A new book on the health and wellness scene this year has been creating waves, racing up the New York Times Bestsellers list and coming highly recommended from no less than the great motivational speaker, Tony Robbins.
The Plant Paradox, by Dr. Steven Gundry, explores the hidden dangers in some of the foods that we have come to trust the most. Dangers that are causing excessive weight gain and disease in people from all walks of life.
Who Is Dr. Gundry?
Dr Steven R. Gundry is one of the world’s leading experts in heart surgery and was head of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Loma Linda University. He’s been treating chronically sick, overweight patients for his entire career.
He is currently the head of the International Heart and Lung Institute in Palm Springs and Santa Barbara, California. He holds patents on several devices for connecting blood vessels and coronary bypasses without the use of stitches. He also invented a device that can reverse the cell death seen in acute heart attacks which is still one of the world’s most widely used pieces of equipment for protecting the heart during open-heart surgery.
In 2001, Dr. Gundry radically changed his career path after witnessing some incredible results with coronary artery disease using only a combination of dietary changes and supplements. He first focused on changing his own health and has been successfully treating chronically sick patients ever since. Due to the disease-reversing qualities of his diet he puts his patients on, Dr. Gundry rarely needs to operate on them to fix heart conditions.
Dr. Gundry is also the author of Dr. Gundry’s Diet Evolution. He’s also authored more than 300 peer-reviewed journal articles on heart surgery innovations and his diet theories.
What Is The Plant Paradox?
The Plant Paradox centers around the idea that though we’re taught that plants are good for us (fruits, vegetables and grains), many are actually are out to defend themselves against us. Dr Gundry’s theory is that this defense mechanism wreaks havoc when we eat certain foods and results in digestive issues, illness, and weight gain.
This may sound a little like “Little Shop of Horrors” but it actually makes a lot of sense when you learn the facts.
The idea is that all living things in nature have some kind of defence mechanism. For plants, that means protecting themselves from predators by using a protein called lectin. Lectin is a toxin that’s designed to make predators that eat them sick. This deters them from coming back again to eat their offspring. Unfortunately, humans never seem to learn such lessons. We just keep going back for another helping, even when things make us ill.
But plants are even smarter than that. They do need animals to help them spread their seed: when an animal digests a fruit, they will deliver it back to the soil and a new plant can be born. So, when it’s the appropriate season, plants decrease their lectins and entice animals back to feast by flaunting their bright, fragrant flowers. Moral to the story: Only eat plants in season.
What is the Plant Paradox Diet?
The Plant Paradox goes even further than this by overhauling the food pyramid, which does make it easier to follow along. Certainly that old pyramid did need some overhauling – who thought it was okay to encourage breads and cereals at 6-11 servings per day?!
Dr Gundry’s Plant Paradox Pyramid is pretty logical actually. Eat mostly cruciferous, leafy veggies and healthy oils (MTC and olive are two of his favorites). Eat less fruits (Dr. Gundry calls them “Nature’s Candy”) and less meat. He also encourages people to skip a meal here and there as our bodies are wired to go without food from time to time. Our ancestors didn’t have easy access to food and intermittent fasting gave the body time to better process and digest food.
The best part of this book is that Dr. Gundry includes a heap of delicious recipes (like Cranberry Orange Muffins for breakfast or Portobello pizza for dinner!) that really helps implement his guidelines. For any hard-to-find ingredients, he’ll tell you where you can buy them online.
Who Should Read The Plant Paradox?
This book is a pretty insightful read for anyone. I was riveted by so many facts. But it could be truly life changing for anyone suffering from digestive conditions, chronic autoimmune diseases, stubborn weight gain, or obesity. Many people can’t seem to find solutions for these conditions other than excessive medications and this book provides some substantial hope, especially with all of the success stories that are included.
It’s also a super easy read with easily digestible sections full of fun facts, stories, studies, and strategies.
Where Can I Buy The Book?
The Plant Paradox is available online at Amazon or Barnes and Noble and in most reliable book stores. It’s published by HarperCollins, the same famed publishing house of such visionaries as Mark Twain, the Bronte sisters, Martin Luther King Jr., and John F. Kennedy.
The Plant Paradox includes praise from Dr. Mehmet Oz (Professor of Surgery at NY Presbyterian / Columbia University and The Dr. Oz Show), Dr. Dale Bredesen (Professor of Neurology, UCLA School of Medicine), and Tony Robbins (Best selling author, entrepreneur, and life coach who credits Dr. Gundry as his personal doctor.)