For the very first time in my life, I did NOT want my university to close due to snow. I was supposed to lecture today, and now that I can't, I am going to fall behind in my plans! But, oh well, such is life, I will just warn the kids that I might have to talk really fast to get in all the material for a day or two :)
The snow fell hard and is STILL falling hard. And Chris is not here (traveling for work), and our snowblower is HUGEMONGOUS. Like, insanely so. I don't know how to use it, and kind of don't want to... it's a monster to push around. So I went out at 8 AM and did the first round of shoveling. Exhausting. But, a girl's work is never done - and I got Koda out on a short walk. Not too many people had shoveled yet, but he was desperate to go, so I relented as I was already all geared up for the snow from shoveling.
Oh, and I weighed 122 today. So my little night out with the girls was easily mitigated by all my good behaviors before and after! More days of those same good, healthy choices ahead of me :)
So, here's this article:
The Smoke and Mirrors Behind Wheat Belly and Grain Brain
I don't like to pretend there are no critics of the way I eat (no grains, no dairy... focus on fruit/veg/nuts/lean meat). But I think this article is absurd.
It is claiming that these diets without grains are hurtful and that grains are one of the healthiest things we can eat. Well, we'll agree to disagree on that front. It is claiming that people who give up grains think they have carte blanche to eat "prime rib and cheddar cheese." Um, okay.
See, here's the difference: an unhealthy diet is an unhealthy diet, whether that diet includes grains or not. If you make bad food choices, you do. That's the bottom line. I was eating a healthy diet when I ate grains (and maintained good health for the most part aside from some inflammation) and I eat a VERY healthy diet off grains. In fact, a more healthy diet without grains because I've replaced all my grains (pasta, bread, rice, etc) with sweet potatoes, squashes, and tons of green veggies. I have NOT replaced my grains with more, more, MORE MOAR MOAR red meat and grease.
That's why, in the end, whatever you eat.... I think you should mostly eat vegetable matter :)
It is also assuming that people who don't eat grains eat a low carbohydrate diet.... um, I eat plenty of carbs (fruits and veggies have tons of carbs... and I eat a lot of starchy plant matter, like squash and bananas, etc).
They also claim that people who give up grains are ruining the earth by funding the meat industry. Maybe some people are. But if you are following a HEALTHY diet, you are not really replacing grains with more meat. You are filling in the gaps with most veggies, then fruits, and extra fats (avocados, coconut oils, etc). Perhaps I eat a touch more meat than I used to, but not by much.
I also am a proponent of local, grass-fed, humanely raised meats. We buy from local farmers, the local co-op, and make the best choices possible at the grocery store. We eat LESS meat to be able to afford BETTER, safer, healthier meat.
So... I shared because, why not? Why pretend no one has a problem with my diet? But I also think it's garbage.
Bad science, bad logic all over the place.
Alright... off to eat and get to work at home on this snow day!!