• 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…

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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 decades, and it took a brutal toll on our collective health. How did we go…

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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, margarine, vegetable oil, light crackers, and cereals were healthier than avocados, olive oil, lard, cocoa…

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  • Major Setbacks to Overcoming Chronic Illness

    April 14, 2018lectinfreemama

    The motivation to get healthy is easy. When you see hundreds of success stories and statistics like “93% of patients with autoimmune disease went into remission following this diet” it’s enough to kindle a flame of hope in anyone with chronic illness. The journey to healing, however, is not at all easy. Sure, for some, the…

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  • Low Lectin Diet Sends Autoimmune Diseases into Remission

    March 26, 2018lectinfreemama

    Over the weekend of March 20-23, 2018, the American Heart Association held its EPI|Lifestyle 2018 Scientific Sessions in New Orleans, Louisiana. Over 700 physicians, dietitians, nurses, and other health scientists gathered to learn and present their latest research findings in the field of cardio-metabolic health and epidemiology. It sounds like a snooze fest for the…

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  • Essential Cookware for the Lectin-Free Kitchen

    March 19, 2018lectinfreemama

    Transitioning to a healthier lifestyle guarantees you’ll be cooking more from home. Home-cooking ensures that nothing but compliant, whole ingredients are going into your food. Also, many of the things you’ll want to eat simply aren’t available in a package or at a restaurant. The downside is–for those who’ve been surviving off the microwave and one…

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  • How to Go Lectin-Free on a Budget

    February 8, 2018lectinfreemama

    There’s a sad truth that comes with starting to turn your health around:  it is a lot more expensive to eat healthfully than it is to eat a standard American diet. When you decide to stop eating the 3 major subsidized crops–wheat, corn, soybeans–you essentially give up every packaged food item in the grocery store. And your…

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  • Thinking About Trying the Plant Paradox Diet?

    January 29, 2018lectinfreemama

    This post is for the commitment-phobes. You know who you are. I used to be you. Should I attempt the Plant Paradox diet or shouldn’t I? What if it backfires and make me feel worse? Do I really believe lectins are killing me? Who do I trust?! I’m still trying to figure out the answer to…

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  • A Complete Pantry Checklist for Going Lectin-Free

    December 31, 2017lectinfreemama

    One of the hardest parts of adopting a new lifestyle is finding the budget to restock your pantry. Getting rid of your old pantry items and buying all new ones means financial commitment and long term commitment. And that’s scary. I hung on to a box of cornmeal for two years, just in case.  I would like to help…

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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 what those 6 sweeteners are, how they’re digested in the body, and how they’re made.…

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