What the book is all about is basically how we cook the food we eat – it should have no pesticides, be non-GMO, and be highly organic.
But Kelly mainly read this book for medical reasons; i.e. for medical problems she had .
She says that she used to have an autoimmune disease and she also had a thyroid issue.
After following the diet in the book, all her levels were back up.
Today, she is no longer on medicine.
“It wasn’t about the weight,” Clarkson told Today.
She said it was all about not being on her medicine anymore.
Kelly has been pretty open about her weight
Even though Kelly gives a lot of praise to the book The Plant Paradox, and of course, being a ‘watched’ celebrity, you can imagine that rumors flew around almost immediately about her weight loss and her looking so slimmed down.
But Kelly had her answer ready, “Other fake news that’s going around about me is that I’ve been taking weird pills 4 weight loss or doing weird fad diets.”
She says none of it was true; that she never had the time for all of that; that she eats the same stuff she always did.
It’s all just been made differently, the food, with different sugars, different flours, and different ingredients.
What’s on her plate now regarding food?
She says it’s the same stuff; she just puts in different ingredients now.
She loves her friend chicken but now it’s different.
Now she uses cassava flour, almond flour, and tapioca, and definitely the chickens need to be non-hormone chickens.
It’s expensive to make these changes, but worth it.
How does Kelly Clarkson stay so positive about her body?
When she first appeared on American Idol, back in 2002, already, people were focusing on her weight.
But as the years have passed by, she has figured out how to shrug it off.
She’s used to all the comments about her being either too skinny or too fat, or too blonde, or too dark!
or her, it’s just so much blah-blah.
She says she is happy with herself and happy looks different to everyone.
She told Redbook once that if you gauge your life all the time on what other people perceive you as or think of you, you would be in a state of panic all the time, trying to please everybody.
People need to just concentrate on their own lives, their own health, and their own happiness, and not be so envious and critical.
Whatever you do for yourself, be happy with it!
Let’s look at what Kelly eats every day to maintain the 37-pound weight loss she achieved
Yes, sure, like many before her, she has struggled with her weight for many years.
Finally, she got motivated to finally do something about it, knowing that it would help her medical problems as well.
Of course, that got the tongues wagging about why and how she is now looking so great.
For Kelly, what excites her most is that she does not have to take the medication she was taking for her thyroid condition anymore – that initially caused her weight gain.
She is very motivated to keep the weight off and is very vigilant about what goes into her mouth.
Now she keeps a body-positive attitude
Sure, Kelly loves looking great, who doesn’t?
But that’s not why she wanted to work on her weight so much.
And as mentioned above, she shared with Extra that she has actually been on a health journey, doing her dieting and changing her diet for the autoimmune disease and the thyroid issues she had.
This has left her with the purpose of helping others to feel good about themselves.
So that means that Kelly doesn’t eat certain foods anymore.
She doesn’t have enough good words to say about Dr. Steven Gundry’s book, The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in ‘Healthy’ Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain.
Here’s what she doesn’t eat anymore
Soy foods such as tofu and edamame
Dairy products like ice-cream, cheese, and yogurt
Diet sodas are out
All other fruits – she only allows herself berries
Here’s what she allows herself to eat
She still enjoys wine, and even fried chicken and cake!
But she modifies how she eats these things these days – she cooks with almond and tapioca flour.
She also eats dark chocolate, avocados, goat cheese, Macadamia nuts, dairy-free ice cream, poultry, berries, lobster, champagne, and quite a lot more.
Sounds almost too good to be true, doesn’t it?
But Kelly is living proof that it has worked for her.
Most notably, she is no longer on meds for the health problems she had!
That says something about her diet!
Dr. Gundry says it’s lectins that are the problem
In his book, The Plant Paradox, Dr. Steven R. Gundry claims that lectins, which are the proteins present in many foods, are what causes us to suffer from a variety of ailments …
…anything from leaky gut syndrome to weight gain, to inflammation, and thyroid problems.
It’s because of her own medical issues that Kelly used the diet outlined in the book.
She eliminated lectins from her diet.
As Gundry suggests in his book, following the diet can help you reverse the above health complications.
It is Gundry’s belief that even though some health experts consider some foods to be the healthiest around, if these foods contain lectins, as a lot of fruits, vegetables, and grains do, then you can expect these health conditions.
It is for these very beliefs that The Plant Paradox diet gets some nutrition experts, as well as those who push plant-based eating habits, so worked up.
So that’s why we have to look at what lectins are, and why, as Dr. Gundry would have us believe, they are so unhealthy for us
As mentioned above, lectins are proteins that are found in around 30% of foods.
We know how many people are allergic to gluten.
Gluten is a type of lectin – in fact; lectins are particularly abundant in plant foods.
Lectins in plants provide the plant with a natural defense against insects and fungi, but in humans, so says Gundry, these proteins attack the body, which leads to digestive and health problems .
Lectins are inflammatory, and trigger off auto-immune proteins, so says Dr. Luiza Petre.
She is an assistant clinical professor of cardiology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
She says that once the lectins enter the bloodstream, they trigger off an autoimmune response.
