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22 May

Top 8 Most Common Reactions to Your Grain-Free Diet (and How to Respond)

sharingbreadAs I’m sure you’ve seen, eyes raise and questions arise when you order a burger wrapped in lettuce or discard a “wrap” and eat the contents. And then, when you answer with “Oh, I don’t eat grains,” minds boggle and mouths gape as they stumble to grasp the notion of someone who doesn’t eat bread or pasta. Eventually, though, they fire off responses, challenges, questions, and proclamations. This isn’t right, this isn’t possible, this doesn’t agree with their idea of how people should eat. It just isn’t normal. You’re not normal, and you should be ashamed of yourself for introducing a new paradigm. But not all are personally offended by your decision. Some are honestly curious and flabbergasted. Some just want to know why someone would give up grains and how they get along without them.

So, what kind of stuff do we hear out there in the wild?

Rather than just linking to yet another MDA post, maybe on why grains are unhealthy or how to give them up, let’s take a look at the eight most popular and prevalent questions and then try to come up with some good responses to them. I’ll give both longer ones and succincter ones (that you can fire off in an elevator).

“Oh, is that a low-carb thing?”

While grains represent an easy, cheap source of carbohydrates (that most sedentary people simply don’t need), they also contain “anti-nutrients,” proteins and lectins and other nutritional factors that impair digestion, perforate the intestinal lining, increase inflammation, and can even exacerbate or (possibly) induce auto-immune diseases. Since the purpose of life is to reproduce and that grain has to make it into the ground to germinate and turn into a plant, grains don’t want to be eaten, and they use the anti-nutrients to dissuade consumption in lieu of the running, climbing, flying, crawling, biting, and stinging that animals use to survive.

Response: “Kinda, but it’s more than that. In order to survive and spread their genes, a grain uses anti-nutrients to dissuade animals from eating them. Some animals have adapted quite well, but humans haven’t, so I choose not to eat them.”

“I could never give up bread. And aren’t grains the staff of life?”

For the past several thousand years of human history, bread has been a staple food. The ancient Egyptians baked it. The Greeks and Romans made it. You probably grew up with it. It was – and is – cheap and filling. Today, because billions simply need calories from wherever they can get them, grains are the ticket, the “staff of life.” But it’s not like we’ll wither away into nothingness, all because we failed to heed the biological dietary necessity to eat grains ordained by some higher power. Grains aren’t the staff of life in an inherent sense, but rather because they’re cheap, reliable, and easy to work with. They provide calories and a modicum of nutrients to people who absolutely require those calories, regardless of any nutritional downsides. Having joint pain and bloating because you ate some whole wheat, while unpleasant, is better than dying of starvation because you refused it.

Response: “An unfortunately large number of people are forced to subsist on grains as a staple, because they’re cheap and plentiful and calories are scarce, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best way to eat. Grains aren’t necessary if you have access to plenty of fresh animals and plants.”

“Where do you get your fiber?”

As if only cereal grains contain non-starch polysaccharides. As if all the world’s inulin, pectin, chitin, beta-glucans, and oligosaccharides are found solely in wheat, barley, rye, rice, oat, and corn. As if some of the richest sources of soluble fiber – you know, prebiotics, or the kind that our gut bacteria can ferment and convert into metabolically-active short chain fatty acids – aren’t fruits, roots, nuts, and green vegetables. And, as if the richest sources of insoluble fiber – the metabolically-inert stuff that pretty much nothing can digest and which serves only as a bulking agent for improving the robustness of our bowel movements – aren’t whole grains.

Response: “I get my fiber from fruits and vegetables. Best of all, our gut bacteria can actually digest the fiber from fruits and vegetables, thereby producing short chain fatty acids that improve our metabolic health. Grain fiber is just a bulking agent that fills your toilet bowl.”

“What about the USDA food pyramid?”

