What We Don’t Eat
As we have matured, our diets have evolved as well – going from meat eaters, to vegetarians, to vegans, to gluten-free connoisseurs, to a pair who now base our eating habits around the Plant Paradox Program, as researched and proposed by Dr. Steven Gundry.
The objective of our current diet is not to lose weight, eat lots of protein, or limit our intake of fats or carbs; it’s simply to keep our gut bacteria happy and do no harm.
We accomplish that by limiting our intake of lectins, which are harmful chemicals, found in most plants, that inflict intestinal distress, autoimmune disease, fat storage, brain fog, and more atrocities to their unknowing consumer.
The foods that contain lectins (the foods we don’t eat) are:
- All grains: except for millet and sorghum
- Legumes: beans, peanuts, lentils, cashews, and more
- Pseudo-grains: quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, and more
- Particular seeds: pumpkin, sunflower, and chia
- New world foods: peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, squash, melons, and more
- Animal products: dairy, eggs, seafood, and meat (except for pastured eggs, explained in Q&A)
- Sugar: cane sugar, maple syrup, agave, honey, etc.
- Simple carbohydrates: potatoes, pasta, bread, etc.
- Fruits: except for avocados, plantains, unripe tropical fruit and the occasional in-season fruit, which is treated as candy – eaten in extreme moderation
What We Do Eat
Now, you’re probably thinking, “what the heck do you guys eat?!”
To that, my friend, I say “plenty!”
The base of our diet comes from:
- Resistant starches: sweet potatoes, taro, sorghum, shirataki noodles, etc.
- Leafy greens: spinach, romaine, other lettuces, etc.
- Avocados: the one fruit we eat in abundance (when we can afford it!)
- Cruciferous vegetables: cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, etc.
- Mushrooms: all of them!!
- Healthy fats: nuts (except for peanuts and cashews), virgin coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, MCT oil, and more
In moderation, we also eat:
- Fermented soy products: tempeh and tamari sauce
- Pressure cooked legumes: Eden’s canned beans (which are pressure cooked in the can), homemade pressure-cooked beans, lentils, and more
- Select flours: cassava, sorghum, coconut, millet, arrowroot powder, and more
- Select alternative sweeteners: stevia, xylitol, inulin, other “alcohol sugars,” and more
- Pastured eggs: eggs that contain no lectins and come from local hens who live a lavish life eating grass and bugs (no, you won’t find any recipes using eggs on this blog – explained in our Q &A)
Resistant starches, fats, and greens comprise 80-90% of our diet, and protein the other 10-20%.
Why We Eat This Way
Without understanding how vital gut bacteria is to our well being, this diet doesn’t make much sense.
However, a diet that keeps good gut bacteria around and the bad ones out, keeps you happy.
Humans are 97-98% bacteria, most of which is found on the surface of our skin and inside our gut. While that may freak you out, without bacteria, we wouldn’t be alive… at all.
Here is a list of all the crazy things gut bacteria do:
- they connect directly to the nervous system
- are the main producer of serotonin (the “happiness” hormone)
- control brain fog
- control the growth of cancerous cells
- all together, they compose 5 times as many neurons as does the human spinal cord