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Going Against the Grain: How Reducing and Avoiding Grains Can Revitalize Your Health Paperback – Illustrated, May 10, 2002
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Melissa Diane Smith, Dipl. Nutr., is a Tucson-based nutritionist and health educator who counsels clients across the country. She is the coauthor of the bestselling Syndrome X and Why Am I Always So Tired? and the author of The User's Guide to Chromium. Her work has appeared in Let's Live, Delicious!, and Great Life magazines.
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Praise for Going Against the Grain:
"Melissa Diane Smith has courageously and accurately tackled what has emerged as America's primary food-related health problem: disease and obesity attributable to the regular consumption of high-calorie, nutrient-poor, immune-disruptive grains." -Kenneth D. Fine, M.D., gluten sensitivity researcher and director of The Intestinal Health Institute, Dallas
"An intriguing book loaded with practical nutrition advice that you won't want to stop reading." Annemaria Ballin, Ph.D., founder and director of education, American Academy of Nutrition
In a society where wheat is a daily staple and the heart of the continent is endearingly called "the bread basket," it seems almost sacrilegious to promote the benefits of a low- to no-grain diet. But in Going Against the Grain, nutritionist Melissa Diane Smith challenges conventional dietary wisdom--that grains should be the centerpiece of your diet--and explains why reducing or removing grains is the secret to successful long-term weight control and good health.
Backed up by scientific research, professional experience, and her own health journey, Smith explains the surprising connection between a grain-rich diet and so many of the health problems plaguing us today, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, fatigue, and digestive disorders. In these pages, nutrition expert Smith reveals:
- Why "health" foods aren't always healthy
- How to find tasty snack substitutes in a no-grain diet
- How eating "lite" can actually lead to weight gain
- How cutting back on grains can lower your risk for disease
Smith provides original menu plans and eating-out suggestions, so, with minimum effort and hassle, you too can go against the grain!
- Item Weight : 15.3 ounces
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0658017225
- ISBN-13 : 978-0658017223
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.73 x 9 inches
- Publisher : McGraw-Hill Education; 1st edition (May 10, 2002)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #227,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's been about a week since I am off again of grains now, and my head no longer has that fog it was immersed in, and I am feeling much more alive, and so happy about it.
I knew grain-free diet made you loose weight, but told it was "the unhealthy way", and plus, never knew about the fact that the toxins found even in whole grains and beans could lead many to thyroid immune disease. This book made me make the connection, and just in time. I could not afford to wait any longer.
The author DOES point to the fact that not every one is going to have an auto-immune disease because of eating grains - some people do just fine. That is why she put in this book a serious of tests that help you determine if you are OK - or not - eating either wheat, carbs or grains.
Some of us are allergic to peanuts; some to dairy; some to eggs - but it's nice, really nice when someone points out a type of allergy that is so often hidden from you: allergy to grains. It can cause your body to turn against itself. No you won't end up at the emergency room the very first time you eat a bowl or pasta - but it will slowly, over the years, undermine and destroy your health and consequently your happiness. Period.
No more bloating, flatulence, mental fogginess, extreme fatigue, continual weight gain. I am now 3.5 lbs down and my days are much more normal.
I am very thankful for Melissa Smith to show me the connection.
Fast forward to me very recently: I thought my whole life that I did not inherit celiac from my mom as I was never underweight, and at a later point I put on an extra 20 lbs. that nothing would take off. I had continual digestive problems. Migraines. High blood pressure which did not respond to medication, high cholesterolol, asthmatic type symptoms even though two separate bouts of intensive asthma testing said I did not have asthma. Lots of bronchial things going on, chronic cough. The list goes on....nothing hugely debilitating, but the quality of my life was definitely affected and I went through periods of time thinking there was NOTHING I could eat that wouldn't upset me. All this time I was eating rather a lot of grain products....and I was a carb addict who loved donuts, cake, cookies etc. I got plenty of grain every single day. Dairy products also seemed to bother me. After really binging on a lot of wheat based things over two days, I had a very frightening allergic reaction one evening, so I was forced to examine this possibility and I began to research. My searching led to this book, as well as another very good one called "Dangerous Grains." This book (and the other one) really turned on the light for me. So I tested the idea by cutting out gluten products entirely. Within a day I felt better. Within 3 days I felt like a different person and nothing was upsetting me. My asthma symptoms vanished and the chronic cough disappeared. I actually had some sort of withdrawal headaches for several days, but those are now gone. After a longer period of time, I'll get things tested to see if there is improvement in those areas as well (cholesterol, etc.). But in terms of digestion, I certainly have my answer: Life is better, I feel GREAT without gluten in my diet. I don't understand the several vehemently negative reviews....all I can say is that those reviewers obviously haven't had the problems to deal with and unfortunately, a lot of people are incredibly resistant to the idea of eliminating grains from their diet.
The historical overview of grain consumption in human history, and the various studies which support the bad effects it obviously has on humans when they incorporate it into their diets are all pretty compelling. It's unfortunate that grain is so prevalent in so many of our favorite foods--it can make it a difficult thing to avoid, unfortunately. But the information in this book is well worth knowing because for some asymptomatic people, the first clue to the fact that they suffer from this gluten sensitivity is when they are diagnosed with some sort of cancer (especially intestinal type cancers, but others as well)--as both books pointed out, the cancer rate in celiacs is astronomical compared with the general population. In addition, a lot of the obesity in this country might well be related to gluten consumption. After just one day on a gluten free diet I went down 1.5 lbs from reduced bloating, and for the last 5 or 6 months I've been unable to lose anything at all despite careful, limited eating and heavy exercise. I'm hoping this trend continues until my excess 20 lbs. is finally gone. I really do think this is the key to many people's inability to lose weight. The addictive nature of gluten/grains leads to such overeating of these things that it's easy to see why so many people are overweight now. This information needs to be taken seriously.
Furthermore, the author give the reader the names of the tests we should ask our doctors for. If one is having trouble with any part of the digestive system, this might help.
Although the book has few recipes, the ones it has sound great, and I can't wait to try them.