When Grains Attack….

Part of the difficulty with dieting is having the patience and cognitive ability to recognize how specific foods impact your body. Dieting is a patients man game.

Part of that game is knowing how certain foods affect how you perform in the gym and how your body changes.

I know that a few scoops of protein powder can satiate me for about 60 minutes then I’ll need to eat some whole food.

I know that I tend to overeat any type of healthy nut, so I don’t eat them.

I know that I can’t get as lean on a moderate fat diet as I can on a low fat diet so I eat less fat.

Lately, I’ve been getting stomach aches and feeling uneasy after consuming grains.

I’m also retaining a little bit of water underneath my muscles.

I’ve never been a believer of completely removing food groups from ones diet. If your body can handle them, keep them in.

Recently though, my stomach has been a WRECK after consuming grains. The other day I had 2 bagels post workout and I felt like I needed a 2 hour nap. That’s another sign of some grain issues going on.

I’ve always prided myself on having an iron stomach but lately, things done changed.

And that’s WITH a smart approach in terms of digestion.

I take 8 million strains of probiotics daily.

I consume between 1000-1500 mg’s of betatine hcl per day a long with numerous other digestive aids.

I might be developing a grain intolerance. So it’s time that I start investigating further.

Here’s my plan…..

-I’m going to slowly lower my grain consumption during the day. Right now I’m eating between 100-150 grams of carbs per day.

-As I lower the grains I’m going to up my fruit. Now normally vegetables are the suggestion for replacing grains when dieting but I want to see how I feel when I have the sugar from fruit.

-I’m going to double my digestive enzymes per meal. Right now I’m just taking them as I need with each meal but now I’ll follow a regimented plan.

Why not just eliminate all grains right away?

Great question. I want to really assess my tolerance and learn my body better. If I eliminate grains completely right away my performance in the gym and my energy levels may begin to suffer. I may also “flatten out” or lose all my intramuscular water and look stringy right away. Those are some things that I’ve avoided so far and I’d like it to stay that way.

I still don’t think that you can or should eliminate any food completely from your diet.

So what about you? How do you feel when you consume grains from potatoes, bread and rice? Comment below.

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