The most significant and beneficial dietary change I have ever made, is giving up grains. I gave up wheat and gluten-containing grains as a three-week challenge and then soon after extended this to all grains. At the time, I was not sure exactly what was causing the havoc in my gut, so quitting all grains seemed like the most effective measure.
If you know my story, I didn’t reach this nil grain by mouth solution easily. I’d pondered it vaguely for 10 years and then seriously for another 10. I finally developed the will power under sufferance and when I did, I was empowered and motivated by the instant relief to my symptoms. I basically stopped having stomach pain and that was enough encouragement for me to stay grain free.
Recently my Aunt was sharing with me about her serious digestive issues; she is in terrible pain after virtually every meal. Our digestive problems are different: she has diverticulitis; I have ulcerative colitis (in remission) and irritable bowl. What these diseases (and many other health issues) have in common though is that they stem from inflammation. A lot of inflammation is caused by the foods we eat and unfortunately, grains, especially gluten-containing grains, are a major cause of inflammation.
My Aunt has already learnt that her digestive system cannot tolerate legumes and lentils, so she is happy to avoid these. They are quite easy for her to eliminate. But the damn wheat has her. She LOVES IT! Anyone who has given it up; once loved it. I loved it too.
I’ve created this post as a proposal to her and to anyone else that wants to give up grain but safely eat some bread too. Here’s my invitation – try it for 3 – 6 weeks and see how you feel. I’m sure your digestion will appreciate a break anyway.
Making this commitment will ensure that you’ll rediscover your cooking mojo too. A gut healing diet always ignites a passion to cook – out of necessity initially because giving up grains means that you actually have to start baking from scratch in your own kitchen. I find the extra time it takes well worth it; it is empowering to be fully in control of the ingredients that go into my body.
On the path to giving up grains, I first got rid of gluten. I bought flours made from every gluten free grain and bean on the planet, bought a bread maker and made bread. Unfortunately, this was not where my healing started because my GF breads were just as full of gloopy starches that are equally as hard to digest. I didn’t realise that true gut healing was not going to happen by substituting similarly inflammatory gluten free grains.
I hope this post bypasses this step for you.
Cutting to the chase and cutting out all the starchy crap, here is a collection of simple grain free bread recipes to experiment with. Aren’t you lucky, I’ve done the research for you? I’m not going to say they will look, feel or taste anything like the bread you really crave, but they will be kind to your body and hopefully suffice as a bread-like replacement. I know giving up this comfort food is hard.
Some of these recipes have been in circulation for many years on the Internet. I have listed these in order of sensitivity. (My opinion only). The first few are permitted on gut healing diets such as GAPS and SCD.
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1. Sandwich Rounds- by ‘Compfy Belly’
2. Focaccia – From ‘Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate diet’
3. Blender bread – by ‘Against all Grains’
4. Irish Soda Bread – by ‘Elana’s Pantry’
5. Cauliflower Wraps – by ‘Slim Palate’
5. Almond & Linseed Bread – by ‘Quirky Cooking’
6. Cultured Buckwheat Wraps – by me at ‘A Gut Feeling’
7. Activated Seed & Nut Bread – By Pete Evans
8. Grain-Free Veggie Bread – by the ‘Nourish Psychologist’
9. Bread Rolls – by Helen Pardarin of ‘Nourish-ed’
10. Extra Greens Grain-Free Bread – by the ‘Merry Maker Sisters’
12. Jalapeno Coconut Bread – by ‘Eat Drink Paleo’
I’d love to hear which bread recipe you enjoy most.