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Eating For Longevity: Health Boosting Staples of The Italian Diet

Now I know what you’re thinking, what about that pizza and pasta? Isn’t it loaded with lectins sure, but pizza and pasta aren’t the only things Italians eat? That’s like assuming all weed is cheeseburgers. The truth is, the Italian diet is actually made up of some of the healthiest things on the planet and today I want to walk you through just a few of those olives and olive oil.

You know how much I love olive oil. I’ve done a whole article on it. After all, it’s great for your heart, health, your brain, your immune system and even your weight. Now the Italians make some of the best olive oils on the planet and eat plenty of it too. Whenever I’m in Italy, I love the chance to sample the local olive oils, the range and flavors from the grassy and spicy buttery is amazing. How about wild caught seafood? Italy’s got water on three sides.

So it’s no surprise that seafood is a mainstay of the Italian diet and wild caught seafood, including fish shellfish, shrimp. Lobster mussels and even squid and octopus are incredible for your health and don’t forget anchovies and sardines thanks to their lean protein and, most importantly, their high omega-3 content. Shrimp even have an added bonus if you eat the shells, you’re consuming one of nature’s lectin blockers and don’t worry, the shells are completely edible.

They just add a little bit of texture to the mix. Now, how about leafy greens, it seems like there’s always a plate of dark polyphenol, rich leafy greens on the table in Italy, sometimes they’re raw drizzled in balsamic, vinegar and olive oil, sometimes they’re braised for hours and all oil and garlic until they’re, practically falling apart and Anyway, they make them they’re too delicious to resist, and since they play such a key role in your health and keeping those gut bugs happy, why resist at all? Now how about red wine? Let me be clear: I am not telling you to go crazy and drink.

A bottle of red wine every night and if you’re not a drinker, please don’t start on my account, but a small florida. Six ounce glass at night is actually pretty good for your health, thanks in part to a polyphenol called resveratrol and resveratrol is linked to a huge number of health benefits. It’s got anti-inflammatory properties, antiviral properties and it’s even connected to heart and brain health, so feel free to pour yourself a toast to good health.

But remember a four to six ounce is not a big pour. It looks something like this. The easy way to remember is that there’s six ounces, four of them in every bottle, so for six ounce servings we’ll make a bottle of wine. That’s not much! How about garlic and onions? When I read Italian recipes, they almost always seem to start with garlic, onions or a mixture of the both cooked in olive oil and that’s fantastic both when it comes to flavor and when it comes to your health.

You see. Garlic and onions are chock-full of polyphenols and they’re pretty high in sulfur too, and sulfur helps build strong muscles, keep your veins and arteries healthy and even help your skin look great now, along with these five staple ingredients, the Italian diet is also rich and a few Other foods that are incredible for your health nuts, especially hazelnuts, walnuts, pistachios and pine nuts fresh herbs like basil, parsley and oregano pasture-raised eggs, actual pasture-raised eggs, the italian eggs have almost reddish yolks they’re, so rich, also important to note the foods that are missing from the Typical Italian diet, or that are often eaten an extreme moderation, I’m talking about things like meat, especially highly processed foods, meat.

That’s not pasture raised tons of dairy or any dairy with the casein a1 protein. You know. All in all, the Italian diet is a good prescription for health and a great way to make sure you’re eating delicious meals that satisfy you and your gut bugs I’m dr. Stephen Gundry, and I’m always looking out for you. Thanks for reading click, the circular blog icon to subscribe and make sure you don’t miss a single article, click on the left to read another great article and don’t forget to visit my website for more of my best tips, because I’m dr.

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Want to shield your gut from lectin damage? Eat this, not that

They always say the same thing. Why can’t I eat my favorite food, some of the most common ones, peanut, butter, diet, soda rice and pasta, yogurt and beans. If you’re a fan of any of these, I’ve got some good news, they’re easy to swap out, and I’ve got some substitutions, they’re, absolutely delicious. First peanut butter, you may as well call it lectin butter because it’s made with one of the worst ingredients for your health, but these days there are plenty of healthy lectin, free alternatives on grocery store shelves.

