I'm wondering what grains you've incorporated into your eating, if you have.
I've been strictly paleo with various carb levels for over two years, and in the last 1-2 months have started eating white rice, wild rice, sprouted spelt, oatmeal, sprouted quinoa, sprouted brown rice, and buckwheat.
I've been feeling fine - the same. But it has improved my digestion and so I thought I'd see what others are eating.
I never had digestion issues on strict paleo but my bowel movements were indeed looser than what I would consider usual. No diarrhea or anything, just not well-formed. With the grains in my daily eating I have perfectly well-formed, more solid movements.
Nah, man. Even though I used to eat oatmeal (40g, pre workout) everyday religiously for 2 years with absolutely no ill effects, I've become too scared of grains after so much carb bashing, and despite not nonoticing any improvements after removing them or anything deleterious from consuming them, I still have yet to go back to them. I do eat white rice when I go out for sushi though, which ends up being about 1x per week. I wish I had never read Sisson, Taubes, or Wolf, or knew of the name Lustig. It has resulted in orthorexia, to the point where I paleo hack from my cell phone at all hours and check this site as compulsively as I check my day-trades.
I do eat carbs though- fruit, sugar, and potatoes.
I have not had any grains since October 22 last year, when I first started Paleo. About a week ago I saw special gluten-free waffles that were made of oat and buckwheat flour. I tried them because I used to love them.
Guess what? Grains no longer taste good for me. Since they had honey listed as one of the ingredients, they were sweet and I loved the sweetness of them but I wrote it in my "food dairy" - I no longer find grains palatable. I do not enjoy the taste.
I have nothing against gluten-free grains (I am celiac so I know the danger of gluten all too well) except for I can get better nutrients from something else. It is like - why drink milk if you could have fish? Or why to eat fruit when you can get more nutrients from vegetables?
I have never questioned tubers though. They feel right in my stomach. I think starch is very important for every human and I get plenty of starch from beets, pumpkin, squash, parsnips and other tubers. On top of that, I think tubers provide more nutrients than grains.
If you so want to eat grains, fine, but steer clear of the gluten/gliadin. Grains still have self defense mechanisms from being fully broken down by any digestive system, even the gluten free ones. Just stay the hell away from gliadin and gluten, and when you question why, remind yourself of what leaky gut is, how through leaky gut proteins enter your body in an unorthodox fashion, and how your body perceives those proteins, as well as what your body does to "protect" itself from them since they didnt enter the proper way and through proper breakdown.
I do fine with white rice (which I eat regularly). I haven't had brown rice in many years, but buckwheat and quinoa seem to give me a little trouble. I notice a little bit of inflammation after buckwheat (I had it 1x/week in pancakes 3 weeks in a row). I can't put my finger on quinoa but I seem to feel better without it. Sprouting definitely does good things to the nutrient values so definitely stick with that if possible.
I have not added any grains. I have had a little milk here and there. But I'm honestly slightly scared to add grains. I had major digestive issues before Paleo and I am not trying to have that madness happen again.
I occasionally eat rice, or quinoa. I don't notice any ill-effects from either. It seems reasonable to me since I'm athletic and lean (I'm trying to gain weight, not loose it), so my body does better with slightly higher carbs. I think it's a very personal thing - just like some people can tolerate milk and I can't, I can tolerate rice and some people can't.
The only grain I eat is boiled, white rice as it's the "least worst option". I'm fine with it other than I can feel hungry in the middle of the night if I've eaten it for dinner. The origin, quality and processing of any grains I think is super important and the potentially detrimental cumulative effect over a long period (i.e. years rather than months) means I'm happy to steer clear of them and not feel like I might be missing out.
Rice has always been a go-to cheat starch when eating out, but it's actually made its way back into my kitchen. I don't eat a lot of though. I've decided that currently I can handle wheat without issue. Again, it's not a regular thing, but even a substantial dose leaves me unfazed. I don't miss things like oats, at all, so that's something I've yet to even think about. Other grains, I haven't experimented with at all. I might pick up some buckwheat or sorghum flour to see how that works.
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