A new study has found Australians are eating almost 30 % fewer core grain foods than they were just three years ago. That means we’re saying no to rice, bread and legumes.
Women in the 18 to 30 age group are the biggest group to go against the grain.
The fact that we are going off carbs is good…. and bad. Confused much?!
After speaking with all sides of the debate, including those pro-grain- from the grains and legumes nutrition council, nutritionists who promote a low grain diet and people who have battled weight for years and have been successful by reducing bread and pasta.. I have some takeaways:
- Don’t cut out a food group. This can lead to binges and your body needs a variety of nutrients.
- Choose the right grains. Quality sourdough bread, brown rice in small amounts.
- Get your greens. Crowd-out the need to fill up grains by getting heaps of veggies into your meals.
- Avoid carbs at dinner time and fill your plate with veggies
- Nutrition Australia is reviewing its food guidelines, reducing the amount of grains recommended and increasing greens.
The study doesn’t surprise me. I don’t eat a lot of grains. My body tells me it’s just not that into them and I listen. I’d rather have a big salad for lunch rather than sandwich because I feel nourished and satisfied rather than heavy. I don’t eat grains at dinner time. I’m more relaxed on the weekend and will have sourdough toast for breakfast or my favorite breakfast rice at my local cafe. I know that if I deprived myself of carbs, all I’d want is carbs!
If we focus on real unprocessed foods, listen to our own intelligent bodies, we will find our beautiful balanced natural state.
How about you, have you cut out grains and how is that going for you?
A special thanks to Judy Davie, the food coach for much of this information. You’ll find her here