Is Grain-Free the Way to Be?

You've probably noticed the war on grains these days. With "experts" demonizing gluten and paleo proponents living grain free because that's how our ancestors lived, you are probably scared to eat another piece of bread or you think they're all a special kind of crazy because you're clearly not giving up sandwiches anytime soon. Regardless of where you fall on that spectrum, I will share with you the reasons why I, more often that not, go against the grain when it comes to making food choices for myself... as you've probably noticed based on all of my super delicious grain-free cookies, brownies and pancakes

Lately I've been "going against the grain" and eating more veggies and wild-caught salmon or responsibly-raised chicken and honestly, haven't felt better. 

Lately I've been "going against the grain" and eating more veggies and wild-caught salmon or responsibly-raised chicken and honestly, haven't felt better. 

  • No more bloat. Or at least a lot less bloating. I'll occasionally upset my digestion by overeating or with poor food combining, but overall, giving up the grain has made me feel a lot lighter and leaner. 
  • Brain health. Alzheimer's and dementia run in my family and that is SCARY. Seeing my grandmother turn from a spunky little lady into a shell of the woman she once was with my mother caring for her every need from bathing to eating to every other basic human function and my father getting frustrated with his brain for forgetting everything, brain health is one of my top priorities. I don't want my babies or husband to ever have to watch me "lose my mind" and most importantly, myself, to these awful diseases. So, since research backs eating less grains {and SUGAR} for brain health then that's what I'm going to do. 
  • Nutrition boost. They say you are what you eat, but what they should say is you are what you can assimilate and digest. Phytates are present in grains. These anti-nutrients bind to minerals in your body making them unusable. So, it's thought that the nutrients in grains are far less absorbable and frankly, deemed useless since they can't be absorbed. I put a lot of thought into what I eat, so I want to make sure every beautiful nutrient is being absorbed and assimilated to make me feel and look my best. Especially since sleep is not as plentiful as it once was... 
Grain free is great, but this is so much better... at least once in a while  ;) #treatyoself

Grain free is great, but this is so much better... at least once in a while  ;) #treatyoself

Sometimes, a slice of sprouted-grain bread is just a necessity. Yum!

Sometimes, a slice of sprouted-grain bread is just a necessity. Yum!

So, that's basically, in a nut shell, why I've slowly been giving up the grain. I really don't miss them at all. Occasionally I think I want a slice of pizza, but then I remember how it makes me feel and I quickly change my mind. I am only human though and I do splurge occasionally. Like, I will never {nope, not ever} give up eating corn-based tortilla chips on Mexican night or any other, I'm-craving-salty-right-now night {morning, afternoon...}. Nor will I pass up an ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookie if the opportunity presents itself and it's not paleo. Bonus points if said cookie is dotted throughout with super-bad-for-you m&m's. Hey, what can I say? If you are going to splurge make it worth it. I'm not going to eat pie just because it's there or a slice of cake because I just don't like them that much. I'll save my splurge for the good stuff!

What is the guilty pleasure you'll never give up? What do you think about going grain free? Have you noticed any benefits to lessening or giving up grains altogether?