Week 6: Gateway to Expression

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I’m in awe when I consider how much work our gut does for us, and often without the appreciation and understanding that it rightfully deserves. Did you know that 60 percent of your immune system is directly below a single layer of cells in your small intestine (that’s the connector between your stomach and large intestine)? That single layer of cells protecting us from the outside world makes us quite vulnerable. When ingested, gluten can sound an alarm in your gut and brain, trigger immune overreaction, increase appetite, and hook you into overeating. It can punch holes in the wall of the gut lining, leading to bloating, creating an aching belly, and causing your immune system to malfunction. Even a small amount can cause discomfort because gluten is quite difficult to digest for most people. 

If you’ve had symptoms for a while, or even if your grain intolerance has long gone undiagnosed, this reset could be just what you need to jump-start a whole new way of eating that supports, instead of breaks down, your belly’s health. You might feel so good that you stay off grains after the twenty-one days of the Hormone Reset, depending on how much damage grains have inflicted upon you.

Dietary stress from certain foods, such as grains, is a major cause of weight-loss resistance, wreaking internal havoc on your best efforts at long-term fat loss. Removing grains for as little as seventy-two hours helps shed the pounds and provide dramatic improvements in gut, pancreas, brain, and thyroid function, and it continues to reset your insulin levels.

This reset is an all-round winner.

Gluten in disguise

Grain-free Guidelines. What to avoid:

Avoid all grains, including flour (even gluten-free). Stay away from the three Ps that cause the most inflammation: pizza, pasta, and pastries. 

  • Bread, cereal, or other food made with any grains (even gluten-free).
  • Wheat, rye, barley, oat, corn, durum, millet, rice, spelt, or any type of grain flours or ingredients and by-products made from those grains.
  • Processed foods containing grains, wheat, gluten derivatives, or thickeners. These foods include hot dogs, luncheon meats, mustard, pickles, ice cream, salad dressings, canned soups, dried soup mixes, non-dairy creamers, processed cheeses, cream sauces, beer, spices, and hundreds of other common foods. 
  • Avoid artificial seasonings and flavours. The food industry keeps these ingredients super-secret, so it’s hard to know sometimes exactly what contains gluten. You should be suspicious. Look for ingredients like “seasoning,” “flavouring,” “natural flavouring,” “hydrolysed vegetable protein,” “maltodextrin,” and “modified food starch,” which could be derived from wheat and contain gluten.

 

What to Eat Instead:

  • Eat plenty of high-fibre vegetables per day. For women, I recommend three to four cups of leafy greens such as kale, broccoli, and lettuce. Approximately half should be lightly cooked, and half should be raw, as in juices, smoothies & salads. This will be your main source of slow carbohydrates. They are slow carbs because they don’t raise your insulin level and, as a result, don’t make you store fat.
  • Eat clean proteins, such as seafood or eggs. If they don’t make you bloated and miserable, you can eat one half-cup per day of fresh or cooked beans, or brown or red lentils, split peas and dahl and my absolute favourite quinoa.
  • Eat only limited fresh fruits: avocado, berries, olives, and coconut.
  • Avoid processed fruit juices (freshly squeezed lemon in your morning water or freshly squeezed healing juices are fine) and avoid dried fruits.
  • Some great grain-free swap outs include Quinoa, coconut flour, chickpea flour and the likes, baked sweet potatoes, baked butternut or squash and kelp noodles. If you’re looking for a salty, crunchy experience, try roasted seaweed or flaxseed and dehydrated vegetable crackers. 

Link between gluten & healthy skin

It is very important to note that eliminating grains (Gluten specifically) is one of the most fundamental steps to healing your skin. Gluten in an unwell gut, causes massive inflammation within the body and unfortunately feeds the organism responsible for our skin flares and discomfort.