I’ve been eating wheat-free for a couple of decades, and gluten-free for probably the last 3 or four years. Quinoa has been a staple food for longer than I can remember, well over 15 years.
But it doesn’t look like it agrees with me all that well.
I can’t say you shouldn’t try it – or continue to use it. If you’re OK with it, as I have been for years, then keep eating it.
Perhaps it should not be a staple though. Then again it has been a staple in parts of South America for centuries. So this is a bit of a mystery.
Is it genetic? Or maybe I’ve been eating South-American quinoa until recently when it has been grown in the United States, complete with whatever toxins American farmers like to dump on their quinoa fields.
In case you’re wondering, here’s what quinoa seems to do to me: it makes me become tired in the mid-afternoon (I have it for breakfast), and my insides aren’t quite right (although not exactly bad, nothing like when I eat wheat or gluten).
I’d say I can eat some occasionally. Quinoa flakes make a very convenient breakfast when travelling, and I might just stick with that.
Having quinoa every day though, that doesn’t seem like such a good thing.
Over the past few months, I’ve been above-average productive. Besides completely eliminating gluten from my diet and hardly ever eating out, I think Immunocal is playing a big part in my increased energy and productivity.
So it was an unpleasant surprise to feel that I was slipping backwards, having occasional weeks with rather poor productivity.
Last week was a good example. There were other factors at play. I asked a woman out on a date, but on the day of, she made some lame excuse about not being able to come, and didn’t respond to my email when I suggested alternative dates. That was a bit of a drag. And the weather kind of sucked.
But these sorts of downers don’t completely explain my low energy last week.
I cut out quinoa towards the end of the week, and felt much better on the weekend, and better still this week. Not perfect, but a lot better.
I’d say this is still a bit of an experiment in progress, but for now, quinoa is more or less black-listed (or at least, it’s on the dark-gray list).
I plan to more or less keep quinoa out of my diet for a few months, and then have it maybe once or twice a week, but not every day. And as I say, I’ll probably have quinoa flakes for breakfast when I go camping or when I travel to conferences.
What’s your experience with quinoa?