I’m not a huge fan of elimination diets. Firstly, I don’t like restrictions. If you tell me I can’t eat a particular something, it’s a sure-fired way to make sure I will be fixated on that forbidden food all day or until I break down and devour it with abandon. Secondly, I feel like many folks jump on an elimination band wagon as a desperate search for a solution to weight or health issues. So you may be surprised to learn that…
I LOVE a grain free diet.
Here are a few reasons why:
- I maintain a healthier body weight, and I am less likely to overeat when bread, pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, quinoa, oats, etc. are not on my plate.
- I have more energy, and my moods are more even without grains.
- My skin is happier – less acne, no eczema, and (dare I say) less wrinkles when I don’t eat grains.
- I eat more vegetables when I cannot easily reach for bread with my meals.
- My whole body seems to function better – digestion, hormones, even the quality of my sleep.
- I eat more slowly, enjoying my food and tasting every bite.
Now, for some folks with more pronounced health issues, complete elimination of grains and other foods (such as dairy) is necessary. Children on the autism spectrum or experiencing learning delays or behavioral issues will often thrive with a completely grain-free/dairy-free diet. Adults with autoimmune conditions may find relief from symptoms of pain and discomfort by refraining from grain consumption. Those suffering from anxiety, depression, infertility, irritable bowel syndrome, and so many more conditions may find a diet such as this one to make all the difference.
But for others, like myself, eliminating grains (almost in entirety) just takes my health and well-being to a more optimal level. So whether your health depends on it, or you want to just look and feel better…
Join the 14 Day Grain Free Challenge!
In the past, I’ve had a hard time sticking to a grain-free diet because I didn’t know the little tricks to make it easy to eat on the go and save money without cheap filling foods like pasta, rice, and bread.
I want to make this as easy for you (and me) as possible, so let’s do it together! What better way to embark on a new way of eating than to have a buddy or two. Heck, let’s round up a whole village of friends to help us Go Grain-Free.
Over the next couple of weeks I will be getting into the nooks and crannies of why reducing or eliminating grains can benefit your health and the well-being of our planet. In the meantime, the best way to see if something fits is to TRY IT ON!
Here’s how it works:
There is absolutely no cost involved in the Grain Free Challenge, and you can quit or unsubscribe from my newsletters at any time.
Just two easy steps and you can join me and a community of others who are eliminating grains…
#1 – Enter your name and email below (I promise not to spam you):
#2 – Introduce yourself in the comments below, and let us know:
- Why you are going grain-free.
- How you plan to take on the challenge.
- Any questions or concerns you may have along the way.
The grain-free challenge will run from Tuesday, September 11th through Tuesday, September 25th. At the end of the challenge, I will be setting up a Grain-Free recipe carnival where you can post your favorite recipes from your grain-free adventures.
Participants in the Grain Free Challenge will:
- Receive an email every few days to check in on your progress, deliver tips that other Challenge members have found helpful along the way, and get meal ideas to keep the grain-free ball rolling.
- Earn bonus points toward winning awesome prizes to be announced in the coming weeks!
Here are some ways you may want to do the Grain-Free Challenge…
- Cut back to only 1 serving of grains per day.
- Decide on a number of meals per week that you will eat grains, and stick with it.
- Completely eliminate grains (and white potatoes) – including wheat, rice, corn, quinoa, buckwheat, oats, etc.
- Go grain-free and dairy-free – for those experiencing pronounced health issues.
Read to give it a go? What do you have to lose, other than perhaps a few unnecessary pounds or unwanted health issues?
Looking for extra help to Go Grain Free?
It is not required to join the challenge, but I highly recommend a great new online cooking class – Go Grain Free – from Real Food Forager, an expert on grain-free, dairy-free cuisine. Right now you can save $70 with the coupon code NOGRAINS. You can read more about the Go Grain Free class here.
We are looking for experienced grain-free eaters to guide us along the way! Sign up above and you will qualify to win prizes at the end of our challenge too!
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