Thanks for visiting Living Grainlessly. My name is Jenn Bruer and I am a 45 year old wife and mother.  I am on a path of discovering improved health for myself and my family, and I hope that Living Grainlessly will lead you to the same path.

Living Grainlessly is a stepping stone for those of you who want to come out of the box that is commonly known as the “Standard American Diet” (SAD).

In the past I have struggled with obesity and a general feeling of unwell. I experienced frequent signs of inflammation, body and joint aches, mood swings, mild depression, severe adult acne, severe sugar cravings, bloating, physical and emotional exhaustion, PMS, iron-deficiency anemia… and the list goes on. In September of 2011 I discovered the “Paleo/Primal” lifestyle, which meant eliminating processed foods, grains, most dairy, and beans. Since then, I have dropped 10 dress sizes and am feel much healthier. 

A Paleo/Primal diet, or any other diet, should, in my opinion, be a mere guide and not a rigid set of rules. My health choices do not fit inside a box; I don’t “follow” one specific set of guidelines.  I often refer to myself as Paleo, Primal or Ancestral but never 100%, because that’s not realistic. Instead, I approach food with a down-to-earth style that makes healthy-living attainable

Armed with a new-found knowledge and I feel compelled to spread the word. Food heals!

Living Grainlessly, you will begin making food changes toward better health. Your eyes will open to how flippant society has become about health; we have become accustomed to seek help only when we show signs of illness. But Living Grainlessly, you will learn that FOOD is medicine and that FOOD has the power to heal. Living Grainlessly, you will get to a place where you are trying to prevent disease, and not just treat it.

Open your eyes to some of the food myths that we have been led to believe. 


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  1. aletha

    Hello just came across your blog, I am a Diabetic 2 and I have found for me that going grain free my sugars are so much better., But like I said that is me. I have tried others but so far this seems to work for me I have been grain free 5 weeks and it has made such an impact on my health. I have more energy also. Looking forward to tying your recipes and seeing what you have to blog about

    • Charlie

      Hi Jennifer, I could not see a “contact” option on here so messaging you this way. I don’t see any activity on this blog or your facebook in a while. Are you still a food coach? Do you still operate in the Toronto area?

  2. Linda Krueger

    Thanks so much for “coming out of the box…” I could relate to you in every way. I’ve done so much and gained so much back and know I can do it again but don’t want to set myself up for failure. I know it is a lifestyle change and eating healthy, exercise and combating the stress is my Diet/No Diet plan. I have tried to do the Paleo, GAPS, and many other plans but they sometimes are so rigid. My alternative therapist suggested the biggest impact would be going Grain Free. Thus my search has found you!

    • I am so glad you found this 🙂 Also consider looking into the “Adrenal Reset Diet”. I find the guidelines there really make sense for people like us who’ve gone up and down in weight. I do adrenal reset and have found it to be helpful- although his plan does allow grains, I choose to be grain-free while following it. Good luck with your health journey!

  3. carlywand

    Hi Jen! I just discovered your blog through your cauliflower hummus recipe. I just started Whole30 four days ago and am looking for interesting recipes that fit into my tastes and way of life. This looks good – I am going to try it! I also discovered a cauliflower rice pilaf dish with dried fruit and nuts that is excellent. Always thought cauliflower was a boring vegetable, but have discovered that it is not!

  4. Lois

    Thank you, Jen! I can’t believe how long I have struggled. Very rarely have I every cooked with packaged items but that seems more the norm now. Anyway, I have made the decision to go grainless a little over 30 days ago. Since that time, I have taken myself off insulin. Lost 10 pounds, lost over 10 over all inches and feel better than I have in a long time. Just found your website so I’ll be following and I’m sure asking questions.

  5. Deaney van Zyl

    Having RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) for 5 years now, I despirately need to loose weight and above that, I have noticed that eating grains, leed to flair-ups. Thanks …I need posts like these to help me.

  6. Hi! – – the colonos blog just informed us that you liked the plug for our paleo retreat – on the rocks – that’s great, thanks! 🙂 If you ever want to have a grain, gluten and sugar free holiday in the south of France, get in touch! We’ll give you a good deal 🙂 We haven’t boxed ourselves up either, despite using the term “paleo”.

  7. I like your approach. I think too many people tend to wrap their whole identity up in their eating choices.. Sounds like you found something that works well for you. I look forward to looking through your blog .. while I’m not doing “paleo”, I am doing my own version of vegetarian low carb, which basically is eliminating most grains and legumes for the time being.

  8. Thanks for liking my pork roast recipe. I like your philosophy, my husband and I have been on a grain free no processed lifestyle since July first. We eat only organic free range meats and fresh (frozen when off season) fruits and veggies only. We both feel so much better since changing our eating habits. (And lost some weight too)
    Thanks again and Good health to you.

  9. I love that you don’t put yourself into a box. I feel the same way- I eat for my personal health and well being, not to fit into standards others have created for themselves. Looking forward to reading your blog!

  10. Holly

    So glad I found your blog – I’ve had so many ‘yucky’ symptoms of the SAD for as long as I can remember and used to think it was normal to go 7-10 days with constipation and no relief in site! I’ve been following a paleo-ish diet for the past 4 weeks and am feeling wonderful!

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