One of the most frequent questions I’m asked is about how to stay plant paradox compliant while traveling, so I decided to write down the things I learned from my experience so far, hoping it will help those of you who are concerned about traveling on the plant paradox. Beyond all the specific tips about food items, I’d like to say that the way we think about food matters. Travel, even when is for pleasure, usually involves some kind of stress, and we don’t want to add to it, as being stressed is as bad as eating unhealthy, hence it defeats the purpose. We should not do things out of fear, but rather take everything as a challenge and try to have fun finding creative solutions and living the new lifestyle in different contexts. Continue Reading…
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.
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’s here my friends, finally! Happy Holidays! Gift giving is very special to me, I love making thoughtful gifts as much as I love receiving them and I had so much fun compiling this Plant Paradox approved gift guide. My husband and I are very thoughtful when choosing gifts, and never buy things just for the sake of buying. We try to feed each other’s passions and give gifts that keep on giving.
It’s mid November and we did not expect it, but temperatures yesterday in Dallas were at freezing point, so I decided it’s time to give a lectin-free chili con carne a try. I followed my intuition and did some modifications to the recipe, but the backbone is already awesome and all the credit for how fabulous this dish came out goes to Dr. Gundry.
When I started this article I had no idea was going to be that long. I thought I can stick to 10 steps, but it turns out, even with the 12 steps I didn’t manage to cover everything. I obviously believe in the power of food as medicine. I truly believe that we are what we eat. But, unless food is also our passion – we are chefs, foodies, food photographers, food producers etc – we should not build our life around food. I call this food freedom – even if I am a foodie, a food blogger and photographer and food is a big part of my life – I still consider food just a tool to keep me healthy so I’ll be able to live my best life and reach my potential.
How is that time of the year again? I’ve made a similar lectin-free sweet potato pie last year for Thanksgiving, and couldn’t wait to re-test it and improve it for this year’s fall season. And I though I’d do it earlier this year to give y’all time to prepare. Move over pumpkin, sweet potato got our back this fall.
These are some of the best meatballs I’ve ever made, no wonder Scandinavian people love their meatballs so much. Recipes vary depending on the countries they are coming from, and I’ve been inspired to make these by looking at various recipes from Scandinavian countries, also by my own experience of Danish cuisine. So I’ve adapted my favorite recipes and replaced ingredients that were not Plant Paradox compliant to add a lectin-free Scandinavian meatballs to my imaginary cookbook.
I remember first time I had Brazilian cheese bread. It was at a Churrasco restaurant in Dubai, and I ate so much I was barely able to have any meat after. They were so good. Since they are originally made with cassava flour and easy to make Plant Paradox compliant, I’ve been contemplating making them for a long time, but I’ve always been intimidated by the recipes that seemed rather complicated. Well, what I have here is a treasure, because is absolutely delicious, it takes 10 minutes to put together, and the recipe comes straight from Brazil. You guessed, from Auntie Jovita.
Converting classic traditional dishes from different countries and regions to healthier versions, aka lectin free, is my passion. I absolutely love the process of re-creating these type of dishes. Most of the time they are the result of my own travel and food experiences, but sometimes, like in this case, is just being curious about what other people’s favorite foods are. I asked my Peruvian friend to tell me one dish that is signature Peruvian and everyone loves, and by that I didn’t mean ceviche (which by the way is the first dish he named). Continue Reading…