What about it? Take a look around you. The obesity rate is the highest it’s ever been, and almost everyone who’s not obese is “just” overweight. Diabetes is on the rise. People live out the end of their lives relying on a complicated cocktail of pharmaceuticals and medical apparati just to eke out a few more years. All this, despite the majestic, all-powerful USDA dietary recommendations informing everything we put into our collective mouths. How’s that USDA food pyramid working out for us so far, I’d like to ask. I’m not necessarily assigning a causative role to the pyramid (though it certainly plays a role, in my view) in the obesity epidemic. I’m just saying that it has done absolutely nothing to stanch the rise of diet-related illness. I’m saying it doesn’t have a real impressive track record.

Response: “Since the USDA food pyramid was released in 1992, the obesity rate has increased unabated. What about it?”

“That must be terribly inconvenient. What do you eat for breakfast? What about sandwiches? What about dining out?”

Well, you see, all you gotta do for a bread-free sandwich is spread a little mayo on your right hand, some mustard on the left, and pile on the avocado, the deli slices, and the tomato slices in between. Easy as pie. Seriously, though, I don’t get this question. Have these people never heard of bacon and eggs? Omelets? A steak and salad? Do they think a sandwich is indivisible? That once you place the final slice of bread atop the meat, lettuce, and cheese the sandwich can never be altered, that you physically cannot pry the bread off the innards? Have they ever even witnessed the creation of a sandwich? Are they going to weird fascistic restaurants that force you to consume the bread and pasta? I just don’t get this one. I really don’t.

Response: “Just take off the bread and eat the other stuff. Bam.”

“Everything in moderation, I say. I don’t like to deprive myself of anything.”

Ah, yes, the eminent voice of reason. “Everything in moderation”, they say. Trans-fat? Bring it on, or else it’s deprivation! Margarine? Slather it on my veggies! Must not deprive! Arsenic? Sure, I’ll have a bite! Why not? That said, I’m just not seeing where the deprivation comes in. I fail to see how not eating a food that leads to poor health, digestive upset, and bloating is somehow deprivation. You could say that I’m technically depriving myself of feeling like crap by not eating grains, but that’s a good kind of deprivation. If you want to be quite literal, eating grains deprives you of a full, healthy existence.

Response: “When I eat grains, I feel terrible, bloated, and not like myself. The way I see it, I’d be depriving myself of a full, rich, healthy, happy life if I were to eat grains in moderation. Besides, do a rib-eye, some buttered broccoli, and a glass of red wine sound like deprivation to you?”

“I’ve been eating grains all my life and don’t seem to have a problem.”

You may not have an obvious problem now, but that’s only because you’ve grown accustomed to your body and it to your diet. The signals of discomfort are dulled, and the intensity of the pain has reduced. You’ve gotten used to the stomach upset, the intermittent bouts of diarrhea. You know how all those “things just happen” as you get older, a view that is reinforced when you see the same thing happening to everyone else around you (all of whom also happen to eat grains)? How you start going downhill at 40, it becomes hard to lose weight, all that stuff. Spend some time looking at what everyone is eating – grains, grains, and more grains – and you might notice a connection.

Response: “I felt the same way until I tried ditching them for 30 days. All those little niggling aches and pains and complaints that I figured were just an inevitable aspect of life have disappeared. I feel better than ever.”

“Where do you get your minerals?”

Although whole grains may look nutrient-dense, simply looking at the mineral content of a whole grain on a nutrition website tell you very little about how your body absorbs (or doesn’t absorb) those minerals. Remember those anti-nutritional factors present in most whole grains? Another one is called phytic acid, which binds to minerals in the grain and prevents their absorption in the gut. Calcium, zinc, magnesium, iron, and several others are susceptible to the lure of phytic acid, and research shows that cultures who rely on grains for the bulk of their macronutrients and micronutrients display deficiencies in these and other minerals.

Response: “Since they’re bound up to phytic acid, the minerals in grains aren’t really even all that bioavailable to your body. What you see listed on the nutritional facts isn’t what you’re actually absorbing and assimilating. I get my minerals from plants, fruits, and animals, which our bodies can actually absorb.”

