Grain free diet: Is ‘no grain’ healthiest?

Certain foods and drinks are triggers to one another. For example, if something you eat (namely refined grains like crackers, etc.) raises your blood sugar too quickly, you will eventually have an energy crash.

You then feel hungry and will want to finish the whole bag or box! Do we continue eating what we think tastes good and harms us or do we learn to change unhealthful addictive eating habits?

You will then gain weight and potentially develop strange symptoms and ailments connected to consuming certain grain. Therefore, you might want to consider adopting a grain free diet, which is essentially plant-based whole food, minus all grain.

I don’t know about you, but alcohol makes me feel hungry. If you do drink alcoholic beverages like beer and wine, you’ll notice you might want chips with it or pizza. Alcohol changes your blood sugar levels.

Snack and junk foods contain tastes we are addicted to. They are oily, salty and sweet. When one drinks, he loses some of his inhibitions with mental clarity. Why do they so often serve salty popcorn or pretzels at your table alongside your beer, wine or whatever? These snacks make you thirsty so you drink more.

Since drinking alcohol also makes you hungry we must find substitutes avoiding refined grains and flour. So, how do we do this? I have a few suggestions…

It’s almost impossible to go to a grain free diet, because refined grain is added to almost everything processed. And, it’s not just wheat. It’s also corn and other grains added to foods in the form of flour or powder. If we are going to buy anything processed, it’s a good idea to start closely reading labels on the product so we know for sure what’s in what we eat.

It’s hard to stop eating wheat. I loved bread, tortillas, crackers, snack and junk food, pies, cakes and just about everything else associated with wheat. But, wheat isn’t the same grain it used to be. There’s a lot more gluten in it than in ancient times.

How do we ever change our eating habits? It’s not easy, but it is doable with time and patience (and a little willpower.)

One of the best things you can do to lose weight and get healthier is to cease eating too many refined grains. You may have to pick and choose your grains carefully, as you may have a sensitivity to whole grain gluten found in wheat, barley and rye but not with millet, quinoa and brown rice. There may be more health benefits of eating whole grain than not [ 1].


Website Title The Journal of Nutrition
Publication Month May
Publication Year2011
Date Accessed February 04, 2018

Note- before you change your diet contact your doctor.