When I saw a Homeopath about 4 years ago, I remember her saying, “We should all be gluten-free”. Indeed, this went right along with the ideas in a book I had recently read called “Grain Brain” by Dr. David Perlmutter. If you have never heard of him, I suggest you give his ideas and advice a chance. Basically, he suggests that humans were not meant to eat food made with wheat and grains. Grain based foods are our enemy, and help cause disease. His book is full of patient examples, where he “cures” people of debilatating ailments by prescribing a gluten-free diet.
Gluten Affects Our Brains in Bad Ways
Gluten-free usually brings to mind those who have digestive tract issues with gluten. People who have celiac disease avoid gluten so they will feel well. But this book makes the case for all of us because gluten is affecting our brains in a negative way.
But what I really like is his statement, “Can we really change our DNA with food despite the genes we’ve inherited?” And after reading his book, I believe (as he does) that we can.
However, once disease sets in, it’s not so easy to change. A lifetime of eating incorrectly brings on the disease hidden inside. That’s not to say we have no hope. My inherited disease may never go away, but there are many other diseases to worry about. Alzheimers, diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and so on, run rampant these days. And guess what? We keep getting the same bad advice when it comes to eating.
Foods I (Try My Best To) Avoid
First, let me say that I am not perfect, and sticking to this way of eating is a goal of mine. I often fall off the wagon.
Although I know that bread is one of the worst things I can eat, occasionally I will have a piece of toast for breakfast with my eggs – e-gads. And I feel guilty when I do. I know it’s something that isn’t good for me. I’m aware, and that is a good start.
But these days I rarely eat a sandwich. Looking back, I remember feeling so tired after lunch. And what did I usually eat for lunch? A sandwich. Aren’t we led to believe that a sandwich is lunch food? A tempting basket of bread is placed on the table at a restaurant. Pizza is a huge staple of the American diet, and it has a bread crust. Bread is everywhere, no wonder it’s so tough to remove from the diet.
Yes, I make my own pizza. I can’t give up pizza. But I only eat it about once a month. I make plain cheese for my boys, but I usually add vegetables like mushrooms, sliced onion and green pepper, and / or broccoli to mine.
Pasta is another food I’ve eaten regularly all my life. It’s cheap. The kids love it. Many recipes contain it. Now, I never eat it. I’ve tried gluten-free pasta, but yuk. These days I don’t miss pasta. Once we give something up for a long time, our bodies no longer crave it.
Carbs (found in this type of food) convert to sugar, and sugar is not good. Just another reason to avoid these foods.
Desserts and sweets (sugar) are known to contribute to cancer, and of course diabetes. A craving for sweets is also linked to Alzheimers, a disease that claimed my mother’s life. She loved her sweets. Most desserts also contain gluten. So there you have two good reasons to avoid dessert. Sweets are something I do not crave. A piece of dark chocolate now and then, and I’m good.
Foods I Eat Sparingly
Milk and Dairy Goat’s milk is easier to digest than cow’s milk. Coconut milk, like coconut oil, contains nutrients and healthy fat. I NEVER BUY FAT FREE OR REDUCED FAT products. I eat these foods for their “good fat” content, so why would I want it removed?
Each morning I add coconut oil to my black coffee. I buy plain Greek yogurt (unsweetened) and eat it with nuts, oats and fruit for breakfast (unless I am having eggs with veggies). I use yogurt in place of sour cream for recipes too, and eat it with my homemade salsa.
In closing, I would say that in general I no longer avoid “fattening food”, nor do I worry about cholesterol (Dr. Perlmutter has something to say about cholesterol and brain health), and instead I avoid carbs, sweets, and certain forms of dairy. I strive to be gluten-free to keep my brain working well into old age.
View more advice by Dr. Perlmutter at his website: www.drperlmutter.com
Thanks to Pixabay for the photos (except the pizza, which is mine).