Whenever you deviate from the norm, people are going to ask questions and try to challenge you. That’s fine and totally understandable. Remember – there was a time when all this Primal stuff sounded crazy to you, too. We are different. And people are going to react. They’re going to be defensive, inquisitive, accusatory, or all of the above. Try not to be defensive yourself. Try to maintain composure and think back to when the idea of giving up grains was utter madness, take a nice diaphragmatic breath, and respond. This is a time to educate, and perhaps even inspire. Utilize it.

I know I didn’t cover everything. I must have missed more than a few. So, readers, tell me: what else do people say when you tell them you don’t eat grains, and how do you respond?

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. Mark,this is all great and I’m sympathetic too and considering going paleo. However,what do you make of the fodd habits of the Greek monks that live on Mt Athos ? Tons of bread( often white by the way),lentils and no meat. The result ? Vanishingly small levels of cancer,heart disease and dementia. It’s these guys that hold me back from a more primal approach to diet,so I’d love peoples thoughts.

    Bo wrote on May 28th, 2012
  2. I recently contacted Mark regarding fatigue from heavy lifting and having been told by a team mate “you need to eat more carbs, introduce grains.. gluten free oats, quinoa, etc.” I asked Mark what his suggestion is and he referred me to his post of Safe Starches as well as this one.

    In response to his question, “what else do people say when you tell them you don’t eat grains, and how do you respond?” That same team mate told me that perhaps eating paleo/primal is more of a fad/suggested way to eat and that there really is no research or evidence to prove the benefits. While I know this is not true, my only response (because I cannot pin point the research done) was that I feel like a different person while eating paleo. Honestly, black and white, night and day and that is evidence enough for me!

    Melissa wrote on May 28th, 2012
  3. The best one is the “everything in moderation” mantra, because of course you sound like a crazy person if you try and argue that moderation is bad…..right?? Mark’s response was the perfect ammo I will use next time my overweight family members come at me with that crap (because responding with “moderation is obviously working for you” in a very sarcastic tone of voice is probably counter-productive) :)

    Wylie Edwards wrote on May 28th, 2012
  4. @Wylie Edwards,
    Moderation is a loosely defined term that could mean anything. To some people, moderation means 2 slices of bread a day rather than 8 servings of whole grains a day.

    So that doesn’t mean total abstinence is the only necessary alternative either.

    For me, “moderation” of less than optimal foods means 1 meal a week where you’re allowed to eat just about anything you like. To me, this will have minimal negative impact to health and will allow a strict diet such as Paleo to be more sustainable in the long-term.

    But that’s just me. If you can give up pizza for the rest of your life, knock yourself out.

    I honestly don’t think you HAVE to. I think you can cheat a little. But these people who say “everything in moderation” are cheating too much. They have a little bread here, a Coca-Cola there, a Big Mac here, and by the end of the week it adds up to way too much poison.

    A dose of mercury is fine.

    panda wrote on May 28th, 2012
    • But for me, that one meal makes me sick and I do not like being sick. So I do not have the need to cheat. I would rather feel good.

      Jeff wrote on August 8th, 2012
  5. First decision is whether I am wanting to convert someone is just politely answer their query. If the latter, it is a simple – “for health reasons” – get very few questions after that, occasionally some condolences.

    If I am wanting to convert, I have found the first rule of influence someone else’s behaviour is to empathize. I usually ask if they experience heartburn, cramping, bloating (these are people I know, not strangers in an elevator), or mid-afternoon energy crashes (almost universally positive response to this one). I then tell them I had those conditions as well and since I made a lifestyle change (I avoid the word diet like the plague it is), I have completely eliminated those conditions.

    Then I wait for them to ask what the lifestyle changes were. I start by saying “I finally had enough of the pain and low energy – after doing some research that showed almost everyone has some level of sensitivity to grains, I eliminated them as a test. I was amazed at the results … yada, yada, yada.

    I have had more people asked for a reference for web site from this approach than any of the others I have tried.

    Egalitaire wrote on May 29th, 2012
  6. So the other day i was speaking with my aunt about eating grain. She asked why not eat somethig that God created? I told her – God created tobacco too, so why dont you smoke?
    Im a bit sarcastic as you can probably tell. =)

    Grace wrote on May 30th, 2012
  7. I can say I’ve done this one and couldn’t agree more. I started with grain free for other reasons (mainly a hormone test), and found it amazing.

