I finished reading The Plant Paradox by Dr. Steven R. Gundry. What a read! I devoured this book. He does a good job breaking down the science to explain it well to those who aren’t sciencey. I think he has some really interesting ideas that I’m going to incorporate into my eating plan.
Dr. Gundry’s premise is that the plant-based protein lectin leads to a variety of ailments including arthritis, fibromyalgia, auto immune diseases, IBS, GERD, weight loss or gain among many others. These proteins are found in a variety of seeds, fruits, grains and vegetables. Once consumed, lectins “ get through the gut wall, they activate the immune system, which starts shooting without first asking questions – and that means it may shoot both at the lectins and also at the critical structures that resemble the lectins” (pg. 58). He also states that lectins lead to disruption in the GI tract where all our good microbes live.
He recommends avoiding grains, grain fed meats and dairy, farm – raised fish, grain fed chickens and their eggs and limiting fruits unless locally grown and in season. He also talks about our use of plastics, NSAIDs, and personal care products and the effect these have on our health.
Overall, this sounds pretty daunting. Looking at the other reviews of the book, I see both positive and negative comments. No surprise. Dieting is subjective. What works for one person won’t necessarily work for someone else.
With that said, if you’re stalled in your weight loss or want to try to ease your symptoms from your ailments, what could it hurt? There are recipes in the book that sound yummy and look easy to prepare. I think trying to layer in small changes could make this very doable.
His food lists aren’t too far off from how I eat already. I’m not full keto but do LCHF with occasional fruit.
I decided to quit putting sunflower seeds and cheese (both on the “no” list) on my salad for dinner the past four days and I’ve dropped 2 lbs. Coincidence? Possibly. But I’m going to continue for a few weeks to see what happens.
Until next time kids. Hope y’all have a kick ass day.