The Problem With A Plant Based Diet

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brain fog lectinI want to start by saying that I eat a fruit and plant based diet. I eat more fruit than vegetables and now I know why. It comes down to Lectin.

There are many people that choose a plant based diet based on their emotions. These people choose veganism because of animal rights, but some people do not thrive on this diet. This is due to Lectin. For some people, food that contains more Lectin causes a problem.

Lectins are a glue-like protein that is natural in all foods, especially plants. However, there are only certain plants that cause a great deal of problems for some people. A lot of the Lectin resides in the peel and seeds of the plants so make sure you peel your veggies and take out the seeds.

Foods that contain the most Lectins are:

  • Beans
  • Soy
  • Nuts (includes peanut oil and nut oils)
  • Grains with wheat being the highest form.
  • Corn oil
  • Condiments like soy sauce made from wheat
  • Most dairy (since most cows are fed a high grain diet.)
  • Goji berries
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Peppers (bell and hot)
  • Potato (most people do well with sweet potato though – especially the purple varieties)
  • Yeast
  • GMO food
  • People highly sensitive to lectin also have a problem with eggs.

Like everything, there are no hard and fast rules. Some people are highly sensitive to Lectin, some are moderately and some slightly sensitive. Genes and symptoms can determine Lectin sensitivity.

In fact, intermittent brain fog is a sign of Lectin sensitivity. You will learn a bit more about the signs of Lectin sensitivity below, but first…

What causes Lectin Sensitivity?

Lectin sensitivity can be caused by several factors:

  • Emotional stress
  • Physical stress – (a very physical job or an illness)
  • Exercise stress (HIIT – high intensity interval training or pushing yourself too hard)
  • Oxidative stress
  • Inflammation
  • Diet made of mainly vegetables and grains and no fish.
  • Poor quality of sleep or not enough sleep.
  • Low levels of Vitamin D (there is also a gene associated with this).
  • Chronic infections or weaker immune system.
  • Pharmaceutical use.
  • Excessive EMF exposure

Someone with Lectin sensitivity should stimulate their immune system as little as possible. Stressors activate the nervous system, which in turn activates the immune system via the alarm bells in your body (aka.Toll Like Receptors orTLRs).

A plant based diet (especially wheat) has been found to activate TLRs. Which has made me rethink the whole gluten intolerance epidemic. While Gluten intolerance does exist, I believe that Lectin sensitivity is much more widespread. Avoiding wheat is the answer, not just eating gluten free food.

How many of these symptoms do you have?

  • Problems with your gut
  • Unexplained bloating
  • Automimmune disorders
  • Thyroid problems
  • Brain Fog
  • Fatigue despite 8 hours of sleep
  • Post meal sleepiness
  • Gas
  • Urinary problems
  • People who have a hard time losing weight.
  • Intolerance to cold.
  • Low blood pressure
  • Skin problems
  • Joint discomfort
  • Water retention in hands, feet, or puffiness around eyes.
  • Headaches
  • Sore throats

I know you are at my site because you are interested in where genes affect call Lectin sensitivity. There are several genes that play a roll. However, there are two main genes that play a role in Lectin sensitivity.

  • The Cannabanoids- CNR1

If you have a variation in these genes then you know you are definitely dealing with Lectin sensitivity.

All that being said, Lectin does not prohibit you from being on a plant based diet.  Just avoid the nightshades and any other food that makes you feel like you have low energy.  With the right choices, paying attention to your environment and thoughts, your Lectin gene expressions will fail to have a negative impact on you.  Remember, it is through your choices that genetic expression can change.

After all these years, I still don’t have anything that contradicts a fruit and vegetable based diet as being the most optimal.  Even if you won’t give up meat, make sure that the brunt of your diet is still fruits and vegetables.  Make your morning and afternoon meals fruits and vegetables.  Do not add high fat in at these times.  For dinner you can have your starch and meat.

I’m not here to judge anyone’s diet.  Do not think that because I promote a fruit and vegetable diet that you cannot work with me.  I will only present the genetic facts to you and make recommendations based on your specific genetic profile.  I will not push my beliefs on you.  Knowing what your whole gene profile says about you helps you to know the best diet for your body and health. Until then, if you have the above symptoms, eliminate those trigger foods and see your symptoms improve.

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