    I’ve been an athlete all my life but found myself in my late 40′s & 20 lbs heavier than ever. I stopped the grains (& cheese too) and lost it all.

    Now, when I do eat an occasional something due to holiday or some other momentary reason, I do feel the bloat, the yuck in the gut.

    It’s good habit to adopt.

    Jt Clough | Big Island Dog wrote on May 30th, 2012
  8. What about beans? Would you give beans the greenlight or cut those out of the diet as well?

    Are beans “primal”, as you say?

    I ask because I eat a lot of beans (and grains unfortunately) and I would like to start making shifts in my diet.

    Sutter Kane wrote on May 30th, 2012
  9. mark wrote a blog about beans. just type beans in the search engine and it will come up.

    panda wrote on May 31st, 2012
  10. Although I agree with the grain free thing – al least gluten free for most – I cannot understand the concept in pushing more meat, especially bacon – it is rare to find this unprocessed. Has anyone read The China Study??? And I don’t think there is one right way for everyone to eat – it is very dependent on the culture you were raised in and your blood type. Our wheat in the US was stripped in the 70′s which i think may account for the amount of gluten allergies today – when I travel in Europe, I can eat bread without bloating because it’s made from ancient wheat and I walk for hours.

    Joy DuPuis wrote on June 4th, 2012
    • If you are basing your opinions on meat using the China Study you should really read Denise Minger’s analysis of it. Very enlightening. Saying that I would definitely agree that the quality of meat you get is fairly important, the less processed it is the better it is for you.

      Abe wrote on June 4th, 2012
  11. My fave response: “I love love love cheese and bread and eggs- they just don’t love me. Hate me in fact- major gastric distress. Beans too…”

    Usually by now I can tell I’ve made my point by the scrunched up face of fear I’ll describe the GI distress in detail. Which I’ve done. I admit it.

    lori wrote on June 5th, 2012
  12. My 157 pound weight loss speaks for itself. When folks see the new me they can’t argue with my lifestyle. I carry around a stack of cards with my blog web address on them. Rather that get into a lengthy conversation, I say Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) it’s all on my blog, read it.

    I have posted a link to this article on my blog.

    Dan Moffett wrote on June 6th, 2012
  13. Thank you for your great site/blog! I’ve been eating Primal for over a year now, not perfect, but pretty good. My question is about those who say that soaking, sprouting, and fermenting grains in order to neutralize phytic acid and allow nutrient availability. It sounds like a good argument? Wanted to get your opinion on that…would soaking, sprouting and/or fermenting a grain or legume render it more digestible, less toxic, and closer to Primal? Thanks for your input!

    Laurie wrote on June 6th, 2012
    • Sure, soaking, sprouting and/or fermenting probably render grains MORE digestible, and LESS toxic. That is a far cry from being healthy for. Less bad for you is still bad for you.

      Abe wrote on June 9th, 2012
  14. I went on vacation to see some friends and they were amazed how I look (ideal weight and younger in appearance were some statements.) Until the restaurant. When I offered away the tortillas from the fajitas (only Primal meal there), they began to act shocked when I stated I don’t do grains. My response was…All I know is that all the IBS symptoms requiring a daily Anti-D pill, the pain in my joints, and double chin are gone, and my blood lipids measure just fine. Oh, and I sleep real good now. They refrained from any further questions and congratulated me.

    Radrev wrote on June 6th, 2012
  15. When I tried eating primally, to my surprise I ended up being hungry most of the time — even though I was eating large quantities of meat and veggies. I am thin, and frequently had loose stools and/or diarrhea with no physical cause that could be found by the medical profession, and was thus diagnosed as IBS. A fan of this website turned me on to the “fodmaps” concept, which includes non-gluten grains as well as potatoes. I found that if I added potatoes or non-gluten grains to each meal I could then be sated at least until the next meal, and my digestion was much better. We are all individuals.

