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A surprising new way to eat – no lectins!

I’ve recently begun cooking, shopping and eating in a new way.  It all came from a book, The Plant Paradox – the hidden dangers in healthy foods by Steven R. Gundry, MD which I learned about from Peter Diamandis.

All Roads Lead To The Gut

While I’ve been very much a conscious eater for the last 30 years of my life, I’ve begun discovering how much of our health is sourced back to the health of our gut.  The microbiome inside our stomachs are what keeps us healthy and when not, is responsible for something like 90% off disease!

Having battled skin issues like eczema, acne and dry skin patches for years with over the counter steroid creams, I knew I was only removing the symptoms and not the true root of the problem.

The Plant Paradox book goes into heavy detail, with scientific reasoning and anecdotal results, though from over 10,000 patients of Dr. Gundry.  The basic message is, we’ve been told all the wrong things about food.  It’s not about eating more protein, or eating only vegetables or only whole grains, in fact it’s all about lectins.

Lectins are a protein found in plants.  It’s what the plant produces to ward off bugs and predators as it gives anyone who eats them a bad stomach.  But over the hundreds of years, we’ve disconnected this cause and effect.  It’s the reason why peanuts cause so many issues, some immediately life-threatening.

So big surprises in my new shopping list and meal plans.

Good Fats are the Most Important

Olive oil, avocados, chocolate, walnuts, pistachios, almonds are my new favorite friends.

No nightshades!

This includes eggplants, peppers and tomatoes, all big favorites of my old diet!

No grains at all!

We humans are basically not meant to eat grains.  It’s the outer husk that is most problematic.  Brown rice is actually worse than the white rice, which is probably why the Chinese have been removing the shells from rice for thousands of years!    Whole grain bread – no way!

In my early reading of this book, I’ve found that the Yes list and No list of foods are pretty helpful and can be easy to follow.  It’s just the old habits and cravings that make it hard.

Bread?  Pizza?  Chips? Beer?

Well, it was nice to have known you once.

At least I can still have some wine and cheese, oh French cheese that is.  You’ll have read the book to get all the details.  I especially like the new food pyramid he offers.

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Summer Is A Time For Renewal – Inspirational Input for Creativity

A glass of rose on the roof in Brooklyn, NY
Time for wine – rosé on the roof

Life is good.  I’ve been having an excellent summer.  Why?  Mostly because we planned some great recreation like a trip away to Puerto Rico, time on the beach, visit to the vineyards and just time to think and read.  Summer is a time for renewal, re-creation and getting inputs to creativity.  You can’t create if you’re empty!

Here’s some of what I’ve been thinking and reading lately.

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Are you making things happen or just making noise?

The Impact Equation: Are You Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise?The Impact Equation: Are You Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise? by Chris Brogan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow. There’s so many books in this space of marketing and I usually read to find the one idea that will make a difference. This book is unique in that it really lays out a whole philosophy on how to approach all things communication. Highly recommended.

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A Guide to the Good Life

I recently finished William Braxton Irvine’s A Guide to the Good LIfe:  The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy, published by Oxford University Press.

This was my first exposure to the philosophy of the Stoics, which to me seems like a Greek/Roman version of Buddhism.  There are a lot of parallels to the East with pragmatic advice that resembles Taoism, Confuscianism and Buddhism.  One of the main practices Dr. Irvine explains is “negative visualization.”  This is where one actually takes some time to visualize what the worst thing that could happen would be.  It’s important to note that one does this only periodically as it is meant to be a sort of “wake up” to the psyche to realize that the worst has not happened yet and we have the gift of the present moment.  Vietnamese Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh often leads a meditation on death which is very much like this.  To meditate on one’s own death as well as the death of loved ones better prepares one for the inevitable but also sweetens the moments we have with our loved ones.  It’s a method of reducing the pain and suffering of life and to shift the focus to the positive.

Irvine actually puts forth a good argument for modernizing Stoicism which is not all denial of pleasure as the Cynics were.  Rather it’s living and enjoying a good life.  This is one without excess but one where we actually are present and conscious of our treasures.

There’s also a good overview of the major Stoics like Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Zeno, Epitectus and reading list of the major works. – Recommended.