No grain no gain?
After a long-awaited appointment with a nutritionist, I’m just as confused as ever about what is required for adequate nutrition. I know that the paleo diet is a bit faddish, but I underestimated the necessity of grain in anyone’s diet, particularly for those who don’t eat beans and who consume very little dairy (AHEM). I do think that the American diet includes way too many grains (did you know that the daily recommended amount of grain is the equivalent of just 1 cup of cooked oatmeal?). They are up for discussion in the paleo community, with some people even eating white rice on a regular basis. Well, my nutritionist was shocked at how few carbs I’m getting these days, and strongly recommended consuming 1/4 cup of pure grain (i.e. not processed or in flour form) twice a day. Apparently the body can’t produce enough glucose aka brain fuel without carbs, so grain-free may not be the way to go. I was initially appalled at the suggestion I resume grain consumption, particularly given the frequent cross-contamination with wheat at any stage of production. I just had my first 1/4 cup of certified gluten-free grain in 2 months. (thanks, Bob!). I also purchased some quinoa that sounds pretty darn free of any gluten traces. The nutritionist also seemed concerned that I’m consuming too much protein and fat, so I’m measuring everything I eat, by which I mean EVERYTHING (even oil for saute). Despite my decision to stray from the paleo diet, I give it all the credit for getting me away from processed, packaged foods and sugar (that means no store-bought sauces, either!). If I can consume grains comfortably in the prescribed, minimal amount, this may be my only dalliance from the primary tenets of the paleo diet. P.S. Many paleos have reneged on giving up dairy and potatoes. Returning to the “balanced diet” concept? While keeping away from processed foods of course.