    Susan wrote on June 6th, 2012
  16. I am new to all this and reading a ton. Just talked to my husband this morning who is very supportive.
    Here’s one thing you all have going in your favor—you’re all having a lot more fun!!! I have been laughing out loud at comments on several posts. Can’t say as I would do that on a vegan site.

    Kimberly wrote on June 6th, 2012
  17. MY response:

    Grains are for poor people. I am not poor. If I was a starving third world kid, then I would eat them…

    Jamie wrote on June 6th, 2012
  18. I love this article about grains. I’ve recently stopped eating various grains with corn being high on my list. My reason, I have allergies to them, especially corn. Slowly and deliberately over a period of time I noticed what certain foods were doing to me. The more grains I ate the sicker I got. Since stopping, I haven’t had allergies, I feel healthier and I’m not on antihistamines anymore either. I’m still finding it hard to eat what I would deem a clean diet as I still have the mentality to reach for things like pasta but stop myself. Not out of deprivation but out of habit. At least I’ve started a new habit of eating foods that heal and nourish rather than harm me.

    Sandhya wrote on June 7th, 2012
  19. I gave up grains last year, and feel great!! I noticed the last time I ate bread (one little slice), in just a few hours, my knees were in so much pain and my stomach felt like it was in a knot. After giving up grains, my skin has pretty much cleared up, my feet have stopped looking so peely, and I do feel better.
    I simply reply with, “I’m allergic to wheat” when people see me not eat bread when it comes with a meal. Perhaps I should start mentioning some of these facts to those who ask??
    Thank you for all the wonderful advice!!

    Bethany wrote on June 7th, 2012
  20. Animanarchy wrote on June 9th, 2012
  21. I’ve had a few people respond with, “Well, I wouldn’t wanna do that because then it just makes you more sensitive to all that stuff.” What’s the scoop on developing more of a sensitivity to foods like gluten after eliminating them? My hunch is that the fear is bogus. My response is, “Yeah, but the consequence of eating them regularly is worse than an increased sensitivity to something I eat rarely as a cheat.”

    Michael B wrote on June 13th, 2012
  22. A reaction I hear often is “Well so and so ate grains etc. and they lived to an old age and never was ill” or “I eat all I want and I’m never sick” or “everybody eats grains, so everybody is wrong” and all kinds of variations of this, in reaction I mostly say that they just should give it a chance for a month or so and see how they feel and leave it at that, but any suggestions on another/better reaction is welcome.

    All I can say is that I myself wish someone introduced me to Primal Living way way sooner, could have spared me alot of grief, to me it just made sense, a 2 million year old tried and tested diet vs. 10.000 year old diet (grains) vs. 60 year old diet (dutch food guide), wich one would you pick?

    Remco wrote on June 23rd, 2012
    • Oh and I forgot, the fact that I’m at a normal weight for the first time since I was about 6 (35 now, lost 152 lbs), can’t convince them either and believe me I tried all kinds of diets and all included whole grains and were low fat, as a kid I even stayed in a hospital for the summer and went to a shrink, all with no succes.
      Read The Primal Blueprint (and Syndrome X by Jack Challem) 2 1/2 years ago and bam, the penny dropped, lost all the weight, without ever being hungry or doing insane workouts and now I feel healthier and stronger than ever.

      Remco wrote on June 23rd, 2012
  23. I was just told the other day that if paleo were really primal, I should be eating bugs and insects not farmed beef and chicken. I didn’t know how to respond at all. What would you have done?

    Tracy wrote on August 8th, 2012
    • Well, I would’ve said that our paleolithic ancestors would mostly eat bugs and insects when meat wasn’t available, but I can always get meat, fish etc. so I never have to eat bugs or insects, but I have to say that I would if they were easier to get here in the Netherlands and also much cheaper, because the sellers I found are very expensive.

      Hope that helps.

      Remco wrote on August 8th, 2012
      • Oh and if they make an issue out of the fact that the meats are from farmed animals, ask them what the difference is between meat from organic grass-fed or pasture raised animals and that of the meats from cattle/chicken our ancestors ate, and what about game meats, I eat a lot of that also, nothing farmed about that, same for wild fish.

