Sunday, March 03, 2013
I suppose in a way dieting runs counter to our genetic make-up. We're programmed to want those easy-energy foods. Our bodies are pretty smart, though. If we're tuned in to the signals and really listen then they might tell us about nutrient deficiencies or when we're overdoing it on something... But how do we "tune in?"
Like many people might be accustomed to Coke and Doritos, I'm so accustomed to bread and cereals that I think my body only remembers to ask for things like those. Consciously, I know I need more than just bread. It's just that... I think I'm addicted.
Needless to say, I haven't been doing well with the "eat a rainbow" challenge. I'm still trying to get it to the forefront of my mind instead of "warm bread, toasty bread, bread and peanut butter."
How did the addiction start? I've always adored it. At some point, years ago, I made it a goal to be really good at baking. And I have. It's a big part of me now. To turn around and ignore something that I'm actually good at and that I do so often seems ridiculous. My husband's always encouraged me - he doesn't see bread as a bad thing at all. He doesn't have a problem with overeating it, though.
So, how often is it okay to eat bread? Primal advocates might say never. The French who "don't get fat" would probably consider it a staple.
It's just that, I keep reading so many articles that argue against eating it, grain flours or yeast, that I'm worried I'm doing myself much more harm than a little bread belly.
For one, it is so easily changed to simple sugars in the body. Even if you eat whole grain, there's still a lot of starch there. So you have empty calories, blood sugar spikes, mood swings, energy crashes, addictiveness, pancreas fatigue, insulin resistance, and even wrinkles. Then there are the mycotoxins from bacterial chemicals in the flours and yeast that could cause cancer.
And I'm not sure but it feels like a very drying food and sort of sponges up moisture, is dehydrating.
And it might give me gas. I am so freaking bloated right now that it's knocked my back out of place and really hurts. Wish I had some Gas-X. Hope that's not tmi.. I've been drinking coffee in hopes of getting it to pass but haven't had much luck so far.