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“I can clearly remember Day 1
It was not a good day for me. I am a super picky eater. I mean I basically lived on bread and cheese (more specifically bagels, hot pretzels and American cheese) so The Plan was way out of my element.
On day one I literally threw up in my bowl of flax and coconut milk, and I cried through lunch and dinner. It took me about an hour to get through each meal that first week. It seems so silly now as coconut milk, flax, goat cheese and lamb – along with other new additions to my diet are second nature to me.
I was searching for a long time for a way out
I tried to get on Biggest Loser many times, I looked into fat camps, I tried every diet known to man. I would lose but then gain it all back and then some.
About six years ago I lost 50 lbs and felt great even though I was 255lbs. But then my Dad died and apparently I ate all my emotions. Sadly I didn’t even realize what had happened. I weighed myself one day at the gym and was 324lbs (I was 321 when I started the plan). That was almost 75lbs in a year.
I went home and cried and cried and cried. I was so ashamed. I hoped no-one would notice me.
I thought “What’s the use… How can anyone possibly lose that much weight?”
But then I put on Dr. Oz one day. I didn’t normally watch Dr. Oz but for some reason chose to turn it on. I saw Lyn-Genet! I wasn’t sure I completely agreed with everything said (how can veggies make someone gain weight–right?) but I did write down the name for future reference.
Then one day I was watching Fox news and there she was again.
So I decided to do a bit more than note then name again. This time I went out and bought The Plan. After flipping through it I decided to keep the receipt because I was pretty certain I’d be returning it.
The menu plan was very foreign to me.
What, no bagels?
I’m from New York (Long Island) and the one thing we do right is bagels! Despite my lack of commitment at this point I carried the book around with me for several weeks.
The more I read the more compelled I felt to actually suck it up and do the plan. I used to have a chiropractor who believed in muscle testing. I knew I needed to make a change so I closed my eyes and had my family muscle test me with several different diet books.
Every time they put your book in my hand, my arm stayed strong – so I decided I’m all in!
I carried that book with me for almost a year – everywhere I went. I went to baby showers and bridal showers with it. And always showed up with my own food in a lunchbox. It kind of became a joke but I didn’t care.
The only way that I knew to do this was to dedicate myself completely and hang on for the ride. I do credit God for giving me the strength to keep going every time I hit a road block. I could probably write a book about my journey, there’s just so much.
I am now 154lbs and 5’3″ and to some those figures might still look a bit ‘heavy’. But I don’t care.
When you consider where I have come from – that represents more than half my body weight lost in a controlled and healthy way. I thank God that Lyn-Genet was put in my path and for all the work she has done to make others happier and healthier.”
lost 170 lbs
“Since I was about 15 years old, nothing has annoyed me more than being told that if I just exercised more and ate a little less I would lose weight and have more energy. (That’s what I like to call No-Shit-Sherlock Advice — obvious, but completely unhelpful.)
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Epstein Barr and Chronic Fatigue in my early 20’s. At times just getting out of bed and showering were miraculous feats of athleticism. Gosh, even sleeping could be exhausting. But, yes, you are probably right that I would feel much better if I would just stop being so lazy and go out and run 5K. Silly me.
And I was always the big girl. Usually the largest of all my friends with a wardrobe full of practical clothes that fit rather than wearing the cute and sassy clothes I really wanted to wear.
If there was a weight loss diet out there that gave me more energy and caused the weight to fall off — sign me up. I’ve not stopped experimenting with a way to eat that made me feel better since I was 15. I’ve done the 4 food groups, and protein diets, and weight watchers, and raw food, and brown rice diets, and candida diets, and allergy and elimination diets…Some of them dropped a few pounds temporarily, but none of them ever really eased the fatigue or pain.
And so it felt like a vicious cycle of health and weight struggles because I was obviously just too lazy to do what it took to have energy and be pain-free.
After spending the last 4 months playing detective with this amazing process developed by nutritionist Lyn-Genet Recitas that lets you easily pinpoint the foods that create chronic inflammation in your system — I am 50 lbs lighter, 7 sizes smaller…and pain free…eating cheese, and dark chocolate and — wait for it — potato chips.
It didn’t require exercising more or eating less. (In fact, I exercise less and eat more.)
It required understanding my own chemistry and getting to the bottom of what foods stress my system out and create inflammation — which showed up for me as depression, pain, fatigue and extra weight.
And mine is only one of thousands of stories of people who have changed their health and their life with this technique — arthritis, sinusitis, diabetes, psoriasis and eczema, high blood pressure, cholesterol…etc.”
Fibromyalgia, Epstein-Barr, and Chronic Fatigue, lost over 50 lbs
“I have always had digestive issues. I was the kid at the table who wouldn’t eat and would just mash my food around to make it look like I made a dent in it. My Mom would always ask me “how old are you? And I would say 10 years old – She would reply “then you need to take 10 more bites”. Every year on my birthday I would blow out the candles and think…ugh another year, another bite.
Things got worse around senior year of high school when food started making me really sick. I would get horrible heartburn, bloating, cramping and diarrhea. The first to go was orange juice then chocolate, then soda, then tomato sauce, then all fruit…and so on. This was the start of my journey to try and figure out what was wrong with my digestion. I was 16.
I have been to more doctors than I could name and no one seemed to know what was wrong with me, nor did they seem to care. I was diagnosed with IBS, acid reflux, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, Crohn’s disease and colitis. Around 29 and years of taking medication after medication I stopped them all. I started gaining weight despite not changing my eating habits. 5 pounds here, 5 pounds there…until at 33 I had gained 35 pounds and felt the worst I have ever felt in my life. I was in California for work for 10 days and when I came home I had gained 8 pounds.
When I got home I spoke to my gastroenterologist and she said “that was not her concern and didn’t know why I had gained weight”. Quickly dismissing me like all the others through the years. I decided to take a medical leave of absence because the pain I felt in my stomach everyday became debilitating. For the next 8 weeks I tried every single diet you can think of – Whole 30, Paleo, Vegan, Juice Cleanse, Weight Watchers, Gluten Free, Organic, GMO free… and the LIST GOES ON. Not only did I not lose a pound I continued to get more and more bloated and sick. “how can I keep gaining weight when I eating nothing but protein all day?”
That’s when I found “The Plan” by Lyn Genet. At the tail end of my medical leave a friend told me about her book and how it’s based on your body’s inflammatory response to food. I tried everything else, so why not. I ordered the book and got the ingredients for the 3 day cleanse. The first day of the cleanse I lost 6 pounds…I thought it was a mistake?? But I looked in the mirror and it looked like someone took a pin and popped me…I just kind of deflated. So I kept it up and at the end of the cleanse I lost 8 pounds. For the first time in over 20 years I do not have that pain in my stomach every day. My autoimmune disease is healing purely through eating the right food for my body…not a cookie cutter, one size fits all diet. I worked with Lyn and her team personally and they have changed my life. I am back at work, I feel great and tell anyone who will listen about this life changing book. It’s taken me a long time to get here, but the rough road has only made me stronger and appreciate the good things in life all the more. ”
Chrohns, Colitis, Sibo, lost over 50 pounds