        Remco wrote on August 8th, 2012
  24. I’ve been reading that sprouted grains are different. Is it true that our body treats them as vegetables and not grains? If this is true would you approve the sprouted wheat bread I have been wanting to make.

    Dylan wrote on September 12th, 2012
  25. Excellent article! I didn’t even know that I was going “primal” or “paleo” until I started researching whether or not me giving up bread was healthy or not! I just decided one day that I didn’t want to eat grains, knowing that that fact in and of itself would keep me out of fast food joints. But I also gave up fried foods and red meat at the same time. I’ve lost 30 pounds but that is just a by product – I gave that stuff up to be healthy, not to lose a certain amount of weight. I don’t miss the grains at all – and I can still eat at my Mexican food spot – chicken fajitas with guacamole on the side – no tortillas!

    RC wrote on January 17th, 2013
  26. I don t eat animal food (well just some fish). Im on an alkalinizing diet.
    Get hungry without grains. what can i eat

    Hilda wrote on February 5th, 2013
  27. The tone of this post and most comments are so rude!!! “As if” the majority of people are intending to be rude by their curiosity or lack of understanding. Why do you have to defend yourself? Just say I feel healthier not eating grains. A snarky come back doesn’t sound very pleasant or very convincing to try grain free. I came on here to understand why a friend of mine is grain free and all I see is a holier than though attitude about it. Thankfully hasn’t responded to my curious questions with ANY of these responses! So perhaps she hasn’t read this article!

    Akl wrote on February 26th, 2013
  28. I admit I’m one of the people who asks all those questions…in my head, I’m especially guilty of “How do you eat a sandwich?” If you remove the bread, then it’s not a sandwich anymore.

    I’m trying to eat healthier and function better, but completely giving up my all-time favorite baked goods, rice and pasta is frustrating. And what will I do with all the baking pans I bought?

    Aruna wrote on March 17th, 2013
    • I use my baking pans more than ever now – I even bought some new ones because I bake so often! There are plenty of primal things to bake. It is perhaps also looked down upon among primal circles to recreate primal versions of baked goods. Well – I do it anyway!

      Anna wrote on May 18th, 2013
  29. Free Grain diet has a huge positive effect on arthritis diagnosed people like me… Thanks for the valuable info!

    Yaron wrote on March 26th, 2013
  30. Wow! I am glad I came across this. I have been realizing the perils of poor diet steadily and decided to dive into the reason behind the heavy emphasis on having grain heavy diets. I can say now that I intend to eliminate most grains and transition to a more plant-based diet. I am very well vested in my long term health, unlike many Americans, as most of the other posters have noted.

    Charles wrote on March 28th, 2013
  31. I suffer from a mild IBS (I say mild because I’m not controlling it with diet and a probiotic supplement, although it never was severe.) Until recently (read: today) I’ve never heard of cutting out grains as a solution to this dietary problem. I’ve read many accounts that cutting out grains can be good for people with this affliction.

    While I don’t think I will completely cut out grains, I’m absolutely going to limit them in my diet! (And maybe one day I will even eliminate them completely!)

    However, as you said before, grains are convenient and cheap. One can still lead a healthy lifestyle if they eat them, so as the lifestyle includes exercise and healthy, natural foods.

    It can be hard for people to come to terms with a new diet (or even accept someone else on this diet as anything but abnormal) and it doesn’t help when the person touting the diet is making you feel like an idiot because you’re not on the diet. There are TONS of merits to many of the different eating lifestyles (grain-free, vegan, “traditional”, etc.) but nothing makes me not want to try a new diet more than when the advocates for it make it sound like the only logical choice out there.

    I’ll be honest, after reading this page, it made me feel downright stupid because I wasn’t on a grain-free diet. I got the same exact vibe from several other pro-grain-free blogs/articles. I get that restrictive diets can be alienating (because of my sensitive stomach and family history of high cholesterol, I don’t eat red meat, eggs yolks, dairy, or anything high in fat) and have been on the receiving end of critical friends. If you explain to them in a logical manner that this is a healthful choice and the best choice for you, personally, they may want to try to see if it’s the best choice for them, too.

