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Joined: May 23, 2011
Location: Midlands, South Carolina Zone 7b/8a
One more thought:
Could it also be that our climate has an effect on what we are supposed to eat?
The people of the north may do better eating a more meaty/fatty diet in the winter and transition to fruits and vegetables in the spring summer and fall.
The people further south where it doesn't freeze might do better to eat less, if any, meat/fat having fruits and vegetables year-round. Thier fats would be provided by nature in the fall in the form of nut crops.
Joined: Jun 25, 2010
Location: Central Texas USA Latitude 30 Zone 8
Jeanine Gurley wrote:
So my point is - could it be that we are 'intended' to eat grains when they are in season as many of the other animals of the earth do? Unless we are more like rodents and are intended to store food for the winter. Lets make that bees - I prefer being compared to a bee.
Humans seem to be opportunistic omnivores, as far as our teeth and digestive systems tell us. Many groups of humans have stored various foods for the winter or hard times. The tendency to grow a lot of storable food (grain) seems to be a feature only of civilized humans, though non-civilized humans collected and ate grass seeds. They might have stored some of these seeds.
Joined: Jun 25, 2010
Location: Central Texas USA Latitude 30 Zone 8
Jeanine Gurley wrote: The people further south where it doesn't freeze might do better to eat less, if any, meat/fat having fruits and vegetables year-round. Thier fats would be provided by nature in the fall in the form of nut crops.
Here in my region summer is a time of dormancy, not abundance, of plants, especially in drought. A readily available food here at 30 degrees north latitude during summer is meat. The natives ate a lot of bison. Fruits and vegetables available now are prickly pears, sotol, and if you're lucky, persimmons. Growing fruits and vegetables here is very difficult without irrigation, and even with it, difficult because of the abundance of critters who see the green garden as a beckoning oasis amid the parched landscape. It might make more sense to be a meatatarian and eat a lot of varmints.
Joined: Jan 21, 2011
Location: Germany, 7b-ish
I'm in the middle of a little experiment that everybody should attempt at least once:
For the first time in my adult life, I went without any form of grain for three days.
I had plenty of vegetables, fat, fruit, nuts and chocolate. The feeling wasn't altogether a comfortable one, because I had to really stuff myself about twice a day to stop the hunger, but was fine after that. I invariably ate my daily bar of chocolate in one go, and felt a little sick after that (the usual reaction, then) but today I experienced something that went way beyond:
I made a buckwheat pancake, a small one, with only 30g of buckwheat flour.
A few minutes after I'd eaten it, I experienced a HUGE high - the last time I had this king of blood rush, hands trembling and all, was when the oral surgeon had to give me three times the normal amount of narcotic during surgery! And in addition to that, I immediately had to eat everything within reach.
If eating a whole bar of sugar-loaded chocolate merely causes a bit of uneasyness, yet a few grams of flour shoots you into orbit after a mere three days of abstinence, I think I'll abstain from now.
Joined: Sep 29, 2009
Location: Northern Zone, Costa Rica - 200 to 300 meters Tropical Humid Rainforest
I almost never eat any kind of grain - except in the form of chicken. Wheat and I don't like each other, and I tend to balloon up with grain. I can keep my weight down if I stay way from grain and too many potatoes.
That being said, grain products are a treat for me, especially nice when I am really active, like say stopping at a bakery when on a 2 hour bike ride. Grain then doesn't effect me at all.
If I eat bread without exercise - well it is pretty much a guaranteed nap. I have done this when I need to sleep.
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Joined: Aug 01, 2012
Location: Tampa, Florida
Grains are fine if carefully prepared. The reason some are coming to the extreme conclusion that grains are bad is because most folks have terrible digestion anymore and can't handle them.
The problem is not the grains, it is folks' guts.
Heal the gut, the grains digest fine.
Numerous traditional societies consumed grains and were perfectly healthy - even superior to physique and strength to those that did not eat any grains (The Dinkas of Africa ate grains and were superior in physical form and stronger than the Masai a neighboring tribe that ate no grains).
If one needs to go off grains for awhile to heal the gut, that is of course fine, but thinking one has to eliminate them forever to achieve maximum health is a fallacy.
We eat grains in my home as I feel they are important to a balanced, nonextreme diet. They were also a big part of the diet of Northern Europeans which is my cultural heritage, so not to eat them would be foolish given the genome I was born with.
soak for 24 hours to neutralize the phytic acid factors
one example would be brown rice with 33% wheat berries
another is homemade bread that needs slow fermentation of a day or more in
a cool or cold place.
Eat in isolation meaning>
make a meal of only whole grain bread or only brown rice or only millet
and so on
do not eat grain with other foods
to repeat--- eat grain as an isolated meal
a few slices of dense homemade bread is in fact a meal. It will fill you
The one food you can eat withe grain to improve grain digestion-
be it a little kraut or a dill pickle spear but I would start with only 100% grain meals
The grain problem for weak digestive systems starts with eating grains as part of a diverse normal meal
I think that grains are addictive. I read that there is some stuff in it that gives this opiate like feeling. First I didn't believe it. But after being w/o, I really started to crave grains like crazy!
People always focus on the gluten. I think it is more complicated than that. The grain want to reproduce, and therefore protects itself from being eaten by having anti-nutrients. I used to soak, then sprout the grains before cooking/baking. It's much better, but... still, I believe that somehow, we were not meant to eat it. Btw, I am talking of all grains, including rice, millet, buckwheat etc...
For me there's no way around it: grains block me up, even sprouted bread...
About beer: there is something about it I find nourishing... the yeast/fermentation process... But I have heard, long ago, people made beer out of OTHER stuff than grains: pumpkin beer, chestnut beer. Have never tasted it, but I really look forward to some day.
Grains have taken over our lives, they are everywhere.
Grains are great to feed "the masses", wheat/flour is easy/cheap to store. And look what they give to starving people in Africa for instance? grains. That's how they end up with malnutrition and the starving kids have these bloated stomachs... Bloating is a serious side effect of grain eating. I now have totally eliminated all sort of grains, and have pumpkin or potatoes or other tubers/veg instead... So much better
Joined: Jul 27, 2012
Location: West Yorkshire, UK
Keira Oakley wrote:
Grains are great to feed "the masses", wheat/flour is easy/cheap to store. And look what they give to starving people in Africa for instance? grains. That's how they end up with malnutrition and the starving kids have these bloated stomachs...
Actually those distended stomachs on the starving children are due to kwashiorkor, which is a severe protein deficiency: they eat only carbohydrate/grain and don't have any protein. It's a really serious condition and they can die of it.
And instead of beer, one could go for MEAD, made from honey. I tried one fermented in a traditional way, it was nice. Even though I rarely drink nowadays, I think that I would go for that stuff in colder countries...