Why Eliminate Grains?
- Cereal grain consumption by humans has happened relatively recently, occurring in most parts of the world between 5,500 and 10,000 years ago. They are therefore a fairly novel food for mankind, and our digestive systems have not had time to sufficiently adapt to using them.
- When looking at the overall pattern of allergy and food intolerance, cereal grains are by far the most common culprit. This is not surprising in view of how recently they have become a part of our diet.
- Whenever cereal-based diets were first adopted as a staple food replacing the primarily animal-based diets of hunter gatherers, there was a characteristic reduction in stature, an increase in infant mortality, a reduction in lifespan, an increased incidence of infectious diseases, an increase in iron-deficiency anemia, an increase in several bone disorders, dental disease and enamel defects - to name but a few. This generally coincides with an overall decline in both the quality and quantity of life.
- Cereal grains are rich in anti-nutrients, such as lectins, which are known to decrease our ability to absorb vital nutrients from other food sources.
- By eating more cereals we tend to displace foods which contain nutients that we need, such as Vitamin C, carotenoids, and Vitamin B12
- Reducing insulin load
- production and consumption driven by needs of capital rather than people, therefore most likely to be wrong.
- Sprouted grains
Plus all grain derived products: pasta, pastries, biscuits, breads, other bakery products and so on. Make sure you read food labels carefully.
What Can I Expect?
Hard to know precisely - that’s one of the main points of doing this diet! If you haven’t eliminated grains from your diet before, you might be in for a bit of a shock. Stick with it. Getting over the first few weeks is the hardest part, from then on its quite a lot easier.
Are There Alternatives
If you are doing the full Stoneage Month programme, then no. One aspect of this programme is that you conduct the inquiry to its full extent, so using substitutes might just serve to sustain addictive eating behaviours, thereby denying you the opportunity to break free of them for a while. In other words, you are going to learn a lot more by completely cutting out these food groups.
In the longer run buckwheat and quinoa, for example, are favoured by many paleo diet enthusiasts in the USA, as these are not actually grains and can be used to make grain-like foods - pancakes, quiches etc. That’s probably something to look forward to after the first month, once you have discovered just how much grains have dominated your world hitherto. We’ll probably get some recipes together at some point that include buckwheat and so on.