You know, it’s not uncommon for people to decide it’s time to make a change – things like spending less, cleaning up, or eating right – and then put off starting until tomorrow …
The truth is, the sooner you start the Dr. Gundry diet, the better. And if you’re anything like me, you’ve said it to yourself before: “I’ll start tomorrow.” Then tomorrow comes, and you repeat the phrase.
Well, guess what? I’m here to help you start TODAY.
By now, it’s clear … you already know you want to live lectin-free. You’ve cut them out dramatically and have been feeling better because of it. Because, as I’ve mentioned before on this site, lectins can cause nutrient deficiencies, interrupt digestive processes, and cause severe gut damage.1
So, here’s everything you need to know in order to start living lectin-free today with this 3-day detox … You can also read about the 3 day smoothie detox.
Prep Your Body
In the same way a gardener preps the soil before she plants new vegetables, you need to prep your body to accept the changes that will occur when you stop ingesting lectins.
For one thing, if you’ve been eating lectins and processed sugars for years, the bad bacteria living in your gut have probably gained control of your system in many ways. It’s likely they’ve already caused you to have an insatiable appetite or influenced your cravings for the wrong foods. So it is important to know how to stop food cravings.
And those things only make it harder to start today.
It’s not pretty, but your bad gut bugs have been throwing a major party in your gut, and it’s high time you throw them out. Why should you have to suffer the consequences any longer?
So … it’s time to prepare your gut.
Because when you change your diet, your gut can benefit immediately from the amazing foods you start consuming. It’ll only take three days to start –
- Helping reduce inflammation.
- Improving the balance of your gut bacteria.
- Helping you lose a few excess pounds (which, at first, will be water weight).
- Developing an improved sense of well-being.
But your gut is likely damaged. So, you need to fix it up and get it ready to accept the good-for-you foods you’re about to consume.
Just how do you prepare your body? Simple …
Now, this cleanse has been formulated to help you jumpstart your Lectin-free lifestyle.
Turns out, a simple 3-day cleanse can completely change the types of bacteria that live in your gut – and that’s exactly what you want to have happen.
But, if you revert to your old habits after the cleanse, the new good gut bacteria could die out, and the bad guys can move right back in.
Of course, you can begin your lectin-free lifestyle without cleansing your gut, but it will help set your system up for success.
What will this 3-day kickstarter cleanse help your body do?
It will help to repair your gut, and repel bad gut bugs. You’ll basically starve your bad gut bacteria – the ones that make you feel sick, or fat.
This jump-start cleanse will also help stimulate an immune response.
How does it work?
It’s simple. You’ve got to say NO to some foods. You’ll start by cutting out all –
- Grains or pseudo-grains
- Nightshade plants
- Inflammatory oils
- Farm animal proteins
But, never fear. You won’t be giving up everything!
You’ll want to make the following kinds of dishes your staples over the first three days of lectin-free eating. So, say YES to the following vegetables –
- Brussels sprouts
- Bok choy
- Napa cabbage
- Chinese cabbage
- Swiss chard
- Raw sauerkraut
- Nopales cactus
- Carrot greens
- Daikon radishes
- Hearts of palm
- Leafy greens
- Dandelion greens
- Butter lettuce
- Mustard greens
- Sea vegetables
The veggies above are all powerhouses in their own right, but I’m the biggest fan of the dark leafy ones. According to the USDA, they supply a good amount of folate to promote heart health and vitamin K to protect your bones, and they help prevent inflammatory issues.2
You can eat as much as you want of the vegetables above, either cooked or raw. But, if you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome or another gut issue, you might prefer to rely on thoroughly cooked veggies. Our lectin free carrot muffins are a tasty way to enjoy some extra carrots for instance. And okra extract is a powerhouse of polyphenols.
You can have either fresh or frozen veggies, but always (I repeat always) make sure they’re organic.
While on the starter cleanse, you can consume small portions of fish and small portions of pastured chicken. But, you don’t want to consume more than two 4 ounce portions of wild-caught fish or pastured chicken a day. For a visual reference, think of a deck of cards.
Oils and Good Fats
When it comes to good fats, you can and should have a whole avocado every day.
And if you’re dealing with oils, the following are good go-to oils –
- Avocado oil
- Coconut oil
- Macadamia nut oil
- Sesame seed oil
- Walnut oil
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Hemp seed oil
- Flaxseed oil
What to do when you want a snack?
Of course, while on the cleanse, you’ll crave snacks.
I love munching on romaine lettuce boats with guacamole or a half-avocado. Just drizzle a little lemon juice and olive oil on top! And (approved) nuts like chestnuts, pine nuts, brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, and hazelnuts are always great to tide you over until lunch or dinner.
You could also check out my post on how to stop food cravings naturally!
Also, munch on olives of any kind whenever you like – especially if you want to jump-start those anti-inflammatory effects.3
Dressing, Sauces, and Seasoning
When it comes to dressing your food, the simple rule of thumb is to stay away from all processed dressings and sauces. Fresh lemon and olive oil will enhance almost anything you want to pop in your mouth.
Also, consider –
- Fresh cracked black pepper
- Sea salt
- Fresh herbs
- Fresh spices
And if you get thirsty…
Fill up on 8 cups a day of water (tap or sparkling), unsweetened tea, or decaf coffee. Learn more about coffee lectins.
Try to get eight hours of sleep of sleep every night. And get light exercise over the course of the three days.
Now, the cleanse is not necessarily easy, but I promise, it does get easier. Just do the best you can. Go at your own pace. Take it easy if you have to. Remember, unless we’re talking proteins … you can eat as much of the YES foods above as you like.
Again remember … just by starting the cleanse, you’ll be able to change the ratio of your bad to good bacteria. It’s great news.
If you take action, your system can start to heal today. Not tomorrow … today!
But, if you just do the prep cleanse and return to your old habits, the advances will be short-lived and those bad gut bugs will return.
So, just make sure to head from the prep cleanse directly into the Program right away. If you can make that happen, you’ll be on your way to solidifying optimal health.