Eating and cooking healthy food doesn’t start and stop with the quality of the ingredients we use. Changing the food we consume is a big important step, but for optimal health there are other few disruptors we need to pay attention to. In the Plant Paradox book, Dr. Steven Gundry lists the seven deadly disruptors that are wreaking havoc on our gut health: broad spectrum antibiotics, non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, stomach acid blockers, artificial sweeteners, endocrine disruptors, genetically modified foods and the herbicide Roundup and blue light. Plastic goes under the endocrine disruptors category, chemicals that interfere with the normal functioning of our hormones.
This recipe is a first from a series of plant-based, low histamine recipes that I’ll be posting on my website. Few week ago I was hit with a histamine crisis and since then I’ve been trying to figure out my plant paradox, low histamine diet. By now I already have few favorite dishes, and this mixed cabbage dish with fennel, ginger and leeks is one of my favorites.
When I say a meal is super easy to make, I really mean it. This is another one that takes ten minutes, it’s satisfying and delicious, on top of being healthy, nutritious and lectin-free. I know, too many adjectives, but it’s the truth. You just need broccoli, mushrooms, ginger, carrots and cabbage, and some few Plant Paradox pantry essentials.
For the most part, we take our brains health for granted. Even if we are on a health journey, we never think about the brain (or not in the past, anyway). We attend to all other organs of the body, not to the brain. But recently the brain health paradigm is changing. There is compelling evidence that the brain is connected with the gut and the heart, and cognitive decline conditions such as Alzheimer’s are no longer mysterious conditions that come out of nowhere due to simply genetic predisposition. The new paradigm is that cognitive decline is a lifestyle, autoimmune condition, with a complexity of root factors that need to be addressed. The bad news is that living a classic western lifestyle is most probably leading us to neurodegeneration, but the good news is that we can do something about it before it happens. And sometimes is as simple as changing your diet or making sure you sleep better. Sometimes is more complicated, that’s why I decided to gather all the information I came across so far and put it in this article in a form that easy to digest and to make you take action (I hope!). Disclaimer: these are not my personal opinions, these are conclusions taken by pioneers, scientists, medical experts who have studied cognitive decline in the past two decades.
It has been a tradition in our household to create a new birthday cake on our birthdays. Since my husband loves chocolate and it was his birthday in April, I decided on a chocolate cake this time. And oh my, it didn’t disappoint. Although the looks might suggest something different, it’s actually a pretty basic and simple recipe to put together, so that’s another plus. And it’s grain-free, sugar free and lectin-free cake.
Millet porridge is a great alternative to oats porridge, and this plant-based option will make life easier for those looking for alternatives to egg breakfasts. Also, a gluten-free and lectin-free meal, with infinite possibilities to personalize to your own taste. Millet porridge can easily be a great breakfast or snack for children.
When I’m out of ideas of what to cook, I ask my husband, and he usually has some random, but inspired requests. This time he said chicken drumsticks and cold potato salad. I had everything I needed so I was happy to comply. This was a great lectin-free dinner, healthy, and easy to make.
There is something about the combination of kale – more specifically Lacinato or dino kale – and romaine lettuce. They balance each other perfectly and create a salad that is satisfying even as a main dish. And the sesame salt is absolute perfection – a trick I just learned recently from Bon Apetit magazine.
Every single time I shop a rutabaga in Whole Foods, the cashier asks me what that is. The problem is that I can never pronounce it the way Americans do, so we always need a little time to figure out how to add it. The thing is I really love to cook with this root vegetable, also called ‘swede’ in Europe, so I wanted to share the ways I enjoy it.
Spring is here and with it our beloved berries. If you, like me, are sensitive to nightshades and lectins and think you can’t have a vibrant and delicious salsa anymore, fear not. This strawberry salsa is, if you ask me, even more vibrant and delicious than a tomato salsa.