Who’s Talking About Grain Free Diets?


While grain free diets have been around for a long time, they really are starting to gain popularity, which I believe is primarily due to the fact that our health problems are spinning out of control in America, and we start thinking that there must be something better out there. Search for ‘health food’ on the internet, and it’s my hope that sometime soon the first page of Google will be filled with the benefits of healthy meat, lots of vegetables, and high quality fat.

In addition to high quality nutrient dense foods, most of us on grain free diets also love natural health, plenty of sunshine, and fun exercise.  This isn’t some fad diet that only one person in a family is on, usually it’s a lifestyle change that the entire family gets involved with.  We often times take cod liver oil, know our farmers, and love the idea of letting bacteria run rampant among our chopped vegetables.

We love the simplicity of eating a simple meal of meat and sauteed vegetables with plenty of fat, but then we also have fun making things like grain free sushi. I’m willing to bet that many of us do other outside the box things such as home birthing, home schooling, and working at a home based business.

We stay primarily on grain free diets because they make us feel great~ we have lots of energy, we’re rid of our food allergies, and we see psychiatric symptoms improve.

Here are some bloggers and websites that talk about the health improvements that can come with grain free eating.

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride will always be a hero to me– she wrote the Gut and Psychology Syndrome book, which we are following to help my daughter who has autism.  If it weren’t for the research in the GAPS book, and bloggers promoting it, I don’t think my 4-year-old would be nearly as high functioning as she is now.

Elaine Gottchall is the author of Breaking The Vicious Cycle, intestinal health through diet.  She took the nearly forgotton work of Dr. Haas and used it to heal her own child’s digestive  issues.  She uses the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, which is a grain and starch free diet to heal the gut.  Pecanbread.com is a popular website for children with autism, behavioral, and digestive issues that uses her work.

Mark’s Daily Apple is a primal website that is on my list of regular reading.  I absolutely love the positive energy found on the primal blogs.  Watch for weekly recipes, success stories, and other back-to-nature posts featuring healthy living and whole foods, grain free of course.  Check out his primal books as well.

Tim Ferriss in The Four Hour Body uses the Slow Carb Diet, which includes vegetables, meats, legumes, and lentils as a nutrient dense diet 6 days a week… and then a much beloved cheat day once a week where you can splurge as much as you want.  While GAPS tends to be more focused on families, the 4 Hour Body and Slow Carb Diet are actively aimed at your average bachelor, giving instructions to do things such as ‘open a can of lentils’ as a meal.

Elena’s Pantry is full of baked goods using almond flour and coconut flour, as well as kosher recipes.  Her baked good recipes use simple ingredients and are easy for even beginning bakers to follow, and they turn out great!  Elena has celiacs and follows a gluten free diet.

The Healthy Skeptic has a great podcast, which I listen to regularly while doing dishes or folding laundry.  I like the balance and acknowledgment that every person is different, and no diet is one-size-fits-all.

Gary Taubes I’m not sure is exactly grain free, but his book Good Calories Bad Calories has such amazing information in it about how the typical ‘eat low fat to lose weight’ propaganda is hogwash, that his blog is an excellent one to follow.

And other bloggers, spreading the word about the benefits that can come from grain free eating!

20 Something

Agriculture Society



Crohn’s End

Evolutionary Psychiatry

Family in a Bubble

Food Renegade

GAPS Diet Journey

Grain Free Belle

Grain Free Foodies

Healthy Home Economist

Keeper of the Home

Kelly the Kitchen Kop

Kitchen Stewardship

Momma Jen


Nourished Kitchen

Nourishing Gourmet

Our GAPS Journey

Pebble Crossing

Primal Toad

Queen of the Stone Age

Raising Autistic Children

Real Food Whole Health

Red and Honey


Spunky Coconut

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    • Cara says

      Just a note that this is in response to me asking on Facebook if the title used correct grammar :P I like having facebook comments imported, but somtimes it makes it confusing!

    • says

      Haha, good question! I was always taught that when it is being used as the subject it is ‘who’ and when it is being used as an object it is ‘whom.’ So in this case, we would reorder it to be “It may concern whom.” So it is correct because whom is being used as an object.

  1. Beth via Facebook says

    I think it’s technically correct, but “who’s talking about grain-free diets” just sounds better to me.

