After so many years of experimentation, I've found that a low-Lectin no-sugar diet makes me feel optimal. This is the exclusion of...
-dairy -tubers -corn -minimal eggs -nuts -pork -fruit -honey/agave/all sugars
By optimal I mean that my digestion, immunity, energy levels, and mood are all stable. Now here's the thing- If i eat even a little of the above foods, i feel the effects. But I get angry/resentful with such a restrictive diet and will "cheat" and then not only feel suboptimal, but shamed, guilty, and angry too. Negative feedback cycle ensues.
So my question is...
Does anybody else follow this protocol? How do you keep it feeling unrestrictive? Do you have a 'safe' food reward?
asked bylivebigger (2854)
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on October 03, 2011
at 09:15 PM
Tough one. There's no shame in feeling shamed, but it's lame to be out of the game (not eating food you like). A few more rewarding foods that may be considered:
Sushi: The core ingredients don't seem to have lectins or fructose. Some people love love love sushi. Maybe one of them is you?
Alternative tubers: It seems to be hard to find lists of lectin contents. But, totally speculating here, the "older" tubers from Africa have been eaten for a lot longer than tubers like potatoes and cassava. So maybe some taro chips are in order? Not that I know if they have lower lectin contents or not.
Lectin variety: I bet you've already thought of this one, but might as well repeat it. If different lectins have different reactions in different people, eating a small amount of lectins from a variety of different plants low in lectins would mimic the ancestral high-food-variety life. Since you don't eat wheat/soy, the major sources of lectins are obviously gone, so maybe it just takes one more step to get to an acceptable level?
Watery fruits: The one that comes to mind, which is often villified for high fructose content, is watermelon. But strawberries have very few grams of fructose per ounce of tastiness.
Kale chips: No lectins, no sugar?
Sweet Potato: "(Lectin) Does not react with human cells. Reacts with rabbit cells." (From http://www.ajcn.org/content/33/11/2338.full.pdf)
Non-nutritive Ingestive Behavior: I'm not sure why they don't think of a pithier name for this. But coffee and tea, flavored to the max, has less lectins than most foods (if I recall correctly). Peppermint tea with coconut cream?
on October 03, 2011
at 08:50 PM
I consider a well-grilled fresh king salmon filet on a bed of finely shredded cabbage to be a safe reward. The same goes for grouper or halibut, provided they're well buttered.
on December 30, 2014
at 10:50 AM
Comfort food: Roast pieces of pumpkin until they're nice and brown in whatever fat you can have (have you checked if you can have ghee?). Keep the skin on if it's soft enough to eat. Blend it up with chicken stock. The smooth consistency is very comforting. (Make your chicken stock in a slow cooker and freeze it in portions.)
I understand the emotional reaction to foods you don't tolerate.. Easy to slip into aargh-there's-nothing-I-can-eat mode when you've compromised your wellbeing.
on October 03, 2011
at 04:39 PM
I'd be angry too if I gave up ALL of those. I am lucky, I guess, because I experience an almost opiate level of well-being by giving up grains, processed sweeteners, dairy (except occasional butter/heavy cream) and starchy veggies. I am able to eat lots of fruit and non-starchy veggies and that only seems to increase the sense of healing/fat-burning overnight. I don't eat many nuts and no seed oils. I eat LOTS of fatty meat. Sometimes I eat 3 eggs per day and sometimes I go weeks without, but they seem neutral for me. The only sweeteners I'm able to use without consequences are less than a tsp of either honey or blackstrap molasses per day (for coffee.)