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Healthy Nonhybridized Wheat

Gary took this photo of Pakistanis threshing their einkorn wheat. Northern Pakistan doesn’t have dwarf wheat.

Gary took this photo of Pakistanis threshing their einkorn wheat. Northern Pakistan doesn’t have dwarf wheat.

For over 30 years, I’ve been watching the trend in our food supply; and the parallel of diseases with gluten consumption from hybridized wheat is scary.

I was in Morocco last year. We were driving down the road going into the hills to look for plants, and I saw wheat on the side of the road and said to the driver, “Pull over; I want to take some pictures of this wheat. I have not seen wheat that tall in a long time.” So he pulled over and I jumped out. I walked over to the field; and lo and behold, it looked like the wheat that I grew up on, nonhybridized wheat. I jumped back in the car and drove down the road to the other field, and it was the dwarf wheat.

I asked the agricultural engineer who was with us, “What’s the deal with the tall wheat there and this little short wheat here?” I didn’t want to say anything to him, I just wanted to hear what he had to say.

He said, “The tall wheat over there is our traditional nonhybrid wheat that we grow and eat here in Morocco.”

I said, “Well, what about this dwarf wheat here?”

He said, “Well, we grow that and export it for sale to make money. That’s the American wheat.” Interesting.

Well, here was my next question, “Have you ever heard of celiac disease?”

He said, “What’s that?”

I said, “It’s an inflammation in the gut that causes proliferation and a lot of other inflammation in the body, including pain, digestive problems, and bloating.”

He said, “Oh, we don’t have that in Morocco.”

I didn’t find it in Hunzaland, I didn’t find it in northern Pakistan, and I didn’t find it in Azerbaijan, either.

Real Nutrition from the Original Grain

Instead of overeating when you have pancakes or waffles, try Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Pancake and Waffle Mix and have some real nutrition that satisfies you!

Instead of overeating when you have pancakes or waffles, try Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Pancake and Waffle Mix and have some real nutrition that satisfies you!

When God created this planet, my personal belief is that that is when He planted einkorn. When you understand the structure of it and the nutritional profile of einkorn, I believe you will agree with me that God planted einkorn for the nourishment of mankind.

Because we are so accustomed to eating devitalized food, nutritionally depleted food, we have gotten into this craving for more food. Our body says, I’m not getting nutrition, keep feeding me. So we keep eating and eating and eating, and we expand and expand and expand; but our body is not being satisfied because we’re not getting enough nutrition.

So when you switch from the traditional eating to eating einkorn, you’re going to find that you’re going to keep eating and eating and eating because your body’s conditioned to that.

Here’s a hint. When you start eating einkorn, whether it’s the pancake mix or the spaghetti, eat like a Frenchman. Eat slowly. You will discover that all of a sudden, you’re full, because you ate slowly enough that the body was able to recognize the nutrition in it. You will eat half the amount of food that you’ve been accustomed to eating, because you’re getting nutrition.

There’s only one other thing on the planet that comes close to the nutritional value of einkorn. Can you guess what that might be? You have it. NingXia Red. You’re going to find out that the number of different items in your food storage is going to shrink, because you need only two things, einkorn and NingXia Red; and you’ll be set for life. Oh, you might want Chocolessence there for dessert, and you might want Slique bars for fun.

The Grain Called Einkorn

Those “amber waves of grain” are once again standing tall and proud at the Mona, Utah, farm that grows einkorn grain as well as lavender and other botanicals that are distilled for their essential oils!

Those “amber waves of grain” are once again standing tall and proud at the Mona, Utah, farm that grows einkorn grain as well as lavender and other botanicals that are distilled for their essential oils!

Now, I want to clarify something here. The wheat species is called Triticum. You will see einkorn referred to in other publications as “einkorn wheat” (Triticum monococcum). Well, that would be the same as saying “spelt wheat” (Triticum spelta) or “kamut wheat” (Triticum turanicum). You could lump them all together if you want.

