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A Three Day Plant Paradox Cleanse Guide

Whenever I post about wanting to do a three day Plant Paradox cleanse, I have people wanting to join me and some asking me for details. Not everyone who follows me on Instagram is familiar with the Plant Paradox, and among those who are, there are some who have a hard time figuring out what to eat (don’t we all sometimes?). In the initial Plant Paradox Book, there is a Phase One meal plan (what Dr. Gundry calls the three day cleanse) and that has been useful for me when I’ve done the cleanse in the past. But the longer on this lifestyle, the more I want some new things to try. So I figured I’d share some of my ideas of how to do the cleanse and what to eat, so it doesn’t feel like a cleanse at all. That means we will eat delicious and good looking food (because who likes sad food and don’t we all eat first with the eyes?), that will leave us nourished and satisfied. Of course, if you are at the beginning and still on a sugar and carb loaded diet, you might experience some weakness and cravings, but that’s what happens to all of us at the beginning. Just do the best you can and think that anything is better than nothing and that you will always have the chance to do it again, whenever you want. For a better understanding of the Plant Paradox program the most important thing I ever recommend is to read The Plant Paradox book by Dr. Steven Gundry.

Food for body and soul

I also wanted to make the cooking part easy on us. Not everyone loves or have time to cook every day, two or three times a day, so I’m going with a meal prep plan in mind. Since the main protein allowed in the cleanse are wild caught salmon and pastured raised chicken (shellfish too or just not animal protein at all, but I want to keep it simple), I built my cleanse meals around the two items, which will be cooked once and served with each of the six meals. To make it easier to follow, I’ve outlined the cleanse in the below points:

  • Number of meals: there will be 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners. Snacks are allowed if you feel hungry (1/4 cup approved nuts / day or romaine lettuce with avocado). Remember, almonds are compliant only blanched.
  • Protein: we are allowed maximum 4oz per serving, 8oz max per day (I weight mine cooked) wild caught fish and pastured raised chicken, so to keep it simple we will have three meals with wild caught salmon and three meals with pasture raised chicken. If you don’t find pastured raised chicken in your area, use some other type of fish. TIP: if you are low in budget, or time restricted, or just want to make it even easier, you can always use good quality canned fish: alaskan pink salmon, sustainable caught tuna, sardines. Just make sure they come in containers that are BPA free. Vegans and vegetarians, I sometimes do my cleanse without animal protein, but never use Quorn or Tempeh products. What I like to do is replace the animal protein with one portobello mushrooms, and you can sprinkle some hemp seeds on top of your veggies.
  • Breakfast: will be a green smoothie (RECIPE HERE, but please skip the coconut oil for the cleanse or replace it with one tbsp MCT Oil. If you are not vegetarian or vegan, skip the hemp seeds too, you already have enough protein with the salmon and chicken and the point of this cleanse is to keep protein in check). I usually fast for 14-16 hours every day, so I might just skip the smoothie. If you too prefer to fast and skip the smoothie, make sure you have plenty of greens throughout the day.
  • Lunch: since a lot of us have work during day and have to go to an office, I think lunch should be the easier meal to prepare and had, usually a composed plate from your pre-cooked protein, and a side of veggies that are good cold or re-heated in the microwave. I personally don’t use a microwave, I don’t mind having my food cold, but to each their own. Do whatever feels better for you.
  • Dinner: If you have a little more time to play for dinner, you can cook veggies that you can have warm for dinner and you can use the next day for a workday lunch.
  • Must haves: I recommend to have one romaine lettuce head (the big one, or two of the smaller ones, the romaine hearts that come pre-packed) and one avocado every day. If you choose to have the smoothie, you are covering almost half of the above because the smoothie has lettuce, spinach and avocado in it. I always use arugula in my cleanse and some other type of green lettuce (not iceberg though, there is no nutrition in it). Have at least a cruciferous vegetable every day (I have them with every meal).

