Have you ever “been there, done that” with unconventional remedies in order to feel a little bit better?
If so, you’re in good company.
Years ago, I spent a measure of time adhering to a gluten-free diet – which progressed into a completely grain-free diet – in effort to manage chronic illness. This way of eating was a barely delightful conglomeration of desperation, hard science and anecdotal evidence.
My body’s response proved the obvious. Not only was my social life tricky with navigating gluten-free-then-grain-free restaurant menus and dinners with family, my health status was measurably dwindling! Well, hello. No surprise there (insert eye roll). I had, after all, eliminated an ENTIRE FOOD GROUP!
I was sad.
I was in bondage.
I wanted toast. And bread. And soft, buttery tortillas.
I wanted freedom!
“There is a way which seems right to a man, but it’s end is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12 NASB
Grain is the (old) new superfood!
FIVE REASONS WHY WE NEED GRAIN
1. Vitamin E
Wheat is definitely a super food and is the best source of Vitamin E, needed for immunity.
2. B Complex Vitamins
Grains are a rich source of B Vitamins, needed for energy production and nervous system function.
Glutamine is one of my favorites for supporting gut health! Wheat happens to be a stellar source of glutamine, an amino acid useful for the protective, mucosal lining of the intestines.
4. Soluble Fiber
Soluble fiber, sometimes called high viscosity fiber, is the type fiber that soaks up liquids as it passes through your digestive track. It sweeps intestinal waste out like a broom.
5. God Made Wheat
In toddler versions of teaching thankfulness and an awareness of Biblical provision, I ask my little nephews, “Who made bread for us?” To which they reply, “God!” The same lesson applies to us grown-ups. The Bible is clear about God’s provision of bread to nourish our bodies for His service.
“I will bring a piece of fresh bread so that you may refresh yourselves.” Genesis 18:5 MEV
Gluten free diets are deficient diets!
Many nutritious foods contain gluten and without appropriate dietary planning, complete elimination of gluten from the diet may lead to nutritional deficiencies (1). This is where the help of a Nutritionist or Health Coach may be of benefit.
“There is no evidence to suggest or confirm that following a gluten-free diet has any significant benefits in the general population. In fact, there is some evidence to suggest that a gluten-free diet may adversely affect gut health in those without celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, or wheat allergy… A month on a gluten-free diet may hurt our gut flora and immune function, potentially setting those on gluten-free diets up for an overgrowth of harmful bacteria in their intestines. Why? Because the very components wheat sensitive people have problems with, like FODMAP and fructans, may act as prebiotics and feed our good bacteria.” Michael Greger, MD (3).
Some nutritional consequences secondary to decreased grain consumption include:
- a reduced intake of fiber
- reduced iron, folate, niacin, B-12, Vitamin E and zinc (2)
- increased intake of refined, inflammatory foods
- compromised prebiotic and probiotic intestinal flora (good gut bacteria)
And so, gluten-free does not imply healthfulness! Many gluten-free replacements for otherwise whole, unprocessed glutenous foods are chocked full of inflammatory, processed ingredients. The label claim of gluten free – or Paleo, vegetarian or ketogenic, for that matter – does not imply nor guarantee the food product is good for you. In summary: Gluten-free is not a synonym for nutritious.
Fair and balanced
Just call me FOX. Just kidding, don’t. But I do aim to set the nutrition record straight for balanced thinking about food. Moderation is a Fruit of the Spirit, which is to say that moderation is evidence of a life yielded to Jesus. If you’re sickly, or if you’ve eaten enough donuts to sink a ship, there is no harm in experimenting with a modified manner of eating for a specified time. Keep in mind, though: food and dieting won’t heal you. Only God heals you. And as your Healer, your Heavenly Father provided in His Word a manner of temperate eating that will bless your body with the health He intended from the beginning of time.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 KJV
Gluten-free diets may be a fashionable trend, but for those diagnosed as TRUE Celiacs a gluten-free diet is clearly a medical necessity. Even then, I’ve heard anecdotal reports of Celiacs tolerating small amounts of freshly milled wheat. To me, that’s exciting news!
If your medical doctor or other healthcare professional has diagnosed you with auto-immune Celiac Disease or wheat allergy, there’s great news for freshly milling your grain! You, too, can reap the benefits of freshly milled grain! Gluten-free grains can be milled into nutrient-dense, fiber rich flours for baking! I use a Wonder Mill grain mill for both gluten-free and glutenous grains; for more, see my post called “Choosing a Mill is a Piece of Cake!”
There are NINE gluten free grains!
These NINE can be freshly milled and freshly baked! Their nutritional content is FAR SUPERIOR to the inferior ingredients found within store-bought, gluten-free bread products.
- Oats* (must be labeled gluten-free)
Whether gluten-free or gluten-full, YOU CAN reap the benefits of freshly milled grain! I’m a proponent of the entirety of God’s Word relating to every nitty-gritty area of our lives. Consider partnering with your Heavenly Father and your medical doctor to restore your body and reclaim the freedom that is yours to receive and apply – Jesus is your Bread of Life – all the wheat, barley, oats and rye were created by God for YOU to enjoy!
So, don your apron! Preheat that oven! Resume your right to freely bake and eat God’s food, God’s way!
“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery (bondage).” Galatians 5:1 NASB“
With love and butter,
1. ACE Health Coach Manual: distributed by American Council on Exercise. San Diego, California. 2013.