In today’s podcast, I address a question about my favorite types of cookware and bakeware…plus a question about whether or not wheat is even good for us.
I must warn you that because I don’t have a firm answer on the wheat eating issue…I ramble a little bit. YIKES! Sometimes it’s so much easier for me to write and edit, then write then delete… My apologies for the way I sort of stumble along answering this second question about wheat. It’s such a great question, with a bit of a blabby-blab answer. You are so excited to listen now, aren’t you? Don’t worry…the entire podcast only lasts about 11 minutes. At least I finally do bring my ramblings to a close…eventually.
Keep in mind that I am not an expert, both at understanding the whole picture of wheat…and at speaking in a podcast. I’m a just a mom who does her best to fix healthy meals…and every two weeks or so I work up a podcast for you. ;)
Heavenly Homemakers Podcast #5
Some links for topics or items I mentioned during the podcast:
- Cast Iron
- Stainless Steel
- Soaking your Grain
- To Soak or Not to Soak
- More About Soaking or Not Soaking (What? Because we just didn’t hear enough of the non-definitive answer on the podcast?)
- Really Laura? 500 POUNDS of wheat?
If you feel like joining the confusion discussion, I’d love to hear what your feelings are about eating wheat.
Holly in Virginia says
I feel like such a dummy – I just realized that I don’t need an ipod to listen to your podcasts! I was sad that I was missing out. Now I have a backlog to listen to. Good thing I have this big afghan to crochet while I listen! :)
Also, on the subject of grain free diets…my personal intuition is that they aren’t complete. I think grains have a place in a healthy diet because God has created foods to work in synergy with one another. For example, cornbread tastes sooo good with a nice hearty bean soup. And corn + legumes = a complete protein.
Have been following your blog for a few weeks now…going to listen to the podcast next. Real quick, I don’t even understand the question. The Bible clearly states that we are to eat wheat. So why even ask the question. A couple of the Biblical Festivals are even centered around the harvest of it!
Right, but our wheat has been modified since then and there are those who have said that wheat is no longer good for us. Some say we should never eat it – ever. That’s where this question came from. ;)
Outstanding podcast, Laura! Especially the grain/wheat part! Whole wheat can’t be all that bad if it kept the pioneers healthy and blessed all those years!
Oh wow, you actually liked the wheat part?! You are so nice!! :)
I know you get a lot of questions, I try not to ask to many since I know your very busy. Have you considered (maybe you have already?) letting us ask questions and doing just a post on that? And then maybe making a page for all the most asked kitchen/cooking questions? I hope that made since.
I look through your site but still have some questions just thought it may be an idea and something you could work on a bit at time.
Enjoyed your podcast this morning. I don’t think you rambled at all regarding wheat. It is a confusing topic. I personally think Dr. Mercola should have an astrisk beside his comment that wheat should not be in our diet. I started grinding my own wheat this past April and am still learning how to cook with it. I also believe that it is a much healthier alternative to the wheat you can buy in the store and to all the processed white wheat options that are marketed to us at every turn. Thanks for all your insight.
I am enjoying your podcasts! You sound like someone I’d be friends with. :)
I have always tried to do as much “brown” as I can, but my husband doesn’t enjoy it. He doesn’t ask me to change, and he says he appreciates what I’m trying to do for our family, but he doesn’t enjoy it. It’s hard for me because I want him to enjoy what I feed him! Do I just need to get over it and appreciate that he’s open to it? For the first several years of our marriage I thought he would learn to like it, but now we’re on year 6 and no change in sight… Thanks for all you do, Laura!!
Laura – I’m a big fan of your site for many years. But, I don’t understand your statement that you trust Dr. Mercola? I have done a lot of research on him/his site. Is he not just someone with a certain point of view out to make a profit? While many of his health stances make sense, the science and nutrition community does not support many of his claims – such as the claim that grain should not be a part of our diet. There is really no evidence to back that up… Also, I don’t see a connection that just because something is more work to digest it is therefor bad for us. Refined sugar is SUPER easy to digest…
Interesting comments…maybe I’ll do a little research on this and address it in a future podcast. I’ve never seen him as someone who does what he does just for profit, but on the other hand, I usually only reference his site when I have a question about a certain topic.