  2. says

    Beth, that’s what I had, and I changed it because I thought you weren’t supposed to use ‘ in a title. LOL! Maybe i’ll go change it back, it reads better that way…

  3. Duranne via Facebook says

    Technically we aren’t supposed to use contractions in a title or in APA writing formats.

  4. says

    Great post Cara! I am glad you saw that I put up my grain-free post with a link and description to your grain-free meal plans. I intended to send you a message about it, and then I got busy and I forgot, but still thought I had actually let you know anyway! I guess things are still like I’m a chicken running around with my head cut off…but I’m slowly getting back to normal (whatever that is!). :) Keep up the great work on your blog! :)

  5. Christene via Facebook says

    Who cares? Just kidding. :) So I’m talking about grain (& gluten) free diets. I’m in Europe and it isn’t easy, especially in Austria (land of bread & beer), but I’m getting by.

  6. says

    That’s great Christene! I can imagine it’s hard! I’m only picky about grammar because I used to do transcription, it’s got my brain re-wired :P

  7. Beth via Facebook says

    Your blog… your rules. I say write it how you want. I doubt the grammar police are going to come knocking :)

  8. Beth via Facebook says

    PS – To answer your question… me! I’m talking grain-free! (Well not super recently on my blog… but I did just send a FB message to a friend who has a hubby with ulcerative colitis… I told her about GAPS).

  9. Christene via Facebook says

    I promise I was kidding. :) As a part-time journalist, I have the same issues. I am horrible at grammar and not having an editor these days definitely has its downfalls. :) Oh well. I enjoy what you write. Once you’ve done all you can, let it go. I for one will still be reading. <3

  10. says

    Beth, that’s great! I think the message is being much better received lately than it was even just a year ago. Grain free as a treatment for weight/neurological/digestive issues is becoming very popular!

  11. Connie says

    if you don’t want to use the contraction, you could always change the title to people who are talking about grain free diets. or bloggers who are talking..

  12. Holly via Facebook says

    The way to tell with who/whom is if you can replace it with he, then use who. If you would replace it with him, then use whom. So you got it correct, but that can maybe help you in the future!

  13. says

    Okay the whole grammar thread is hilarious . . . my husband would be THRILLED to see that people still care. But really, I am commenting to say THANKS for the great list. Some, like Mark’s Daily Apple, have been recommended to me before, but it’s not until I hear from two or three people that I go check things out. Great stuff so far! Oh, and thanks for the mention even though I’m a newbie :)

  14. Magda says

    I’ve just started a blog recently about going full GAPS. I’ll be blogging next month about my intro – hopefully I won’t feel too bad so I can blog daily (maybe even twice a day) and give people some real insight. Seems like many are terrified to do it! Check it out: myGAPSmusings.blogspot.com.

  15. says

    HI Cara,
    This was a very interesting post and I appreciate the list of real food blogs. I have subscribed to several from your list. Thanks!

    • Cara says

      thanks for stopping by, Jill! I haven’t had a chance to check out your blog yet though I’ve heard of it through a few different people… off to go read :)

  16. says

    Cara, thanks for including my website Crohn’s End. :) How you feel about Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride is exactly how I feel about Elaine Gottschall.

    Completely, changed my life. You probably didn’t have room to include this info, but Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride’s GAPS diet is based on Elaine’s SCD (p.118). I call it SCD 2.0 because it includes a few additional tools.

  17. QuietBloom says

    Very new to grain free and I have a question. :) I didn’t go grain free because I need to lose weight, but I am losing rapidly. Will this eventually level out? I feel great – no blood sugar crashes, no food cravings, feel sharper, calmer, sleep better, etc. But I don’t want to get too thin.

    I can’t seem to find any resources for this out there, so forgive me if I’m asking this in the wrong place.

    Thank you!

  18. says

    What a great list! These are all on my regular reads list too, but I’m bookmarking for reference. Always encouraging to see the growing support for grain free diets!
    @ Quiet Bloom- This should level out in a few weeks if you don’t have much weight to lose. It is likely from a combination of stored water weight, improvements in hormones and a happy metabolism! Congrats on going grain free!

  19. says

    Thanks for this great list! I’ve been tending more and more grain-free and have lots of grain-free recipes posted, but many of these blogs are new to me. Time to go spelunking!

  20. says

    I have just posted a grain free Hot Cross Bin recipe to my site. Most of my recipes are created for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. Thank you for the links – there are some blogs I’ve not yet discovered!


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