The Plant Paradox 30-Day Challenge

January 7, 2019lectinfreemama
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A new year, a new book, and a new challenge from Dr. Gundry for both current and aspiring Plant Paradoxers. It’s called The Plant Paradox 30-Day Challenge, or PlantParadox30 (Whole30 is so last decade), and I’ll be documenting my personal challenge experience in this post.

Follow along as I partake in the Plant Paradox 30-day challenge--Dr. Steven Gundry's lectin free, Plant Paradox diet challenge for the new year!
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I love a good challenge. It’s a fun and social way to go lectin-free and get your health (back) on track in 2019. More importantly, it will pave the way for continued adherence to a lifestyle that has helped thousands of people reverse disease.

Get the New Book

There’s a new Plant Paradox book! It’s a pocket-sized quick guide to the Plant Paradox called The Plant Paradox: Quick and Easy (self explanatory, really). Purchasing the book is not necessary to participate in the challenge, but it has 30 days of new recipes, plus the coveted shopping lists…

Get the book HERE!

Social Media

To participate in The Plant Paradox 30-Day Challenge follow @PlantParadox30 on Facebook and Instagram for challenge news, tips, and recipes. Tag #plantparadox30 in your related pictures and posts. The official challenge runs from January 15 – February 14, 2019, but I’ll be documenting it here (and on social media) for people who want to take the challenge anytime.

For an extra cheerleader and/or inspiration, follow @lectinfreemama on Facebook and Instagram. I’ll be participating in the challenge and cheering on my readers!

The Plant Paradox 30-Day Challenge: Week 1

Zero Day

These meal prep instructions–albeit helpful–were written for someone far more ambitious than me. Smoothie packs, salad dressings, soups, guacamole, veggie rices, nut mixes, sauces, kale chips, bowls, salsas, and chopped veggies. IN ONE DAY?? I did none of that. It took me one hour and a thousand tears (from onions) to make this colorful veggie hash and then it was time for a nap. That’s enough prep–I’ll wing it.

Day 1

It is 20 degrees here and there is a rock solid snowman in my yard. No way is an ice cold smoothie making its way into my warm stomach. Therefore, I made warm and savory breakfast soup: 1 cup chopped romaine, 1 cup power greens, 1/4 cup basil leaves, 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger, and 3 cups broth. Pressure cook it (or simmer it), add the avocado, and then purée it in a blender. Add salt and juice of 1/4 lemon. Drizzle with avocado oil.

Day 2

Salmon Avocado Breakfast bowl for the Plant Paradox 30-day challenge.

It’s a long story, but right now I eat everything in soup form. I have to cook down my veggies a lot to make my GI tract happy. This is a Salmon Avocado Breakfast Bowl with broth, power greens, broccoli slaw, Alaskan salmon, and avocado. I didn’t really read ahead, so I’m only now realizing how repetitive this meal plan is. I should’ve bought about 50 more avocados and a dozen more boxes of greens.

Group Support

According to the American Psychological Association, a group approach to health and lifestyle is more successful than going it alone. I doubt anyone needs a clinical trial and peer-reviewed research to know that. Many of us can personally attest to how hard it is to stick to something when everyone around is doing the opposite.

In my Facebook group, I’ve created a wonderful community of people who are all striving for the same thing: improved health and reversal of disease through elimination of lectins, sugar, and bad fats. All participating are welcome, and, of course, you’ll get tips and tricks for the ongoing Plant Paradox Meal Planner recipes.

Sign up to get my recipes HERE!


There are some awesome prizes being given out at random when the challenge is complete. To learn more about the challenge and the prizes, see Dr. Gundry’s official challenge info page.


  • Noreen

    January 8, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Thanks for the heads up on one week of phase one!
    I have to go out of town on business on the 18th and was hoping to be on phase two by the 19th..I guess I will start earlier! I’d better get my list together!


      January 9, 2019 at 6:40 pm

      No reason you can’t start as soon as you get the book (or even now–you don’t need the book).

  • Susan Conley

    January 9, 2019 at 3:28 am

    I have read the book and am very excited to join this group. I have tried so many ways to lose weight to no avail! I need help!


      January 9, 2019 at 6:40 pm

      30 days is only the beginning–this is a kickstart to a lifelong journey 🙂

  • Christine Murphy

    January 9, 2019 at 10:36 am

    I’m always up for a challenge. I already suscribe to your weekly menu and I own the PP Book by Dr Gundry. I’ve been on the PP plan for a year and have managed to get my WBC down from a raging 10.2 to a 6 ! My internal inferno has been snuffed out and I feel better than ever! The holidays provided lots of temptations and I’m human so of course I indulged. I’m ready to get back on track !
    Thank you so much for the challenge!


