Plant Paradox – After 18 Weeks !

Plant Paradox – After 18 Weeks !

It’s time for another 6-week Plant Paradox update, so let’s get to it.

Luckily, these past 6 weeks have found me mostly in Thailand, which translates to an easier time sticking to the program.  Eating out so much during work travel brings in the mystery element with food sourcing, and I’m becoming increasingly picky about this sort of thing.  When I am in Thailand, I mostly eat from home.

And so, without further adieu, after 18 weeks attempting to put myself into a low lectin Continue reading “Plant Paradox – After 18 Weeks !”

Genetic Testing for Wellness:  Worth It?

Genetic Testing for Wellness: Worth It?

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies such as 23andMe have been around for years already.  But do they provide any useful insight into one’s health?  Or are they best considered a recreational pursuit, taken with the same grain of salt with which, for example, a girlfriend and I recently attempted (unsuccessfully) to find a fortune teller in Chinatown last to tell us about ourselves.

How it is possible Not to find a fortune teller in Bangkok’s Chinatown Continue reading “Genetic Testing for Wellness: Worth It?”

A Go-to Lentil Salad

A Go-to Lentil Salad

The philosopher Diogenes was eating bread and lentils for supper. He was seen by the philosopher Aristippus, who lived comfortably by flattering the king. Said Aristippus, “If you would learn to be subservient to the king you would not have to live on lentils.” Said Diogenes, “Learn to live on lentils and you will not have to be subservient to the king.

— Anthony de Mello

Lentils – and legumes in general – are a polarising food.

I’m loyal to the Lentil.

I like the taste and think my body appreciates them too, at least in moderation.

They are earthy and make me feel like a low-on-the-food-chain sorceress every time I cook with them.  That means something to me in this era of i-phones and food delivery services.

A good lentil salad can go places, Continue reading “A Go-to Lentil Salad”

Plant Paradox Update – 12 Weeks In

Plant Paradox Update – 12 Weeks In

Before writing anything more, I need to put out here that my initial thoughts were that I’m not proud of my performance during these past 6 weeks.  Compared to the first 6 weeks, really, I didn’t think I improved at all.

Or did I?

As I reflect on this second 6 week period of focusing on eating in a Plant Paradox friendly (Dr Steven Gundry’s Low Lectin Lifestyle Diet, Continue reading “Plant Paradox Update – 12 Weeks In”

On Letting Go + a Luxe Day Spa (Paradee) on Ko Samet

On Letting Go + a Luxe Day Spa (Paradee) on Ko Samet

Yes, the accommodations are over-priced.

Yes, the island service can be indifferent.

Yes, the restaurant food may stress your GI system.

But, as a 13-year Bangkok resident, I’m a forever fan of Ko Samet, a small island off the eastern seaboard in Rayong province.  It’s a 4 hour drive to the pier and another 20 minutes by speedboat (or 40 by ferry) to get onto the island, where its numerous white sand beaches Continue reading “On Letting Go + a Luxe Day Spa (Paradee) on Ko Samet”

How to Be a Good Host…to Your Beneficial Gut Bugs & How Inulin Might Help

How to Be a Good Host…to Your Beneficial Gut Bugs & How Inulin Might Help

To eat is human, to digest is divine. — Mark Twain

Getting enough prebiotics into one’s diet is really important.  Prebiotics are food for the good gut bugs (aka, “probiotics”) residing in our microbiome – the ones we need in large numbers to keep the bad bugs in their place and generally have a healthy digestive process, and it seems increasingly, good health overall.

Prebiotics tend to be fiber-rich foods.  This can make it a challenge to eat enough when you are also trying to eat a low carb diet.   By dramatically reducing our daily carb intake, as one does on the Plant Paradox eating plan, we might inadvertently be starving our good gut bugs.

One solution, some people think, is Continue reading “How to Be a Good Host…to Your Beneficial Gut Bugs & How Inulin Might Help”