Exercising At Night Can Slow Your Metabolism

Here is a picture of what your cortisol levels should look like through the day. You have a natural peak that gets you up in the morning revved and ready to meet your day. You can see that it starts to really slow down by the time we hit 5 pm. This is our natural time to decompress from our busy life, relax, have a glass of wine or tea before dinner and then a nice nourishing dinner with friends and family.
 
When ones goes against this natural flow one can raise cortisol levels and one’s body perceives this as danger. Heightened levels of cortisol enact long term fat storage, skew hormones and attack thyroid function . As your thyroid is the master gland of metabolic function, anything that interferes with its function has long term ramifications on on your health and ability to lose weight.
If you find that your body is not responding optimally to your exercise choices you may want to rethink your after work gym visits and try to get to bead earlier and do an earlier morning exercise!
Your friend in health,
Lyn-Genet

How Inflammatory Foods Cause Weight Gain

 
Bill has lost 19 lbs in 30 days (yay you!), noticed that when he eats a reactive food, he starts to have a runny nose! That’s a histamine response and how the body responds when you eat a reactive food. We may not notice a runny nose, but we will note the weight gain a histamine response causes when we step on the scale next day!
 
Perhaps you’re familiar with the term histamine? You’ve probably heard it in context of seasonal allergies. Histamine is an important part of our immune system because it springs into action when a person is exposed to something he’s allergic or sensitive to.
 
The immune system of the allergic person, thinking that this allergen is going to cause harm, tries to mobilize and attack by releasing histamine and other chemicals into the body. The histamine then acts on a person’s eyes, nose, throat, lungs, skin, or gastrointestinal tract, causing those notoriously unpleasant allergy symptoms.
 
Histamine is also triggered when an inflammatory food is introduced. Histamine causes water retention by causing capillaries to dilate and allowing them to leak fluid, so you’ll see an immediate gain on the scale when you eat an inflammatory food. But the inflammatory response is not just water weight. Water weight can be reversed within 24 hours. A reactive response can easily last for 72 hours and it causes more than just weight gain. Eating a food that doesn’t work for your body can kickstart any latent health issues you have (think constipation, acid reflux, IBS and so on).
 
To control this histamine response, the body produces cortisol. Cortisol and hormones such as progesterone and testosterone use the same building blocks; the more cortisol that is released, the more your hormonal balance is negatively affected. The body is producing cortisol at the expense of progesterone and testosterone. These hormonal fluctuations disrupt water balance, metabolism, thyroid health, healthy sex drive and immune response. Elevated cortisol produces glucose, which leads to increased blood sugar levels. This will start to increase yeast growth as they have specialized glucose sensors and their growth in population will alter gut flora affecting your body’s defense system. A high yeast population means never ending sugar and carb cravings (and high sugar and carb intake is definitely a factor behind the incredible rise of type 2 diabetes in the US. Altered gut flora leads to a weakened immune response as the balance of our intestinal bacteria is thrown off.
 
This might sound amazing to you, but yes. Every time you eat a food that doesn’t work for you this whole system gets started. There are other factors that affect your weight of course. Certain foods known as goitrogens, attack thyroid function which disrupts your metabolism, so as people age and digestion starts to slow down, you need keep an eye on how often they are eaten.Women are prone to thyroid dysfunction earlier to men (usually around age 35) thanks to our hormones, but men start to catch with thyroid and metabolic issues in their 50s!
The good news? You have control over this cycle which influences every aspect of your health and your weight. Find the foods that work for your chemistry. Read The Metabolism Plan and take charge of your life.
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You Friend In Health,
Lyn-Genet

Find the Foods & Exercise That Boost Your Metabolism

We have always been taught that calories mattered. That if you exercised you would lose weight, and if you exercise more you would lose more weight. But in fact, neither “fact” is true. It’s all about your metabolism and what foods work for your chemistry.
 
