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Is anyone else here a vegan who doesn't consume any grains? I'm trying to shift my focus to veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, sprouts, greens, healthy fats and beans. I find that when i eat grains, i almost always overeat them and they crowd out more nutrient dense foods that i could be eating. I gave up sugar because I have sugar addiction issues but i think giving up grains will help too.
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Unless you are intolerant or allergic to certain grains, it's probably not a good idea to give up grains completely. I think the key is to focus on eating whole grains as opposed to white flour products or white rice--it's easy to eat too much of them because they aren't as filling as whole grains and the white flour/rice spikes blood sugar levels.

Whole grains are a good source of fiber, protein, and b-vitamins. Some have a good amount of iron in them, too. So, I wouldn't dismiss them as being low in nutrients. If you eat too much of them, you may find measuring out your portion of grains at mealtimes will help and then just pile on the veggies and legumes on the side.
Trust me, as someone who *can't* eat anything with wheat gluten, dropping grains from your diet is definitely a nutritional disaster. While I've gotten rid of my gluten-intolerant symptoms by not eating wheat, it's become a lot harder for me to get enough calories, vitamins and minerals, especially b-complex. To me, "I eat too much" doesn't seem like a great reason to not eat something, and everyone has their nutritional addictions. Maybe try new grains or grain recipes that you haven't tried before?
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