As many of you know, I live in the beautiful Palouse Region; land of rolling hills and an endless sea of farmland. It’s quite fascinating to watch the combines maneuver the rolling hills during harvest. Wheat, barley, and legumes grow on this fertile land and can produce on average up to 100 bushels of wheat an acre, almost double the national average! This gluten-free gal of course does not consume any of the wheat or barley, but I do consume other grains such as rice, quinoa, amaranth, teff, and numerous other gluten-free grains.
There has been some interesting research lately on how grains affect the body, particularly when it comes to inflammation; not just wheat grain, but all grains. I am keenly interested in inflammation because my mom, who passed away a little over a year ago, suffered greatly from inflammation, which was directly related to her five auto-immune diseases. I’ve been doing a bit of research and like all things some say whole grains reduce inflammation and others say all grains increase inflammation. Here is an article written by The Wellness Mama called How Grains are Killing You Slowly. Her article basically boils down to grains are not healthy and are toxic to the body. And of course we’ve all heard about the arsenic in the rice we eat! She states that a no grain diet can reduce inflammation, not to mention lower blood pressure, reduce heart disease, and clear up acne, to name a few.
I have a dear friend who was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Many people who suffer from Hashimoto’s also suffer from leaky gut syndrome. One of the proponents to healing or slowing Hashimoto’s is heal the gut slow the Hashimoto’s. One of the more popular diets for those suffering from Hashimoto’s is the Paleo Autoimmune Diet. One of my favorite websites for no grain recipes is Against All Grain.
Do I advocate a grain-free diet? I’m still on a journey to find what is the best for the symptoms my body produces. Aside from being celiac, I do experience inflammation, in which my joints often hurt. Can that be controlled through a grain-free, dairy-free diet? Like I mentioned, I’m on a journey to find out. I would love to hear your thoughts? What have you tried? What works for you? Please leave a comment below.
So here is my attempt at making grain-free, dairy-free pancakes, and they turned out pretty tasty. The bananas and blueberries blend for quite a flavorful pancake. I hope you enjoy them!