When you exercise too intensely for YOUR body, you slow your metabolism, which means that not only do you slow weight loss, but you affect EVERY metabolic and cellular function that is essential for your best health.
 
For some people over-exercise could be the 10,000 steps they are aiming for daily, for other’s their crossfit classes or running marathons. We are all different. Some of us have the genetics to be athletes, but most of us do not.
 
Counting calories? Never works. Healthy foods like strawberries, quinoa,  yogurt and turkey can cause inflammation which skews everything from your hormones, to yeast upticks and thyroid dysfunction. Chronic low grade inflammation causes obesity, premature gain and even diseases like cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and auto-immune diseases.
 
You are working too hard to not know EXACTLY what works for YOUR body. Because if you follow the precept of cutting calories, if you exercise too intensely for YOUR body, you will SLOW your metabolism. That’s what happened to the contestants on the Biggest Loser. But it’s not just them. I see it every day, every year with thousands of our clients. Stop the madness and find out what works for YOU. That’s The Metabolism Plan.
 
“The Biggest Losers did what it took to be winners. They cut their grapefruits in half and separated their whites from their yolks. They spent more time at the gym than most of us spend at the office. Some of them shed an entire pound of fat each day, and on average, they lost 128 pounds each over the course of the 30-week reality show.
 
And then they gained much of it back. According to a devastating new study published in the journal Obesity and written up in a widely shared article by the New York Times last week, only one of the 14 Biggest Loser contestants studied weighs less today than when the competition wrapped. Four of them are now heavier than before they went on the show.
 
The culprit appears to be the contestants’ metabolisms, which slowed down dramatically as they lost weight. Now, they must eat hundreds of calories less each day than people of a comparable size, just to maintain their new svelte sizes. Failing that, they regress back to their “set points,” as some obesity researchers call the body’s preferred weight. The study suggests the bodies of obese people work against them, making it harder to get in shape even for those who really need to.”
To read the article in full click here.
You can pre-order The Metabolism Plan now to receive your book on January 17th!
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Your friend in health,
Lyn-Genet Recitas
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MSM- The Wonder Supplement for Sinus, Digestive, Lung and Esophageal Health

What do we use MSM for at The Plan?

Acid Reflux
• Healthy collagen synthesis for skin, hair and nails
• Wrinkles
Asthma‬
Arthritis‬
Inflammation (especially of mucous membranes)
Candida‬- yeast overgrowth
Leaky Gut‬
Migraines‬
Liver‬ detoxification and choline production

 

MSM helps to alleviate the symptoms of a large number of allergies including food allergies, contact allergies, inhalation allergies, etc. The major anti-allergic property of MSM is caused by its ability to bind to the mucosa and present a natural blocking interface between hosts and allergens. MSM also works to alleviate allergies through detoxification and elimination of free radicals, and improvement of cell permeability. A direct correlation between concentration of MSM used and resistance to allergens has been established and several authors have noted that MSM works as a histamine inhibitor at least as well as the traditional antihistamines, without the negative side effects.

Undigested food and toxins are deterred from entering the blood stream through thus reducing one of the most common causes of allergies and auto-immune diseases. Given time, MSM will start to repair the damage causing the gut to leak. MSM improves the permeability and the absorption capabilities of the cells in your intestinal tract, it can improve your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food. Sulfur compounds work with B-vitamins to augment the muscle tone of your stomach and intestines, and this helps to move food along more efficiently. Since an increase of MSM levels can stabilize your ph balance, it helps to normalize stomach function and prevent overproduction of stomach acids. This also alleviates heartburn and stomach ulcers.

When administered orally, MSM is effective in ameliorating the bodies stress response and appears to augment immunological competence through a natural vitamin like moderating or normalizing activity for various body functions and is noted for its exceptionally non-toxic nature for both children and adults, including geriatric patients.

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Research in animal studies has shown that oral MSM supplementation can protect against the onset of breast cancer. In both breast and colon cancer studies, MSM significantly prolonged the time of appearance of both tumors and cancers.

