Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free – What’s the Difference?: Eliminating Grains Can Heal Your Gut, Lead to Better Health

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by Beverly Meyer

Wheat, rice, corn and oats are categorized as “cereal grasses.” When we eat them, we are eating the seeds of those grasses. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, spelt and rye seeds, and usually in oats as well. Corn and rice are gluten free.

Commercial grains have undergone extensive hybridization and, more recently, genetic modification. The plants don’t look or taste the same as they did 10,000 years ago, and they are not the same biologically.

 This may be one reason why celiac disease, the autoimmune intestinal disorder, has tripled in the last 50 years. One in 100 people now has celiac disease, but as many as 80 percent of them don’t know it. Could you be one of them? Going completely gluten free is a good start for celiac patients, or for those wanting to see how they feel without this man-made grain. But in my experience, celiacs need to actually go GRAIN FREE and follow a “paleo diet” to heal their gut.

If you want to try a health experiment on yourself, here are some tips on eliminating grains and what to eat instead. Watch for positive changes in digestion, sleep, reflux, pain, skin, gas, temperament and more – these are important clues that you are on the right track.

Step 1: Bye-Bye Wheat

Eliminate wheat products first (breads, pasta, gravy, pancakes, etc.). Read up on wheat-free foods and discover where wheat is hiding in plain sight, such as cornbread and gravy. Eat more proteins, veggies, fats, butter and eggs to replace those fattening breads and cookies.

Step 2: Bye-Bye Gluten

Grains Eliminate the other gluten grains: Rye, barley, spelt and usually oats. Learn more about where gluten is hiding to master this step. Beer, soy sauce, packaged foods, sauces and mashed potatos can all hide a teaspoon or more of flour or gluten.

Helpful hint: Avoid gluten-free cookies, cakes, cereals, pasta, breads and more. These “foods” are highly processed, containing high starch ingredients such as potato starch, corn starch and sugar. They are high in calories and will drive your glucose levels up. Going gluten free should bring weight loss, not weight gain.

Step 3: Adios Rice and Corn

Ready for more? Eliminate rice and corn products and go grain free. Add plenty of butter, ghee and coconut oil to your diet to stay satisfied, and double or triple your vegetable intake. If you are losing too much weight, add more fats and some wild rice. Athletes can add sweet potatoes.

Beverly Meyer is a holistic and clinical nutritionist in practice since 1985. Her popular podcast, “Primal Diet – Modern Health,” is available on iTunes or her website at www.ondietandhealth.com. Follow her blog and Facebook community for her latest in natural health news from “Beverly Meyer on Diet and Health.” She can be reached for consults at 210-826-0034.

Helpful hint: There are hundreds of websites, Facebook pages, radio podcasts and books to help you with a grain-free/gluten-free paleo diet, including my own. If the improvements in weight or health symptoms don’t convince you, try going two weeks eating all your old foods. You’ll be shocked how indigestible they are after your body has had some relief from grains.

Beverly MeyerBeverly Meyer is a holistic and clinical nutritionist in practice since 1985. Her popular podcast, “Primal Diet – Modern Health,” is available on iTunes or her website at www.ondietandhealth.com. Follow her blog and Facebook community for her latest in natural health news from “Beverly Meyer on Diet and Health.” She can be reached for consults at 210-826-0034.

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