I recommend you create a binder for this project – a place to write down your chosen meal plans, keep recipes, and diarize anything noteworthy). If you can tick off these three things; 1) written down your meal plans for the week (keep it simple); 2) shopped for the food you’ll need (again, keep it simple); an 3) know you have adequate equipment to make it (you don’t need a state-of-the-art kitchen to do this – I am doing it in a bachelor-sized kitchen) …then you are ready to begin your Lectin-free experiment.
It is a fairly radical diet and therefore best entered as a test case. It is, therefore, best if you have at least a small list of health issues that you will be checking to see if they improve – and to what degree. Four weeks is a fair trial, six to eight weeks even better, and by the three month mark, you’ll have enough evidence to make a decision. Just an interesting experiment? Or worthy of being a new way of life. Three weeks was long enough for me to know that I was already improving. I decided to stay on the Phase Two for at least two months – and probably the recommended three months – before moving on to the maintenance program. The difference was that there were a couple of groups of foods that I could now introduce to see how I did with each. Two of these groups interested me a lot because I was longing for them and had missed them. One group was the non-starchy lectin-resistant foods such as sweet potatoes, yams, turnips and parsnips. These had been a winter mainstay but at best could be eaten only in moderation. A second group was legumes,(lentils, beans and peas) – which were a mainstay of my soups. Apparently all these could be cooked in the pressure cooker and peeled.
Other foods that I wanted to try for a very modest consumption was tomatoes (skinned and de-seeded). Zuchini (ditto), Squash (ditto). Basmati Rice (from India only). I’m not sure that any other grain like wild and brown rice and quinoa will ever be on my allowable list. The three foods that would make the biggest difference to me would be, in order, legumes, sweet potatoes and basmati rice – so I’ll test those first. I’he rest would be nice but no biggie for me.
There have been some surprises during this experiment. One being that I had become blasé about greens. I had a scoop of greens in a drink in the morning and years ago I had stopped eating raw – so there went salads – and I didn’t love broccoli or brussels or any of the group of collards, kale, chard. I liked cauliflower – but it wasn’t green – and asparagus (too expensive). I didn’t realize I had become such a narrow consumer of vegetables. Then my next surprise was that the veggies I loved and ate most were all on the “in moderation” list for me to “try” after the three month mark – or worse…on the “No List”. This diet was largely a vegetable, meat and high fat diet. Whereas I was a low veggie, no red meat, low fat consumer…and as it turned out…a high lectin consumer. What a wake-up!