Stay young and eat bread!

Week 7: Wanna Stay Young? Eat Bread!

All this nonsense talk about how grains are inflammatory is cow dung. Think you need to cut bread from your diet? Think again. A new study reveals that grain foods—such as bread— are key for providing essential nutrients for missing from adult diets.

Across the board, American adults struggle with eating ideal levels of nutrients such as fiber, folate, and iron for women. This shortfall becomes even greater with older generations. So, researchers looked into what food groups could help fill in these deficits, adding energy and nutrition.

Grains was one of the most versatile and impactful foods. Among the 15 main food groups, they ranked:

  • 1st for thiamin (33%) and niacin (23%)
  • 2nd for daily dietary fiber (23%), iron (38%), folate (40%), and magnesium (15%)
  • 3rd for daily calcium intake (13%)
  • 4th for energy contributor (278 kcal/day or 14% of all energy in the total diet)

But to eat bread isn’t the same as eating just grains.

That’s right, but breads with whole grains are a great vehicle for those benefits. The study compared 46 food categories. Here’s how bread, rolls and tortillas stacked up:

  • 1st for daily thiamin (16%) and niacin (10%) intake
  • 2nd for dietary fiber (12%), iron (12%), folate (13%), and magnesium (7%)
  • 2nd largest contributor of energy (50 kcal/day or 8% of all energy in the total diet)

The study concluded that grain foods and bread products provide the greatest percentage of the most under consumed nutrients than added calories—or the most “nutrient density” for a diet.


Not only that, but the report concludes REMOVING grains will lead to “unintended nutrient intake consequences”—creating a larger nutritional deficit.


Grains are packed full of key nutrients that our bodies need to function and be healthy. And as this study shows, bread is one of the most efficient and practical ways to give our bodies what they need. So think about that before you decide to go carb-free!

My weight at the start of the 90 days.

The first weigh-in: 147.4


Week 7 weigh in for Eat Bread 90: 143.4.

Week 7 weigh in: 143.4 lbs.

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Grains are not for Human Consumption: Day 43 and 44

I usually don’t engage with negative criticism on social media. However, I’m on this journey to prove that bread and grains are safe to eat and should not be avoided. Therefore I have to address each and every negative comment that comes to me about them.

A self-proclaimed nutritionist attacked my post saying that he/she has studied nutrition for many years and found there are serious dangers in eating grains. Grains are not good for the body as we don’t digest them properly, especially in bread products due to the gluten. He/she ended with saying that Nutella (my favorite) has corn syrup which can cause cancer. This grain myth is so far from the truth.

Before you place judgement on this person’s non-scientific based opinions, I caution you to not shoot the messenger.

There is so much bad information on nutrition out there and many consumers are not getting the right information from the internet. What I truly believe is that this ‘nutrition’ information is contorted by companies/ professionals selling their new age diets and services. Google ‘grains are bad’ and you will find a holistic community that is fueled by the paleo and the dangerous keto diet.* The Paleo community is so banked on selling their books and diet plans that they will do whatever it takes. Including making grains and bread look bad, even though they are as benign as water.

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Getting honest about grains

I feel it is more important now than ever that my journey not be sponsored or endorsed by any associations, so I can provide an honest opinion on bread and grains. Hey look, I’m not going to ask the paleo, keto and low carb diet community to stop.

However, while you preach eating a diet that is torturous and not scientifically sound,* do not condemn safe-to-eat foods like bread and grains, which has been a safe sustenance for billions of people since the beginning of civilization.

So in response to this, I dug into bread that has a ton of grains and seeds – Franz® Great Seeds and 24 Grains and Seeds. #IdontWannaEatLikeACaveman

*The keto diet places extreme stress on the body. It must be medically supervised. The fact that your body burn proteins for fuel, it is not selective on which proteins it burns. Therefore, ketosis happens in your vital muscles, like your heart, kidneys, liver and intestines. While many holistic communities don’t talk about this danger, it should be known that the #1 advocate of the keto diet himself, Dr. Atkins, had cardiomyopathy and a suspected history of congestive heart failures.

