Well, guys, I’ve done it.
I’ve completely emptied my cupboard of EVERYTHING grain.
And I do mean EVERYTHING.
Well, ok… I’ll be honest.
I made one small, one tiny little exception.
I kept my baking powder. Until I can fin a way to sub this, it HAS to stay. Besides, I don’t think that the infinitesimal quantity that ends up in a serving of whatever it’s being used in can really qualify as being “grain presence”. I certainly cannot see it affecting my body. And I don’t think that I’ll ever get the urge to binge on baking powder…
But everything else went… even my precious Miso had to go!
And my Shredded Wheat, of course…
Oh, my beloved cereal! Notice how it jumps out in every picture? I just LOVE my Shredded Wheat. Oh, how I shall miss it!
My comforting rolled oats, my beautiful, so pretty, so tiny amaranth…
All my pasta, my wild rice…
Hey, I even found an old bad of Egg Noodles. That must have been there for quite a while… I’m sure not gonna miss that one.
Also found a brand new bag of Forbidden Rice, which I had completely forgotten about and didn’t even get to try…
Oh well… it’s not like I’m going off grains forever, now, is it?
Still, I came that close to crying. I swear. It was a sad moment for your Grain Addicted Healthy Foodie.
Somehow, I get the feeling that this is more than a “see you later grains” challenge. This is the beginning of yet another profound change in my life. I mean, it’s not even been a week and I already see and feel an incredible difference, a major change in my body.
I feel so much lighter. So much tighter. So much better.
Now I can’t say that my energy level has increased yet. In fact, I think I might even say that it dropped some. My workout on Saturday has been particularly tough. Had a hard time carrying it through. Still… I made it!
But really, I feel grrrrrrrreat. And you know what? So far, I don’t miss my grains AT ALL! In fact, I hardly feel as though Lent has even begun. It’s only just starting, though, so this may very well change in a few days… or weeks!
We’ll see, I guess!
So anyway, I’m not saying that I will be giving up grains for good, but I’m certainly hoping to cut down quite a bit, permanently.
Yikes, I can’t believe I just said that. All of a sudden, I feel scared.
But hey, I need to take this one day at a time.
Now tonight, instead of giving you a recipe, I thought I’d share the list that I’ve put together to help me get through Lent without eating grains by mistake.
I got a lot of that information on Grain Free Living, which is a great site that, I sort of get the feeling, I’ll be visiting often from now on!
Alright, so let’s take a look at what constitutes a grain, what doesn’t, and places where you might find grains and least expect it.
Like soy sauce, for instance…
Oh, and of course, if you have any additions and or corrections that you think should be made to this list, please let me know, by all means!
- Wheat, also known as:
- Graham (flour)
GLUTEN FREE GRAINS (BUT STILL GRAINS!)
- Cornmeal (Polenta)
- Oats (must be labeled as such)
- Wild Rice
- Buckwheat (Kasha)
- Chia seeds
NON GRAIN FLOURS / STARCHES
(Of course, all the non grains listed above can also be made into flour)
- Cassava (aka manioc or tapioca)
- Chickpea or gram flour
- Coconut flour
- Dal flour
- Fava bean
- Gram flour (chickpea)
- Mesquite flour
- Plantain flour (can get at African grocers)
- Potato Starch/Flour
- Taro flour
- Yam (iyan) flour
GRAINS WHERE YOU MIGHT LEAST EXPECT THEM
- Alcohol made from grains (i.e. Vodka, Gin, Sake)
- Baking powder (contains cornstarch)
- Glucose (made from wheat)
- Soy sauce / Tamari (unless it’s gluten free)
- Rice vinegar
- Chicken and beef broth (cans and bouillon cubes)
- Condiments, salad dressings, and sauces
- And of course, many, many prepared food items… read your labels!