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Everything you need to know about The Plant Paradox Diet

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The plant paradox diet also named after the physician who found it, Gundry diet is a type of meal-plan whereby you avoid plant protein called lectins in certain vegetables. The goal of this diet is totally to avoid lectins and processed foods that contain them.

How did the plant paradox diet come to be?

Steven Gundry, M.D. a former heart surgeon published a book 2017, which dealt with “the hidden dangers in ‘healthy’ foods that can lead to disease and weight gain.” The book which was quickly accepted especially because Singer Kelly Clarkson, credited it as being responsible for her weight loss — typically preaches about how some healthy meals can lead to inflammation, and ultimately cause disease and weight gain.

 

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Why Gundry thinks lectins aren’t good for you

According to him, plants develop lectin as a form of protection from predators like man, insects and animal — When you take them, Gundry says your GI tract is disrupted, which invariably bacteria to enter into your immune system, causing “leaky gut” syndrome and inflammation

H also says that the ability of lectin to act like insulin to the hormone that transports glucose by your peripheral tissues (a.k.a. fat cells) for storage, also leads to weight gain.

Why lectins are bad for you

According to Dr Gundry, “A lectin is a type of protein that forces carbs (sugars, starches, and fibres) to clump together and even attach to certain cells in your body when you eat them.”  He says that it could obstruct the communication important cells which invariably results in inflammation and sometimes in symptoms like fatigue or forgetfulness.

It is important also to note that weight gain is a secondary benefit of sticking with a lectin-free diet because it primarily helps to reduce inflammation.

What you should eat instead, according to Dr Gundry

 

Oils

Olive oil
Coconut oil
Avocado oil
Sesame oil
Macadamia oil
Rice bran oil

 

Sweeteners

Stevia
Xylitol
Inulin
Erythritol
Monk fruit

 

Nuts and seeds

Macadamia
Walnuts
Pistachios
Pine nuts
Pecans
Chestnuts
Flaxseeds
Hemp seeds
Sesame seeds
Psyllium
Brazil nuts

 

Flours

Coconut flour
Almond flour
Hazelnut flour

 

Dairy

Milk
Cheese
Butter
Sour cream
Cream cheese

 

Fish and seafood

White fish
Salmon
Canned tuna
Shrimp
Crab
Lobster
Scallops
Calamari
Oysters
Mussels
Sardines
Anchovies
Fruit

Avocado
All berries

 

Vegetables

Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Cauliflower
Bok Choi
Cabbage
Swiss chard
Arugula
Kale
Collard greens
Celery
Onion
Carrots
Artichoke
Beets
Okra
Asparagus
Spinach
Mesclun
Garlic
Romaine
Mushrooms

 

Poultry

Chicken
Turkey
Duck
Goose
Quail
Ostrich

 

Meat

Beef
Lamb
Pork
Elk
Bison
Venison

What you can’t eat on lectin-free diet

Pasta
Rice
Potatoes
Potato chips
Bread
Tortillas
Pastries
Cookies
Crackers
Cereal
Sugar
Agave
Splendid
Sweet n Low
Maltodextrin
Vegetables

Tomatoes
Cucumbers
Peas
Sugar snap peas
Bell peppers
Legumes
Green beans
Chickpeas
Zucchini
Soy
Tofu
Edamame

 

Oils

Soy oil
Grapeseed oil
Corn oil
Peanut oil
Safflower oil
Sunflower oil
Nuts and seeds

Pumpkin
Sunflower
Chia
Peanuts
Cashews
Fruits

Most fruits are off limits

 

Grains (including sprouted)

Whole grains
Oats
Quinoa
Rye
Bulgur

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A guide to getting started?

Just like any kind of eating plan, for it to be sustainable, you have to be sure it’s something you want to do. When that is sorted out, you have to draw out a meal plan then plan ahead. Consulting a registered dietitian will help you get fully on course and of course personal resolve to see that it works is not negotiable.

What other experts think of the lectin-free diet

According to some other experts, there are no research data to support claims that eating food that contains lectin foods will do your body harm you or promote weight gain. Rather there are more studies to show that eating food that are plant-based, are more beneficial for losing weight.

 

Is there any harm in avoiding foods with lectin?

Although a lectin-free diet stirs you away heavily processed foods full of artificial sugars and fat, it also takes you away from some healthy food such as vegetables and fruits — which makes your food options heavily limited.

Not necessarily unless you aggressively cut back on fibre due to restrictions on fruits, vegetables, and legumes,

Questions to ask yourself before embarking on  lectin-free diet aka the plant paradox diet

The major problem with most diets is that they are not sustainable. To be able to stick with a diet, in a way that you aren’t waiting for the day you will finally get off them, you have to be very true to yourself. Is this something I can do for the next couple of weeks and months?

 

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Avoid These Nigerians Food To Burn Stubborn Belly Fat (Video)

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Being overweight or obese can be detrimental to your health. It is not advisable to have excess fat in the abdominal cavity because it can lead to some health issues. Getting your dream body will not be easy and you need to make some sacrifices to your diet. You will also need to turn a blind eye to some fatty foods.

