Going grain free! Let’s take a look at what is a grain, what isn’t and where they hide!
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!