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Why Grain Free? Part 2

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Why Grain Free? Part 2: Harmful Effect of Grains

Earlier I shared why we went grain free for a while. You can read that post here

It took a lot of research for me to even consider this… I loved my carbs and bread and pasta… 

So what kind of research did I find?

First, I learned about phytates that are part of the grain. This is mother natures way of “protecting” the grain so it would pass through the stool and then germinate once “deposited.” These phytates bind to other nutrients (like magnesium) in your foods and aren’t digested or absorbed. It is like starving yourself from the inside – but the calories are getting absorbed. You get fatter, just without the nutrients. read more

Fermented foods and why they are good for you

Fermented Foods and Why They are good for You

What are fermented foods?

Yogurt, grass-fed cheese, pickles, sauerkraut, fermented bread like sourdough, kombucha, kefir, kimchi, olives all are traditionally fermented foods.

Modern companies have found ways to cut down on the fermentation process by use of chemicals and vinegars, thus removing the beneficial factors of fermented foods. Olives are now treated with a lye solution then packed in a salt solution when canned instead of going through the fermentation process. So even if you are eating pickles on your hamburger, you probably aren’t getting the added benefits (besides commercial pickles usually have added preservatives) . Yogurt is usually low fat and loaded with sugar (two things that make it a very unhealthy option). read more

Why Grain Free? Part 1

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Why You Should Go Grain Free

Grain Free? Wait – haven’t you looked at the food pyramid??? Aren’t we supposed to get 9-11 servings of breads, cereals, grains each day? No bread, no pasta? Are you crazy?!?

This was my exact internal conversation when I started reading about giving up grains.

I am by no means an expert on this – I do have personal experience and I think that matters. I know most of what I know about grains and what they do to us from reading Mark’s blog at Mark’s Daily Apple and Kate at Modern Alternative Mama. read more