Ever since I read the Plant Paradox, by Dr. Steven Gundry, I’ve been hooked. I’ve listened to podcasts, read studies and medical research, and just really dived head first into optimizing my health. In the process, I’ve lost weight, cleared up my skin, increased my energy, decreased my bad moods, and have continued to feel better each day. Gone are the swollen, achy joints and itchy, dry skin.
Have I been perfect? No.
Did I still achieve far greater health than I could have imagined? Absolutely.
I think it’s great that he is always learning and researching and trying to get better. And I was so excited when I learned that he had a NEW book coming out, The Longevity Paradox. As soon as I got my hands on it, I read it in two days. It was that good!
And I’ve been seeing alot of people asking questions about The Longevity Paradox vs The Plant Paradox, and specifically which food recommendations have changed. So I wanted to highlight some of the changes in the Yes/No list, but there is so much more to the book than just the food component and I really hope you’ll decide to pick up a copy to read for yourself.
The Longevity Paradox vs The Plant Paradox – What’s Changed?
To be honest, I didn’t really find that all that much has changed in terms of his recommendations. The core food component of the lifestyle remains, with a few additions and changes in recommended amounts of animal protein.
Additions to the YES list:
Pili nuts – Pili nuts are rich in magnesium and one of the most low carb nuts available.
Baruka nuts – Also referred to as “Baru” nuts, Baruka nuts come from Brazil and are high in protein and low in calories. Their taste has been described as a mix between a peanut and a cashew, which sounds super fun! I’m getting a bag to try. Yum.
Palmini Hearts of Palm Linguine – These look so fun! I had not heard of these but can’t wait to try them, and the reviews look good.
Korean Sweet Potato noodles – Also referred to as “glass noodles,” these are really popular with many people following the Plant Paradox diet.
Something else I was very happy to see added to the Yes list was more fruit options (always in their season only).
In my part of the world, walking through our many farmer’s markets and sampling bites of fresh fruit in season is one of my weekend pleasures.
Here’s what fresh fruit (in season) Dr. Gundry added:
Citrus fruits (avoid juice)
The biggest change I saw was the addition of more beans and legumes. Pressure cooked beans were always on the list for Vegetarian/Vegan followers of the Plant Paradox, but Dr. Gundry has extended that to include more of these in every one’s diet. Of all these legumes and beans, his favorite is lentils.
Beans and Legumes on the Longevity Paradox List:
Animal protein recommendations:
Dr. Gundry recommends no more than 4oz of poultry, fish and seafood daily. For grass-fed beef, pastured pork and other red meats, he advises no more than 4oz per week.
And the last change to the yes/no list that I saw referenced alcohol. Dr. Gundry recommends sticking to red wine, and dark spirits, like whiskey, bourbon, dark rum, etc. He no longer recommends champagne, and also asks us to stay away from vodka.
I hope this quick summary helps to share his new recommendations based on his updated research and show you what’s changed in the Longevity Paradox. There is so much more general lifestyle, fasting, and other information in this book that I am excited to put into practice.
Wishing you great health!