  • OILS: your main cooking oils will be avocado oil and grass fed ghee, and I’ll use extra virgin olive oil for salads, but in the Phase One YES list, Dr. Gundry doesn’t include olive oil, although in the original The Plant Paradox book he has Phase One recipes with olive oil (a small contradiction). So I suggest, if you are new to the program, skip olive oil and coconut oil but if you’ve been doing this for a while you can just use avocado oil and ghee for cooking and olive oil for dressing your salads. Totally your choice.
  • SALT: don’t forget is better to use iodized sea salt.
  • Spices and seasoning: Although I love spices, I will keep it simple during the cleanse, using iodized sea salt, pepper, and fresh or dry herbs. I will not use cayenne pepper or paprika, or mixed spice that I’m not sure what they are made of, even if they are compliant.
  • EAT GREEN: Put everything on a bed of green leaves. Use romaine lettuce, arugula or curly lettuce, kale, baby spinach, whatever you like. I always have some sort of green leaves with any meal, cleanse or not. BUT, add as much color as possible to your meals. Eat the rainbow, they say.
  • Snacks: The meals in this plan are big enough in my opinion and include all the nutrition you need, but if you feel like something in between meals, you can have some avocado and lettuce or 1/4 cup of approved nuts (almonds are compliant only blanched).
  • Sweeteners: Although theoretically they are allowed during the plant paradox cleanse, I would not eat anything that tastes sweet for these three days. One of the main purposes of a cleanse is to release us from the tyranny of sweet, and our brains will not distinguish the sweet taste source and will just want more. It’s just three days, you can do it (I’m mainly referring here to adding stevia to your smoothie or coffee, because there are no baked goods or desserts included in the cleanse).
  • DRINKS: Drink lots of water, I recommend minimum 2 liters of water / day. You can also have black coffee and tea. No creamers, no sweeteners. If it’s something you are used to, I think bulletproof coffee should be ok if it’s made with grass-fed ghee.
  • MACROS: Although the Plant Paradox is not really a low carb diet as per the standards of the diet world, it is still low carb compared to a normal diet, and that’s how the cleanse is different than other cleanse programs. It’s very low in carbs, there are no fruits or sugars allowed (of any kind), it’s high in healthy fats and low in protein. So the secret of having a successful plant paradox cleanse is not only to keep it low carb, but also low protein, especially animal protein. That’s why we are only allowed maximum 4oz of animal protein per meal (twice a day), I personally try to keep it even lower, at around 3oz. Vegans and vegetarians who want to do this cleanse, you can just replace the animal protein with extra veggies and greens and maybe have few hemp seeds sprinkled on your salads and meals, or some extra approved nuts.
  • Mindfulness: Remember that health is not all about food. Practice mindfulness, meditation, yoga, or whatever makes your soul happy. Be grateful. Connect with nature. Sleep well.
  • ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS: We sometimes forget the Plant Paradox lifestyle is not only about food. For a proper detox / cleanse, try to stay away from toxic cosmetic products and house cleaners, perfumes, fragrances, even blue light. Try to reduce as much as possible your exposure to electromagnetic fields (turn you phone on airplane mode, switch off your wi-fi when sleeping, or just keep your smartphone as far as possible from you). If you find any of the below words on the list of the ingredients of the products you use, don’t use it. More details about safe skin/body care products HERE.

  • SHOPPING LIST. Considering all my recommendations for meals, these are the main items that I would include in my cleanse: 12oz wild caught salmon, 12oz pastured chicken, one avocado for each day, one romaine lettuce for each day, cabbage (I prefer purple because it adds some color), Swiss chard, Portobello Mushrooms (as sides or to replace the animal protein if plant based), Brussel sprouts, asparagus, cauliflower, artichokes, broccolini or broccoli, mixed olives (that are not marinated in non compliant oils), arugula, red onions, garlic. You need iodized sea salt, avocado oil, grass fed ghee (optional, can be replaced by avocado oil), extra virgin olive oil, a good quality vinegar, lemons (organic if you want to use the zest), limes, capers. I’ve used fresh Italian parsley and some of the ideas below include cilantro. Bok Choy is also a great vegetable to have during the cleanse.  Compliant nuts that I prefer having during the cleanse are macadamia, walnuts, pecans or pistachios. You need tahini if you decide to make the cauliflower artichoke hummus (I use jarred artichokes that don’t have non compliant ingredients). Artichokes are a great addition to a plant paradox cleanse, so even if you don’t make the hummus, you can add them to your composed bowls or salads. You need fresh ginger, mint and baby spinach if you decide to make the smoothie. Ginger is optional, I like the taste of it in the smoothie though.

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How to plan your plant paradox cleanse

My advice is to start by cooking your protein at once, unless you have time and enjoy cooking twice a day. Cook 12oz of salmon and 12oz of pasture raised chicken.

In my cleanse prep trial this week, I split a 12oz wild caught king salmon fillet in 3 equal portions, cooked it in a cast iron pan (or any oven proof frying pan) in avocado oil, skin down, for about 4 minutes and transferred it in the oven at 375F to finish cooking for another 15-20 minutes. The time depends on the thickness of your salmon. Make sure you don’t overcook it. You can have the first serving warm, and store the other two for the next meals. For extra flavor, make a capers lemon sauce, by warming 4 tbsp of ghee in a sauce pan, and adding 1 tbsp of capers, 1 minced garlic clove, zest from one lemon, 1 or 2 tbsp lemon juice, few tbsp of fresh chopped parsley. Add the sauce to your cooked salmon. Roast Brussel sprouts and mushrooms at 375F, in avocado oil, salt and pepper, for about 30-40 minutes and add to your salmon, on a bed of greens (I like romaine lettuce crispy hearts for this).

