Search

(Part 2) Burn Body Fat Without Trying By Eating This Way



The increased energy and mental clarity experienced on the Paleo Diet make most people never want to come off the Ancestral Diet for long. But there are those (like myself) who miss certain foods like grains (rice, bread, crackers, etc) and wish they could have them. So, today what I want to do is explain how to reintroduce those “non-Paleo” foods back into your palate without ruining your hard work and patience. 

To begin, let me explain why grains are to be avoided in general. According to Harvard Health, “The glycemic index is a value assigned to foods based on how slowly or how quickly those foods cause increases in blood glucose levels” (1). Most of the foods with the highest GI are grains. These grains when eaten will spike your blood sugar to be used for energy, however, if they are not used soon then that “energy” (aka sugar in the form of glucose) turns into triglycerides and then gets stored as fat. This is not what you want if you desire being healthy and fat loss. 


So, it is recommended that you stick to foods lower on the glycemic index so that they break down slowly and get converted to energy at a slower rate. Such foods include starchy vegetables like sweet potato, taro, plantain, and other tubers. They tend to have a lower glycemic index than cereals or bread. This is why the Paleo Diet is so effective because when you don’t eat grains it forces you to check out other options. You soon find out there is more variety than you thought. I recommend that you become familiar with the glycemic index list by referring back to it often to see where your food of choice lies in that spectrum.


In addition, grains like bread and rice are not only fast-digesting, thus causing fat gains, they also tend to cause inflammatory issues for lots of people. What many people don’t realize is that plants don’t have a way of protecting themselves from predators, like us, so they do other things to prevent animals (and humans) from eating them. Chris Kresser says it best when he explains that how plants “defend themselves” against predators by, “producing toxins that damage the lining of the gut; producing toxins that bind essential minerals, making them unavailable to the body; and, producing toxins that inhibit digestion and absorption of other essential nutrients, including protein. One of these toxic compounds is the protein gluten, which is present in wheat and many of the other most commonly eaten cereal grains. In short, gluten damages the intestine and makes it leaky” (2).


In his book entitled, The Paleo Cure, he explains that, “cereal grains and legumes contain phytates, which bond with zinc, iron, calcium, and other minerals. The human gut is unable to break these bonds, which means it’s difficult for us to absorb the minerals from grains” (3). After years of eating grains you can find yourself malnourished or lacking in minerals because the grains you were eating were blocking the absorption of the minerals in your food. 


However, you can reduce the phytate content of the grains by soaking, fermenting, sprouting, or leavening them. However, this is often not what people do before they eat a bowl of rice with their chicken. Nonetheless, even if you do these things to make the minerals more bioavailable, it does not change the fact that many people just don’t react well to grains. Many people are intolerant to grains and won’t know it until they go off them for at least 30 days. This is why I recommend going Paleo for 30 days by avoiding grains, legumes, processed sugar, vegetable & seed oils, and dairy then introducing them one at a time for 3 days each to see how you react to them. To understand the “Thirty Day Reset Diet” and learn more check out Chris Kresser’s book, The Paleo Cure. 


Now that you understand why grains are not a good choice in general, let me explain how to reintroduce them back into your diet. After 30 days on the Paleo Diet, you will introduce one new food at a time. The way you do this is by eating as usual but adding in that one food at any meal (or all meals) for three days. If you notice symptoms like gas or acne at all during these three days then you will know that it couldn’t have come from anywhere except that new food you just introduced. 


Once the three days are up you will stop eating that new food (for the short term, unless it causes issues then you’ll stop it for a while) and introduce another new food into your diet for three days. Keep in mind that you will not be continuing that first food because symptoms can show up later and cloud results of the next foods being introduced. Keep doing this until you have introduced all-new foods back into your diet. If you pay attention to your body you will soon learn that most grains, industrial seed oils, vegetable oils, processed sugar, and pasteurized dairy will usually cause inflammation in the form of bloating or pain in the joints and should be kept away from your diet. 

However, some people can tolerate a significant amount of grains and dairy with no issues at all. If this is the case then, please, thank God because you are one of the lucky ones. Yet, be careful because just because your body can tolerate them with no issues doesn’t mean they aren’t harming you by blocking the absorption of minerals and causing inflammation. 


In conclusion, make sure to stay on the Paleo Diet for 30 days and then reintroduce the new foods one at a time the way I told you above. If done right you will become a food detective and know exactly what foods cause what issues in your body. You will know your relationship to all foods and will not need to question whether you can or should have particular food or not. I hope you find this useful in your life and for your health! Happy hunting!


IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO START EATING THIS WAY AND WANT SOME ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRACKING FOR YOUR MEALS THEN REACH OUT TO ME BY CLICKING HERE TO BOOKING A FREE DISCOVERY CALL. I CAN ALSO AUDIT YOUR CURRENT DIET & NUTRITION PLAN, WHILE ALSO FINDING OUT HOW EATING PALEO COULD HELP YOU WITH YOUR GOALS PLUS HAVING ME KEEP YOU ACCOUNTABLE TO EATING THIS WAY SO THAT YOU REACH YOUR GOALS WITH ENERGY AND VITALITY.

Resources

  1. Publishing, Harvard Health. “Glycemic Index for 60+ Foods.” Harvard Health, 2015. 

  2. Kresser, Chris. “Beyond Paleo: Don't Eat Toxins.” Chris Kresser, 24 Dec. 2013.

  3. Kresser, Chris. The Paleo Cure: Eat Right for Your Genes, Body Type, and Personal Health Needs. Little, Brown, 2014.