Sulfur also aids carbohydrate metabolism, which is significant for hypoglycemics and diabetics. Sulfur is an important component of insulin, the protein hormone secreted by the pancreas. Low levels of sulfur in the diet can result in low insulin production. It is possible that a diet rich in sulfur could increase the body’s ability to produce insulin to a point where insulin injections could be reduced.

WebMD notes there appear to be no interaction between MSM and medications herbs, supplements or food.

Q: What are The Plan’s recommendations for allergies?
A:
• MSM- 3,000 mg works for up to 180 lb, 4,000 mg over 180 lbs, for 6 weeks, 1-2 times per year
• Quercetin can be a nice addition to MSM
• Make sure to shower at the end of the day to wash off pollen
• Steaming your face with sage can help to clear sinuses and is antifungal, antimicrobial, and antibacterial
• Taking probiotics can help with immune support
• Don’t sleep with windows open

If you are doing The Plan test less frequently as heightened levels of histamine can mean you are primed for weight gain. Get your allergies under control first! Allergies may mean hormonal fluctuations feel worse, make sure to eat your friendly foods at this time!

Q: What happens when I take MSM?
A: The sulfur in MSM helps take certain chemicals and make them water solu¬ble. This allows them to then be excreted by the kidneys. Some of the sulfur is used to make cysteine, which is then used to make glutathione. Glutathione rids the body of toxic metals, protects cells from oxidation, and does other health promoting activities. 7 MSM also goes to any injured cells and reduce inflam¬mation, increase the flow of nutrients to the site and promote tissue repair. It may also help prevent scarring. If you have allergies it can help control your histamine response. MSM has also been found to support energy levels.

Q: If I am allergic to sulfa drugs, will I be allergic to MSM?
A: It is very rare to be allergic to nutritional sulfur. Most people allergic to sulfa drugs tolerate MSM very well. However, if you are concerned about a possible sensitivity to sulfur, start with a small amount of MSM and build up your intake slowly under the guidance of your health care practitioner. Taking 100 mcg of molybdenum along with MSM also helps you metabolize MSM more effectively.

Q: When I started taking MSM I got a headache. Can MSM be to blame?
A: This is not common, but can occur. First of all, the sulfur in MSM increases detoxification, the body’s process of removing cellular and metabolic waste. This “spring cleaning” initiated by MSM is a health enhancing process, but if you start to release toxins too quickly, this could cause a headache. The solution? Stop your MSM for a few days, and begin to take it again in reduced doses so your body can cleanse itself more slowly. This will allow you to detoxify without headaches.

Q: How does MSM relieve inflammation?
A: MSM increases the effectiveness of the body’s natural anti-inflammatory hormone cortisol. MSM also inhibits the proliferation of fibroblasts.8 Excessive amounts of fibroblasts are produced in the swelling process and lead to scar tissue. MSM also binds to fluid in swollen tissue and aids in its removal.

Q: How can MSM help with allergies and/or respiratory problems?
A: MSM blocks histamine receptors. It acts like a bodyguard outside the cell membrane, deciding how much histamine will be allowed in to cause inflammation, swelling and fluid build-up.

Q: MSM gave me a rash. Should I stop taking it?
A: The MSM is probably helping you to rid excess copper and/or toxic metals such as mercury. Both of these metals can cause a skin rash. You do not need to stop taking the MSM. It would be helpful to add Vitamin C to help the process along and minimize symptoms. You could also reduce the dosage of MSM and detoxify at a slower pace.

To order MSM you can click HERE.

Your friend in health,
Lyn-Genet ~ Executive Director, The Plan
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Exercise SMARTER To Boost Your Metabolism

Did you know that when you exercise too intensely for YOUR body you will GAIN weight and SLOW your metabolism? Yes, it’s true! So it’s time to chat about how this occurs so it doesn’t happen to YOU.
 
