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Tips For Perfect Zucchini Noodles

Zucchini pasta is not only inexpensive dish to make thanks, to being so copious in summer, it’s also an incredible source of potassium  at 500 mg per zucchini. The secret to make good zucchini pasta is to let it dehydrate so it’s not mushy ( no need to use dehydrator- just plain old air works) for at 12 hours. I like to spiralize in the am and keep them in my sunroom which is cool. I add fresh herbs,a dash of garlic powder and sea salt garlic powder. Dinnertime comes around and it’s already ‘al dente’ and you just saute for 3 minutes in evoo. Do note that raw zucchini can hamper digestion for some folks, so make sure it is fully cooked.

 

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Another trick is to make a BIG batch of zucchini pasta as it really benefits from drying out and can easily last in the frig in a tupperware container for a week. I make a big batch on Monday and have some on Thursday, Saturday and Monday! This makes your summer dinners, oh so easy!

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Reducing Food Sensitivities

FIFTEEN years. It’s been fifteen years since I have been able to eat my beloved egg yolks. And you poor folks have had to listen to me kvetch about it. But I knew in my gut, that no matter how much I missed eggs, it wasn’t the time to test them. You see, while I had fond memories of many eggy delights, if I actually thought of eating an egg that minute a huge wave of nausea would overwhelm me.

What did eggs do to me? Not pretty things. Immediate stuffed nose, followed by a headache, distended belly, a pound weight gain and often a headache or even a migraine! So when you have symptoms like that, it’s a no brainer. Lose the eggs.

Last week I thought about testing eggs, specifically the yolks, my true love…no nausea. Hmmmmmm….But I waited. I was not looking forward to feeling ill. But yesterday Bill and I went to a cute little organic chain here, Le Pain Quotidien. Great breads, organic eggs….soft poached. I knew this was my chance. So I jumped on it, I ordered two eggs, and even though they came with bread (bread and eggs is a REALLY tough test to pass), I went for it. Cracking open the egg, I scooped out that gorgeous orange yolk. I closed my eyes and ate it. I waited for the stomach pain. None. Bill was watching me with eyes wide open. We barely breathed for two minutes. I slathered my bread with loads of butter and had the second egg, dipping the bread in the yolk. Sheer heaven. No symptoms, I felt great! Sure enough on today’s weigh in there was no reactive response, no histamine related weight gain.

I’m going to proceed cautiously and just have eggs for dinner once a week. It’s funny, it was like a really bad break up and now that we’re friends again, I’m going to take baby steps in our relationship. But it’s always nice to know, that the foods you love, may be reactive for awhile, like wheat was for me and is now FINE. But they can, and will come back ,if you listen to your body and let it heal.

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How Stress Can Change Your Workout Routine

I have a client starting The Metabolism Plan (TMP), and she was asking me about what kind of workout she should do. TMP helps you find the type of exercise, intensity, duration you should use when working out. But I didn’t have a straight answer, because there’s never “right” or “wrong” when it comes to exercise. Just finding out what works for YOU. So I told her my exercise story.

In my 30s I was a workout fanatic, running 50 miles a week and working out pretty much daily. At 40 I had my son and decreased exercise a bit, but worked out whenever I could find the time. A few years years ago, when I was 48 or so, I was having a LOT of stress, I found I couldn’t work out with heavy weights like kettlebells anymore. And it seemed like ALL of my go-tos for exercise weren’t working anymore! I couldn’t work out on Saturday and Sunday without being up .6. My body had TOTALLY started to HATE running (even 2-3 miles!).

So I did what I always do when my body talks, I listened. I found my pace with exercise, which at that time meant using light weights and body weighted exercises. Totally switching my routine, I maintained my weight and my body comp.

Fast forward 2 years. Stress decreased (thank God!) and now I am able to go back to heavier weights, and I found out something else (thanks to my lazy as all heck son Brayden). He was one of the slower runners in class and it was making him sad. So I said to him , “Maybe you aren’t a distance runner, maybe you’re a sprinter!” So we started sprinting together and he’s FAST (11 yrs old) . Brayden found out that while he didn’t LOVE sprinting, he liked it much better than jogging . As for me?  I found that my body LOVED sprinting . And  now that stress is down I can exercise on Saturdays and Sundays with no weight gain.

So the moral of the story is…. your body, and what works for you for exercise (and food) will change. But when you use The Plan (and TMP) to help you when things just aren’t working anymore, you will always be paid off with best health, best weight, and best body comp!

ps this is a picture with me with my kettlebells, they are back!

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Inflammation and Antidepressants

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Research in the UK states high levels of inflammation interfere with the efficacy of antidepressants. When inflammation is cut the antidepressants work better. This is most likely one of several reasons why anti-depressants can be cut on The Plan. The Plan reduces inflammation, you need lower doses and your medications work more effectively!

