7-Step grain elimination plan
If you want to avoid grains, you may find this useful:
1 Start by eliminating all wheat products including pasta, breads, cakes, pancakes, biscuits and gravy. Sweets, chocolate bars, sauces, and processed foods could also contain forms of flour. 2 Eat more animal protein such as fish, lamb, beef, chicken, eggs, game, duck and pork. This will fill you so well that after a few days you won’t crave grain. 3 Include more fats such as butter, ghee, duck fat, lard, tallow, coconut oil and olive oil. Macadamia and walnut oils are also delicious. Fat fills you without piling on the pounds. 4 Up your vegetables, (especially the green, leafy, ‘watery’ kind). Veggies are rich in fibre and nutrients – both important in a healthy diet. 5 Eliminate all the other grains now, including rye, barley, oats and spelt. Gluten hides in these grains too. Some places you may not expect grains and gluten are beer, soy sauce, and processed mashed potato. 6 Don’t fall for ‘gluten-free’ as an alternative to grains. There are many really awful gluten-free products on the market – full of chemicals, damaged fats, piles of sugar and other things to avoid. They’re also processed (so not ‘real food’) and high in carbs from starches or non-glutenous grains. Healthy, slim coeliac sufferers may be fine on good gluten-free substitutes; gluten-free fare is not for those trying to lose weight or manage sugar levels. 7 Lastly – eliminate all rice and corn products, as well as so-called ‘healthy’ grains like quinoa and sorghum. They are safer than other grains, but you must go totally grain free to get the full benefit. You’ll never look back! Adding butter, coconut oil and yummy lard to food will fill you faster than all that grain did, and you won’t be hungry for hours. If you lose weight too fast or lose too much weight, add in some sweet potato, butternut and vegetables listed on the ‘Sometimes’ list, and eat more nuts. Don’t be seduced into having grains if you can help it!