I'm just curious, as a one-time gluten-sensitive person (haven't been for years), if you were to stop eating wheat and other grains (as per Dr. Davis' "Wheat Belly" book), would your body ultimately become unable to digest those foods if ever you were to eat them again? At first I thought the "Wheat Belly" book would only focus on the elimination of wheat, but then I noticed all breakfast cereals, oatmeal & oat bran included, were on the "never" list. Oat bran has soluble fiber that can help absorb excess cholesterol in the body, so I wouldn't necessarily consider it an unhealthy food...
I've always thought a diet should allow a cheat once in awhile, so that you don't end up feeling impossibly deprived, but I wouldn't want to cheat only to find out that I had developed a reaction to such foods by not introducing them into my body for a long period of time...
For a while, I allowed myself "cheats," so I wouldn't obsess over cravings for the non-/anti-nutritive foods I was addicted to (i.e. "feel deprived").
I very soon thereafter gave up on cheating, because those cheat foods I didn't want to "feel deprived" of? They made me feel like shit. I can't eat them anymore, and that's fine with me--I no longer want them.
I see no benefit to eating grains. They are really, really bad for me. For me, they are not food. And no, I don't think it's a bad thing that I can no longer digest them--I never really could.
There are so many foods I love, that I can eat freely of, and that will actually nourish me. Why would I ever need to resume eating grains?
I wouldn't worry about my inability to consume grains considering their negative impact on health.
No reason to feel like you NEED to keep your body ready to digest inferior...possibly toxic and harmful crap "just in case" you want to eat it again someday, unless your living in a third world country were if you don't eat grains you may actually starve to death.
For me I can still eat a few pieces of pizza if I want without issue. I just don't do it often. Oh, and beer. However I drink good beer so maybe the fermentation helps.
For those above, I do not put lactose/casein and dairy in the same category as grains/gluten. Two different animals IMO. You can do an elimination diet to test your sensitivity to various types of dairy, but in the case of grains just getting rid of them all together regardless of if you think your tolerant or not would be your best bet.
Here is a good bit on that http://high-fat-nutrition.blogspot.com/search/label/Casein%20vs%20gluten
I have been essentially gluten free for 6 months with just a couple of intentional slip ups. Gluten containing foods in any appreciable quantity make my gut swell up fairly immediately and give me an "off" feeling that can last as long as a month. I also got a cold the last time I ate that stuff. Could be coincidence or could be compromised immunity. Who knows?
I've also found a similar, although less pronounced, reaction to corn. The "funk" seems to hang around a few days and disappear.
White rice in moderation (one sushi roll or some rice noodles in a Chinese dish) appears to have minimal effect other than a temporary mild bloating.
I got to the point where I wondered if I'd just been swollen up for years and just didn't realize how bad I felt because I never cleared my system long enough to feel good! LOL
So for me, gluten is on the "spectacular foods only" list (maybe a bit of pasta if I were back in Capri, for example) and corn on the "fantastic foods if I really can't resist" list. Rice is occasional and sparing use. It works fine for me.
Everybody is a little different in their tolerances. Listen to your body. It will tell you what isn't good for you if you pay attention.
You know what happens when an alcoholic cuts alcohol for an extended period of time?
They become a "cheap date" at the bar, 1-2 drinks to get a buzz, where they used to drink all night and not get inebriated.
Same thing happens with most toxins.
The sign of a healthy immune system is it's revulsion at toxins, in my opinion. Gluten is no exclusion - drop it for awhile, and any attempt to eat it again (without going gradually) will result in some fairly nasty discomfort.
I've never wanted to test food elimination diets for this reason. Lactose, gluten and casein - the pariahs of many dietary schemes including paleo - are adapted responses which can be lost. For me paleo is all about meat and motion - what I can see at Lascaux. Beyond that I believe in being as omnivorous as possible.
I found the following interesting. The lactose tolerance mutation is probably neolithic. We evolve to fit the food available over relatively short time frames. It would be interesting to see what tolerances we have lost since paleo times.
This probably doesn't answer your question but knowing that I'm gluten intolerant I really don't want to eat grains again. If I do I will probably overeat them and that isn't good either. TBH, the only thing I really miss is my sister's challah--it's too die for (figuratively speaking)--but then I have eaten too much of it and regretted it immensely (and that was pre-paleo so I must have suspected that gluten was bad for me). When I "cheat" (don't like that term), I eat something sorta paleo like dark chocolate. That pretty much takes care of not feeling deprived.
"I've always thought a diet should allow a cheat once in awhile, so that you don't end up feeling impossibly deprived"
One of the keys to my success in living and eating paleo has been to immerse myself in the "whys" of paleo/primal. Why are grains harmful, how does it affect my body and mind? What can I eat that is a healthier option? Understanding that certain foods and behaviors are detrimental to my health have eliminated any feelings of "feeling impossibly deprived". Do I ever eat grains/legumes/sugar/veg oil/non-fermented dairy? Yes, I do. But it is rare, because I simply don't have a desire to eat food that I know - both through reading and through personal observation - is harmful to me.
IMO compliance becomes greater if dietary - and other - changes are made based on answering the question "What can I do to improve my life/health?" Avoiding food toxins therefore is not deprivation, but rather, beneficial to my long term goals. Plus eating wheat causes the toilet to become my new best friend the next day.
for two months I completely abstained from grain and when I took some I would get a bloated stomach, was kinda annoying. Nowadays I sadly end up cheating on 1 meal every few weeks and I see no difference... Ideally I would like to never take it again though...
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