Those who tested positive for inflammation need more aggressive therapy from the outset. The research is published in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology. Two markers of inflammation were discovered a compound called macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) and another called interleukin-1beta. Patients who had high levels of these markers did not respond well to traditional antidepressants. There is now research to see if administering anti-inflammatory drugs in conjunction with the antidepressants may work better at treating depression.

But there can be a simpler answer.  Rather than taking more drugs to make drugs work more effectively, simply reduce inflammation, boost serotonin and thyroid function by doing The Plan.

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Tell those you love to find out more about The Plan- visit www.lyngenet.com

Stop Your Diet Merry Go Round- The Plan

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Find the foods that work for YOU. Take charge of your health & weight once and for all!

“Have you ever spent a day saying, “That’s it! I am tired of the pounds packing on. I’m going to get serious and start eating clean!” So you start with your healthiest regimen of smoothies, turkey burgers and cauliflower!” The next day you step on the scale and say, “How, in the world, is that number there?”

There’s a reason why our healthy intentions and diets are not always yielding the results they should. That reason is called inflammation. Here’s what you need to know, we are all chemically unique. And what’s healthy for me may not be healthy for you. This is called bio-individuality, we all respond to stimulus differently. Your weight, and your health, are just your chemical response to foods. Research is showing that healthy foods can cause inflammation which can pose serious problems. Chronic low grade inflammation can cause obesity, premature aging and even diseases like diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

What is inflammation? Inflammation is an essential part of the body’s healing system. Your immune system attacks anything in your body that it recognizes as foreign- like bacteria, viruses, pollen, and yes, even compounds in healthy foods! Choose the right foods, and you can reduce your risk of illness and reduce inflammatory related weight gain. Consistently pick the foods that don’t work for your chemistry and you will accelerate the inflammatory disease process and gain weight. The foods that can be highly inflammatory may surprise you, it can be foods like black beans, asparagus, oatmeal and greek yoghurt!

How does this happen, and how can you gain weight, and get sick, from a healthy food? When you eat foods that don’t work for your chemistry, your histamine and cortisol levels start to rise. This means you will have short term water weight gain from the heightened histamine response and long term fat storage from the raised cortisol. Elevated cortisol levels also mean that you’re also more likely to be stressed out and this will negatively impact your hormones, like progesterone and estrogen. These constantly fluctuating hormones will attack your master gland of metabolism, your thyroid .It’s hard to believe that a healthy food like strawberries can create this domino effect in your body, but if strawberries don’t work for your chemistry that’s exactly what happens!

When you find the foods that work for your body you lose weight easily and feel better. In fact, we have seen positive changes in as soon as 3 days following a low inflammatory diet. You may be just like Maura who came to my office depressed and feeling her body was betraying her. She was sure that after years of dieting and never losing weight permanently, she was a lost cause. Within days we started to identify the foods that didn’t work for her and the weight started to fly off eating a healthy diet of over 2,000 calories a day.

“In just over 3 months I have dropped 37 lbs, seen tremendous improvements in my sleep, skin, and energy levels, and have gotten my hormonal and digestive symptoms under control! I was caught up in a cycle of dieting for years. I went from diet to diet and nutritionist to doctor. I did everything they told me but nothing worked! I saw you on Dr Oz and immediately bought your book. Lyn, I literally thought there was something wrong with me. Of course I was reactive to all the healthy diet foods I was told for years to eat. Now my life is normal and I no longer think my body is my enemy”

How do you know a food isn’t working for you? Well, aside from weight gain there are simple signs that your body is saying “Please don’t feed this food to me!”. It could be bloating after a meal, constipation, that 3:00 energy dip, body aches and pains, irritability, depression and hormonal issues. Identifying your “friendly foods” is as simple to listening to your body or doing The Plan. Remember there is no reason to have declining health, low energy levels or weight gain as we age! That is all a byproduct of eating foods that don’t work for your unique chemistry!

If your health is great and you’re at a perfect weight for you, then you are probably eating the foods that work for you. But if you are like the millions who are struggling with weight loss and health issues, it may be as simple as starting to pay attention to how your body responds to the foods you are eating. One simple sign is to note how you feel after a meal. Are you gassy, bloated or tired? Do your joints hurt, are you suddenly sad or irritable? That’s a sign that something you ate at your meal didn’t work for your chemistry! To find out more about identifying inflammatory foods you can visit www.lyngenet.com or you can order the New York Times Bestseller at Barnes and Noble!

Julie has lost over 170 pounds!

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Yours in health,

Lyn-Genet

 

Zucchini Pasta – Fresh Peas, Goat Brie and Truffle Oil

Easy summer gluten free recipe. Zucchini pasta with shiitake, peas, arugula, fresh basil and goat brie with truffle oil.

1 cup shiitake mushrooms finely diced

1 cup peas

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

4 cups zucchini pasta

3 ounces goat brie

1/4 cup chopped arugula

1/4 cup chopped basil

2 tbsp truffle oil

Saute the shiitake for 3-4 minutes over a low heat in 1 tbsp evoo until the mushroom jus starts to release, then add peas and saute until tender.