For the chicken, my cleanse prep trial included cooking various parts of a pasture raised chicken, but you can do only chicken breast. My suggestion is to rub your chicken with a mix of herbs and spices – I used dry sage, mustard powder, dry rosemary, sea salt and pepper. Add lemon juice, lemon zest, avocado oil and let marinate for one hour or so (even more if you have time). Cook at 375F in the oven, for about 30 minutes, depending on what pieces you use and how big they are. You can check if ready by cutting with a knife next to a bone or on the thicker side of the breast and make sure the flesh is white, not pink. Eat the first portion when warm and use the other two cold, for salads or composed bowls the next days. At the same time you can cook the vegetables in a different pan, I chose roasted garlic and cauliflower in avocado oil, iodized sea salt and pepper. 375F works perfectly for the cauliflower and garlic. It takes about the same time as the chicken. I used one head of cauliflower and about 8 garlic cloves, skin on.

For the next day’s lunch, fill two halves avocado with one of the salmon fillets, add on a bed of greens, like arugula and spinach, drizzle olive or avocado oil, lemon, salt and pepper. Add fresh or marinated red onions, few capers. You might have some leftovers Brussel sprouts and / or mushrooms to add to your bowl. This is a big portion and you may not be able to eat all in one go, keep the leftovers and have later when you get hungry (you probably will). Another side that goes really well with salmon is sautéed broccolini (baby broccoli). Just sauté them in avocado oil, with one smashed garlic clove, covered (they only need few minutes, they cook nicely and fast in their own steam).

Another meal I put together using the pre-cooked chicken, was a bowl of sautéed swiss chard (you find the recipe here), half avocado, few olives, marinated red onions and one of my favorite salads ever, cabbage salad (I used purple but the white one can be as good). For the salad just finely slice the cabbage, massage it on the cutting board with salt, add it to a bowl and add avocado or olive oil, apple cider vinegar, pepper (all to your taste).

You keep hearing me mentioning these marinated red onions, which is in fact a recipe by the famous @NoCrumbsLeft (on Instagram). I don’t really measure anything, I just finely slice two halves of red onion and add them to a jar with extra virgin olive oil, a good quality red wine vinegar (about 1 tbsp) and lots of dry oregano. I keep it on the counter for few days and use both the onions and the marinade to top every single meal.

If you have time for more experimentation and cooking, I recommend okra chips and cauliflower and artichoke hummus. To make the okra chips (which by the way have powerful anti-lectin properties), wash and dry them, cut them length wise in half, season with salt and pepper and if you want some garlic powder, and bake for 20 minutes at 450F, on parchment paper. Cook them first open face down for 15 minutes, flip each piece and cook for another 5 minutes, but keep an eye on they as they will burn easily). I have posted the cauliflower and artichoke hummus previously, so you can find the recipe HERE.

LATER EDIT: While I’m actually doing my cleanse (basically I did it twice, once for testing all these meals and once for real), I have to improvise because I don’t feel like having the same foods I had last week, so these are two of the non-planned meals I included in my real cleanse. I had one of the cooked salmon fillets I hadn’t used, so I made what I would call Turmeric Cauliflower Rice with Mushrooms and Salmon. I sliced the mushrooms and added them to a pan with avocado oil and cooked for few minutes until they started releasing moisture; I grated a thumb size turmeric root and added to the mushrooms pan, and added the cauliflower rice and cooked for few more minutes. I like when the cauliflower keeps some texture, so I only cook it for 3, 4 minutes. Added the shredded pre-cooked salmon at the end, some salt and pepper to taste. Had it next to a romaine salad, with red radishes, half avocado, red marinated onions, all drizzled with olive oil and lemon. For the lunch today (as type this), I did not feel like having any animal protein at all, so I made Sautéed Bok Choi with Maitake Mushrooms (or Hen-Of-The-Woods). I needed two pans for this as the bok choi takes a lot of space. I sautéed the bok choi in avocado oil, covered, for about 8-10 minutes. The mushrooms were sautéed in avocado oil, with one whole (peeled and smashed) garlic clove, until golden brown (it takes about 8 minutes (I also covered them with a lid while cooking). Finished with a drizzle of Modena balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Served with half avocado, marinated red onions and drizzled with lime and olive oil. I also had some olives on the side.

Please follow my Instagram account for daily updates and more ideas about how to handle the cleanse. For a printable version of the Plant Paradox YES and NO list please check this LINK. The list is not split on Phases, so some of the foods on this list are not allowed in Phase One.

To conclude this long piece, my advice is to keep it simple during the Plant Paradox cleanse. You don’t want to get overwhelmed with cooking. Also, don’t forget not everything is about food, avoid endocrine disruptors, sleep 8 hours a night, consider practicing mindfulness during the cleanse, maybe try some easy, slow yoga, meditation, walking in nature, a creative activity, reading, listening to your favorite music, be grateful and do whatever makes your soul happy. 