Things like almond butter, walnut butter, hazelnut butter tahini, which is basically sesame seed butter and my favorite pistachio butter just make sure to avoid cashew or sunflower seed butter they’re, both pretty common, and if you want almond or walnut butter to taste a little peanut ear. I’ve got a trick whisk in a couple of drops of coconut aminos to boost the savory flavor. Now, let’s talk about diet soda at first.

This was a hard one for me, I was a huge diet. Coke addict! Now, I’m not going to tell you how terrible diet soda is for your health at this point you better already know, but if you want a refresher, there are a couple of good articles right here on my youtube blog, maybe you saw the one where I share. My favorite soda hack, my balsamic, vinegar, soda just in case I put a link to it on the description below it’s a great alternative, but it’s not the only one, if you’re dying for something fruity make an infused water or an infused sparkling water.

If you find yourself craving bubbles, I use lemon and orange slices and even some fresh berries and for a really special treat. You can look for sodas that are sweetened only with stevia. Now they shouldn’t be an everyday thing, but if you’ve got a craving, you just can’t be and you’ve tried everything else. It might help. Next up rice and pasta, good news, carb lovers: there are about a million substitutes for both rice and pasta, and some of the swaps are more flavorful than the originals.

I love Capello’s pasta made from almond flour and tapioca flour. You can find it in the gluten free frozen food, section of Whole Foods and other stores. Now you already know about one of my other favorites miracle noodles and good news. They make miracle rice too, and if you’re looking for ways to use them check out the recipes section and the plant paradox or the recipe articles here on my YouTube page, of course, not everyone loves miracle noodles as much as I do, but they’re not your only Option you can use millet or sorghum in place of rice or even cauliflower rice, which is hugely popular right now.

You can find it fresh or frozen in most major supermarkets even Costco, and you can also make noodles out of any vegetables by spiralizing them or cutting them in into thin strips, maybe you’ve heard of zucchini noodles, but of course they don’t fit in the plant. Paradox plan still the same idea works with beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, even daikon radish, and you can even find some noodle produce at health food stores.

These days, here’s some beet noodles. These are actually fantastic. Fourth yogurt, even Greek yogurt is off the plan. That’s because the cow’s milk yogurt sold in this country has casein a1 a protein that seriously damages your gut and for a lot of people. That’s a problem because it’s their go-to healthy breakfast item. If you’re one of those people who needs to have a yogurt for breakfast, what can you do? Go to the regular old yogurt section in your grocery store and look for goat’s milk, yogurt or sheep’s milk yogurt or, if you’re, in the mood for a vegan option? Almond or coconut yogurt they’re pretty widely available we’re just like regular yogurt and are delicious too okay.

Finally beans. I know we’ve discussed this one before, but it’s worth a reminder, especially for you vegetarians and vegans, who are used to getting your protein from beans. Beans are left and heavy, but it’s possible to reduce the lectins by pressure cooking. So if you’ve got a pressure cooker put it to use, if not look for Eden brand canned beans, they come in non BPA line, cans and they’re pressure-cooked ahead of time and if you’re, looking for a completely non bean alternative, look no further than pine nuts.

If you soak them in liquid, like water or even chicken stock, they get a texture similar to beans. In fact, pine nuts cooked into a traditional chili have almost the exact same texture as beans, and there you have it. Five of my favorite plant paradox friendly substitutions, but I want to know what you’re struggling with so do me a favor and leave a comment below and let me know if you’re having trouble finding a swap out for your favorite food, it could make it into my Next article, I’m dr.

Stephen gondry, and I’m always looking out for you thanks for reading click, the circular blog icon, to subscribe and make sure you don’t miss a single article. Click on the left to read another great article and don’t forget to visit my website for more of my best tips, because I’m dr. Gundry and I’m always looking out for you.


A new kind of pumpkin seed snack! Roasted by two men.