When I (Judith) first decided that I was going to try the primal lifestyle (not paleo because we still have small amounts of A2 dairy) I realized that we would have to have a major clean out of the pantry and fridge. It had to be all or nothing. I knew that if we still had grains around that it would be easy to fall back into old ways.
So one Saturday morning I attacked the pantry. Some things were really obvious, but as I read the labels I discovered wheat or other grains in unexpected places. I wondered what I would use as a substitute for some of the things. However, as I got more and more into the swing of just eating real food (ie. preparing and eating primal style foods), I realized that I didn’t actually want to substitute things. I wanted to ditch them all together. It was a whole change of lifestyle!!!
The more we cleared grains out of our lives the better we began to feel. More energy, less aches and pains, as well as some very measurable results. For example, my hubby has Type 2 Diabetes – we noticed that it was sooo much easier to maintain normal blood glucose levels (BGL).
Some of the places where we found grains (wheat, oats, rye, corn, barley etc) and what we’ve done…?
Bread (of course) – we had already cut back on bread a lot but this was a no-brainer. No more bread!!!! We have just gotten used to eating differently. We are both at the point where bread and other baked goods are not really something we hang out for anymore.
Cereals – I’ve not been having a cereal or carb breakfast for years but hubby was missing his oats for breakfast. However, again this was just a matter of making a choice and doing it. It hasn’t been hard to switch to breakfasts of bacon and eggs, scrambled eggs, egg `muffins’, smoothies etc. A few days ago one of our grand-daughters, Miss Mac, made the `Chocolate Mousse Pudding’ for breakfast. Yes, avocado, banana, coconut milk….yum!
Salad dressings and sauces – most of them contain wheat or corn for thickening. But they also contain so many other ingredients that we don’t want to be having, like sugar and some un-pronounceable things. It really isn’t that hard to make the dressings and sauces from scratch (especially with my Thermomix). They’re soooo much nicer and actually a lot cheaper.
Pasta and rice – easy, just have more vegies!!
You really do need to look carefully at the things you are using. Sharon even found wheat as the main ingredient in a brand of curry powder!! Malt vinegar (brown) is from barley, and Milo is basically barley and wheat (we have a great recipe for a healthy option coming up soon).
Are you ready to clear the grains out of your pantry? (It will look so nice after such a big clean up!! LOL) Let us know how you go and if you find grains in unexpected places. We can support one another in our quest for health and well-being.