And good point about the sugar. Hmmmmmmmm…..
This might seem silly. but where is Podcast#4. Did I miss it? I thought I had listened to all of them and i have really enjoyed everyone. Thanks.
Here it is: https://www.heavenlyhomemakers.com/meals-to-take-others-and-getting-it-all-done-podcast-4
I haven’t added it to my podcast page, have I? :) I’ll go do that now.
I believe Dr.Mercola and other health advocates say to avoid gluten because most people have gut flora issues, and candida overgrowth.
I was on a candida cleanse, (after suffering with migraines for years),which called for a diet with no gluten and sugar, (except fruits).
Not only did I lose weight but I felt great.
Candida yeast takes over the body when people take antibiotics. Antibiotics kill not only the bad guys but the good guys (gut flora), which in turn leads to many health problems.
Gluten also causes inflammation in the body. Which Dr. Mercola addresses.
With all that said, yes, I still eat gluten, but I try not to eat much. I also, don’t worry about it as much when I am taking probiotics to keep the gut flora healthy and digesting well.
You didn’t address the readers concerns about fiber. Soluable fiber is extremely important to have in your diet. But I would suggest grain is not the best way to get it. Legumes should be in everyone’s diet. Look at Karenhurd.com for information on eating healthy. She is a nutritionist who believes you can heal disease with food alone. She even has an article on why beans don’t cause gas – it’s filthy bile not the beans fault. A very interesting and informative read.
I can’t seem to get this podcast to play. I haven’t had any trouble with the others. But this one pops up and when I press the play button it just sits there. :(
Weird. Well, my only suggestion (and it’s a lame one) is to make sure the volume is up. When I first clicked on it to test it, I was thinking that mine was just sitting there, then I realized that the volume was way down, both on my computer and on the mp3 window. I’m sorry I don’t have any better suggestions, I’m just not sure why it wouldn’t be playing for you.
You’ll have to forgive me – I haven’t listened to your podcast yet – but I wanted to comment on your “should we eat wheat” question. Personally, I think some people can tolerate wheat, some even thrive on it, but there are people like me who can’t eat it.
I suffered from intense migraines for years before I realized it was the wheat that was doing it for me. The moment I dropped wheat from my diet last January, the headaches decreased and within 2 months, I was headache-free and 20 lbs lighter. I’ve been “wheat free” / “gluten-free” ever since.
These days, I eat a “paleo style” diet – protein, fruit, vegetables, and healthy fats. (I don’t eat dairy because of a nasty lactose intolerance.) I’ve dropped almost 45 lbs since January and my blood pressure, which has always been high, dropped to an almost normal level without medication. Best of all, I have tons of energy (I’m a single mom of a 3 and 5 year old and work from my home – I should be exhausted by 3 PM but I’m not!) and feel great.
I have a nice cast iron skillet, but I’m afraid it will scar my flat top stove. How have your cast iron skillets affected your stove?
I enjoyed the discussion on wheat!
I use my cast iron constantly and they have not hurt my stovetop. Either that or my stovetop is a mess and I never noticed, which is very possible… :)
Is there a place to see all of the podcasts or do I need to look through the past posts?
Here is a link to all of the podcasts: https://www.heavenlyhomemakers.com/category/podcasts
I love your site and have so appreciated all the helpful information you post. Thank you! Loved your suggestions here and have taken many to heart– we too are striving for the wholewheat approach- brown rice and all! I am not trying to drum up my home biz, but I do wonder if you are familiar with the Pampered Chef’s line of both stoneware and bakeware. The reason I ask (and, yes, I do sell it) is b/c unlike the brand you mentioned on amazon, PC’s has a warranty. So, if it breaks (which happens!), it is replaced free of charge, not to mention the higher quality of products used to make the stoneware. The bakeware is amazing….no icky Pam needed…and muffins literally fall out of the muffin tin. Just thoughts to share with you, and both are 20% off this month. Hoping that perhaps this will be helpful to you.