When you exercise too intensely for your body, you raise cortisol levels and that spells trouble. Here’s what happens when cortisol is raised too high: heightened levels of cortisol INCREASES fat storage AND skews your hormones. This causes weak adrenal function, slows your thyroid and increases insulin output. Exercise can do that? Yes, and this is not a good formula for being your healthiest!
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Here’s an overview:
Over-training has been shown to decrease blood levels of l-glutamine, dopamine and 5-HTP which affects mood, energy and the body’s ability to repair. Exercising too intensely for your body affects your hypothalamus and pituitary glands. Impaired thyroid function means your metabolism is compromised. Studies have directly shown how exercising too intensely depletes t3 levels. Plain, simple, accepted fact.
 
The increase in cortisol depletes progesterone or testosterone levels creating estrogen dominance; another reason for weight gain and thyroid dysfunction. Exercising for more than half an hour has been shown to increase hunger thus often offsetting the metabolic boost and calorie burning activity, creating a calorie surplus- not a deficit.
 
In addition, as we age the body’s ability to withstand oxidative stress diminishes. Periods of constantly elevated heart rate with no decrease seems to cause the most damage. Not allowing for adequate periods of rest after oxidative stress heightens inflammation. Inflammation means you are gaining weight and getting sick. We are constantly told faster, harder, more intense, push, push, push and what we are pushing ourselves to is an early grave.
 
Now, that being said, some people are genetically programmed to be athletes. But most of us aren’t. Our ability to repair from too much exercise decreases as we age. The exercise that may have worked for you in our 20s is now perceived as stress by your body AND your body can’t keep up with repair. No matter how you slice it, our bodies are adapted to survive. When you spend way too long on the treadmill or at the Cross fit class your body will react by slowing down your metabolism bcs your body wants to survive longer .It does that by decreasing T3 levels to preserve energy and slow metabolism.
 
Then there is the flip side, you don’t exercise because you think you need to spend an hour 5 days a week in a gym. You too, are slowing thyroid function and of course not getting the wonderful benefits of exercise like cardiovascular health, bone density and nice boosts of serotonin. Exercise is FUN, it really is, you just need to find the exercise that works for you!
 
Did you know that in my early 30s I was a crazy runner? 50 miles a week, every single week, for years. I loved it. Really and truly. Then I started to really build my practice, so I only started to run in the spring. And my body was so happy! I’d lose my winter fat, pounds would drop, I would feel so invigorated and happy.
 
Then…the last couple of years, running started to seem like a chore. And I wasn’t dropping body fat. And I wasn’t losing my winter weight. So I decided to test it. There was no way, running was the problem, right? It was my go to for 20 +years. Well guess who totally, and absolutely, failed running? Yup, me. Using the testing protocols I can teach you, you will be able to figure out what your body loves. And what’s fun. My go to now? Weights, yoga and plyometrics. 
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You can use The Plan protocols to help you find your balance. If you would like to enroll to work with me or one of my staff, you can email info@lyngenet.com AND receive a signed copy of my new book The Metabolism Plan when it’s released (mention TMP when you sign up)!
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Remember, the key is always listening to your body, it’s always telling you everything you need to know! For me, my new balance is exercising 1-1.5 hours a week (and my body fat and weight is the same at 50 as it was in my 30s when I was exercising like a maniac! ).
Your friend in health,
Lyn-Genet Recitas
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Cook For The Week In Under An Hour!

Fall is here and we are all gearing up for the holidays. But with what is possibly the best time of year can also bring an unexpected present… the dreaded holiday muffin top . Too many parties, too much take out, dinner out in restaurant all add up. But it’s easy to bypass this weight gain trap with a little home cooking . I’m here  to help you enjoy this incredible time of year without worrying about your scale. Instead let’s have you concentrate on enjoying this marvelous life you have created.

Eating, and especially dinner should be fun, not a dreaded chore. Finding the time to cook, play and spend time with friends and family is possible if you plan it ahead . I’m sure you have heard the magic words before, do it in advance. But here’s something more concrete. I’m going to tell you exactly how I do it. Here’s your secret look into a nutritionist’s kitchen routine.

