This week we have Part 2 of Eat Your Stress Away.
Hopefully, the high-fat high-protein breakfast was something that you enjoyed and you found yourself feeling more energized and full further into the day than you normally do after your first meal.
If you missed Part 1 you can read it here.
You should DEFINITELY have noticed a difference 4-6 hours later when it came to carb cravings and energy levels and all those things.
Today is all about grains. We are focusing on cutting grains from our last meal of the day. We’re doing this for a couple of reasons.
But first, let me start by saying that I’m not 100 percent against grains and I don’t think you can never have grains in a healthy, well-balanced diet.
However, there are a couple of things about grains that make them more of a treat than an everyday staple.
The first thing with grains is that people tend to create a meal around the grain instead of just adding a little bit of a grain into a meal.
For example, when we traditionally make pasta, we make a big vat of pasta and to serve it on a big plate with a little bit of sauce on it. This makes your meal predominantly a grain which I want you to keep in mind for later when I explain why that’s not such a great thing.
Another example is when you make a stir fry with a huge serving of rice or noodles and then a bit of veggies and protein on top. Again, you grab a big plate of rice, then some veggies and meat and a little bit of sauce. Once again, the grain took over the whole plate.
Why this is not ideal for your body
Grains are not what we call nutrient dense which means you’re not getting much nutrient bang for your buck so to speak.
- Take up a lot of space.
- They don’t have a ton of vitamins and minerals in them.
- They’re not all that exciting from a health point of view.
Compare that to nutrient dense food like
- Vegetables which have a ton of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients squeezed in per square inch.
- Meat is crazy nutrient dense as well with lots of fat-soluble vitamins.
- Fats are really nutrient dense as well. (Egg yolks are one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet)
When it comes to filling our bodies with good quality items, grains just aren’t very high up there.
The reason for that, is that grains are mainly made of starch, a carbohydrate, which breaks down very quickly into sugar.
I think you can see where I’m going with this.
If your dinner meal is predominantly a grain and grains are predominantly breaking down into sugar quite quickly then that same blood sugar roller coaster we talked about at breakfast time is going to happen again at dinnertime.
When cutting out grains
You’re forced to add in nutrient-dense foods like meat, vegetables, and good fats.
- Fuel your body in more ways than just quick energy
- Don’t result in excess fat stores for the most part
- Don’t result in the blood sugar rollercoaster that’s causing the carb cravings later.
Part 2 of Eating Your Stress Away is to focus on your last meal of the day not having starchy carbs.
- Beef stir fry without rice noodles – Have it on a bed of lettuce or a salad on the side.
- Spaghetti squash and meat sauce – Take out the flour noodles
- Taco bowls minus the taco – Lots of lettuce topped with salsa, guacamole, refried beans, chicken
- Grilled steak, steamed veg and salad
The choices are endless.
I want you to really notice the difference you feel after your meal.
By not having that carbohydrate heavy meal, your carb cravings, later on, will be way less intense.
A lot of people also feel like they sleep better and wake up feeling well rested in the morning.
Who’s up for the challenge?
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The advice provided in this article is for informational purposes only. It is meant to augment and not replace consultation with a licensed health care provider. Consultation with a Naturopathic Doctor or other primary care provider is recommended for anyone suffering from a health problem.