I was talking to a friend about the various types of diets that are being espoused these days when she asked me, “What do you think about the move to eliminate grains from one’s diet?” I tend to shy away from edicts that call for the elimination of one entire food group from a person’s diet (unless a person truly has a food allergy or health issue). So not surprisingly, I feel the same way about grains.
In fact, I’ve recently being doing a 21-day detox diet to get back in touch with my body's reaction to food. I used the plan offered by Martha Stewart Living’s editors, who worked with nutritionists to develop the plan described in the book, "Clean Slate: A Cookbook and Guide." Week 1 involved eating only vegetables, fruits, nuts and legumes (but not sugar, alcohol or coffee). Week 2 added in fish and – surprise – gluten-free whole grains! Thus far, I’ve had brown rice and didn’t experience any strange issues health-wise. Today’s lunch will be a salad with wheatberry (which is a grain I have not tried). Tomorrow will involve a quinoa concoction for breakfast. With all of these additions, I’m taking the time to see my body’s reaction after eating them. (On a side note, I mindlessly consumed a few candies during Week 1 of the detox diet and ended up with a headache, which shows the power of sugar to mes