How to Live a Grain-Free Life
5 Tricks That Will Help You Kick Grains to the Curb
Grains – the food group that plays a big role in the eating habits of millions of kids around the world. Oatmeal, YUM! Crackers, YUM! Mashed potatoes, YUM! Toast, YUM! Cereal, YUM!
Sure, as moms we always tell our kids they need to eat their veggies too, but many moms also always serve some sort of grain for or with breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks as well – so 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, 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 here.
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. 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, leading to illness and disease. To learn more about Grain-Free as a lifestyle and more on why grains are so harmful, please visit here.
However, grains are so ingrained (cute, 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, rice, etc.) and instead opt for healthier versions (quinoa, brown rice, etc.) Once you’ve done that, gradually cut done 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 the healthy fat to each meal – such as avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, nut butters, 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. I realize you may be thinking, what about the kids food/snacks? If you are brave you can encourage your whole family to try giving up grains. Or, you can just make the change for yourself and let them see that you actually can survive without grains! If you have a child with digestive or even learning or behavioral issues, this may be a good time to change their diet and see if you notice any improvements.
Prepare meals in advance.
This tip has saved me so much time, patience, and sanity when I decided to change my lifestyle. I always write a meal plan at the beginning of each week and then shop, and prepare as much of the food as possible all in the same day. Try engaging the entire family with the prep if you can. Prepping meals once a week prevents you from bingeing on grains when you’re hungry. Purchase glass containers and mason jars to store your food in the freezer after cooking. There will be no time to reach for the granola bars.
Indulge in scrumptious Grain-Free 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. In my Grain-Free program for sale here https://restoredmoms.com/moms-clean-eating/, I provide over 50 mouthwatering Grain-Free-approved recipes for my clients to enjoy. You can use these recipes and then when you’re making your meal plan for the week, you can include various recipes each week.
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