If you are a visual person like I am and don’t care for specific measurements and cooking instructions, you may get some few ideas of how to prepare your food to look good from these visuals. TIP: Use Portobello mushrooms to replace the animal protein if you are going plant based. Mushroom and cabbage steaks can be prepared in the oven, in the same dish / pan: season with salt, pepper and add some fennel seeds to the cabbage, and cook in avocado oil for about 25 minutes at 400F. Finish with a 3 minute broil at 450F. Asparagus can be broiled at 450F, for about 7 minutes, in avocado oil, with salt and pepper. You can serve all with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil.

And if by any chance you want to go super fancy during the cleanse, you should try this Salmon Avocado Tartare recipe, it’s delicious and believe it or not, makes for a good candidate for a Plant Paradox cleanse.

Some more ideas and Phase One compliant recipes you find on my blog (skip the mayo in the poke bowl below):

Cauliflower Rice and Seaweed Vegetable Poke Bowl

Bok Choy, Broccolini and Mushrooms Stir Fry

Almond Ricotta Stuffed Portobello with Brussel Sprouts

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70 Comments

  • Reply
    Taylor
    July 16, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    I have been doing plant paradox for about 2 months now and just found your site! Im loving it-you have so many amazing recipes! Quick question-how come you say that you never use Quorn or Tempeh for the substitute protein in the cleanse as it is listed as acceptable in the book? Just a personal preference or is there something I missed?

    • Reply
      Claudia
      July 17, 2018 at 12:23 pm

      Hi Taylor, thank you so much. Good question, Firstly the exact compliant Quorn and Tempeh, never seen them in any store around me (there are others that are not compliant. Secondly, when I do a vegan fast, I’m happy to replace my protein with a real mushroom and some some hemp seeds. I guess I just don’t feel the need to replace with something that resembles meat if I want to go meatless. It is personal, and I would probably try out of curiosity if it was easier to find. I always wanted to try hemp tofu though, but that’s another one I can’t find in any shop. I even looked it up on Amazon once and it was out of stock.

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        Taylor
        July 17, 2018 at 2:55 pm

        Thank you so much for your response! That makes perfect sense. I am unable to find pastured chicken near me so I use the approved quorn products ( I can only find the cutlets) in place of chicken and it is actually pretty good! But I love portabellas too! I just wanted to make sure I hadn’t missed something!! It seems a lot of the meatless products are either out of stock on amazon or very overpriced!

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    Sophie Marier
    July 17, 2018 at 7:18 am

    Wow! This is so complete and well explained. I won’t be doing it this time around, as we just sold our house, and are moving in an apartment for a year while we hunt for our dreamland/house. Not a good timing for the cleanse. But I am really glad to have the info online, as my PP book is stored away in a box somewhere! Merci merci Claudia!

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      Claudia
      July 17, 2018 at 12:25 pm

      Thank you so much Sophie, and you are right, moving is definitely not a goof time for a cleanse. You don’t want to add more stress to your life :D. I hope everything goes well for you and you find your dream forever home <3

  • Reply
    Naz
    August 8, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Is coconut milk allowed on the 3 day detox program?

    Thanks

    • Reply
      Claudia
      August 8, 2018 at 9:35 am

      Hi Naz, is recommended coconut products are to be avoided during the three day cleanse.

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        Laurie
        August 17, 2018 at 12:27 pm

        I’m confused. The breakfast smoothie that is recommended on the cleanse has Coconut Butter in the recipe. Are we not supposed to use the breakfast smoothie or do we change the recipe?

        Thanks,
        Laurie

        • Reply
          Claudia
          August 21, 2018 at 4:39 pm

          Hi Laurie, please check the third bullet point – BREAKFAST – after the link of the recipe I explain what can you do if you don;t want to use the coconut oil. Let me know if it’s clear.

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    Jillian
    September 3, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Are freshly juiced vegetables allowed on plant paradox including peppers/cucumbers? I’m assuming the seeds and skins are removed as pulp but not sure if it’s totalky compliant?

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      Claudia
      September 4, 2018 at 8:37 am

      Vegetable juices are ok if made with compliant vegetables, but smoothies are recommended because you keep all the fiber content. Cucumber and peppers are not ok. You can try reintroducing them in small quantities in phase 3 skinless and deseeded, and see how you react. Usually lectin food reintroduction is done once you are completely healed.

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    loretta
    September 16, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    thank you for a simple beautiful and inspiring menu to get me stared

    • Reply
      Claudia
      September 17, 2018 at 9:53 am

      My pleasure <3. Keep me updated with how it goes. xx

  • Reply
    Tara
    September 18, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Starting the Plant Paradox Phase one (cleanse) then immediately beginning Phase two as suggested, in three weeks. Spending this time researching and planning (and most importantly trying to find these unique ingredients where I live). My husband and I are doing this together, but need to get our overweight 10 year old on board and I am very worried. Hopefully doing recon work will help us prepare and get everyone on track in my family – my 14 year old is not going to cleanse but rather start with Phase two as best possible. Curious on if anyone else has had children do this cleanse and or PP lifestyle with success? Claudia do you have any other “breakfast” recipe or ideas? Your blog was very enlightening and I appreciate you sharing your experiences!