      January 9, 2019 at 6:39 pm

      Amazing results! It can only get better!

  • M Lynn Antonoplos

    January 9, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Hi Autumn,,,,,yes yes yes,,,I will be joining you for the 30 day challenge!! Seems like a perfect time to put some additional effort into my program and get a bit reinvigorated about PP ! My book comes tomorrow, I am signed into the FB page,,,Let’s Do This!!



      January 9, 2019 at 6:39 pm

      Yay, Lynn–this’ll be fun!

  • Linda Chapman

    January 11, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    I am looking forward to starting this challenge. We have been trying most of the recipes on your weekly menu and I have to say they have all been delicious! The only thing is this starts on a Tuesday and since I work 10 hrs a day 5 days a week I like to do preparation on the weekend. I find that a lot of the greens don’t last through the week.


      January 15, 2019 at 2:00 am

      Yes, greens are the worst for keeping fresh. I’m not sure why it starts on a Tuesday–I started a day early.

  • Cindi Canfield

    January 13, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Making my grocery list and checking it twice! (Wait….wrong month).

    I have the book and although I am making changes for more smoothies in the morning, I am getting my grocery list made today and shopping and meal prepping tomorrow. I even took a day off from work to make this a best effort!


      January 15, 2019 at 2:00 am

      Yay! You’re going to be so well prepared. You got this!

  • Lisa

    January 13, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    I would like to do this challenge but cannot find enough material to understand what I need to do today to prepare for the Tuesday start. Are there recipes or guidelines so I know what I am shopping for? Or do I need to go buy the book. I am thinking I need to go buy the book.


      January 15, 2019 at 2:01 am

      There are recipes and meal plans in the new book; however, it’s not necessary. All you need to do is follow phase 1 for 1 week, phase 2 for 2 weeks, and a week in phase 3 if you don’t have any health issues.

  • Nicolann

    January 15, 2019 at 6:11 am

    Hi … I’m in the uk and can’t get the new book until the end of the month so any new pointers would be greatly appreciate! I have the other two books! I struggle with breakfast and also need to keep my oxalate levels low. Good luck to everyone on their journey! Kind and healthy thoughts Nicola xxx


      January 16, 2019 at 1:20 am

      For one week eat any and all combinations of the following: cruciferous veggies, greens, onions, walnut and avocado oils, broth, avocados, alaskan salmon, and pastured chicken. That’s the first week, in a nutshell!

      1. Ute

        January 16, 2019 at 1:08 pm

        Hi Autumn, I’m waiting for the PP30 book. Am I correct that or first three days it is light on animal protein? Like Nicolann I struggle with breakfasts. I’ve ordered his chocolate smoothie powder but like the book it’s taking time:-( suffering through a heat wave in Australia. With no eggs, dairy etc for first week I’m struggling with breakfast options. I’m lactose sensitive and A1 intolerant and struggle to find a whey powder that is flavoured and not full of crap (sugar, artificial xyz…)


          January 17, 2019 at 1:28 am

          The first week is light on animal protein (well, really, the whole plan is). No eggs or dairy in the first week–the breakfasts are mainly the green smoothie and a sauteed blend of chopped cruciferous veggies with seasonings.

  • Todd Robinson

    January 16, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Happy Day 2! The gut detox is only 3 days. It’s tough but doable with the right mindset. I pretend than I’m in a 3rd world country were food is super scarce and I have all the organic vegtables,olives,nuts and protien thats approved and portioned right that I can eat. Hey a carrot is the best thing you have ever eaten when your starving!
    Basically any leafy veg and cruciferous. Also 1 advacado a day and 1 serving of protien(Wild caught seafood or organic non grain fed chicken also some other approved protiens) the size of a deck of cards. Also aprroved nuts. I do a wallnut.pistacio,macadameon and pecan mix no more than a half a cup a day. And as many olives as you can stuff in your mouth. Lucky I like olives. I would also personally add kimchee or any other fermented vegtable on the list to the as much as you can eat list but just my opinion. After 3 days just follow the yes list of approved foods. Just Google Gundry yes list of approved foods. I think the 3 day detox is opional if you alredy have a healthy gut.


      January 17, 2019 at 1:29 am

      In the new book, phase 1 is actually one week long! It is quite a lengthy gut cleanse, but that’s part of the challenge, I guess. Thanks for all the tips 🙂

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