They can also irritate the lining of the stomach leading to a leaky gut syndrome, where our gut just won’t work effectively at filtering anymore.
What The Plant Paradox diet requires followers to do is to eliminate lectin-rich foods.
These would include:
Legumes such as beans (including all soy), lentils, peas, and peanuts.
Grains such as rice, wheat, corn, oats, and quinoa.
Some nuts and seeds such as chia, cashews, sunflower, and pumpkin.
Squash, cucumbers, and zucchini,
Nightshade veggies such as potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant.
Mostly all fruit, except berries that are in-season, and avocados.
Any dairy foods that are made from the milk of grain-fed cows are out.
What is left for you to enjoy is pasture-fed or grass-fed meat; that’s very important.
Also to be enjoyed are nuts, plenty of leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, fish, Brussel sprouts, olive oil, and coconut oil.
It might seem to be rather limited to you, but when you are desperate to restore your health, you will find this diet to be fantastic and not limiting at all.
Imagine the pleasure of your doctor telling you that you don’t need to take certain meds anymore!
But it must be he who tells you that, not you!
Gundry, who is a heart surgeon, tries to tell people to eat like they used to eat before the dawn of the agricultural era.
“Humans thrived on this diet in the past and are thriving again as they return to their dietary roots and eliminate the ‘disruptors’ that have destroyed their gut microbiome.”
Is there research to back Gundry’s advice?
Gundry says that there are chemicals that are called “disruptors” as well as environmental factors that cause chaos in our bodies.
Then there are still certain medications we take, herbicides, and artificial sweeteners that can cause complications and side effects.
There is not much research that supports Gundry’s claims – in fact, there are no human studies that have verified his theories.
He says he has anecdotal evidence to support his claims.
Kelly is one of them.
As far as Kelly Clarkson’s experience goes, he told Healthline that her experience with the diet is the same as tens of thousands of his regular patients who also follow his program.
“In short, it works.” He says.
Still, there are plenty of medical experts who are wary of counting on anecdotal evidence – they rather want to count on published data.
Also, they reckon that the foods you have to give up on The Plant Paradox diet – well, some are considered to be pretty healthy.
You can well imagine that that causes a problem for a lot of nutritional experts.
What Dr. Nicole Harkin, FAAC, and a board-certified cardiologist at Columbia University says
She says that any diet that restricts a lot of food is going to help people to lose weight.
She also says that The Plant Paradox diet limits rather severely the intake of many foods that are central to a plant-based diet.
She says there is little to almost no evidence that a diet that is lectin-free is healthy for you.
There are many studies that indicate that a whole-food plant-based diet is excellent for your brain and your heart .
Eating healthier for Kelly meant no more packaged and processed foods
Sticking to The Plant Paradox diet meant that Kelly would have to eliminate all packaged and processed foods.
That can cut calories down.
She also had to reduce her sugar intake.
That would also have helped her to drop the pounds.
Just those two things alone could help a lot of people who want to lose weight in the first place.
Dr. Petre (mentioned above) does add in here that it seems unrealistic to have to eliminate these foods right out of your diet when you can soak the food, or pressure cook the food or remove the seeds and peels, etc…
…all these are ways you can reduce the lectin in your favorite foods.
She says, in actual fact, that a lot of lectins are already destroyed long before eating food.
Harkin (also mentioned above) adds that it’s all good for cutting out processed and packaged foods like what The Plant Paradox diet recommends.
However, one should not avoid getting in all the antioxidants, fiber, and phytonutrients found in fruits, legumes, whole grains, and vegetables.
What does a registered dietician say about Kelly’s ‘Plant Paradox’ Diet for weight loss?
Keri Gans, MS, RD, CND, is a registered dietician and author of The Small Change Diet – she has had a look at The Plant Paradox Diet, weighing in on it.
She realizes that Kelly had a thyroid condition and acknowledges that the diet could well have made a difference for Kelly.
She says, bottom line, there is some research that does support the fact that there could be a negative relationship between some autoimmune diseases and lectins.
But she says there isn’t sufficient evidence to say it could be universal.
An average healthy person won’t really benefit from an elimination diet; in fact, they shouldn’t even be considering it really.
It is possible that The Plant Paradox diet did help Kelly Clarkson to treat her condition.
But this does not mean it is the new go-to diet for losing weight.
Keri Gans says that what concerns her about the diet is how highly restrictive it is.
Any diet that restricts food groups like this isn’t a diet that any average person would be able to sustain, she says.
And when you eliminate whole grains, some veggies, legumes, and dairy from your diet, you can suffer negative consequences to your health.
Its whole grains are so high in fiber – they help to prevent heart disease, control cholesterol, and support gut health .
There are large bodies of evidence to show that veggies and legumes are highly nutritious and packed with disease-fighting phytonutrients – these all help to boost the immune system.
Other nutritional experts say that the bottom line, eliminating large food groups from your diet is not the way to go for sustainable weight loss for an average, healthy person.
She says that restricting food groups isn’t a lifestyle change.
Unless it is recommended by a registered dietitian or their doctor, it is not advised that you follow it.
What about those who do have a chronic condition as Kelly had though?
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