You probably remember this from elementary school. It seemed the gov't & scientists wanted you to eat at least 2-4 items from the grain group at every meal. They told you that all that grain was needed for energy. For your brain & nervous system to work properly you need carbs, and the gov't was sure that the way to do that was to eat lots of grains.
Now as I have mentioned before, diabetes runs wild in my family. The docs even had me checking my blood sugar for a few months while I was pregnant a couple times. As I grew up I have heard relatives mention how they had to watch their carbs along with their sugar intake. So #1 carbs are good for energy, but #2 carbs are bad for diabetics....course at that time I was only counting pasta, rice, potato, & breads as carbs, everything else belonged in a different group.
At this time I had also bought a book by: Elizabeth Hasselbeck (from the show..The View) written about her problems with celiac & gluten. I was hoping to heal some stomache & bathroom problems of my own.
Over the years I had heard of low-carb diets. Atkins...well that was just the diet to eat meat & cheese all day. LOL The Zone Diet, was something strange rich celebraties went on when they had to lose weight for a movie.
While working in a cafeteria at the Grand Canyon, we had alot of tourists coming in who were on gluen-free diets. I didn't know alot about celiac or gluten allergies but I did notice that the kids were calmer, quieter, had more patience and made less mess in the dining room. Now I still don't know if eating to much gluten makes you hyper or angry but it was a pretty neat coincidence.
Now I am reseaching more into the LC diets, and finding some interesting stuff that really makes sense to me.
yes protein is very important in the Atkins diet, enough so that it takes up the most space. But it doesn't mean that I have to eat fatty bacon, sausage, hot dogs or cheese all day either. The grains group is the least important so it takes up a small space at the top. Now if you are still associating grains as carbs, just know that you can still get carbs by eating veggies, fruits, yogurt and alot more stuff. Years ago when I gave up drinking milk, I told people I needed calcium not COW-cium, and I could get calcium in other places besides a cow. Well I just have to tell myself that even though I need a little bit of carbs it doesn't mean I need to run to a wheat field.