However, einkorn is as independent in its identity as oats, barley, spelt, kamut, amaranth, or quinoa. It has its own identity. I don’t want you confusing einkorn with today’s hybridized Triticum aestivum wheat, so I refer to it as einkorn or einkorn grain.

There’s a lot of confusion in the translation from biblical Hebrew or Greek. What was the actual real name of this ancient grain? The Hebrew Bible translations talk about “chittim.” To this day, we don’t really know; but it has been identified now as einkorn, which is the German translation of this ancient grain, meaning “one grain.”

In my book, Ancient Einkorn: Today’s Staff of Life, I explain that einkorn has just 14 chromosomes, while modern dwarf wheat has 42 chromosomes. They are very different.

Between our farm in France and the farm in Mona, we are growing over 250 acres of einkorn. [Einkorn has also now been planted at the new Northern Lights farm in British Columbia, Canada.]

When Wheat was Wheat!

Hybrid wheat gives the farmer more grain to sell. But in this case, more is not better! It is not more nutritious, and it is not more healthful. Hybrid wheat is worse than empty calories.

Hybrid wheat gives the farmer more grain to sell. But in this case, more is not better! It is not more nutritious, and it is not more healthful. Hybrid wheat is worse than empty calories.

When I was a little boy, my dad grew nonhybridized wheat. He originally brought that wheat from Huntington, Utah, which the family had raised there back in the late 1800s. Of course back in those days, families would grow their wheat, oats, and barley for the year’s crop and for what they needed to put away for the winter; and then they would always put some seed away for the next year’s planting. Nobody bought seed in those days; they grew their own seed and carried it over from year to year. We grew wheat and oats primarily.

So the wheat my father planted on our farm is what he brought from Huntington, Utah, when they moved from there to southern Idaho in 1921 in iron-tired, covered wagons. Then in Idaho, on the Snake River where they homesteaded and started their farm, his father and uncles planted the seed that they brought from Huntington, Utah. Their wheat was not hybridized wheat or grain because it didn’t exist then except by nature’s natural hybridization process that happens through cross pollination of plants.

The wheat that we grew when I was a boy in the late ‘40s and early ‘50s was taller than us children. When my sister Nancy and I were 4, 5, 6, 7 years old, part of our job was walking behind the horse binder and shocking the shocks of grain and standing them up like teepees. Then we would play in them. We could run inside and hide, they were so tall.

As I got older, I thought, well, what happened; how come as I grew up, the wheat grew shorter? It didn’t make sense to me. Then when I traveled the world, I started seeing wheat that looked like the wheat that I played in when I was a boy. What happened?

This is a picture I took of the einkorn that I grew at the farm last year. As you can see, the heads are pretty small. Much different than hybrid wheat.

Finding the Real Staff of Life

Gary’s book tells of his worldwide search to find a healthy grain like the wheat of his youth. He now has einkorn grain growing on three of his Young Living farms.

Gary’s book tells of his worldwide search to find a healthy grain like the wheat of his youth. He now has einkorn grain growing on three of his Young Living farms.

As you will read in my new book, Ancient Einkorn: Today’s Staff of Life, my mother was one of the people in my life who really drove me to start looking for answers. I couldn’t understand how a person 26 years old could have rheumatoid arthritis and suffer as much as my mother did with swollen joints that just continued to swell more and more every day.

As I’ve written in my book, an early memory with my mother was when I was in Grade 3. One night she was sitting in the rocking chair beside the wood stove. Her hands were hurting her and I couldn’t figure out what to do. So I just took her hand and started rubbing it; and she said, “Oh, Son, that really helps.” Then she said, “I want you to do well in school, because I want you to become a doctor. You’ve got healing hands.”

I  said, “Mom, I don’t want to be a doctor; I want to be a cowboy like my dad.” Well, here we are.

My desire to find an answer had a lot to do with my mother and watching what she went through in her journey through life and her death that just kept driving me and driving me, looking for answers.

My mother was a key focus, but I saw the thousands of people around me as clients, friends, distributors, and associates who were suffering with similar conditions as my mother; and I said, “There has to be an answer. This is not what God sent us here for.”

What was the answer? So I started looking.