Two years ago, I had no other option but to go grain-free for an entire year. I was having a difficult battle with Hashimoto’s disease, one it seemed like I’d lost. When my nutritionist advised a grain-free diet, I wanted to cry. I did, actually. At that point, my life had been so full of “healthy whole grains” that I didn’t know how I was going to survive with out all those wonderful grains! All I knew was to eat vegetables and meat. I didn’t know there were blogs devoted to grain-free living. We made a commitment as a family and I started learning how to make things more interesting and appetizing with what I had.
I’m feeling much better now. The Hashimoto’s disease is reversing and is almost completely gone! I’ve been able to add some gluten free grains back into my diet, but after thinking about Dr. Davis’s book, Wheat Belly , writing my last post and reading your comments, I want to challenge myself to another 30 days grain free. I’d like to show you some of the tricks I learned and inspire some of you to take the plunge, too. If you’re struggling with an illness or disease, you might just find some relief. Truly, there are few things better than learning to improve your health with food instead of medicine – especially if that food is delicious!
When I wrote about giving up wheat here and on Facebook, many people asked, “Then what can we eat?!” We’re so used to getting several servings of “healthy whole grains” each day that a week or even a day without them seems impossible. There are hundreds of wonderful foods that don’t contain grain, so for the next 30 days I’m going to challenge myself – and you, if you’re up to it – to go grain free. I’ll post my recipes, ideas, progress, etc. If you join in, I’d love to hear how your month goes and also hear about your recipe ideas. Let’s see how delicious we can make a grain free diet. Who’s in?
I decided to make chicken piccata for dinner the other night but didn’t want to use pasta, so I tried shredded zucchini. It was an overwhelming hit with the family. In fact, my youngest asked if I can “make this all the time”. We also had a salad and guess what? No one missed the grain. A pretty good way to launch a 30 day grain free challenge!