Let’s Talk About Anti-Nutrients

I know, it’s been quite awhile since I posted in this blog. I’ve been trying to focus on my social media presence and have completely neglected writing in here, which is sad because I love to write. I’m making it a goal this year to write in here more and to share useful information with you all. I’m still trying to figure out what kind of blogger I want to be, but I’m still posting as I work through it.


Today, I want to talk about “anti-nutrients”. Until recently I hadn’t even heard the term anti-nutrient used in a sentence. I recently decided that I’m going back to my Paleo roots, because I’m convinced that all of my ailments have to do with the consumption of grains and/or dairy (and possible legumes, but I’m undecided on that). In cutting these 2 (or 3) things out of my diet, I’m hoping that my joint pain goes away, I start to lose weight again, and I get lots of energy back.


 [an-tee-noo-tree-uh nt, –nyoo-, an-tahy-]
noun, Biochemistry.
1. a substance that interferes with the utilization of one or more nutrients by the body, as oxalate and phytate, which prevent calcium absorption.
According to authoritynutrition.com, anti-nutrients are not a major concern for most people. They CAN become a problem if someone is malnourished or if ones diet is based almost entirely on grains and legumes. There’s another school of thought that ANY grains, dairy or legumes, with their anti-nutrients, are bad for us as human beings and we should avoid them altogether.
I’m not sure if I 100% buy in to either theory, but I do think that if you’re going to have legumes (beans), you should make sure to soak them at least overnight, and boil them for a minimum of 15 minutes at at least 212° F.
With that being said, I haven’t fully committed this week to the Paleo lifestyle, and I know that I really should. The last time I switched to Paleo (and started going to the gym) I lost 40 lbs., which leads me to believe that the gluten that I have been consuming is one of the causes of my NOT having lost more weight by now. I HAVE to be strict about it, and stop saying “well it’s just one little thing”. If I want to find out if it works, then I have fully commit.
Me, in the height of my paleo-eating-days. This was almost 40 lbs. lost (of which I gained it all back when I started eating grains and dairy again).
Me, in the height of my paleo-eating-days. This was almost 40 lbs. lost (of which I gained it all back when I started eating grains and dairy again).
I don’t think I want to become a “Paleo” blogger, nor am I sure I want to even be a “food” blogger. Maybe I’m just meant to share my journey as I go along it, and hope that I can reach someone and inspire someone to try something outside of their comfort zone or that they never really considered trying before. Maybe that “something” is switching over to a Paleo lifestyle, or maybe it’s Whole30 (which I’ve also done). Maybe it’s living according to the 80/20 Principle, following the 21 Day Fix meal plan, or eating whatever doesn’t make them feel “icky”. Whatever their choice may be, I hope that I can inspire them to live confidently in their decision and live the best life that they can possible live.
You only live once? False. You live every. single. day. – you only die once.




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