High on Grains

Oct 05

High on Grains

If you’ve ever gone on a low/no carb diet and had to give up breads you know exactly what I mean when I talk about withdrawal! It’s possible to give up just about anything else without too much suffering but if you’re like most people it’s the grain-based stuff that drives you nuts – and it’s not just the sugary donuts or cookies (though they’re bad, too!) For me the toughest is giving up good, “healthy” bread.

Well, I just found out why. I’ve been reading a fascinating book called “The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability” and it talks about grains and the fact that grains have pharmacological substances in them called exorphins – which are like endorphins but they come from outside your body instead of from inside your body. These are actually from the opiate family and they affect our brains the same way that opiates do.

Wow.

I did some further research and found the following on a blog called www.HealingMountainPublishing.com”

Imagine what would happen if a food were consumed that contains low-level heroin-like compounds (exorphins). Assuming that these compounds could be absorbed and reach the brain (which they have in fact been shown to do, at least in animal studies), they could induce a mild euphoria, dull pain sensation slightly, and have a low-grade tendency to cause addiction. This sounds eerily like people’s descriptions of foods they crave: “I feels relaxed and calm when I eat it.” “My emotional pain seems far away.” “I tried to give it up but I just couldn’t.” Imagine what would happen if the food exorphins were as strong as heroin, which some test tube studies suggest they can be.

Sugar can also be addictive, because it also releases opiods into our system that make us feel happy. I’m thinking the combination of the two is a powerful double whammy that we need to look at seriously.

How to get over it? Well, as with any drug addiction, cold-turkey is the quickest way, but it’s tough. People who follow the paleo diet plan suggest:

(Y)ou need to encourage yourself to dig in really aggressively to paleo diet for at least 30 days. Follow the strict NO grain-legume-dairy-sugar diet, get the perfect training for your body needs (never over train), have good well-rested sleep at night, get enough sunlight exposure for vitamin D level issues and get plenty of water for hydration. It would be really hard for the first few days and weeks to fight off the urges for sweets, but you need to control yourself in order to take the challenge.

The thought of giving up my favourite comfort food (“Big 16” Bread with peanut butter and Nutella) is devastating. I have cut my carbs way back anyway and almost never eat pastas or rice, but bread? Really? Waaaaaaaah!

In this process I’m in, I’m just slowly pushing bread back. I don’t eat much of it anyway, but I will often have a mid-morning or mid-afternoon sandwhich. When I added my lunch menu to my habits, I stopped morning snacking. Once I add dinner (next week) I’ll have pushed it out of my day.

If, over the next couple of weeks, I appear grumpy and morose, just know that it’s the withdrawal and I’ll be my usual cheerful self in a day or two! LOL!

Darlene

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