My magic weapon is to make it fun and have an an all out party.

  1. It’s No Mystery, Dinners Have A Few Basic Ingredients

The rest is bells and whistles. No matter what style of cooking you love, whether it’s Paleo or classic French, all meals break down into simple components: proteins, cooked vegetable, salads and perhaps carbs. The best way to approach cooking for the week is to be prepared and keep the menu simple and delicious and know what works for you and your family.

  1. Work Out Your Menu For The Week Based On What Everyone Eats

You can easily work out dishes for your vegetarian daughter and your gluten free best friend. All you need is a well stocked pantry and make everyone happy with simple personal touches whether it’s adding sriracha to one person’s dish or a quick rice pilaf or pasta.

  1. Shopping The Day Before is Key

I do a big shop on Saturday and see what is seasonal, fresh and on sale. I also make sure to pick up a lovely bottle of wine and flowers for my Sunday night cook fest. Here’s an example of what I would buy:

  • A whole chicken which will make 4-6 servings and a chicken breast for each additional 2-3 servings per person.
  • Buy ground meat of choice, I adore ground lamb, but beef or pork works too!
  • Grab some eggs and keep them for a mid week easy dinner frittata.
  • Buy chickpeas or beans of choice for a vegetarian night.
  • Chop veggies for the week. I highly recommend glass containers with a seal, it keeps vegetables fresh, or breathable Tupperware which allows you to adjust the venting for each vegetable for maximum freshness. Because I lightly steam all of the vegetables Sunday night, it’s easy to saute, roast or steam as needed!

4. Make It Fun and Make It Easy

If you’re not having fun cooking then we need to change this pronto! My secret is telling everyone that Sunday nights is the one night I don’t want anyone helping out! As soon as the sun sets I have my playlist on Spotify blaring, pour myself a hearty glass of wine and start the party. You can make the dinners for Sunday through Friday on Sunday night, Friday and Saturday you use the leftovers for have a great Mexican and Thai night.

Here’s a sample week for you:

On Sunday Night try this recipe for Chicken Parmesan,  served with a side of pasta or gluten free “zoodles”

You can also roast a whole chicken and vegetables right in the skillet.

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Make it a meatless Monday Night with a warm, hearty Chana Masala and use the leftovers for lunch.

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Tuesday change the pace with Burgers &  Avocado Fries with Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce.

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Wed night is a quick and easy gluten free night with a Leek and Mushroom Frittata.

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Thursday-mix it up and make it spicy with a Sweet and Sour Chicken stir fry !

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Friday, you made it through the week! Celebrate with Taco Night!

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Saturday I bet you still have some vegetables left and chicken, perfect for making Chicken Pad Thai.

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5. Helpful Hint

Sometimes you just don’t want to cook, and you shouldn’t have to! Be flexible

The quickest way to make cooking a chore is to make yourself feel like you have to channel your inner Martha Stewart and grow all of your own vegetables and raise livestock. Give yourself a break when you need to, pick up a rotisserie chicken or order in some plain steamed Chinese food and add some sauces you love. Remember this isn’t about being perfect, it’s about having fun and bonding with those you love. The payoff? Your best weight, health and sanity!

 

Your friend in health,

Lyn-Genet Recitas

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High Protein Diet- Friend Or Foe?

I find that for people who follow an omnivore diet, daily menus high in vegetarian sources of protein with small to moderate amounts of animal protein eaten once a day do best when it comes to weight loss, improved thyroid health and decreased inflammation.
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Chronic low grade inflammation not only leads to diseases like digestive disorders, cancer, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, but also obesity and premature aging. Of course the trick is to find the proteins and foods that work for YOUR chemistry! It’s chemistry, not calories that will get you to your best health and best weight. Your body always wants to heal, when you give it the right foods it will.
 
