Everyone talks about eating healthy, making changes, and turning their lives around… but for most people, it’s just talk.
Think about it – you’ve been reading the blog for awhile now… maybe you get the Gundry MD newsletters. SO you KNOW what’s good for you – and what’s bad for you. But how many changes have you actually made?
I’m not trying to guilt you, I promise. It’s natural that it takes some time to make a lifestyle change… I know it took me forever. Perhaps you’ve still got some lingering doubts about cutting out –
- Whole grains
- Organic chicken
- Greek yogurt
- Eating all the fruit
Believe me, I get it… after all, you’ve been sold a false bill of goods for decades. It’s hard to completely change your mindset and see “healthy” foods for what they really are – unhealthy.
But, if you plan to adopt the habits I discuss on this blog – or even better, if you plan to adopt the plans laid out in my book, The Plant Paradox, you’ll need to overcome the highest hurdle in order to succeed.
And what is that hurdle? Making excuses.
I did it too. For years, I was used to that same American diet – too much protein, whole grains, fruit all year round, Diet Coke all day long. And the final kicker was … I thought I was consuming healthy food when I ate anything on that list above.
And even when I started to eat mostly plant foods, it took awhile before I was able to figure out the truth about lectins. I didn’t think there was much difference between a potato and a yam.
Giving up your favorite foods is really hard. And if you’ve already given up sweets and processed foods, you may feel you’re doing enough. But, I’m afraid that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
So, I’m going to lay out some of the most common excuses I’ve heard – and used – over the years. These excuses sound good, but they’re likely keeping you from living a truly healthy, long life.
So, don’t let these excuses keep you from making real progress:
1. I’m too old to make significant changes to my diet.
Man, I wish I had a buzzer like on Family Feud, and I could just buzz a giant ‘X’ whenever I hear that one. Truth is, I’ve heard that one a lot.
You see, many of my patients over the years have been retirees – I practice in Palm Springs, after all. And though they may sometimes make an excuse when we’re getting started, it’s often those older patients who really push themselves to make lasting changes in pursuit of better health. And I’ve seen real change occur.
The heart of the matter is that it’s never too late to improve your health. You see, your body replaces your old cells with new ones every few months. That doesn’t change no matter how old you get. So, anytime you hand those new cells high-quality building materials – like good nutrient-rich, lectin-free foods – you’ll be feeding your bugs exactly what they need in order to make a new and improved you!
2. I’m already slim, fit, and active.
Oh yeah, then maybe you’re right. Maybe you don’t need to change your eating habits. But can I ask you something?
If you feel there is no reason to change the way you eat, why do you feel tired? Or occasionally bloated? Do you feel as healthy as you should, given your level of activity?
I think if you experience the version of yourself who cut out grain fed meats, who limited fruit intake, and who stopped drinking milk from cows – you’d probably have no hesitation about changing your habits. I’m only saying, you may feel alright, but you could feel oh-so-wonderful if you gave yourself a chance.
3. Cutting out lectins requires a deep understanding of metabolic, nutritional, and physiological concepts. It’s too complicated!
Sure, that knowledge might help you, but whether or not you succeed on The Plant Paradox plan really comes down to knowing what foods to eat in abundance and what destructive or harmful foods to avoid. That’s really all it takes.
And to make it easier, I’ve got this blog, my YouTube channel, my newsletter, and of course, The Plant Paradox to guide you on your way… that means lists of foods to avoid, AND to eat in abundance.
Look, I believe in you. I’ve seen so many people make the right changes and experience great success. So, I hope this helps to inspire you and that you’re chomping at the bit to get started.
Now, let me just bring you back to those “healthy” foods at the top of this article. If you think whole grains are healthy, just think about how farmers use grains to fatten up their livestock. Think about how animals like apes eat fruit to gain weight for the winter before food gets scarce. Grains and fruit – though they’re said to be healthy – really can cause you to pack on the pounds.
So, go through The Plant Paradox food posts on this blog. Bookmark them. Reference them. And get going! You’ll be surprised at how much better you’ll start to feel once you’re sticking to your new habits.
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