Popular consumer magazines are running articles that tout cereal as a convenient, tasty and healthy meal that can even help you drop pounds.
But what if you, like many Americans, are struggling with your weight, digestive troubles, frequent infections, bouts with the flu, or even chronic illness and disease?
Cold cereal might seem like a nutritious and convenient meal, but those flakes can actually harm your health! All cold cereals (even the ones at the health food stores) are processed in a way that destroys their natural nutritional value.
Conventional cereals provide so many reasons not to eat them that an easier question may be: what is right about cereal?
Dry cereals, including many found at health food stores, share these unhealthy processing procedures that directly affect their nutritional value and your health:
Besides lacking key nutrients like natural vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, cereal and flour products from standard grains such as wheat, barley, rye, oatmeal, spelt and rice are mucous-forming and become sticky and glue-like in your digestive tract. Wheat, barley, rye and oatmeal also contain gluten, a protein that many people do not tolerate today. It has an irritating effect on the intestinal lining.
When you eat floury foods made from processed grains, they are so "sticky" and "gummy" that once they reach your intestines, they create a toxic environment that promotes the growth of pathogens like bacteria, fungi, and parasites.
This toxic environment prevents proper digestion as well as the absorption of essential nutrients -- two processes that keep your body healthy and slim.
So why do studies keep cropping up shine a positive light on the value of grains? Are they good for you or not?
At Body Ecology we'd like to end this age old feud between high protein and high carb diets. Both kinds of foods have their value. They must be prepared properly, combined with other foods and made more digestible. Fermented foods are key to ensuring digestion of both kinds of foods.
Also one must be especially careful today because you most likely have a yeast infection in your blood that will greatly determine what you eat. Researchers at Rice University have found that 70% of Americans have the fungal infection, candida (yeast infection). Eating common grains, especially those stripped of all nutritional value, will only feed the candida and set the stage for further illness.
Following our anti-fungal, anti-viral Body Ecology program, you will build your inner ecosystem with healthy microflora that will boost your immunity and correct your digestion.
As this happens, your energy can increase so that your body will heal itself, handle stress more effectively, produce less inflammation and free radicals and age more slowly. You will find that our system of eating can also lead to a naturally slim body.
At Body Ecology, we have a better choice than cereals that can help you lose weight and more importantly improve your health: our gluten-free, high protein grain-like seeds.
The 4 grain-like seeds we recommend are amaranth, buckwheat, millet and quinoa. They are actually called grains most of the time because they have the same similarities in taste, texture and benefits. However, since they are truly seeds, they are gluten-free and do not feed candida.
These grain-like seeds in their whole form are very valuable for their abundant vitamins and minerals. They are high in fiber to encourage healthy elimination and serve as prebiotics (healthy food) for the microflora in your intestines.
They even help your body produce serotonin, the "feel good" hormone. To learn more about these grains, read: The Risks of Choosing Typical Grains & the Healthy Grains to Choose Instead.
Especially in the early stages of the Body Ecology diet, sticking to these four grain-like seed are important as you bring your body back into balance.
Eventually, when you conquer candida and have repopulated the good bacteria and healthy yeast in your intestines, you can enjoy other grains like rice, oats, barley and corn meal, but it's best to prepare them properly by soaking, sprouting or fermenting.
If you are not used to cooking with these new "grains," we offer some great ways to incorporate them into your lifestyle.
If buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, and millet are new to you take a look at the following products as you begin your road to wellness:
Want a quick and delicious alternative to oatmeal? Try Ancient Harvest Quinoa Flakes! Made from organically grown Quinoa, Quinoa Flakes are ready in about 90 seconds and are great for people on the go. Quinoa's easy digestibility is an added bonus for children and those on restricted diets. Wheat and Gluten Free, of course! A fantastic breakfast cereal." Learn More about Quinoa Flakes Now.
With Body Ecology whole grain-like seeds, you can be sure that you are getting valuable vitamins and minerals, essential fatty acids, and fiber.
These "grains" are easily digestible, promote the growth of good bacteria in your gut and bring your body back into balance. Body Ecology grain-like seeds are so delicious -- and make you feel so good -- that they will surely replace cereal as your convenient, "feel good" food. And a bowl of good whole grains will be more effective than any cereal to help you achieve ideal health AND weight.
This gravy can make any ho-hum dinner of grains and vegetables into a special occasion! For added flavor, sauté some shitake mushrooms and onions before making the gravy, and then add them back in with the spices.
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