Oct 202015

One of the cornerstones of my metabolic anti-cancer diet is 14-Grain Cereal. Originally formulated by Dr. William Donald Kelley as “Multi-Grain Porridge,” with the recipe modified later by Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, this cereal is a combination of 14 raw grains, nuts and seeds, ground in a coffee grinder and then soaked overnight. With my metabolic type, I’m told this cereal provides almost everything I need (though I certainly eat lots of other foods as well).

The main idea is to get as many grains as possible into the cereal bowl. The recipe I follow includes an equal mix by volume of these organic whole grains, nuts and seeds:

  • Hulled barley
  • Long grain brown rice
  • Millet grain
  • Whole oat groats
  • Buckwheat groats
  • Rye grain
  • Mung beans
  • Alfalfa seeds
  • Flaxseeds
  • Hulled sesame seeds
  • Hard red winter wheat
  • Green lentils
  • Whole kernel corn
  • Raw whole almonds

Where the Heck Do I Get These Grains?

I usually buy most of these ingredients directly from Shiloh Farms or through LuckyVitamin (I’ve done both). The alfalfa seeds I’m using are from NOW Foods, also via LuckyVitamin. I couldn’t find a small bag of organic whole kernel corn, so I decided to use Shiloh Farms raw whole-kernel popcorn, but if you’re looking to stock up, Amazon has a 25-pound bag of regular corn from Great River Organic Milling. (Yes, I bought this giant bag of corn once! It was great corn and it lasted almost forever, unsurprisingly.)

To make the cereal:

  • Put about 3 tablespoons of each ingredient in a quart-size Ziploc bag, seal the bag, and then gently shake it to mix the grains.
  • Each time you want to prepare a serving of cereal, put 3 or 4 tablespoons of grain mix into a small coffee grinder (I use a no-frills $18 Mr. Coffee grinder that works brilliantly) and grind for a few seconds.
  • Pour the ground cereal into a small bowl and add enough distilled or filtered water to mix it into a thin porridge with a spoon. (Don’t worry, it will absorb some of the water during soaking!)
  • Cover the bowl and put it in the fridge to soak the grains for at least seven hours and preferably twelve.
  • Eat with organic raw honey, organic cream and/or berries.

Dr. Kelley’s Original Recipe

I think this cereal tastes great, but if you don’t like the taste, you can experiment with the mix of grains to find something you do like. Maybe you’d like to use chia seeds or pumpkin seeds, or try Dr. Kelley’s original recipe? All of the sources I can find have formatting that makes it difficult for me to read that recipe, so here’s the original list of Dr. Kelley’s organic grains:

  • Amaranth
  • Barley
  • Barley flakes
  • Buckwheat groats
  • Blue corn meal
  • Yellow corn meal
  • Kamut
  • Millet
  • Oat groats
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Long grain brown rice
  • Short grain brown rice
  • Rye berries
  • Spelt berries
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Triticale flakes
  • Hard red spring wheat
  • Soft pastry wheat

You can see that whichever mix you choose, the main point is to get a wide variety of organic grains, nuts and seeds. Dr. Kelley put it this way:

Objective: to obtain as many different nutrients as possible from as many different seed and grain gene pools as possible from as many different sources (fields) as possible.

That’s my plan and I’m sticking to it.