Here’s what I ate on Days 43 and 44 of EB90:

Food Portion Calories
Day 43
Franz Twenty Four Grains and seeds 7 slices (45g) 770
Franz Great Seed 5 (28g) 400
Ricotta Cheese 1/4 C 100
Coconut water 1 L 180
Smoked Ham 4 Slices 60
Strawberry Jam 2 Tbsp 100
Apple 1 95
Dark Chocolate Penut Butter 2 Tbsp 170
Apricot Sugar-Free Jam 2 Tbsp 40
Sauteed Spinach 1 C 48
Chicken wing 1 50
Orange 1 orange 45
Papaya 1C 67
Bike -100
Calcium Supp
Total 2025
Day 44
Franz Twenty Four Grains and se 7 slices (45g) 770
Franz Great Seed 5 (28g) 400
Ricotta Cheese 1/4 C 100
Donut 1 150
Apricot Sugar-Free Jam 2 Tbsp 40
Ricotta Cheese 1/4 C 100
Steak, caramelized onions and sauteed mushroom sandwich 1 300
Butter 2 Tbsp 200
Orange 1 orange 45
Berries 1C 90
Bike -200
Calcium Supp
Total 1995


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You Can Eat Bread on Paleo with This! Day 31

When Holista Foods sent in their paleo bread, I was puzzled. Why make bread that has no grains? I don’t understand. So I did some research.

The Paleo Diet

Simply put, it emulates the diet of our hunter-gatherer ancestors, and it advocates consumption of unprocessed animals and plants, including meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. I don’t know where bread fits into this diet. If you study the diet itself, it gets boring after a while, and there needs to be a carrier for all these fish, meat and eggs.

Paleo bread from Holista Foods-.

Paleo bread from Holista Foods.

Therefore, someone created the paleo bread, using a flour blend of coconut, almonds, seeds and eggs.

And because it’s made without grain, it is also a gluten-free bread. Some of there other benefits include:

  • All Natural
  • Clean and Clear Label
  • Non GMO
  • No Grains
  • No Dairy
  • No Soy

It is a difficult bread to make, so hats off to Holista Foods who makes it possible to make a great tasting product!

Here’s what I ate on Day 31 of EB90:

Food Portion Calories
Holista Foods® Paleo Bread 1 loaf (300) 219
Holist Foods® Low GI Bread 6 slices (25g) 334.5
Apple 1 95
Butter 2 Tbsp 200
Ricotta Cheese 1/4 C 100
Deli Chicken Breast 3 slices 50
Almond and cashew nut butters 2 Tbsp 190
Grilled Pork 2 oz 150
Sugar Free Strawberry Jam 2 Tbsp 160
Orange 1 orange 81
Spaghetti with meatballs 2 C 400
Coconut water 2 C 100
Calcium Supp
Bike -100
Total 1979.5


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Eat Bread All Day, Anywhere: Day 10

Franz® Organic Nine Grain.

Franz® Organic Nine Grain

I figured how to make my jams and spreads portable. I must spread them on the slices every day before I leave the house. Today I dug into my bag of wholesome Franz® 9 grain bread. It’s loaded with different seeds and grains, yet it is not overly dense. Its slight sweetness makes it an easy bread to eat all day.

So, I used various jams and spreads to create my sandwich pile this morning. This is what it is going to look like from now on—says this bread bag lady.

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My bread pile for the day. On-the go-bread, anywhere, everywhere!

I’ve found it is easier to fold the bread into halves because I can take it out and eat it without any mess during meetings.  The people around this office are so used to me eating and talking all the time, so something would seem amiss if I don’t do this.

Tonight, we cooked pork bulgogi with vegetables and rice. I didn’t consume the rice, but I did place some sriracha sauce over it and made a sandwich out of it. Yummy!

Franz® Organic Nine Grains made a delicious Pork Bulgogi Sriracha sandwich.

Franz® Organic Nine Grains made a delicious Pork Bulgogi Sriracha sandwich.

Here’s what I ate on Day 10 of EB90:

Food Portion Calories
Franz® Organic Nine Grain 12 slices (43g) 1440
Tillamook® Salted Butter 2 Tbsp 200
Kroger® Whipped Greek Cheese Spread 1 Tbsp 22.5
Justin’s Nut Butter 2 Tbsp 190
Nature’s Hollow Sugar Free Strawberry Jam 4 Tbsp 80
Orange 1 orange 45
Nutella 1 Tbsp 100
Kelp soup 1 C 10
Pork Bogulgi 4oz 250
Calcium Supp
Total 2337.5