It’s a Jungle out There. Learn What to Eat and What to Avoid in The Plant Paradox (Part 4 of 4)

It’s a jungle out there.  Learning what to eat and what to avoid in it, and how and when and why is what The Plant Paradox, by Dr Steven Gundry, is all about.  In Part 1 of this 4-part blog series, I explain why I trust Dr Gundry as an authority on this topic and summarize his message.  In Part 2, I summarized the 7 disturbing changes in the past 50 years which have exacerbated the need to take action in changing our diets. In Part 3, I shared the list of Yes Please foods.

Dr Gundry’s 6-week eating plan boils down to two fairly straightforward lists – the Yes Please foods and the Just Say No foods.  He enphasizes that adhering to the “No” foods, where we cut out disease-promoting lectins, is far more important than adding the “Yes” foods into our diet.

In this final post of a 4-part series, I present the Just Say No list.  I also note where there may be exceptions.  Although these lists are intended as a lifetime eating plan, after an initial strict 6 weeks on it (Phase 2 of his program), Dr Gundry allows for experimentation, one-at-a-time and in 2-week increments, with some of the foods on the Just Say No list.  These foods need to be de-fanged of their lectins by preparing them in special ways.  And, he instructs us to really tune into our bodies to see if the foods create problems for us.  If not, we can add them back in during Phase 3 (the lifetime phase), if prepared properly.

THE JUST SAY NOT FOOD LIST

Refined, Starchy Foods:  Pasta, Rice, Potatoes, Potato chips, Milk, Bread, Tortillas, Pastry, Flour, Crackers, Cookies, Cereal, Sugar, Agave, Sweet One or Sunett (Acesulfame K), Splenda (Sucralose), NutraSweet (Aspartame), Sweet’n Low, (Saccharin), Diet drinks, Maltodextrin.

Vegetables:  Sugar snap peas, Legumes*, Green beans, Chickpeas (including as hummus), Soy, Tofu, Edamame, Soy protein, Textured vegetable protein (TVP), Pea protein, All beans, including sprouts, All lentils*.  *Vegans and Vegetarians can have these legumes in Phase 2 but only if properly prepared in a pressure cooker.

Nuts and Seeds:  Pumpkin, Sunflower, Chia, Peanuts, Cashews.

Fruits (some called vegetables):  Cucumbers, Zucchini, Pumpkins, Squashes (any kind), Melons (any kind), Eggplant, Tomatoes, Chili peppers, Goji berries.

Non-Southern European Cow’s Milk Products (these contain casein A-1):  Yogurt (including Greek), Ice cream , Frozen yogurt, Cheese, Ricotta, cottage cheese.

KefirGrains, Sprouted Grains, Pseudo Grains and Grasses:  Wheat (pressure cooking does not remove lectins from any form of wheat), Einkorn wheat, Kamut, Oats (cannot pressure cook), Quinoa, Rye (cannot pressure cook), Bulgur, White rice, Brown Rice, Wild rice, Barley (cannot pressure cook), Buckwheat, Kashi, Spelt, Corn, Corn products, Cornstarch, Corn syrup, Popcorn, Wheatgrass, Barley grass.

Oils:  Soy, Grape seed, Corn, Peanut, Cottonseed, Safflower, Sunflower, “Partially hydrogenated,” Vegetable, Canola. 

IMMEDIATE CHANGES I HAVE MADE TO MY DIET BASED ON THIS LIST

Right off the bat I have given up the following things which I used to think were healthy:

  • My work-break wheat grass shots.  I’m also looking for a green superfood powder which does not include wheat grass and/or barley grass.  Dr Gundry has created one of his own, which I only recently learned about because he really does not push his own products all that much.  I may need to try to get my hands on that.
  • I’ve put a hold on eating legumes until I can get my hands on a pressure cooker.
  • I’m peeling and deseeding tomatoes and cucumbers, and have pretty much stopped eating eggplant and peppers.
  • No more cashews (and I stopped buying peanuts for the household) – I will still make cashew chicken, but will sub in different nuts.

