My dear yoga friend, Clare, recommended this book on her wellness lifestyle blog, Lionheart Whole Living. As someone who has been gluten free (unfortunately) since way before it was a thing, I know the sad reality about how awful gluten is for my body, and what havoc it wreaks on my stomach and immune system. I am definitely the sensitive artist type, and my body is no exception. I have suffered from food allergies all of my life, along with stomach issues, acid reflux and insomnia. So, I am always open to reading about the scientific discoveries about diet and the body. This book peaked my interest especially because it was focused on how the gluten and grain diet can affect the brain. As someone who has suffered ADD my entire life, this was of special interest to me. What I found interesting is that he includes corn, sugar, and soy into the "off limits" food items, all things that I am especially sensitive to and know do not treat me well on a regular basis. All of a sudden I feel a little less crazy. And maybe, just maybe, a trendsetter of sorts as I have been off many of these thing for years as my sensitive body just can't handle it. No gluten. No corn. No soy. No cow milk or cheese. And super limited sugar. It's been my reality for years, and part of what has made me so passionate about cooking, finding excitement in eating with food allergies/sensitivities, and helping others to do the same.
My entire family has adopted this diet over the years. It all started with my dad having such chronic athritis when we were kids that he had knee surgery, unfortunately with little to no relief. Eventually we stumbled upon a forward thinking doctor in the Appalachian mountains in North Carolina that suggested to give up cow dairy. Desperate he did it, as it was that or more surgery. The relief came immediately. Now he is in his mid sixties and is one of the strongest, most athletic men I know. The story continues with me having lots of stomach issues, severe incurable acid reflux, and a hernia. No fun. Eventually, I had stomach surgery after years of pain and discomfort. Yet again, the surgery brought little to no relief. This led me down a stubborn path of giving up corn, coffee and soy, after already being gluten and cow dairy free. I was so in love with coffee and corn, that even post-surgery I did not want to do give them up. But I felt like crap every day, all day, and there were literally no other options. I now have a quality of life, that I didn't think possible. I feel amazing, and it is all thanks to this diet.
Our family perspective of the anti-inflammation diet brought forth the most amazing recovery in health by my brother just this last year. He was tragically suffering from stage 3 kidney failure. A heavy truth to our entire family, as he, only 31, is the father of my two amazing nieces and husband to his wonderful wife, Sarah. We immediately put him on this diet under doctor supervision, and within 3 months he began to see a rise in his kidney function. Now one year later, his kidneys are stable, like completely stable, no transplant needed. All from diet. It is quite a miracle to have witnessed this transformation. In addition to this drastic health recovery, my brother had suffered 4 or so sinus infections a year for ages. Once going on an anti-inflammatory diet, he has not had a single sinus infection. Not one.
Experiencing how food has transformed the lives of myself, my brother, my dad, and other friends and family, gives me the strength to not eat the bread, pizza, or tacos. (I miss tacos the most. But taco bowls are pretty amazing.)
So with this deep personal journey, I came to the book Grain Brain. This book delighted with more to learn, more validation of my path, and the courage to take care of my body first, and then find delicious alternatives for what doesn't serve my body. I hope you read this book, or maybe even just this post, and it helps you widen your perspective on your relationship to food. And also please know that every recipe ever posted on ATC will always be gluten free, cow milk dairy free, corn free, soy free, and mostly always sugar free.
Do you have any food allergy/sensitivity stories that you want to share? I would love to know how diet affects your health.
Below are 5 things I learned from Grain Brain.
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