What's the most important habit for success on The Plant Paradox diet?

The Most Important Habit for Plant Paradox Success

October 10, 2018lectinfreemama

I risk getting sweet potatoes thrown at me with this statement, but here it is: eating a noncompliant food on The Plant Paradox is not a failure. That’s right. If you ate a piece of cake or you drank a beer, you didn’t fail. Why not?

Because Plant Paradox is about forming habits, and that takes time. When you form habits, those habits become a lifestyle, which is the ultimate goal of the Plant Paradox. Failure on the Plant Paradox comes when you expect success without changing any of your old habits.

But what is the most important habit for those following the Plant Paradox way of life? What can a beginner start doing that will guarantee success? No better person to ask than the founder of the diet and current followers of the lifestyle:


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1. Practice Mindfulness

Choices made on auto-pilot don’t make new habits. Forming new habits involves mindfulness–paying attention to every choice you make–and time.

Be mindful of the moment you’re in…don’t worry about what you did yesterday or 30 years ago.

Jeanne Carrather Fox


Give things time. Understand that your tastebuds will change.

Mahalia Lydia Budzinski


2. Find Your People

You’re more likely to make and keep good habits if you have support. Fortunately, the virtual community surrounding this blog means you never have to go it alone!


Christine Fabian Chamber


The most important habits for success on the Plant Paradox diet.


Join the Facebook group. And don’t be afraid to ask questions. We would not be doing near as well without [support].

Michael-Lindy C.B.


3. Self Care

In your journey to a new lifestyle, don’t forget about the reason why you started in the first place–to take care of YOU. Be forgiving and kind to yourself.


Get good sleep. And drink lots of water.

Lisa K.


Be kind to yourself. It’s new, you’ll make mistakes, but tomorrow is a new day.

Terry Erl-Blair


Commit and don’t be afraid. Enjoy the new you and how much better you feel. Learn what triggers your issues and avoid, avoid, avoid. Don’t let others’ comments bother you and keep moving forward. This journey is truly amazing.

Angie Smith


Drop as many other obligations as you can for the first 3 or so weeks. You’re going to need to focus on establishing new eating habits and learning to prepare the food. And best to do it in as non-stressed a state of mind as you can manage.

Carol Apple


4. Purge & Replace

New habits are so much easier to make when there’s nothing left to trigger the old ones.

1. Clean out your cabinets and fridge of all non compliant foods.

2. Pre-make lectin-free snacks so you are prepared when the urge to snack hits.

3. Double your recipes so you can cook less often and or have it for lunch.

Marika Barker Chasse


–> Get a complete lectin-free pantry checklist HERE.
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5. Plan & Prepare

Being successful without a plan is called luck. And you’re not likely to get lucky with finding compliant food in this lifestyle, unless you plan ahead.

Have a weekly meal plan. Know what food/meals you are going to prepare/eat. Shop with a list so you have everything you need for that week. Prep in advance (i.e. If you know you are going to have broccoli, clean & cut into florets etc. so it’s ready to go when you want it.

Alison T.


Read The Plant Paradox thoroughly. Understand what is going on in your body when you eat lectin free vs conventional healthy diet. Review key concepts every now and then. For me half the battle is maintaining a good mindset and the other half is acquiring the ingredients to prep the foods and keeping them stocked.

Carol Apple


Take the time to read ingredients. Bring the book and yes/no list with you and re-read as much as possible.

Pam A. Everett-Goodman


6. Find New Favorites

Find something delicious and/or easy that helps you replace “former” foods with delicious new alternatives.

Bake a Gundry-friendly chicken Use up the meat in soups, salads and sandwiches and make your own broth with the bones.

Brooke S.



The most important habits for success on the Plant Paradox diet.


Get a good recipe for bread. A bit of toast lifts the spirits…and stops you wanting cake.

Jane Christian



The Best Ever Lectin-Free Chili

Egg, Spinach, & Goat Cheese Breakfast Burritos

Plant Paradox Mini-Bagels


7. Listen to Dr. G

I asked Dr. G what he thought the most important habit is (after all, his input

The most important habits for success on the Plant Paradox diet.


There you have it: don’t ever give up. If you make it a habit to always return to the Plant Paradox, don’t be surprised if it becomes a habit you never stop doing…


  • Julie Carrick

    October 10, 2018 at 9:23 am

    I totally agree with this both my hubby & I have now done this for 28 weeks. We feel fantastic both of us have lost over 65lbs & use compliant ingredients when available. If not available use the best you can get. We are in the UK & something’s are not available. Stick it out it is worth it!

    1. Autumn.m.boyle@gmail.com

      October 11, 2018 at 5:54 pm

      That’s awesome! Keep it up 🙂

  • Maggie Szott

    October 10, 2018 at 11:33 am

    thank you and the other members for the inspiration.
    I am in phase two. My objective is to cool down the myasthenia gravis and uveitis. My challenge is cooking a variety of meals for husbands’ enjoyment.”
    He is supportive of my new normal diet and mostly eats what I do!
    Thank you again for your site and guidance. God bless you.

    1. Autumn.m.boyle@gmail.com

      October 11, 2018 at 5:54 pm

      I hope you experience relief soon 🙂

  • Jennifer Kennedy

    October 11, 2018 at 11:32 am

    I’m 30 pounds down and holding, I don’t hurt nearly as much as I use to and I feel alert and fresh. I like my new way of thinking.
    Plant Paradox is my new reality. I started trying to find replacements for the things I loved. Bread, Noodles, cake… I discovered every thing I tried could not replace what I loved. I quit thinking “Miracle noodles will replace rice noodles in my Pho” ( It isn’t the same). I started thinking “Theses konjac noodles are a new vegi for my bowl of pho broth” When you don’t look for the “same” you find “unique and different”. I guess what I’m trying to say is the way you think about something changes your reality. If you don’t like what you got, consider changing your thinking.

  • Contessa

    October 21, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Love this site. My husband and I have been extremely compliant for three weeks. I have Lyme and RA. I am feeling better by the week, but I haven’t lost any weight! What gives?! Any suggestions?

    1. Autumn.m.boyle@gmail.com

      October 28, 2018 at 12:39 am

      Three weeks is a very, very short time in this lifestyle. Focus on feeling better first, and the weight loss will follow. It happens very slowly, which is a good thing.

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