If you’re ready to get rid of the belly fat, then stay put as Information Nigeria brings you some important tips that will help.

1. Avoid sugar and carbonated drinks

Did you know that consuming sugary substances like coke, fanta can lead to weight gain and a number of health problems like high blood pressure?. This is due to the high fructose content found in added sugars. Taking sugar-filled drinks may slow your metabolism and this in turn can make it harder for your body to burn fat. Fructose can only be metabolized by your liver. When you consume too much, you push your liver to its limit and it becomes overloaded, then it turns the fructose into fat and it ends up getting stored in your belly. To avoid putting yourself from risk, you should cut back on foods and drinks that contain huge amounts of sugar.

 

2. You also have to forgo junk foods like meat pie, cakes, rolls, candies, burgers, ice cream and cookies. You also need to do away with heavy foods like eba, akpu, pounded yam, rice among others. Switch up your eating habits and opt for a more balanced-diet if you want to burn your belly fat. Avoid consuming refined carbs like bread, pizza, potation chips etc. You should also stay away from processed and heavy foods because they contribute to stubborn belly fat. You should choose to eat proteinous foods like fish, eggs, and milk. starch contains fat, sugar and salt. They help a person feel fuller so you don’t end up looking for something to munch on after eating. It basically keeps hunger at bay.

3. Eat the right amount of fruits, vegetables, fibrous foods and whole grains – You can add vegetables, fruits and whole grains to your weight loss diet. They provide essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and other substances that are good for your body. Examples of fibre rich foods include; beans, broccoli, avocados, apples, oatmeal brown rice and whole grain bread.

4. Try to incorporate exercise into your daily or weekly routine – Exercise helps to speed up your metabolism and helps you shed weight. The bitter truth is that wearing just waist trainers and staying put in one position will not make you lose that stubborn belly fat. You should hit the gym.

5 Reduce alcohol intake – Excess intake of alcohol also leads to a host of health problems especially the build-up of fat in the belly area. Have you ever noticed that those who drink alcohol, especially men, often develop ‘pot-bellies’. Alcoholic drinks like beer provide your body with calories and very little nutrients. It can also increase your appetite. Replace the alcoholic drinks with water or alternate with low calorie, non-alcoholic beverages. Too much alcohol can cause liver damage and other serious health problems.

6. Try out apple cider vinegar – Apple cider vinegar is made in a two-step fermentation process. It is obtained from apples that have been crushed, distilled and fermented. Acetic acid is the main active component of apple cider vinegar. It is safe for consumption in small quantities and can be taken as a supplement. Do not also consume it straight from the bottle or in its pure form. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons to water before you drink. You can also add honey or lemon. It is best to drink it before your meals. Research shows it has many health benefits, such as lowering blood sugar levels.

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Governor Bello Recovers From COVID-19 — After One Week In Isolation

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Governor Bello Recovers From COVID-19 — After One Week In Isolation

Governor Abubakar Bello

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, has tested negative for Coronavirus following the repeat of tests for the virus.

The development was disclosed in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Mrs. Mary Noel-Berje, in Minna on Monday.

Also Read: COVID-19: FG Seeks $750m Loan From World Bank

Gov. Bello had on Nov. 9, disclosed that he tested positive for COVID-19 on his Twitter account and thereafter went into isolation.

Noel-Berje in the statement noted that the Governor has been declared free of the virus and can now resume back to his official duties.

Bello joins the list of governors who have been infected with the coronavirus.

Other governors who have recovered from COVID-19 include Bala Mohammed of Bauchi, Seyi Makinde of Oyo, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, and Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta.

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Here Is A List Of Nigerian Foods That Cause Miscarriage

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Here Is A Of Nigerian Foods That Cause Miscarriage

Pregnant women should avoid some common Nigerian foods that can cause miscarriage. These foods are beneficial to human beings, but they should not be eaten during – especially in the first three months – pregnancy because of some of their properties that can cause miscarriage.

  • Crabs

Although Crabs are not poisonous, they shrink the uterus which could cause bleeding from the genitals and an eventual miscarriage.

  •  Pineapple

This is not for pregnant women in their first trimester. This is because pineapple can cause contractions at such an early stage and this may finally lead to a miscarriage. The popular fruit also contains bromelain which works in softening the cervix. It also causes bleeding.

  • Pawpaw

This is another popular fruit that can cause a miscarriage in the first trimester of pregnancy. The pawpaw seeds have enzymes that cause contractions which ultimately leads to a miscarriage.

  • Uncooked eggs

This can also cause a miscarriage. As a pregnant woman, you should avoid eating uncooked eggs or mayonnaise which contains uncooked eggs in your first trimester. If you must eat eggs, make sure they are properly cooked with the egg yolk very solid before eating.

  • Garlic

This is another food that can cause a miscarriage. Eating garlic will result in a stimulation of the uterus which may lead to contractions and pre-term labor that causes miscarriage.

 

 

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