At a time when we most want to look and feel our best, we seem to do everything possible to ensure we don't.
In Wheat Belly Total Health, I explain, "The weather starts to change and we reach for the pumpkin-spice cookies, cider doughnuts and beer, which launches us into processed carbohydrates season."
"They make us tired and sluggish when we especially need energy as we prepare for all the fun stuff and preparation that lead up to Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hannukah, and they cause us to gain weight, which we immediately pledge to shed come New Year's."
People have been taught that the refined, processed carbohydrates in foods like white rice, white bread and traditionally baked goods are "bad carbs." We're told we'll be healthier, happier and slimmer if we get stick to the "good carbs" in fruits, nuts and whole grains.
Not true – at least in the case of grains.
"Grasses and grains like wheat are a great food source for goats, cows and the like. But humans have a different digestive process and different nutritional needs. Grasses are not only responsible for unwanted weight gain, but also more serious conditions, including Crohn's disease and other autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. We just weren't meant to eat them."
That doesn't mean you have to do without your favorite treats during the holidays. Just make them a different way.
Here are two grain-free treat recipes to get you started:
Pumpkin Spice Muffins
Makes 12 muffins