Fruit presents a huge dilemma since I spent years encouraging my family to eat more of it and now they are accustomed to having a big bowl of it every day.  I’m down-shifting to smaller portions and will see how that goes.

For now I find myself “dabbling” with the principles of the Plant Paradox program, incorporating the easy features of it wherever possible and not worrying so much about the rest.  I feel really good.  I even spent a (food and drink-wise) decadent 2 weeks in Europe on a recent business trip, and I credit this”dabbling” with the fact that I did not return to Bangkok with any additional pounds in tow, for the first time in I think ever.

The next step for me is to follow the program as my annual detox in 2018.  I will plan to strictly adhere to the Phases 1 and 2 and will share the results here.

If the results are truly impressive, who knows, I may come out on the other side a Plant Paradox evangelist.  In the meantime, I’m looking forward to continuing to dabble and enjoy the upcoming holidays.

OK, that wraps up this 4-part series on the Plant Paradox approach to nutritional eating.  Thanks for hanging in there, and see you next week.

It’s a Jungle out There. Learn What to Eat and What to Avoid in The Plant Paradox (Part 3 of 4)

It’s a jungle out there.  Learning what to eat and what to avoid in it, and how and when and why is what The Plant Paradox, by Dr Steven Gundry, is all about.  In Part 1 of this 4-part blog series, I explain why I trust Dr Gundry as an authority on this topic and summarize his message.  In Part 2, I summarized the 7 disturbing changes in the past 50 years which have exacerbated the need to take action in changing our diets

There are two keys to Dr Gundry’s program:  the first is to avoid what is bad for your body, primarily lectins, the plant proteins which cause trouble for many people and of which as a rule, we in the modern Western world tend to eat way too many.  Second is to feed the good bacteria, the troops in our gut that work for us, what is good for them so they can succeed in the war for our health.

Dr Gundry’s plan begins with Phase 1, a 3-day detox to clear the gut and prep it for what is to come next.  Phase 2 is his 6-week eating program, which is really a “forever” eating program, with the exception that, you may want to test your body’s tolerance for adding back in certain other foods if prepared properly, aka Phase 3.

But before that, he sets forth his 4 golden rules of eating, Continue reading “It’s a Jungle out There. Learn What to Eat and What to Avoid in The Plant Paradox (Part 3 of 4)”

It’s a Jungle out There. Learn What to Eat and What to Avoid in The Plant Paradox (Part 2 of 4)

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So, from Dr Gundry we know that plants are trying to kill us, and that it matters how we choose and prepare our food, and that it is important also to consider our good gut bugs when we eat, because they need to eat too, then the next step might seem to be Continue reading “It’s a Jungle out There. Learn What to Eat and What to Avoid in The Plant Paradox (Part 2 of 4)”

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You know when you are carrying on with your life, thinking you are making incremental but true forward motion toward a healthier lifestyle, only to discover that many things you thought were basic and good turn out to be wrong? Like when it becomes clear, for example, that vegetable oils are evil?

Well, if you have never had this experience, and don’t want to have it, then I suggest Continue reading “It’s a Jungle out There. Learn What to Eat and What to Avoid in The Plant Paradox (Part 1 of 4)”

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In the ongoing quest to optimize my breakfast fuel, I recently considered whether, and if so how, to inject my caffeinated beverage of choice, French-roast black coffee, with oil.

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Questioning Coffee: To Drink, Or Not To Drink?

The widespread availability of foods containing caffeine has led experts to suggest that 80% of all people in North America have measurable levels of caffeine in their brains from embryo to death.   Wenk, Gary L. (2015, Chapter 9, p 185). Your Brain On Food.

Have you ever questioned your coffee-drinking habit?   Continue reading “Questioning Coffee: To Drink, Or Not To Drink?”