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.
One of the most confusing matters when it comes to the plant paradox program and one of the most frequent asked questions: Are almonds compliant, because I can’t find them on the YES and NO lists? Or, are almonds lectin-free? The answer is, yes, almonds are plant paradox compliant when eaten without the skin because, you guessed, almond skin is high in lectins. Almonds without skins are also called ‘blanched almonds’.
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.
This article is a continuation of my first lunch box feature (Part 1), which is linked below. I started this feature because I always get requests from parents for ideas of meals for their children. I also know that is hard to come up with new meals every day, and keep it healthy and nutritious at the same time. These lunch boxes are lectin-free because that happens to be the lifestyle I follow, but beyond the labeling they are just ideas of healthy food choices for your kids (and for you too).
I don’t remember when and how I discovered California Country Gal grain free, lectin-free baking mixes. But I know I’ve used them so many times in so many shapes and forms, that I started experimenting with making my own recipes. Lectin-free bagels is one of them, even though is not really a new recipe, just a new way of using the mix and their recipes.
Preparing healthy lunches for your family all year round not only requires time and incredible dedication to keeping your family healthy, but it might put your creativity to the test. I remember my mom, who always cooked food at home, from scratch (and still does), asking us all the time: ‘What do you want me to cook? I’m out of ideas.’ Unfortunately we were not of much help, we knew she will come up with something good. That’s why I’m starting a regular feature where I’ll share with you healthy, lectin-free lunch box ideas that will make our lives a little easier.
Eating out while on a restrictive diet: most probably the number one reason people give up a healthy lifestyle. It’s understandable. Eating out and socializing are a big part of our lifestyles and as important for our health as eating wholesome, healthy foods. And I’m here to encourage you to not make this your reason to give up, because there are always ways to work around it and keep your healthy habits even when eating out. And I might add, you can have a great experience and eat really good food.
Are you following the Plant Paradox lifestyle and wonder if the skin care products you use are safe and free of endocrine disruptors and known carcinogens? I’ve always been aware of toxic chemicals in our beauty products and tried to stay as safe as possible, but sadly, the cosmetic industry has so many tricks up its sleeve to make us think what we are using is safe when it actually is not. After I started the Plant Paradox program I almost DYI-ed everything for my skin, and it was fun, but not as efficient as I was expecting. My skin was becoming so dry, especially in the winter, it was almost flaky (I could see that on my dark purple yoga mat every morning!). Luckily, few month ago I discovered Beautycounter and immediately became a consultant, because I genuinely believe in and share their mission to bring safer products in the hands of everyone, by advocating for new legislation (which in the US hasn’t been changed since the WW2!). Avoiding endocrine disruptors is an integral part of the Plant Paradox lifestyle, and making our beauty routine safe is a priority (how often we forget the skin is our largest organ?). Continue Reading…
Let’s start this one by saying that tacos must be the most loved food in the world. And I think that besides the taste of a good taco, the reason people love them is the experience of eating. When eaten at home, it can be a fun sharing experience, and everyone can add their fillings and toppings of choice. And I don’t know about y’all, but I love eating food with my hands. Of course, there are many other popular foods that requite a wrap or a base, such as hot dogs, burgers, rolls or sandwiches. This list includes my favorite lectin free, grain free wraps and the way I use them.
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.