Alright I'm assuming everyone is doing great with last weeks challenge since I have not heard any of you complain or ask me questions! ;) Alright I'm sure you have all pretty much written me off after that thinking oh whatever she is just nuts! I sincerely hope some of you will trust me on this and at least give all these steps a try and do your best at them for a LEAST the last 5 weeks! Common ANYBODY can do something for that long. I know if you honestly try you will be so glad you did! Don't worry you won't become a crazy health nut like me! You will just move to a different level of health and give yourself more options on how healthy you would like to see your diet!
This week you will want to add......
Many people today are suffering from gluten intolerance, wheat allergies or sensitivities and related health conditions such as indigestion, lethargy, and headaches. A primary cause of many of these health conditions stems from continued over-consumption of refined grains.
Just to illustrate a little about what refined grains are like. Say I come over to your house and we are going to clean! I take everything you own but I tell you not to worry because will get plenty back. Then I give you back one of your outfits and say the cushions from your couch. Would you be okay with that deal? That is pretty much what happens when you use refined grains (ie. white bread and pastas etc.) Refined grains lack many essential nutrients because of the removal of the nutrient-dense bran and germ during processing. Of course they do put a few nutrients back in, but you weren't happy with just your couch cushions were you? So why are you happy with your white bread with most of the nutrients stolen out of it? Also refined grains don't contain ANY fiber and tend to just stick like glue in your system. Ever make paper mache using white flour? Well then you know what I mean!
Now since there are a lot of whole grain products available these days this should not be a hard thing to do. Of course you want to be careful that it also doesn't contain the ingredients you have tossed from last weeks challenge. I have seen and used lots of whole grain pastas in the store. If you want to make your own bread I love this recipe. And if you don't have your own wheat grinder come on over and I will grind you some! (I seriously mean that I have done it for lots of people I totally DO NOT mind! ANY TIME!) If you have been thinking about getting one it's a great investment THIS MILL is my favorite kind but there are others out there for less that will get the job done. Blendtec sells one that is much cheaper that I know a lot of people use and it does the job just fine too!
Now Remember whole grains are NOT limited to whole wheat there are many grains out there that are super good for you when eaten in their WHOLE state! Barley, Quinoa, Amaranth, Brown Rice, Oats, etc. I have a paper that overviews grains if you would like me to email you a copy of it just let me know I would be happy too. If you have ANY questions feel free to ask most whole grains are easy to use and quick to fix!
My blog has cookies, cakes, breads, muffins, cinnamon rolls, granola and all sorts of tasty things that use whole grains. I promise you won't feel deprived. (Although if you are not used to eating ANY whole grains be forewarned that you WILL have a few cleansing symptoms. But that is actually a good thing. If you would like to know what those would be you can come ask me I'll be happy to share! ;) And like I said you can even get lots of whole grain breads and cereals from the store now just be sure to read those ingredients!
So since you wouldn't want to get back only part of your stuff let's make sure and not eat only part nutrition either! Make sure you get your