    • Reply
      Dayna D. McMullan
      October 31, 2018 at 8:46 am

      Thank you so much for sharing & deconstructing Phase 1 for me. Everything looks amazing!

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    Sarah Mills
    October 29, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Hi! This is awesome and we are just starting. My husband is allergic to avocados. Is there a substitute that you can recommend?
    Thank you!!
    Sarah

    • Reply
      Claudia
      October 29, 2018 at 12:47 pm

      Hi Sarah, glad you are starting, good luck! There is nothing quite like avocado, just make sure you get enough fats (replace with raw extra virgin oil) because that’s the purpose of avocado, getting some healthy fats. Since avocado is also a rich source of potassium, make sure you balance out with other foods that provide potassium. But he can totally do it without.

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    Michelle Merwin
    October 30, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    I’m trying to start the Plant Paradox and I’m a little confused because in the Plant Paradox Book under the 3 day cleanse it has olive oil in the dressing for the salad but in the Plant Paradox Cookbook it says to avoid extra-virgin olive oil and coconut oil during the cleanse and the first 2 weeks of phase 2. Is it because he learned this information later on?

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      Claudia
      October 30, 2018 at 4:57 pm

      Hi Michelle, I this this was a contradiction in the first book, my assumption is that the person who made the menu (is the founder of Catalyst Cuisine) didn’t know about the olive oil rule and included it in the recipes. Then everything got overlooked. Yes, it’s true he says to avoid evoo in the first two week, however I didn’t and I’ve experienced the benefits of PP (but I didn’t have leaky gut). I’d say if you have big digestive issues avoid the two oils for the first two weeks. Just replace evoo with avocado oil.

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    Jessica
    November 24, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    I really love your site and thank you for offering all of this amazing information (and fabulous pictures) for people like me! am about to start the 3 day cleanse with my husband, but he has been told NOT to eat a number of the foods that are main staples of the cleanse, like cauliflower, cabbage, onions and yes, avocado. Do you have suggestions for substitutions for the cauliflower and cabbage?

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      Claudia
      November 25, 2018 at 8:23 pm

      Hi Jessica, thank you so much. I see why it seems difficult. Is it all the cruciferous he can’t have, or only cauliflower and cabbage? Assuming he can’t have any cruciferous, I would say go with endives, green lettuces, swiss chard, asparagus, spinach, arugula, artichokes, seaweed and kelp, all herbs, celery, radishes, fennel, maybe lacinato kale if he can have that. Is broccoli ok? What about brussels sprouts? You can email me if you want to chat more. I would replace some of the cauliflower and cabbage with a dish of swiss chard (I have a recipe and it’s super tasty), I also have a recipe for artichoke spread, it has mayo but for phase 1 you can just use extra virgin olive oil (although Dr. G mentions we should avoid evoo in the cleanse, but honestly he has not much left..) . You can add this spread to romaine lettuce or endive boats and eat in place of guacamole. Use avocado oil in place of evoo (depends how much gut damage your husband needs to heal). Also, did you know that if you cook cruciferous really well, they can be tolerated? Unless he is allergic. I hope this helps xx

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    maureen
    December 18, 2018 at 2:57 am

    is tumeric ok on the cleanse?

    • Reply
      Claudia
      December 18, 2018 at 7:51 am

      Yes, it is!

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    Lisa Hurt
    December 23, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    I love your recipes being a chef myself. I was so excited to start this cleanse but realized almost every recipe has avacado in it and I am allergic to avacado. I can always go without because truthfully we are allowed to eat more food on this cleanse than any other diet I have ever seen. But was just wondering if you might have a suggestion for an alternative because I will be doing this with my wife. Green bananas? 😝

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      Claudia
      December 24, 2018 at 9:24 am

      Hi Lisa, thank you so much. You can totally do without avocado. I would just try to get more healthy fats in to make up for the fat in avocado. Have some few more raw macadamia nuts (not too much though if you want to lose weight), and one thing I like to make is an artichoke dip. You can mix artichokes (the ones in a jar) and roasted cauliflower, maybe some roasted garlic, mix in a food processor, add some avocado oil, salt pepper and lemon, maybe some tahini, and use that paste as a replacement for avocado. You can make the romaine lettuce boats filled with this mix. Write me on email if you want to talk more.

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    Lisa Hurt
    December 25, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    Thank you Claudia,
    I will try these ideas and maybe even come up with some new ones. After reading the book I saw a testimonial of a woman who desensitized her nut allergy . I am hoping the diet will help me do the same for avacado. I will let you know how it goes.
    Thanks again and happy holidays!
    Cheers,
    Lisa

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    Remy Tennant
    January 2, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    Epic post with some great insights, well done! When I was starting the PP diet it was tough to follow the program bc it’s so prescriptive (worth it though!). I put together a detailed guide with all the meals and recipes linked up nicely, including the three days cleanse. Makes it easier to get started. Enjoy!

    https://humanfoodbar.com/plant-paradox-recipes/

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    Melizza
    January 7, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    We are starting our 2nd cleanse today, finding this is so very helpful to have some great tips and twists to enjoy! I’m even more inspired. I love finding new creative ideas to change things up. I’m thinking this cleanse will be even better than the last and I likely will continue beyond the cleanse to make many of the recipes included. Thank you so much!

    • Reply
      Claudia
      January 7, 2019 at 2:27 pm

      Thank you so much Melizza, good luck with the cleanse, and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. xx

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    Sujatha Sridhara
    January 13, 2019 at 9:51 am

    I’m thrilled to find this blog. I have so many questions and all of them begin with Phase 2. I did the 3-day cleanse from December 30 – January 1. It went well and I was excited. Then, I got completely deflated by the meal plan for Phase 2. I couldn’t find many ingredients in the stores in PA and I wasn’t sure how to replace the plan. Then, I decided to create my own plan based on YES and NO list and using recipes from the first two books. While my lunch and dinner options are working out fine, I am struggling to cook something for breakfast that does not have to be eaten every day. The green smoothie is fine and may become my staple if nothing else works, but do you have any breakfast suggestions? Also, what are some other smoothies I can create? Further, can I drink regular coffee with almond milk as part of my breakfast?

    I am vegetarian in that I eat dairy products (cheese) and eggs. I don’t eat any meat, chicken or fish. I was considering tempeh and have bought it, but I have to eat it to decide if I like it. I want to know if I can eat dals (yellow moong dal, green moong dal, urad dal or tuar dal) if they are pressure cooked. Thank you in advance for your help and the recipes you have already posted here. I am super excited to make the Cauliflower Artichoke Hummus. Hopefully, I’ll pick a compliant marinated bottle of artichoke.

    • Reply
      Claudia
      January 13, 2019 at 10:16 am

      Hi Sujatha, thank you so much for your message and congratulation on starting the plan. What you did is the best strategy, we need to be able to adapt this lifestyle to our own situation, and with time it will become a second nature. So go ahead and make your own plans based on what you find in your stores. I personally only decide what I will cook (most of the time) once I’ve paid a visit to the store or market and I see what’s available. That’s how it should be. About dals… I suggest you spend 6 weeks in Phase 2, do all the possible healing you can, and after 6 weeks, start reintroducing pressure cooked legumes, in small quantities, and observe how you feel. Then you can decide if it’s worth staying more in Phase 2 or starting Phase 3. Most probably you will be able to rentroduce legumes if they are pressure cooked. Let me know if you liked the hummus :). All the best with the plan and don’t hesitate to write me if you have more questions. Oh, wait I forgot the breakfast part, check my breakfast section, you can try making the granola, and have it with non-dairy milk or yogurt, I like it with cold hemp milk. Have medium boiled eggs ready (if you can’t prepare them in the morning) and have one with half or full avocado. maybe some greens next to it. That being said, a big part of PP is intermittent fasting, try to increase the time period between the last meal of the day and the next one. In time you will not feel like eating early mornings and your first meal will be your lunch. It’s so liberating to not have to think of what to eat 3 times a day. Plus, you will get all the benefits of fasting. xx

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      Claudia
      January 13, 2019 at 10:22 am

      Hi Sujatha, I forgot the question about coffee. Yes, black coffee with compliant non-dairy milk is ok.

  • Reply
    Sujatha Sridhara
    January 13, 2019 at 11:34 am

    Thank you so much for replying so quickly. I’ve been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and I wanted and needed a natural way to heal. I’m eager and excited to do the Plant Paradox Challenge. I may ask more questions later but I’m ready to get started again.

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    DEE
    February 18, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Hi. Thank you for putting this site together It really adds another dimension to the PP. I’m reading the book first and now to the cleanse part. I want otoread and will dive into your site more before I start this. I have rheumatoid arthritis that is under construction nitrile wig Methatrexate 15=mg. Dr said I will be on medicatu N forever but already I had food sensitivity testing by my allergist via blood drawn at a lab and I am sensitive to so many foods on the PP NO list ! So I’ve eliminated foods already and looking forward to the PP

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      Claudia
      February 18, 2019 at 12:54 pm

      Thank you so much, happy that you found PP, hopefully you will get well after changing your diet and you won’t be needing medication anymore. Wishing you all the best and please stay in touch. You can always write me if you need any help. Kind regards xx

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    Dee
    February 18, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    I’m so sorry for the typos !,,

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      Claudia
      February 18, 2019 at 10:58 pm

      Oh, don’t worry, we’ve all been there. Our computers and keyboards have a mind of their own :))

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    Miriam
    February 28, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    Can vegan eggs be eaten on 3 day cleansing diet ?

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      Claudia
      March 1, 2019 at 10:17 am

      Hi Miriam, no they are not part of it.

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        Miriam
        March 3, 2019 at 6:43 pm

        Hi Claudia ,
        I am confused because the cook book stated the recipe Ralph’s breakfast scramble was a good breakfast recipe for Phase 1 . I replaced the egg with VeganEgg it’s a plant base egg replacer . It’s actually a powder but they package it in an egg crate for marketing purposes. I did not like the powder at all . Won’t ever buy that again . But still It’s Not eggs , so did I break the 3 day cleansing eating that nasty powder egg replacement ? The suggestion for that breakfast is on page 44 of the cook book . Your blog is awesome. Glad I found it .

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          Claudia
          March 3, 2019 at 7:15 pm

          Hi Miriam, you are right, just checked the book now; honestly is the first time I hear / see vegan eggs as beeing part of the PP cleanse. Was either an overlook, either it was true at the time, because I heard the compliant vegan eggs have now soy and not compliant anymore. So not sure what to say, never buy them , never eat them. Don’t worry too much, a vegan egg is not going to do much damage, compared to how long we have been eating the wrong things. Just keep the cleanse simple, my rule is only whole foods. But now that I think of, the vegan processed stuff was used for phase 1 recipes, even in the first book, so it must be compliant. I would personally not use it, and replace it with whole foods like mushrooms and walnuts, but that’s just me. I hope this helps. xx

          • Miriam
            March 3, 2019 at 9:25 pm

            Yes I agree with you, process foods are not good. I have another question on your balsamic chicken salad dressing . I love balsamic vinegar but they do have some kind of sweetener . I saw on the one I have the nutritional facts says Sugars 2g % DV 0. but on the ingredients part it says wine vinegar, concentrated grape must, caramel color . Thought we should stay away from sugar ? It’s hard to do most everything has some kind of sweetener .

          • Claudia
            March 4, 2019 at 10:44 am

            Oh right, in this case is more like you should stay away from any kind of coloring. Not all balsamic vinegars are made equal, like any product really (usually a balsamic vinegar is expensive, because of the way it’s made). You have to check the ingredients. Added sugars and coloring are not acceptable in a vinegar. My balsamic vinegar only has cooked grape must and wine vinegar as ingredients. Naturally occuring sugars are ok. Naturally occuring sulfites are to be avoided, but if they don’t bother you it can be acceptable.

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    Stephanie
    March 3, 2019 at 8:15 am

    I love everything I have read so far that you have on here! Awesome! I just started pp and wondered if you (or anyone reading this) has had hypoglycemia when beginning this diet because of cutting carbs and sugar? I run a lot and this morning was at the gym and almost went down with low blood sugar I am sure is from the diet change, so just wondering how to keep some carbs in me for workouts-or maybe just not run during the cleanse? I was also intermittent fasting -16:8 (which I already do often). I just don’t think I had enough carbs yesterday.

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      Claudia
      March 3, 2019 at 10:35 am

      Hi Stephanie, thank you so much, and YES, I had what I call sugar withdrawal symptoms in the first week of PP, one night I remember waking up shaking, I though I was gonna die, haha. I had some dry figs and some nuts, drank a lot of water, and then made sure I have something with me all the time in case I felt that again. After few weeks my body got used to the no sugar situation, I became fat adapted and since then never felt that again. I hope this helps. xx

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    Miriam
    March 4, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Hi Claudia,

    Can we eat strawberries and blue berries in part 2 of diet ? Also I am Hispanic and wanted to know if a root starch called Malanga and the other one called yucca aka cassava can be eaten on this diet ? What about pumpkin ?

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      Claudia
      March 4, 2019 at 9:07 pm

      Yes, apply the fruit rule to berries, in season, small quantities. I personally allow myself blueberries out of season, but rarely and small amounts. Both roots are ok, all yams are ok. No pumpkin in phase 1 and 3, can reintroduce in 3 pressure cooked (no seeds, not skin).

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    Miriam
    March 5, 2019 at 9:38 am

    What’s small amounts half a cup , 1 cup of blue berries ? Book doesn’t define small amount. Also how much millet, or rice is a portion ? what isortion of root starches ? By the way I lost 4.7 pounds on the 3 day cleanser . I don’t feel like I did but the scale says so . This is very encouraging for me ! You are awesome !!!!

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      Claudia
      March 6, 2019 at 9:26 am

      Hi Miriam, the amount differs depending on each individual, where they live, what health problems they have, how old are they, depends on the season… The book can’t define everything because of bio-individuality. We are all unique and in so specific and unique situations, we have to figure it our for ourselves. You can experiement with different serving sizes and see what works for you. If you feel pain, cravings, gaining weight or not losing if that’s your goal, it means something is not working… The way I like to think about it, if blueberries were not available in the supermarket, and I had to pick them in order to eat them, how much and how often would I be able to do it? Same with everything else. Experiment with different quantities and see how works for you. And if you apply the most important rule – most of your plate should be made of plants and healthy fats, then there is only little space for the rest of the food. I hope this helps you.

