Our new diet is free of all grains, legumes, and refined sugars (local, raw honey and coconut crystals are the only sweeteners we consume). We are not consuming wheat, rye, buckwheat, rice, oats, corn, amaranth, triticale, etc....This goes way beyond gluten free.
Why choose such a radical diet? For health. For radiant, abundant, health and the promise of a life free from degenerative diseases and obesity. If you would like to learn more, please continue reading. Below are videos to watch, a reading list, and websites to reference.
Does this seem radical? Too good to be true? Why wait until you are sick to change your diet? Be proactive and enjoy the benefits of health without having to get sick first. Here is an example of the power of healing through diet. Dr. Terry Wahls was diagnosed with secondary progressive MS. Here is a video in which she explains:
It seems that there are consequences to eating a vegetarian/vegan, grain based diet for multiple decades. Sadly, this is something that I have learned first hand. Joint pain, chronic fatigue, acne, esophageal reflux, high cholesterol, poor circulation, bruising, indigestion, abdominal cramping, bloating, endometriosis, and extreme menopausal symptoms are just the beginning. Thankfully, I am learning before the onset of irritable bowl syndrome, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, heart disease, type II diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, colon cancer, obesity, Alzheimer's, dementia, MS, and many other "civilized" diseases.
To learn more about the consequences of a vegetarian/grain based diet please take the time to watch this video. I would also encourage everyone to read the book The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith.
If there were any questions in my mind after watching Dr. Terry Wahls' video or reading The Vegetarian Myth, reading Dr. David Perlmutter's book Grain Brain resolved them beyond any doubt. I can not imagine someone having all of this information and not making the same choices that we have made, but I know it happens. Here is Dr. Perlmutter's website.
BOOKS TO READ (food for thought)
Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter
Brain Maker by Dr. David Perlmutter
The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith
The Wahls Protocol by Dr. Terry Wahls
Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson
The Soil Will Save Us by Kristin Ohlson
JJ Virgin's Sugar Impact Diet by JJ Virgin
COOKBOOKS (good things to eat)
Against All Grain by Danielle Walker
The Heal Your Gut Cookbook by Hilary Boynton and Mary G. Brackett
The Primal Blueprint Cookbook by Mark Sisson
Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo
Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook by Sarah Fragoso
Make it Paleo by Bill Staley and Hayley Mason
And though not a cookbook, I enjoy and have a subscription to Paleo Magazine.
Word of caution: the only paleo baked goods recipes that have worked for me are from Against All Grain. I would advise not bothering with any of the others--I found it an exercise in frustration, time, effort, etc...
The question I am most often asked is: "What do you eat?"
Our diet has been coined primal. Basically, this is a Paleo diet, with raw goat's milk and raw grass fed cow's milk products.
When we first changed our diet, we were following Dr. Terry Wahls' guidelines of 3 C greens, 3 C sulfur rich veggies, 3 C color, healthy protein, healthy fats, and organ meat once a week. I no longer concern myself with measurement, but rather focus on incorporating what I see as the 5 essential elements every day. Each of us consumes the following items every day:
To have balance, 70% of our calories come from healthy fats: extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, grass-fed butter/milk/yogurt/cheese (except for blue), avocados, coconut, olives, nuts and nut butters, and seeds (flaxseed, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, chia).
The bulk of our diet (70%) is vegetables. Protein is consumed in moderate portions. Fruits are consumed whole and raw, in small portions--berries are best--and NO fruit juice!
We also take the supplements suggested by Dr. David Perlmutter:
We no longer eat lunch. Our healthy fats at breakfast keep us going strong through the day, and we are not hungry at that time of day.
MID AFTERNOON SNACK: