By Katie Ladner, Licensed Esthetician
Why I meal prep…
There are many reasons to practice meal preparation but the main reason I meal prep is because of my health. We are what we eat and I want to be as healthy as I can for myself and for my family.
For me, this includes avoiding those lousy lectins.
Even though I have eaten “healthy” over the last few years I have battled with inflammation and auto immune issues. I have tried almost every crazy diet and cleanse under the sun to help alleviate inflammation from my body.
How I discovered the lectin free diet:
A few years back my mother stumbled across Dr. Gundry‘s book, Plant Paradox and she immediately made an appointment with Dr. Gundry to get her labs done and consult with him. When her labs came back, they showed markers for autoimmune disease. She wanted to do something about it, so Dr. Gundry discussed the particular diet she needed to be on to help decrease the inflammation in her body and help the markers come down.
Dr. Gundry’s claim to fame that has helped many people find health again is a lectin free diet. Of course I rolled my eyes at my mother and said, “I am not going to do that crazy diet.” First of all it seemed to me that you could hardly eat anything on it and secondly, how was I supposed to have a life? But as I saw her labs and her health get better, I realized there had to be something to it.
My lectin free diet and sample meal plan:
So then I embarked on my own journey with a lectin free diet. This diet is not for the faint of heart and this is why I meal prep all my meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner for the week.
It is hard to live lectin free, but so worth it for me. Lectins are in almost everything, literally!!!
A day’s average meal plan looks like:
Unsweetened coconut milk yogurt
A slice of SRSLY Bread with butter and kite hill cream cheese
Sweet potatoes with ground turkey & broccoli
Cauliflower wrap with avocado Mayo, lettuce, cabbage, carrots, avocado, with primal kitchen Caesar salad dressing and 1 slice of turkey.
I know it sounds kind of boring, but I do whoop it up on the weekends with a steak and a potato or a gluten free pesto pasta. Honestly the recipes you can make on a lectin free diet are pretty good. I don’t feel like I miss out at all anymore. If you are interested in more information on Lectins and their negative effects on health, look up Dr. Gundry or purchase his book The Plant Paradox.
Whether you’re looking to lose weight, get more healthy, or you’re on a special diet, meal prep always helps to ensure that you’re getting the proper nutrition to keep your body in optimal shape. You’re not worried about where you’re going to eat or becoming tempted to grab fast food on the go or not eating at all.
Best wishes to you in your journey to better health, optimal weight, and better skin!
L-Aesthetics & Longevity
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