The previous posts explained the progression from where we were to where we are now. Somewhere along the way, I stumbled upon a YouTube video by Dr. Steven Gundry. His focus is on gut health. There has been a lot of buzz regarding gut health, and discoveries are being made everyday. In my mind, Dr. Gundry seemed to be on to something. Since the things we had done up to now were helping, Dr. Gundry’s Plant Paradox program seemed worth trying. (Hence, the moniker, weguthealthy!)
In Phase 1 of the program, you start with a 3-day cleanse. It seems people everywhere have started drinking “green smoothies!” In Dr. Gundry’s program, fruit is actually off limits, especially for the first 3 days, except for the fresh squeezed lemon juice in his recipe. You can also add a few drops of Stevia extract if you like. Initially, I avoided even a few drops, since I didn’t want to duplicate any “sweet” taste that might make me crave more sweets! Basically you can add various types of lettuces, greens, avocados, with a bit of fresh mint to a mixture of water and ice. For a bit of plant protein, I added hemp powder.
Many people use other plant proteins, (such as pea) as well as whey proteins. Dr. Gundry suggests that if you use them, read your labels carefully, because many whey proteins contain sugars and/or artificial sweeteners. But in reality, he actually discourages using whey protein because it elevates insulin-like growth factor (IFG) which he says stimulates cancer and aging. (Neither of which I want to encourage!)
The program recommends you drink a “Green Smoothie” for breakfast for each day of the 3-day cleanse. Lunch and dinner for the first 3 days consist of a lot of cruciferous vegetables with no more than 4 oz of grass-fed meat, wild-caught fish or pastured chicken. (There should only be a total of 8 oz. of animal protein a day.) Vegetables should be organic and locally sourced if possible. There are vegan and vegetarian substitutions as well.
In the days that follow, I will post photos of some of the meals I’ve made, and explain any modifications I made to the recipes. If you’ve already heard of the program and have had experiences (or recipes) you’d like to share, I’d be happy to hear about them! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Although I’m not a licensed nutritionist, I want to share my experiences with others in the hope I can offer whatever advice and encouragement I can.