It’s almost too good to be true. (The Plant Paradox Diet, that is.)

A simple green salad, because sometimes simple is all it really takes to kick sugar cravings to the curb and get our bodies back on track. |

The Plant Paradox Program is almost too good to be true. Almost.

You may remember last week’s post about how my husband and I were embarking on The Plant Paradox Program, as outlined by Dr. Steven Gundry.

Well, we are officially on the other side of the 3-day cleanse (A.K.A. Phase 1) and something miraculous has happened: my sugar cravings are GONE. As in, I do not have an overwhelming desire to stuff my face with chocolate, candy, or even fruit. Which, if you know me, is a freakin’ miracle.

My joint pain has all but disappeared. I say all but because I still wake up feeling stiff in my hands, but that has also started to dissipate. (But, hey, it’s only been 3 days.)

I’ve lost 6lbs and am now officially under my pre-pregnancy weight. Another miracle, y’all. This is seriously the first time my weight has done anything other than go UP in the last 3 years. Even with 100 days of yoga. Even with HIIT workouts. Even with restricting my diet and cutting out dairy, nightshades, gluten, corn, and eggs.

And I’ve discovered a host of new foods to add to my repertoire: arugula (delicious wilted and added to burgers), jicama (bland and crunchy), and lemon juice on pretty much everything. I’ve also discovered the sheer joy that is cauliflower steaks and salads with lemon juice, olive oil, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

The best part?

It’s taken three days for the changes to take place.


I’m more geeked than ever to see what happens during Phase II, as things start to become more routine and even out for us. I’m also geeked to be out of Phase I because The Husband was NOT a fan of the green smoothies we had for breakfast, nor was he a fan of the lack of animal protein in our house. He’s a much happier camper now that we’re into the next phase and eating more substantial meals.

Did you pick up The Plant Paradox? If so, what did you think about it? And are you planning on trying out the eating plan he lays out in the books?

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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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