If you look up starch in the dictionary it will say it’s tasteless. If you take starch and water you make wallpaper paste, if you take starch, water, and eggs you make pasta. If you take starch, water, and sugar you make pastry. Why would you revolve your diet around food that has no taste?
It is never easy to “go against the grain” especially when it comes to the food that most people consume on a daily basis. Everywhere I go I see the pale, sullen faces and bloated bellies of grain consumers. Grains are nothing but
empty calories that provide little to no nutrition at all, which are in just about every food. Walk into a grocery store and try to find one thing without grains in it, it may take you a while. And to make matters worse, they are very addicting.
Did you know that grains contain more opium than any other food in the entire world? When consumed, these opiates create powerful drug effects that resemble heroin. These are not comfort foods, they are numbing foods. Don’t believe me? Go a week without any grains and you will realize how addicted you are. Irritibility, hard time sleeping, and depression are the most noted ones. Drug users are also notorious for their radical mood swings. Not just elation to depression, but clarity to confusion, cooperative to difficult, positive to negative, sensitive to numb, sociable to introverted, energetic to lethargic, pleasant to aggressive, and gentle to violent–often in a flash. Sounds like every single person we all encounter on a daily basis!
It is very common for people to experience severe cravings for refined grain products, and often binge on them (ever been able to resist freshly baked bread?). The day after starches are consumed people wake up feeling foggy, hung over, or sedated. It is best to avoid substances that result in such powerful dependencies, whether we choose to call them food or drugs.
The fiber in grains is a health destroyer. Our delicate digestion system requires the soft, soluble fiber found in fruits and vegetables. Grain’s fiber, however, is coarse and sharp like finely ground glass, scraping the walls of the GI tract all the way through. It is such an irittant to the GI tract that your body creates a thick mucus wall in response to the damage from grains.
The list of health problems associated with eating grains is long. Asthma, allergies, gluten intolerance, celiac disease, digestive disturbances, mucous and congestive conditions, yeast infections, several types of arthritis, several types of autoimmune disease, and even chronic overeating are all linked to the consumption of grains. Many sufferers of nasal congestion, asthma and allergies are pleased to discover that their symptoms are relieved once they embark upon a starch-free diet.
How did grains come to be in the first place? Paleontologists have recorded that humans have been walking the Earth for nearly ten million years without any use of grains. We consumed fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds for this time before any grains or meat was even a thought. We have only been cultivating grains for the past ten thousand years, approximately the same period during which we have used fire. Grains are very new in the timeline of humans.
Have weight problems? Eliminating grains from your diet will guarantee weight loss. Every person has a “sweet tooth”. We are satiated by the rise of blood sugar when we eat. This unique feature makes it almost impossible to overeat on fruit. Remember when your mother used to discourage you from eating sweets before dinner because it would ruin your appetite? Our bodies convert any extra complex carbohydrate calories (starch from grains) to fat. Starch consumption does not result in loss of appetite though making it easy to over eat on them. Since there is no rapid rise in blood sugar from the consumption of the slow to digest starches, the only way one feels satiated is to eat until stuffed.
Next time have fruit! Increasing your consumption of whole, ripe, raw, organic fruits in your diet will yield you huge health and performance benefits. You will find yourself less dependent on grains also. Reverse your grain damage!