Plant Paradox Phase 1: Salad for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

June 6, 2017lectinfreemama

The first phase of the Plant Paradox (PP) involves a “cleanse” that kickstarts the feeding of the good gut bacteria with three days of awesomeness for your gut and three days of horribleness for your taste buds.

I’ve heard of these infamous cleanses before–people drinking nothing but lemon juice and cayenne pepper, people fasting and drinking nothing but water for two weeks (this is impossible). I have predetermined that cleanses are stupid, and I am not a fan.

Ugh, but I’m gonna do this one. All in, right? It involves eating like 6 different kinds of lettuce for three days, along with a few ounces of protein and half my body weight in avocados and lemon juice.

Meal 1: The Green Smoothie

This is…uh, interesting? Actually, I was expecting to have to plug my nose and chug it down. (Update: I had to do this by the third day) The recipe is:

1 cup of chopped romaine lettuce
1/2 cup baby spinach
1 mint spring (sic, I think they mean sprig–I don’t know what the heck a mint spring is)
1/2 avocado (surprise, surprise)
4 tablespoons lemon juice (gasp!)
3-6 drops stevia extract (I recommend 4 drops)
1/4 cup ice cubes
1 cup tap water



It wasn’t too bad. The mint and lemon juice really mask the taste of salad water, so if you close your eyes and use your imagination, it’s like you’re drinking really thick lemon-mint iced tea.

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I chased this smoothie up with some coffee. I don’t know if coffee is off limits for this thing, but my desperation for a warm, caffeinated beverage after eating nothing but salad for breakfast prevented me from scouring the list of rules.

I didn’t immediately feel a sensation of good health wash over me after drinking this, which was disappointing, but expected. After three days of this thing, I’m considering skipping the digestive tract altogether and trying intravenous injection. As it was, I endured heartburn and stomach pain for the rest of day 1. According to Dr. Gundry, these are symptoms from withdrawal of being a sugar and carb addict–to which I no-longer-blissfully admit.

Also, I’m hungry all. the. time. Eating half a dozen avocados a day is apparently supposed to make me feel full, but I ain’t feelin’ it. It’s a good thing I’m doing this on my days off work.


Want to read how I fared?

Plant Paradox Phase 1: Day 2

Plant Paradox Phase 1: Day 3


  • Doctormama

    June 7, 2017 at 3:23 am

    Way to go lectinfreemama
    After delivery in Jan i started getting small joint pains in my hands on and off, since I am a physician myself I suspected Rhuematoid Arthritis… and my labs screamed I had
    Rheumatologist recommended methotrexate… but with so many side effects of these medications… i began searching for diets that will help me snd stumbled upon Dr.Gundrys book plant
    I havnt started the diet yet, but planning to in a weeks
    I am so happy that u have started your
    journey towards self
    All the very best

    1. lectinfreemama

      July 21, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      Are you seeing a difference yet? I hope that your RA goes into remission!

  • Phase 1: Success! (Then a Failure) – Lectin Free Mama

    June 10, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    […] But guess what the first recipe is on the Two Week Phase 2 Suggested Meal Plan? THE FRICKEN GREEN SMOOTHIE. […]

  • rheummymomma

    July 21, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    This is so comforting to read. I will tell you the cleanse also made me feel the same way, and super hungry. I will also tell you I’ve had rheumatoid arthritis for years now, and I’ve never felt better after eating this way. It’s incredible!

    1. lectinfreemama

      July 21, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      It makes a huge difference. I’m simply eating the recommended things in Phase 2 now, and, other than discovering I have a nut allergy, everything is so much better.

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