Weight-loss Trap #4: Eat Whole Grains for Good Health
Every time I go to the doctor, I hear them preach about the necessity of incorporating whole grains into my diet.
These are the same doctors who look like they haven’t had a good night’s sleep since high school and are usually carrying an extra 30-40 lbs. Half the time, these same doctors are coughing and looking like they are about to drop any minute.
Kind of hard to take nutrition advice from people that eat office doughnuts between patients.
It takes everything I have not to take them by the hand and have the talk with them: the one where I tell them that grains, of any kind, are inflammatory to the body.
Conventional grains are at the root of Inflammation, which can present as different symptoms with weight gain as one of the more benign of the lot.
Some of the more serious side-effects of a diet full of inflammatory foods include joint pain, metabolic syndrome, water retention and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes.
The history of wheat
There was a time, waaaay back, when wheat was actually good for us.
Because wheat is a hearty crop and can withstand severe climates, it became one of the top three crops to be planted.
It then became one of the first processed foods. And with the processing came the removal of pretty much anything that made it nutritious. Everything from calcium to zinc has been removed.
The other thing that happened with the processing of wheat was the addition of irradiation for pest control.
The thought was that this would eliminate the pests that found their way into grains and flours during long periods of storage. Irradiation kills fruit flies, acts as a mold preventative and delays or prevents sprouting.
The problem with irradiation is that studies have shown this causes immune resistance, decreases fertility, damages kidneys, depresses growth rates and reduces vitamins A, B-complex, C, E and K.
This is your body on grains
All of this leads to problems for our bodies in the form of chronic digestive disorders and inflammation.
Normally, inflammation wouldn’t be an issue because it’s the body’s response to injury or wounds. But being in a chronic state of inflammation creates an environment that's friendly to diseases including heart disease, metabolic syndrome (which causes weight gain), cancer, autoimmune diseases like fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s, depression and even schizophrenia.
When talking about weight gain, the usual suspect is metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a fairly new epidemic that comes from eating too many carbs, especially refined ones.
Those carbs cause the pancreas to work overtime, producing insulin in order to regulate the amount of sugar levels when glucose, from carbs, is present. When there is too much glucose in the blood, the insulin turns it into fat and if those glucose levels are always high, the cells become resistant to insulin and out of this, metabolic syndrome is born.
I believe these are all good reasons to opt out of the “eating whole grains is good for you” type of thinking. Personal experience agrees.
My overall health has been so much better since I removed grains of all kinds. As long as I refrain from grains and sugar, my fibromyalgia stays in check and my weight stays consistent.
I was even in the pre-diabetic category for two years prior to the lifestyle changes I made. Within the first month of eating ketogenic, I went back to the normal range and have stayed there ever since.
Whether it be for health or weight, going grain-free does a body good.