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A few years ago, a study found that high protein diets were linked to the risk of mortality, both from cancer and from diabetes. But when the researchers looked at the source of the protein, things changed: It seemed to be only meat and dairy that were linked to the risks—vegetable protein was not. It will be interesting to see whether protein type also makes a difference in diabetes risk.
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“We found that women who lost weight eating a high-protein diet didn’t experience any improvements in insulin sensitivity,” said study author Bettina Mittendorfer in a news release. “However, women who lost weight while eating less protein were significantly more sensitive to insulin at the conclusion of the study. That’s important because in many overweight and obese people, insulin does not effectively control blood-sugar levels, and eventually the result is type 2 diabetes.”
 
The underlying reasons for the connection aren’t exactly clear, but Mittendorfer tells me, “Based on our data, the link appears to be oxidative stress. But we have not worked out the exact mechanisms yet.” To read the article in full, you can click here.
Now what’s interesting about this is that exercising too intensely can also cause excess oxidative stress, thereby greatly increasing your chances for serious disease and weight gain. The Metabolism Plan can help you find YOUR balance with exercise and food, and all it takes is 30 days.
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Rotate or React- The Plan

Rotate or React. Shelly asked how often should we be retesting and how often should to rotate foods. Remember that rotating foods that work for your chemistry is the best way to keep losing weight, be at your healthiest and not build up food sensitivities which cause inflammation. Great questions, so here you go!

Wheat is best every other day and frankly so is every food once you get enough in your arsenal. So if you have kale, broccoli, sunflower seeds, chicken and pizza on Monday, don’t have them again until Wednesday.

Here’s the optimal rotation of proteins if you pass them:

chicken 3x a week- every other day
lamb – 3x a week- every other day
eggs- 3 x a week every other day
beans- 3x a week- do not have more than once daily
duck breast- 2-3x a week every other day
fish and seafood – 2 x a week 3 days apart
pork- 1-2 x a week
turkey-1-2x a week
steak- 1x a week
buffalo- high reactive
veal- VERY high reactive

Make sure to test once a year and for every 50 pounds lost. You don’t have to restart from The Cleanse, you can start at day 3 and have it as a regular day, so coffee and wine is fine!

What happens if you failed a food? Does that means you should never eat it again? Retesting depends on how much weight you gained. If you gained less than .5 lbs, then I would suggest retesting in 6-12 months. If you gain a pound or more, definitely wait a year to retest. And don’t give up! Remember, I lost eggs, they were my mortal enemy, and now they are back! Brayden couldn’t eat any wheat and he took a year break. Now he has wheat every other day!

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How Lisa Overcame Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Lost 50 Pounds!

“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-Sh**-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.
 
Until now…
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.
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Take That!
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.”
You can read the New York Times Bestseller The Plan or email info@lyngenet.com for more info on how to change your health and your weight!

Is Hidden Yeast Overgrowth Slowing Your Weight Loss?

One of the things that can mysteriously and frustratingly prevent us from losing weight is a systemic yeast problem. Most people think of yeast as being vaginal, but everyone has yeast. Yes, men too. You could have never had an apparent yeast infection in your life and still have yeast overgrowth.

We have a very delicate balance in our gut between friendly flora and yeast. Yeast colonies can rapidly multiply and overtake our friendly flora in response to diet, hormones, or environmental factors. People who eat a lot of sugar may be more prone to yeast overgrowth . But really ANYONE who eats reactive foods, foods that cause an inflammatory response, will kick up yeast. You may also note that in times of stress you are more prone to having a flare-up.

Taking antibiotics disturbs your intestinal flora; this is the reason people recommend eating yogurt when you take antibiotics (which really doesn’t help that much for systemic yeast – especially if you are reactive to yogurt!). Other factors that might contribute to yeast overgrowth are hormonal changes, birth control pills, steroids, and exposure to radiation such as radiation therapy.

