When you crave change, you create change.

Craving change: a new direction and a new way of eating | emilylevenson.com

When you crave change, you create change. (Tweet this.)

For the past 12 years, I have been going down the path of dietary changes to improve my health. It started with a reluctant journey down the path of vegetarianism that led to a desperate attempt to get rid of chronic migraines, cold sores, and a myriad of other health issues that seemed to intensify with every meal I ate. Getting pregnant also proved to be way more difficult than expected.

After a diagnosis of food intolerances and a drastic change in eating, I was finally able to live my life without pain, digestive upset, or anxiety.

Four years of hard core avoidance later, I was able to go back to eating all of the foods that I had been avoiding (nightshades, dairy, cinnamon, MSG). And for a while, I was happy as could be. I was also pregnant and my body seemed to tolerate a lot of things that I hadn’t been able to in the past.

Fast forward to today, and the pain (mostly in my joints now) has crept back in along with weight gain, indigestion, bloating, and irritability.

Instead of feeling hopeless and resigning myself to the pain and discomfort, I’ve decided to do something about it. I am committing to making changes in my eating, and therefore my health, once again.

For now, that involves following The Plant Paradox* Protocol courtesy of Dr. Steven Gundry. The protocol (and book of the same name) focuses on removing lectin-containing foods and getting the gut back in balance. I will be starting Phase I (AKA The 3-day Cleanse) on Friday (July 21st) and will then move right into Phase II for the next 6 weeks (or more). I plan to stick with the Vegetarian or Vegan modifications since I’m not a fan of seafood, with the occasional pastured poultry and grass-fed and finished beef being thrown in for good measure.

My goals for the week, so that I can be ready to rock and roll on July 21st:

  • Finish reading through the recipe section of The Plant Paradox
  • Familiarize myself with the recipes and ingredients needed for Phase 1
  • Put together our shopping list
  • Get everything we need from the store

I’ll also be paying attention to the cost of getting started and intend to share that along with the recipes and menu plan for our week.


Have you read The Plant Paradox? Are you following the dietary protocol outlined in the book? Have you noticed any changes in your health as a result?

Any tips for a total newbie?


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Emily Levenson is learning to trust her gut all over again. She is committed to listening to AND following the nuggets of wisdom her gut has been dishing out for decades. You can follow Emily's journey here on the blog, through the Nourish + Flourish podcast, and through her posts on Instagram.

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