One morning, Tork the Caveman woke up hungry. He didn’t have any cereal in his cabinet because he was a caveman–they didn’t have cabinets. Or cereal. So he walked outside his cave and found some nuts and berries to munch on, walked down to a nearby stream to have a drink, and went out looking for a suitable breakfast.
By noon, not being able to find even a rabbit to feast upon, he settled for 5 or 6 handfuls of nearby vegetation–grass and broccoli, probably.
Another trip to a nearby stream to rehydrate, and then by the time the sun started to set, Tork the Caveman was lucky enough to snag a rabbit he could bring back to his campfire.
And that was all the food he got. He had no idea what bread was.
Our current species of Homo Sapiens has inhabited this planet with the ability to use fire for approximately 1.5 million years current authorities estimate. Yeast wasn’t introduced until roughly 4000 B.C. in ancient Egypt. Enter bread and other grains here.
The effect that consumption of grains (especially bread) had on the Egyptians physical health was profound. Examination of mummified remains show that after the introduction of grains into their diets, Egyptians started dying sooner–with poorer bone health, especially the teeth. A decreased lifespan, body weight/height, and brain size all accompanied the introduction of grains into Egyptians’ diets.
Eating bread and other grains is going to have two primary effects on your body chemistry.
It’s starch content is going to create massive swings in blood sugar levels, which will require your hormone system to step in to balance everything out. The two organs most heavily hit–the pancreas (diabetes) and the adrenal glands (stress/sleep).
As with all grains, once bread hits your digestive system an inflammatory response will begin. We now know that inflammation is involved in every single disease process in the human body. Be it Alzheimer’s disease, Crohn’s disease, Heart disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, or Diabetes II, inflammation is involved in all of them.
So, eat bread and your stress, sleep, blood sugar, digestive, and inflammatory systems in your body will be effected.
“But it’s so worth it!” you say.
Nothing can alter your mental status or state of mind faster than the quick, almost endorphin-like rush of hormones that you get when that bread hits your mouth. In fact, if you’re reading this article, then your mouth is watering already at the idea of getting that next bite in!
So here’s where we find ourselves:
If you want to develop a disease then keep eating bread. If you want your mood, energy, and hormones to be all over the place, running rampant, then keep eating bread. If you’re open to the idea of taking it out of your diet then read on.
GRADIENTS TO CHANGE
Okay, you’re still reading. Kudos, you’re taking the first in a series of steps to working bread out of your diet. This first step involves us getting some things straight:
1. This process will take you as long as it takes you.
2. You may relapse, or “fall off the wagon” as many times as you want. There’s no judgement here. It’s not my body you’re destroying.
3. We’re going to do this in gradients. Some people can make up their mind never to eat bread again and, by golly, they never will. They possess a tremendous amount of what we call “Determinism”. The rest of us need a P-L-A-N!!! And that plan will have steps, or gradients.
THE PLAN: ONE DAY AT A TIME
Start simple. Don’t eat bread today. Wake up and say “i’m going to be happy not eating bread today.” Go from there!