I think most of you know how I feel about arbitrarily eliminating food groups because it’s the cool thing to do. Now, if it makes you sick, that’s one thing. Eliminate away. But if you’re doing it because it’s the latest Hollywood fad or because all your friends swear by it, forget it, that’s not a good reason.

I can fairly say this because I know dairy makes me sick. That doesn’t mean I don’t eat it, but I know I’m stepping into dangerous territory when I do. {Ironically it was pretty easy to eliminate when I was doing it for my son. Not so much when I’m doing it for myself.} It’s not much of a mystery to figure out though. I eat dairy, my stomach hurts, my joints hurt, guilty party found.

On the flip side, I know gluten doesn’t make me feel bad. {I also eliminated gluten and soy when breastfeeding.} But what about the things you can’t feel?

It doesn’t give me digestive trouble, but there are plenty of other parts of the body besides the intestine. What about the not so obvious targets of gluten, like the skin, lungs, and even the brain?


That’s what Dr. David Perlmutter explores in his book Grain Brain. He’s a neurologist that’s also a fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He makes the {supported} claim that brain diseases like Alzheimer’s can be related to nutrition. Of course I think it’s interesting because I’m a sucker for nutrition curing health ailments, but I’m also skeptical.

One of the best ways to examine a theory is to dive head first into it, so that’s exactly what I’m doing. I’m read the book, taking the four-week Grain Brain Challenge, and following Dr Perlmutter’s supplement recommendations.


I’m not exactly sure how you judge something you can’t feel early symptoms for {like dementia} but I’m still curious. I’ll admit I’m only a few chapters in, but I plan to finish the book before embarking on the challenge.

What I do like so far is that it’s not simply an anti-gluten/anti-grain book. It also emphasizes decreasing sugar intake and maximizing fat consumption. I like that this approach gives you control over your future health and doesn’t leave it all up to your genes. The plan also includes incorporating a steady fitness and sleep routine. I’m all about some sleep.

The supplements shown are:

  • GNC Preventive Nutrition resVida, which contains trans-resveratrol
  • Spring Valley Omega-3 Fish Oil Soft gels with 1,000mg of DHA and EPA
  • BrainStrong DHA with 900 mg DHA from algae


So here’s to a little 4 week experiment …