Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal BMI is 24.9.
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Antinutrient #2: Refined Grains
Remember my mandate to eat only food that had a mother or grew from the ground?
Once grains are refined, they no longer qualify.
Refining grains helps extend their shelf life by removing the bran and the germ of the grain – and with it, almost all the fiber, vitamins, and minerals of the entire grain kernel.
And then the B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid) and the iron stripped out during processing have to be restored by being “enriched.”
The only people who profit from this process are the corporations who can then stretch these refined grains with added sugars, salt, fats, and chemicals, and then pocket the savings.
Refined grains like white pasta, flour tortillas, white rice, and white bread are devoid of many of the healthful nutrients of grains, and have a large downside: Because they are so easy to digest, they guarantee skyrocketing blood sugar and insulin spikes.
Over time, those repeated spikes lead to insulin resistance and diabetes.
People who never eat whole grains have a 30% higher risk of diabetes than people who eat just 3 servings of whole grains a day.
A study in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition found, compared with those who eat whole grains, people who eat refined grains have almost 40% higher levels of C-reactive protein, a sign of chronic, low-level inflammation in the blood vessels that’s associated with heart attack and stroke.
And there’s no doubt these refined grains make you fat – these “fast” carbs are so easy to eat, and so not filling, we often don’t wake up from our carb-coma until our fingers hit the bottom of the bag.
Corn and wheat are among the worst insulin offenders.
The availability of corn flour and cereal products has almost doubled in the last 30 years, and wheat products have increased more than 20%.
On the other hand, availability of barley, a nutritional wunderkind, has dropped by a third.
In contrast with corn’s meager nutritional offerings, barley packs more than thirteen grams of fiber in a single cup, helps stabilize blood sugar, and is a fantastic source of selenium, which is essential for thyroid production.
It’s also rich in magnesium, which helps lower triglycerides and dangerous blood lipids in diabetics.
Also consider oats – in addition to their miraculous work on cholesterol, oats significantly lower blood sugar and enhance immune system function.
Why does the average American have access to 31 pounds of corn and 134 pounds of wheat, but only 4 pounds of oats and less than a pound of barley?
Why can’t we get more of the grains that have actually been proven to help us?
Hormone Homework: Go through your cabinets and fridge and get rid of any processed grain product that doesn’t say “100 percent whole _____” as the first ingredient.
I’d love for you to get rid of all your processed grains, but if you must keep them, be sure they have at least 2 grams of fiber per serving.
Beware: Products billed simply as “whole grain” are required to have only 51% whole grain. (Isn’t that really “half grain”?)
More in the next post!
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