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        Miriam
        March 8, 2019 at 6:23 pm

        Hi Claudia,

        Thank you for your response . Do you happen to know In which phase can wine can be had with food?

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          Claudia
          March 10, 2019 at 3:44 pm

          Hi Miriam, any phase except the cleanse.

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    Miriam
    March 13, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Hi Claudia ,

    Thank you for all you answers . I have 1 more question . Is coconut palm sugar allowed in the plant paradox diet ?

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      Claudia
      March 13, 2019 at 4:52 pm

      Hi Miriam, my pleasure, as always. And no, no sugar is PP compliant. xx

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    Danielle Robinson
    March 17, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Hi Claudia I just started the 3 day cleanse. One thing I noticed is that the books does not tell you what you can drink during your meals. Do you have any suggestions of what I can drink during my meals?

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      Claudia
      March 17, 2019 at 3:36 pm

      Hi Danielle, good point. Water in general is recommended, not only during the cleanse. However, drinking during meals should be restricted, as interfers with your digestion enzymes. Or if you need to, make it just a few sips. Resume drinking water one hour after you ate.

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        Danielle Robinson
        March 17, 2019 at 4:12 pm

        Thank you so much for your quick response. Can I drink tea as well. And if so what type of tea?

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        Danielle Robinson
        March 17, 2019 at 4:14 pm

        Thank you so much for your fast response. Can I drink tea during the 3 days cleanse? If so what type of tea can I drink?

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          Claudia
          March 17, 2019 at 4:20 pm

          Oh, yes you can! Any tea you love, make sure it’s a good quality so you avoid contaminants.

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    Danielle Robinson
    March 18, 2019 at 7:32 am

    During the cleanse can I eat fruit as well and if so what kind of fruit

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      Claudia
      March 18, 2019 at 8:21 am

      No, no fruit during the cleanse, except avocado, lemons and limes.

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    Charity
    March 21, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    I have bad gas when I eat cabbage. I wonder if I need to heal and build up my gut first before I try again?

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      Claudia
      March 23, 2019 at 12:27 pm

      It will go with time. Also, adding caraway or fennel seeds to you cabbage will help.

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      Ute
      April 28, 2019 at 11:16 am

      Try adding caraway seeds

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    Linda
    April 10, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    Hi i am going to start the plant paradox. But the pills they suggest and i am retired and can’t afford them. Do you have any suggestions. I am enthusiastic about this diet

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      Claudia
      April 13, 2019 at 12:09 pm

      Hi Linda, do the best you can. A clean diet is the most important thing and the priority. <3

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    Colleen Adrian
    May 2, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Hi Claudia, I’ve been doing the PP diet (phase 2) since December 2018, but just now finally getting around to doing a Phase 1 cleanse. Thank you so much for these amazing recipes, and for your practical suggestions for Phase 1. Because I have autoimmune issues, I’m trying to be as strict as possible for Phase 1, hoping to get maximum benefit from the cleanse. I’m wondering if you’ve found any reference material that confirms that olives are still allowed in the Phase 1 cleanse? (even though Dr. Gundry said to omit olive oil and coconut oil from Phase 1, and continue that for a further 2 weeks into Phase 2). It seems like a contradiction, but maybe there’s something different about eating olives vs the olive oil??

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      Claudia
      May 6, 2019 at 2:37 pm

      Hi Colleen, is not really clear, but to be on the safe side don’t include them in the first two weeks.

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    Danielle
    June 10, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    I fell off the plant paradox plan hard these last 2 days with lots of sugar and carbs. I’m going to do the detox again starting tomorrow. After that, I wondered should i not eat more then one avocado a day for weight loss? I like a whole one in my smoothie and then sometimes eat another half on salads or meals. What about nuts. 1/4 cup a day? Carrots for snacks ok even though with their sugar content? I know I can be successful on this cause I LOVE VEGGIES!

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      Claudia
      June 17, 2019 at 2:16 pm

      Hi Danielle, veggies are awesome, however we need to be careful with overeating some of them. I would keep avocado one 1/2 day, max 1 but maybe not every day. Avocados are high in histamine and you can become sensitive to it if eating too much. And yes, if you want to lose weight, 1 1/2 avocado / day is probably too much. Nuts, yes, 1/4 day, but again, depends how much you want to lose and what else do you eat. Keep it balanced and varied, and don’t over eat anything.

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    Maureen Franklin
    July 3, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Hi Claudia. All the questions and answers have been great. I’m on the last day of the cleanse. I’ve been feeling quite nauseous off and on, and not a lot of energy.

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