Sunday, February 16, 2014

Grain not only bad for your middle

Neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter's book Grain Brain should make everybody pause before they have their next plate of pasta or donut. Just as the book Wheat Belly by cardiologist William Davis linked the consumption of grain to the cardiac, obesity and diabetes epidemics, Grain Brain has found similar ramifications for the two-pounds of grey matter between our ears.
The consumption of grain and sugar, he says, either outright causes or worsens just about every mental condition, from depression to the big one, Alzheimers. It is a fascinating read.
I have written several times on this blog about my personal experience of going wheat-and-sugar-free for the past 14 months. If interested, just type in Wheat Belly in the little search window above. In my opinion and experience, there is definitely substance to the claims by these authors. Their advice flies in the face of conventional dietary advice.
It is interesting that the studies quoted by the authors are not their own -- they were conducted by medical researchers all over the world. Some are new but many were done decades ago and have been ignored by government agencies and big health organizations who seem wedded to only one concept: reduce dietary fat.
If you haven't already done so, you should give these books a look.
At camp this summer we will be offering gluten-free and sugar-free alternatives for our new box lunches.  The box lunches will be given out on those days when we don't have the indoor shore lunches. If it is cold and rainy, we will also offer a hot meal back in the lodge. To save time in the morning, we will give everyone a little order form at supper for the box lunches the next day. The lunches will then be made fresh daily, ready to go as you leave breakfast.

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