Regardless of what causes it, a yeast overgrowth can create digestive disturbances like bloating, gas, and constipation, headache, sinus problems, brain fog, depression, and fatigue. Even worse yeast, left unchecked, can cause disorders like leaky gut and disrupt your immune system. Candida can also set off volatile emotional issues . You know all those symptoms usually associated with PMS, like feeling irrational, severe mood swings, and anger? Those can often be a result of systemic yeast, which can flare during times of hormonal shifts.

When yeast organisms take over your intestinal flora, they produce acidic toxins, which slow down weight loss and affect your immune system. If you are having a yeast flare-up while testing, it will affect your data. To make matters worse? The more yeast you have, the more foods you may be reactive to!

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If you are doing The Plan to identify your inflammatory foods, I want you to have as accurate data as possible. It would be frustrating to put in all this effort on your 20 days and not have the payoff, so we want to determine if there’s an issue before we get started.

 

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I use a very easy test for yeast overgrowth. Since yeast feeds on sugar and fermented foods, we do a test day prior to beginning your Plan on the foods that are the most likely contributors to its growth. Set aside one day and include in your daily menu wine or beer or better yet champagne (full of yeasty goodness), balsamic vinegar, and chocolate. Yes, all in one day; did I mention the test was fun? If you don’t drink wine, you can just use the dessert and a heavy dose of balsamic vinegar. If chocolate isn’t your thing, you can choose any sweets that you love. Throw some carbs in there for extra fun! Keep everything else that day the same as you usually do. The next morning, upon awakening, check your tongue in the mirror. If it’s coated white, it’s a sign that yeast is an issue for you. Even if your tongue is not coated white, note how you feel. Are you craving sugar and carbs? Are you irritable or do you have extra energy, or feel super low energy?

If you have any of the above, don’t panic. This is easily treatable. I know there are many hardcore practitioners out there that want to cut from your diet every bit of sugar and everything fermented to moderate yeast, but I haven’t found this strict regimen to be necessary – and frankly, it is pretty depressing. In addition, if the yeast is rampant, this austere approach will cause rapid yeast die-off symptoms, which feel horrible (think extreme detox with foggy thinking and extreme moodiness). I believe it’s better to let the yeast die off slower and enjoy a regular life in the process.

The best way to counteract a yeast overgrowth is through a course of high-quality probiotics and removing any foods that cause a reactive response (inflammation). Probiotics are living organisms that are similar to the beneficial bacteria in your stomach that help restore the correct balance in your system. You can use the brands recommended on The Plan website – www.LynGenet.com. I find most people respond to probiotic treatment within a few days. If you are are female and beleive that yeast is systemic in your system, you may also want to try a vaginal suppository. I have found that many women do wonderfully with Yeast Gard which you can find in many drugstores or online. A 7 day protocol in conjunction with an oral probiotic is wonderful!

 

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Please do avoid probiotics with the following:

  1. I find that probiotics which contain FOS ( Fructooligosaccharides, is reactive to approximately 80% of the population I work with.  FOS is used as an sweetener and it has a sugar level of somewhere between 30 and 50 percent of sugar syrups. Conventional research is quite mixed on FOS as it can increase the growth of unwanted bacteria in the GI tract. It could also serve as food for less desirable strains of bacteria. In addition, FOS feeds E. coli and many Clostridium species, which will disrupt your population of gut-friendly bacteria. There is also a concern that some kinds of yeast are able to use inulin/FOS for fuel, thereby leading to overactive yeast production in the body.
  2.  Xylitol can cause nausea, gas, bloating and diarrhea and or constipation. Remember whenever you impair digestion you not only cause weight gain, but create an inflammatory response which can affect your immune system and serotonin production.
  3.  Dairy, Soy and Gluten- If you have sensitivities/allergies, please make sure that your probiotics do not contain these ingredients.

Also what is confusing to some people is that it’s not the number of cells in your probiotic that are important, but the strains and how many they are. You can research which strains work best for what ails you. I find that it’s best to rotate your probiotics so you can restore gut function with as many beneficial strains as possible.

Your friend in health,

Lyn-Genet Recitas

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