• These sweet potatoes are not yams.

    A Post About Yams

    July 7, 2018lectinfreemama

    If you thought yams and sweet potatoes were the same thing, you’re not alone. If you live in the US, it’s not even your fault, because we do label certain varieties of sweet potatoes as yams. Throw in the tropical varieties of root vegetables whose names all translate to “yam” and it’s nothing less than a YAM-tastrophe (don’t worry–there are plenty more jokes like this to come). This post contains affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy for more info. I Yam That I Yam A real botanical yam is from the dioscoreaceae family. I’m a little rusty on my Latin pronunciation, so we’ll call it Family Dio. Also in the Family Dio: lilies and grasses. Botanical yams are perennial herbaceous vines native to Asian and African…

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  • The Rise of Fake Fat

    June 25, 2018lectinfreemama

    This post is part 2 of a series on dietary fat. Read the first part HERE to see the role fatty acids play in proper cellular function and health. Now for the bad news: we’ve been eating fake fat for…

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  • How We Were Dead Wrong About Fat

    May 29, 2018lectinfreemama

    For three decades of my life (my whole life), I thought fat was unhealthy. Since the 1960’s, the message has been: “low fat is good and fat free is better.” Nutritional experts told me (and my parents) that skim milk,…

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  • The 6 Best Alternatives to Sugar

    December 6, 2017lectinfreemama

    I’ve done a 3-part series on the top 12 grain-free flours. Since holiday baking season is upon us, here is “the dirt” on baking’s sweet companion to flour: sugar. There are 6 different Plant Paradox acceptable alternatives to sugar. This article will explain…

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  • The Indigenous Diet Study: Australian Aborigines

    November 4, 2017lectinfreemama

    For the past couple decades, we’ve been told that whole foods and whole grains are better for us than refined ones. They have more fiber, more protein, more vitamins, lower cholesterol, speed digestion, etc… Why is it, then, that the…

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  • How to Make Tomatoes Safer to Eat

    October 7, 2017lectinfreemama

    It’s been several months since I started the Plant Paradox Protocol, and my garden outside is dotted with plump, juicy red fruit. Yes, the tomatoes are in peak season. Rather than let them shrivel and decay on the vine, I…

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  • Everything You Need to Know About Grain-Free Flours

    August 23, 2017lectinfreemama

    If you’ve seen some of my baked good recipes, you know I use cassava flour a lot. I use it because I think it’s the best grain-free, nut-free alternative to wheat flour that exists. It yields high quality baked goods…

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  • Why You Should Stop Eating Plant Lectins (Or at Least Reduce Them)

    August 11, 2017lectinfreemama

    Just like the term “leaky gut,” lectins were something I’d never heard of before several months ago. I’d heard of several other “bad” dietary things, most of which I had already tried giving up, to no avail. First I gave up…

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  • Stop Blocking Your Stomach Acid–It’s Killing You

    July 9, 2017lectinfreemama

    I took Nexium through half of my pregnancy and then for months afterward. You know how long the recommended period is for taking that stuff? Two weeks. I kept taking it, with my doctor’s blessing, because my gastroenterologist wouldn’t test…

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  • Leaky Gut the Root Cause of Disease?

    July 4, 2017lectinfreemama

    Leaky gut is something I’d never heard of until I received the diagnosis several doctors down the line. I was used to hearing things like this: “Are you sure your condition is not psycho-somatic?” – unenlightened doctors “Back in my…

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