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I grew up on
a Wisconsin dairy farm a long time ago. 71 years old as I write
this. Have been eating grains and grain products anything
made with flour my whole life. I liked bread especially
when it was loaded with butter.
It was Gary
We Get Fat that encouraged me to pursue other reading with
the same subject material. That was when I found The Primal Blueprint.
Both books spoke to me. Just made sense. That was early last summer.
It was a poor time to start new eating habits when I would be dining
with friends and relatives during my summer in Colorado.
said to eliminate grain products from the diet. I believe my diet
always was healthy. Never did buy into the low fat craze. The new
variation (my paleo version) emphasized salads, vegetables, some
legumes and meats (grass feed beef) or chicken (dirty feet free
range) or fish (wild). However, the grain products still had a very
small place in the diet along with the occasional sweets.
About two months
ago, it was time to get serious and eliminate the grain products
(breads, pasta, sweet rolls, pretzels) from my diet. After about
two weeks, I realized that I was no longer gobbling antacid pills
after many meals. Interesting. Costco was going to be in trouble
economically. For many years, a large economy size container of
antacids had a place in my larder. I ate them like candy after almost
after every meal. Took a while to come to terms with that. Then
I also noted that I hadnt had an attack of GERD (acid reflux).
Could these body reactions actually be attributable to grain products?
I would have to give up bread. That is okay. I can mainline the
I also recall
the times when the indigestion lingered for two to three days regardless
of my antacid ingestion. So I headed to the hospital emergency room
with what appeared to be a heart problem. Appears I had a gluten
attack. I am embarrassed to recall those experiences. Seems
there might be some new questions the doctors might want to ask
the patients after discovering there really is no heart problem.
Perhaps it might be a gluten problem.
Time to search
the internet. Yes. Gluten can cause acid indigestion and GERD flare
ups. And I had been living this way for seventy years. As a child,
my parents correctly recognized that I had a food sensitivity to
whole wheat products. My gut ached within an hour of eating whole
wheat products. So while everyone else ate whole wheat, I ate white
bread and white flour products. That didnt bother me. At least
I didnt think it did. That was the end of the issue and life
As I thought
about gluten and grains in the diet, I recalled the chest pains
I had 40 years ago as a result of drinking beer. Another aha moment.
Beer is made from grains. Further research on the internet. Turns
out there are traces of gluten in beer. Guess I had found the trace.
Pain is an incentive. Quit drinking beer at that time and switched
to hard liquors.
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March 24, 2012
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