If our starch is coming from a grain, as opposed to vegetables or fruit, I don’t think it’s safe – for most people.
If the grains contain the protein “gluten”, we’re ingesting one of the most common allergens out there. If we don’t see typical symptoms, like stomach ache or stuffy nose, that’s because food allergies, or food sensitivities, often manifest in sore joints, headaches, skin problems, fatigue, and auto-immune conditions.
The gluten protein is incredibly difficult to digest; humans don’t even have enzymes for gluten. Gluten goes thru the small intestine IN-completely digested, perforates the intestine wall, and leaks into the blood stream as a large protein. When our immune system sees the big proteins in the blood, it mounts an Immune Attack, and this can manifest as joint pain or an attack on different organs or systems. Pretty serious stuff.
What about gluten-free grains, such as kamult or spelt? They still contain “gliadins”. Gliadins, once digested, become “exorphins”, which are morphine-like compounds that bind to opiate receptors in the brain. Their effect is to cause Addictive Behavior, and Appetite Stimulation. This explains binges and eating way past full.
What about “healthy whole grains”, like buckwheat, quinoa, or millet? Look at their carb counts:
1/2 c oatmeal 29g carb
1/4 c wild rice 34g carb
2 oz wheat pilaf w orzo 40g carb
1/4c barley 32g carb
1/4c quinoa 30g carb
2oz whole wheat pasta 44g
Note that these serving are really, really, small; I mean, who eats a quarter cup? Have you ever measured 2 oz of pasta? I have. It’s miniscule.
4 grams of carbs = 1 tsp of sugar. 2 ounces of pasta is 10 teaspoons of sugar. Think about that.
Excess blood sugar is ALWAYS repackaged as triglycerides, always. I know I’m beating a dead horse here, but high blood sugar is tied to every disease out there through the inflammation and glycatation it causes. It’s also a big cause of Weight Gain.
Next, Paleo Indulgences. I’m talking treats made with almond or coconut flour, plantains, honey, molasses, Swerve, chocolate, cream, nut butters, etc. I’m going to call them P.I. for short, and if you need recipes, search Pintrest.
P.I.s are wonderful for kids. They’re practically a necessity when transitioning from a SAD ( standard american diet) to RWF (real whole food). I LOVE a good paleo cookie or homemade ice cream. But unfortunately, and this is where I am right now, for weight loss, or just leaning out the Junk In The Trunk after a long winter, they need to either go, or be strictly limited. Sad.
But summer clothes just don’t have the “hide the poochy stomach” ability that winter clothes do!
What to do? Set up your house/office so that temptations don’t trigger you. Don’t buy anything that tempts you, because tempting food calls to us, loudly. No lying that we’re buying something “for the kids”. If it’s a temptation, it’s banned. Treats need to be “treats”, and the definition of treat is: “an event or item that is out of the ordinary and gives great pleasure.” Once or twice a week is an out of ordinary event. EVERY DAY IS NOT OUT OF THE ORDINARY.
Girlfriends, thanks to estrogen, a propensity for slow thyroid, very little testosterone, and high cortisol, we just don’t have tons of leeway for jumping off the path of a RWF, fairly low carb diet, if we want to be a healthy weight and feel great. It’s the price of being a woman.
It doesn’t mean we have to starve or exercise a ton – as a matter of fact, that plan slows down thyroid hormones and raises cortisol – exactly what we don’t want. But we do need to pay attention to the details: TONS of vegetables, plenty of good meats and eggs, healthy fats, some fruit, some nuts and seeds, and some real dairy if we tolerate it.
Hours need to go by between meals so that Sugar Burning stops and Fat Burning happens. Avoidance of foods that cause headaches, stomachaches, and skin problems is important; those symptoms are signs of inflammation, which raises cortisol, which inhibits fat burning.
So there’s my Sunday take on grainy carbs and paleo treats. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day, and eat smart!