Joel and I have been eating a paleoish diet for at least 6 months now. He has seen some great results in the area of weight loss, increased energy, decreased joint pain and more. I decided to add in the grain-free piece after listening to quite a few podcasts about the inflammation that can be caused in the body by grain in the diet. When I say grain y’all, no wheat, or wheat like grain (including quinoa), corn, corn starch, rice, farro…the list goes on. That really keeps us from consuming all processed foods labeled gluten-free because most include some sort of other grain, like corn or rice flour.
So, why would I inflict this kind of restriction on myself…and, Joel, because he always joins me on my adventures…even on the paleo diet, I wasn’t experiencing the focus and energy that I wanted and needed to function as a mom, wife and full-time worker. I had also been dealing with rashes (skin inflammation) on each shin for months, following an allergic reaction to a “beauty” treatment, that wouldn’t heal. Here are the pictures after 10 days on a mostly grain-free diet (we had a few slip ups with baking powder; upon learning that it includes grain we removed it). The results have been amazing! I’ve tried all kinds of creams and treatments in the past few months and just a week and a half into a diet change and I’m finally seeing results. Apologies for the raw look at my ugliness but I had to share.
Here are a few links to podcasts that outline the differences between gluten sensitivity, allergy and the benefit for some in going grain-free.