕurрrіѕіnglу truе.
Grains – the food group that plays a big role in the eating habits of millions of people around the world. Oatmeal, YUM! Crackers, YUM! Toast, YUM! Cereal, YUM! Because grains are so often used as a staple – then grains have to be just as important as meats, fruits and veggies, right?
But grains make up a hefty spot on the food pyramid so they must be healthy! Wrong again, just because the government says it’s healthy, doesn’t mean it is. I can name you 14 foods off the top of my head that are banned in other countries but served in America.
But I need the fiber! Um, sorry…wrong again. You can get it elsewhere, like in a myriad of fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds – sources that don’t have all the other bad stuff in them like toxins.
So as you can see, the importance of grains in a diet is actually pretty much a tale spun by the American food industry. It’s been regurgitated by moms around the world. That’s a tough pill to swallow, isn’t it?
Health advocates around the world, especially those who follow a Grain Free lifestyle, understand that grains can actually pose a great harm to your body. If you have gut or digestive issues and eat a lot of grains, it can lead to illness, disease and even death (in severe Celiac disease cases). To discover if going Grain Free is right for you then click here to join my FREE CHALLENGE. It’s full of many delicious recipes, and you’ll lose the inflammation and unwanted weight in no time!
However, grains are so ingrained (funny, huh?) in our lifestyle, that my clients and so many others can say they want to ditch the grains, but find it so difficult to actually do it. So I want to share with you some of my tips for going grain-free.
- Don’t go cold turkey and ditch the grains all at once. Some can do this, but most people will quit all at once and then sabotage their efforts a few days later with a binge. To gradually incorporate this new lifestyle, you can first begin by ditching the unhealthiest grains (sugary cereal, fruit bars, white rice, etc.); instead opt for healthier versions (quinoa, brown rice, etc.) Once you’ve done that, gradually cut down your portions of grains meal by meal until none exist in your diet.
- Fill up on proteins, veggies and healthy fats. If you eat plenty of these items, you’re not going to crave the grains as much because your nutrient needs will be satisfied, and you’ll feel fuller longer. For example, eat lots of fish, clean meats, and veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, peas, bell peppers, spinach, tomatoes, etc. Also, don’t forget to add healthy fat to each meal – such as avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, nut butter, etc.
- Don’t keep the grains in your house. As they say – out of sight is out of mind. This holds true for the grains. If you don’t keep them in your house (after they’re gone for good), you’ll be more likely not to eat them.
- Prepare meals in advance. This tip has saved me so much time, patience, and sanity when I decided to change my lifestyle. I often write a meal plan at the beginning of each week and then shop, and prepare the food during the weekend. Prepping meals like this prevents you from binging on grains when you’re hungry. Purchase glass containers and mason jars to store your food in the freezer after cooking. Then, all you’ll have to do is pop your food into the oven or toaster oven to reheat. There will be no time to reach for the sugary-granola bars.
- Indulge in scrumptious Paleo recipes. Another nuisance that could prevent you from experiencing success with your new lifestyle choice is boredom. If you’re making the same chicken and broccoli every day, you’re going to get bored and revert back to your old lifestyle. Therefore, it’s so important to try out new recipes all the time. I have a bunch posted on my website and Pinterest is an AWESOME resource for recipes – just search for Paleo!
Want to learn more about living Grain Free?
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