The Plant Paradox is the Newest Diet Trend
As a fan of the highly inspirational Tony Robbins – motivational speaker, entrepreneur, philanthropist, author – I follow him avidly across social media. That’s how I first stumbled upon a new book in the diet sphere called The Plant Paradox. The author of The Plant Paradox, Dr. Steven Gundry, is actually Tony’s personal doctor. So, I was immediately interested in what he had to say. If you can impress Tony, then this guy must be worth listening to.
So, What Is The Plant Paradox Diet?
Dr Gundry’s The Plant Paradox isn’t so much a diet as a lifestyle change. To me, that’s always the best way to approach permanent health changes as it’s far more sustainable. It centers around the idea that not all plants are what they’re cracked up to be. We’re taught that plant-based nutrition is good for us. That we need to eat lots of fruits and vegetables to be healthy. But what if you suddenly discovered that some plants were trying to make you sick? On purpose.
Alright, that sounds a little far-fetched but there is some actual scientific truth to it. All living things come with some sort of defence mechanism. For humans it’s fight or flight. It turns out that for many plants it’s a protein called lectin. You may have heard of one lectin in particular – gluten – but there are several different types.
Lectin is a toxin designed to protect a plant by making any animal that attempts to eat that plant ill. Thus, it stops that animal from eating the plant again. For humans this “ill feeling” can appear as digestive issues, chronic autoimmune conditions and weight gain.
This isn’t every plant, however, and Dr. Gundry leads you through which plants you should always avoid (legumes, soy, grains, nightshades, seeds) as well as how important it is to eat all of your fruits in season.
The Plant Paradox Pyramid
To make things easier to follow, and to further point you in a healthier direction, Dr. Gundry has also reinvented the USDA food pyramid. Which many people have done because the old one simply gave bad advice that probably created much of the obesity epidemic we now see: Eat mostly bread, cereal and pasta and basically avoid fats and oils altogether. Even healthy oils which we now know can help prevent heart disease.
The Plant Paradox pyramid focuses on the base level at eating mostly leafy, cruciferous veggies and approved healthy oils; and at the pinnacle, eating far less red meat (just 1-2 servings a week). Fruit should not be grouped with vegetables and should instead be seen as “Nature’s Candy” because of its high sugar content. Eat it as you would candy – i.e. in moderation.
Why Should I Try Another Diet Book?
The Plant Paradox is a super interesting read whether you want to make dietary changes or not. It has a fun format that’s easy to pick up and read at any time and has a load of facts on the evolution of food, scientific studies, and success stories. Dr. Gundry also includes plenty of “Gundry-approved” recipes for meals, snacks and drinks which are in no way boring. I’m talking muffins, pizzas, cakes, soups, burgers, and even ice cream.
What most draws me to Dr. Gundry’s advice, however, is his actual background. Dr. Gundry is one of the world’s leading experts in heart surgery and was head of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Loma Linda University. He’s an actual surgeon who chose to stop waiting until people were so late in their “disease” that surgery was the only option and instead fix them earlier on in the picture. Through diet.
Dr. Gundry is currently the head of the International Heart and Lung Institute in Palm Springs and Santa Barbara, California but due to the success of his diet, he rarely needs to operate on people to fix their heart conditions.
As a heart surgeon, Dr. Gundry could have continued to make a very nice living but instead chose to help people change their lives before they got so sick that he’d need to operate.
You can also check out his previous book, Dr. Gundry’s Diet Evolution, and he’s written more than 300 peer-reviewed journal articles on his heart surgery innovations and diet theories.
If you’re someone suffering from chronic disease, obesity, one of the numerous digestive issues we seem to be battling as a population today, or you can’t seem to shake those extra pounds I’d definitely pick up a copy of this book. Read it for yourself and see what you think. It’s pretty fascinating stuff.
The Plant Paradox is published by famed publishing house HarperCollins, who have published everyone from Mark Twain to JFK. The Plant Paradox is available online at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. As an official New York Times Bestseller you should have no trouble finding it in most bookstores.
Tony Robbins aside, Dr. Oz is also a fan. As is the head of Neurology at UCLA’s School of Medicine.
I say, The Plant Paradox is definitely food for thought.