The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Grain brain.
You may remember that I started a challenge 4 weeks called based on the book by Dr. David Perlmutter, MD, called Grain Brain. Refresh your memory and let’s continue…
Now 4 weeks later, I would like to do a quick post with some takeaways from the challenge. Did I succeed? Was it hard? What were my thoughts about the book, the challenge, and whatever else? Here’s my take…
As you know, I was not planning on being super strict with the challenge. I succeeded the first week to be mostly the way I’m supposed to do the challenge. It was almost all gluten free and mostly low carb.
The second week got harder. I didn’t throw away all the gluten free stuff because I just can’t justify throwing money away like that (food is money in my eyes) and I don’t want to waste it if it’s good. Consequent day after day I strayed more from the challenge mostly because of this. Also I got a shipment of a TON of refrigerated pasta and while I’m not typically a pasta eater, I am also not very rich and if there’s perfectly good food sitting in the fridge, just begging to be cooked for dinner, I’m gonna eat it. And I’ll enjoy the heck out of it.
What I have taken away from the challenge?
Grain Brain – Gluten:
I have made a conscious decision to minimize gluten from my diet. While I am not allergic or sensitive to gluten, I now know the terrible effects it can have on the brain and I would like to avoid the grains (bread, pasta, etc) to convert into sugar in my bloodstream. I don’t need an insulin resistance problem and with the pace I was going before the challenge, I think I was way on my way to getting there. Not necessarily because of bread and pasta since those two I don’t eat very much but in general – cereals, hidden gluten foods, etc.
I learned to get creative. As I said, I don’t really eat pasta but I made more meats and poultry than usual and I needed to eat it with something. I made zucchini pasta for the first time!
Topped it with my delicious Crock Pot Salsa Shredded Chicken which I have made probably 3-4 times now. This recipe is so darn easy, it is a total keeper.
Grain Brain – Carbs:
The second thing is carbs. I noticed that as soon as I started eating less carbs and more fats, my tummy got flatter and much less bloated. This also was because of the first week and a half I avoided yogurt. I think I may have a lactose sensitivity and when I have too much of it, I get bloated, etc. Having a diet with lower carbs made me feel lighter, flatter in the tummy, and overall great. The downside – it’s tough when you’re not used to it and you don’t plan ahead.
I started buying and making more salads for lunch on the weekdays. I really enjoyed that and I will try to continue doing this. I’ve always struggled with getting more veggies in but this is so good, I can definitely get used to it.
And I got creative with them…
Grain Brain – Supplements:
I continued to take the supplements throughout the whole challenge as well and I really liked them all. I will continue taking all of them.
Grain Brain – Alcohol:
Oh also another great thing, I haven’t had any beer the whole challenge – just once or twice I had hard cider but no craft beer (which I love) and I’m planning on not drinking much beer anymore because of the gluten and carb factor. I DID start drinking red wine which I didn’t really like before. My friend introduced me to Cabarnet Souvignon and I tried Red Zindinfel and I LOVED them both and I am glad to say I am now converted into a wine drinker! YAY! 🙂 I feel like it’s a rite of passage of sorts, haha.
I plan on continuing to use all of the gluten foods I have until I get rid of them but I will/do only try to buy gluten-free foods from now on and I’m gonna learn how to bake gluten-free goods more as well. Yay for learning!
I appreciate my newly acquired knowledge and while I doubt I’ll ever be gluten free, I’m hoping that limiting gluten will come easier to me as time goes 🙂
Enjoy your weekend friends!
Questions for you:
- Do you avoid/limit gluten?
- Are you more of a wine person or a beer person?
Let me know in the comments!