    Anyway, even though I am skeptical of the way that this information was presented, it was extremely enlightening and I will be trying to cut out grains, starting now.

    Alex wrote on May 12th, 2013
  32. Great article! It further elaborates on all the answers I have been giving. Haha. I find that most people, even though if they resort to the “I couldnt live without bread” argument, are still curious, and I have been able to convert (or at least pique interest) in quite a few people. Even the ones that seem to reject it at first will approach me later on and ask more questions or call just to tell me they have tried it and that it made their lives better! It was about this time last year that I embarked on this journey myself. Keep on inspiring Mark!

    michael wrote on May 14th, 2013
  33. I read the article and all the comments above, and I am convinced. Now, announce officially, I have eaten my last slice of bread yesterday. Wish me luck.

    Emil wrote on May 14th, 2013
  34. Statement: Oh, I could never give up bread/pasta/cereal, etc.
    Response: “Giving up” is just another way of saying “quitting” and I’m not a quitter. I’m not giving up anything, I’m just enjoying all the other stuff so much.

    Mantonat wrote on May 14th, 2013
  35. I love this article! This why I usually do not even talk about it to anyone outside of my family. I lost 50 lbs, since going primal about 10 months ago, and I feel wonderful! When asked how I lost weight, I simply say “I’m eating healthier!” End of story!

    Janet McLaughlin wrote on May 14th, 2013
  36. I have read many of your posts, but this one got my laughing out loud.

    Through my own life experience (ex-obese, pituitary tumor, digestive problems) and my profession (helping other people lose weight) I am already practically primal, but not completely. I purchased your books (cooking books included) and left behind the final thing leaving me to go completely primal (rye/amaranth crackers, although I did not eat many). Have started a serious attempt at 3 weeks of full primal and am on my second day, but so far, so good!

    Mark wrote on May 14th, 2013
  37. You know, I’ve done tons of “diets” in my life. Eliminating grains goes so far behind simply telling myself something is “off limits.” The proof: achy joints, foggy brain, crankiness, mental and physical fatigue, planning my errands around bathrooms on account of debilitating stomach aches has led me to simply feel with my whole being that grain free is simply the right way for me. Period.

    It’s funny how true this rings from deep within: As I walked to my car at lunchtime I saw a couple women walking with Subway bags in hand. Both were obese, and I thought to myself: “These women I’m sure feel like they made the “good” choice today, while” while cringing at the thought of all that bread, processed meat, baked chips, and diet sodas with man-made sweeteners in it. I don’t eve judge other people for what they eat, so it’s not about that, but so many of us were raised to think THIS is “healthy” eating. :/ It’s disheartening.

    Andrea wrote on May 14th, 2013
  38. I don’t tell them that I don’t eat grains. I just say ‘meh’, didn’t like that bit’ or ‘not really hungry right now’, or ‘ick, that’s really dry and gross’, as I leave the crust of the quiche, or the wrap, or whatever behind. When people eat at my house, they don’t usually even notice the ‘lack’ of bread at dinner. As long as there is wine, most people are more than happy.

    Sara Lake wrote on May 14th, 2013
  39. You know how older people sit around discussing their ailments and doctor appointments? Well, I always hear mothers in the playground discussing their children’s ailments and specialist doctor appointments while they roam around snacking on corn/wheat/soy/sugar based junk. Whenever I take my kids to friends, there is an immediate unloading of some junk bag. Also at preschool. It is everywhere and constant. Drives me insane!!! Let’s dope them up on sugars and anti-nutrients and then expect them to sit at a desk all day and concentrate on useless subjects that won’t help them in life. Sounds like a recipe for success!!! Of course, when I open my mouth about it, people throw all sorts of grains of salt (pun intended) at me.

    Natasha wrote on May 15th, 2013
  40. Does grain-free also mean quinoa-free?

    N.B. wrote on May 16th, 2013
    • Yes.

      Goddess wrote on May 16th, 2013

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