We have chosen to eat paleo because we have big goals. We hope that eating right will help promote wellness for the rest of our lives. I, personally, would rather have done my best with paleo and chance I won’t develop disease, than not eat paleo and wonder if the disease I developed may have been prevented. Sometimes I wonder, though, if some people really understand the bottom line. Our goal with food is not about skinny and fat. It’s about sickness and wellness. The most important part in convincing someone about paleo is you can be sick less, rid yourself of allergies, and try to prevent a hundred chronic inflammatory conditions.
What’s the connection between grains and your immune system? In their natural form, grains contain anti-nutrients that are toxic to our bodies and our digestive system simply cannot digest them. So how is it that we can eat cereal and “whole grain” breads? “There are ways to make grains and legumes more digestible. Soaking, sprouting, and fermenting them essentially “tricks” grains and legumes into thinking that they’ve been planted, allowing them to release some of their anti-nutrients and make their actual nutrients available and accessible.” (Practical Paleo– by Daine Sanfilippo) They are more digestible, not digestible. So, food particles slip through the digestive wall and invade the body. Your body fights it! This is awesome, and a problem. The amino acids in these foods are similar to those already in our body; now our immune system is fighting the good and the bad. Depending on where the war zone is, organs, hormone, and/or joint tissue become inflamed and creates a response for your immune system. Your immune system is simply over-worked. Because this internal war, your body only has about 20%-40% immune power to fight off the real invaders.
Damn. All of this so you can “live in the moment.” You’d rather take a claratin, a pepcid AC, diabetes medication, high blood pressure pills, have surgery or, perhaps, or accept radiation so you can enjoy 30 seconds of addiction a hundred times a day.