"The Plan" by Lyn Genet
After purchasing the book and devouring it rather quickly, I made plans to get going on The Plan! The Plan speaks to what I believe in and what I empower my clients to believe in: The Lyn-Genet Plan reduces chronic low grade inflammation which is the basis for premature aging, disease and weight gain through the use of small dietary changes that add up to big results.
“A given food might be healthy in a vacuum, but when combined with your body’s unique chemistry, it can become quite toxic,” Lyn-Genet Recitas says. Several factors can cause a food to be reactive, she adds. It can start as a low-level, barely noticeable sensitivity that becomes more pronounced with age (especially after 35) —or problems can begin if you make a given item (say turkey) a diet staple because you’ve heard that particular food is healthy.
As Recitas explains, each time you eat a food that contains a compound or chemical that mildly irritates your body, the immune system releases inflammatory chemicals to attack that “invader.” When the food is eaten often and the body is continually forced to launch this immune response, it becomes overwhelmed—and in its weakened state, it becomes even more sensitive to the culprit food.
Once your body becomes overly reactive to a food, it’s bad news for your waistline, no matter how many nutrients that food contains. “When you ingest a reactive food and the immune system releases inflammatory weight-loss discovery chemicals to attack it, the inflammation inhibits digestion and impairs metabolism,” Recitas explains. “This lowers the body’s calorie-burning ability and causes it to store fluids and fat.” Indeed, she says, one serving of a reactive food can cause a weight spike of up to 4 pounds in a single day*.
The weight loss may be a positive side affect that has thousands of women clamoring to by the book (now sold out at Amazon) BUT remember, controlling inflammation isn’t just about losing weight, it’s about feeling good and healing your body naturally with food!
The first thing you must make on the plan for your 3-day cleanse (don't worry, you get to eat actual food and not just drink juice) is Flax Granola. The Flax Granola on The Plan is a staple. And after making it and tasting it I was not a believer at first. But Lyn-Genet was right! I am a believer and I like it now and look forward to my breakfast of flax granola, coconut milk and blueberries.
I will be updating posts re: The Plan so check back regularly.... see how my Day 4 Dinner on The Plan turned out! And for quick access to resources suggested by Lyn-Genet, you can find a list I compiled to get started on The Plan here.
Not a fan of the Flax Granola? Try the alternate breakfast - The Plan blueberry pear compote. I like both the flax and the compote - enjoy!
As a fellow "Planner," please let me know what I can do to help you on your journey!
*Excerpt from "First for Women" magazine