How did week one go? Was eating a grain-free breakfast as hard as you thought? My latest reading book for pleasure is Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter. (Yes, all the books that I read for pleasure have to do with nutrition. Instead of calling myself a nerd, I like to think of it as research :-) I read to learn more because I am a full time teacher, but I also read so I can help you all out via this blog!)
Dr. Perlmutter is a board-certified neurologist and fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He is the only person in America to hold both credentials. ( source ) Although I haven’t finished the book yet, the basic gist is that consuming excessive carbohydrates in the form of “healthy whole grains” has a negative impact on brain health. Whether it’s because of the anti-nutrients found in grains or because grains can lead to degeneration in the brain, it’s safe to say that they are not the best source of nutrients. Today one of my 7th graders asked me why bread isn’t healthy. I simply told her that:
“bread is processed food and there is nothing you can get from bread, nutritionally speaking, that you can’t get elsewhere with more nutrition. Bread, pasta, rice, etc. are nothing but cheap fillers. I teach you to eat foods that are nutritionally dense; foods that give you the most nutrition for the calories.”
Stuck for some grain-free ideas for lunch? Check out these links! It’s easier than you think!!