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Remove from pan and add more evo and the zucchini pasta, saute until tender- 4 minutes or so and then add the goat brie.

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Remove from pan and add to a bowl. Toss with chopped arugula and basil, Drizzle with truffle oil. Heaven!

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Stress Is Slowing Your Metabolism & Making You Sick

It is not your imagination. Yes, you are gaining weight despite eating what works for you and yes, you can blame stress for your expanding waistline. But the effects of stress don’t end there. Feel like you’re running on fumes? That’s stress. Depressed, raging hormones, snapping at co-workers and your kids? That’s stress too. Worse–premature aging and chronic illness, are all by-products of the S word. A never ending list of to-do’s, job pressures, family stressors, exercising too intensely and constant exposure to technology are some of the reasons why we feel like there’s never enough time and are 10 steps behind.

Why does stress affect us so much? And more importantly, what can you do about it? Stress, in and of itself is not necessarily bad. In fact, we need the stress response to fight infections and keep us safe. A stress response can also mean excitement too– think of a first date, or the thrill of a job promotion. The issue with stress is when it doesn’t go away and becomes chronic. When the periods of stress are too high and you don’t have enough of a relaxation response your body goes haywire.

In my practice, I always look at thyroid hormones and two hormones that I like to call your “base hormones” Dhea and Pregnenolone . Low levels of Dhea and Pregnenolone are signs that your adrenal system is under great stress. Pregnenolone is produced in our adrenals and is the base hormone from which nearly all other steroid hormones are made, including Cortisol, Dhea, Progesterone, Testosterone, and Estrogen. When someone deals with chronic stress on a regular basis more of the Pregnenolone is used to feed production of Cortisol. As Cortisol levels rise it reduces the production of Dhea, which is known as the fountain of youth. Ok, now this is starting to sound bad, right? Dhea is used to make all of your sex hormones like estrogen and testosterone and it is critical for fat burning and lean muscle mass as well as immune system balance.

Ideally when the stress is gone, Pregnenolone, Cortisol and Dhea levels should go back to normal. However, when the stress is prolonged, and occurs for too long a period the body sometimes does not recover and bring these hormones back to normal levels even when stress levels are lower. Instead your body remains in crisis mode with high cortisol and low DHEA output. If this continues for long enough your body will get to the point where even cortisol levels will drop because your other hormones have become so depleted. This is known as adrenal burnout.

 

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Adrenal dysfunction can also cause autoimmune issues to flare because stress weakens and dysregulates digestion. The most common side effect of chronic stress is the development of a leaky gut type syndrome where large proteins and antigens pass through the intestinal barrier. These proteins and antigens trigger an immune response and is strongly implicated in triggering auto-immune disorders as a result. This also means that the food sensitivities you have will heighten and you will start to put on more weight in reaction to these reactive foods. More and more foods become inflammatory over time which results in an inability to lose weight. This syndrome also causes digestive disorders like IBS, chronic constipation and Crohn’s disease. These affects on digestion all heighten the levels of chronic inflammation which also means premature aging and heightened risk for diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.

Adrenal stress and the inflammation it causes can also lead to thyroid hormone resistance by making your cells less able to “accept” the thyroid hormones stimulation. This means that even if your thyroid numbers read in a “normal range” and even if you’re taking thyroid medications, your body may be resistant to the thyroid stimulation which is essential for optimal metabolism, mood sex drive and energy levels. Since the thyroid is essential for every metabolic and cellular function this will further worsen weight gain.
How do you know if you are having adrenal issues? Simple bloodwork can help you determine your stress levels and we can put you on a regimen to restore you back to optimal weight, health and mood. To book a consultation you can email Info@LynGenet.com.

What Do We Use MSM For At ‪The Plan‬?

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Allergies‬
Acid Reflux
• Healthy collagen synthesis for skin, hair and nails
• Wrinkles, tonus of skin
Asthma‬
Arthritis‬
Inflammation (especially of mucous membranes)
Candida‬
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. Continue reading “What Do We Use MSM For At ‪The Plan‬?”

What Do We Use SAM-e For At ‪‎The Plan‬?

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Stress, heightened levels of cortisol‬, enact long term fat storage which leads to weight gain. In addition, stress disrupts hormonal balance and attacks our master gland for our metabolism, the thyroid. Thyroid dysfunction affects at least 30 million Americans, with many more undiagnosed to their condition. Thyroid dysfunction is linked to depression and anxiety. Mitigating the effects of stress is crucial for optimal weight loss, metabolic function and mood.

Cortisol exacerbates our tendency to store visceral fat, the fat around our abdomen. The fat cells that lie in the abdomen have been linked to increased rates of diabetes which affects 30 million Americans with 86 million with pre-diabetes. Visceral fat has also been linked to increased risk of heart disease which affects 47% of the US.

At The Plan we have found SAM-e’s unique effects to lower response to stress enhance weight loss and overall health. When combined with MSM and probiotics to strengthen digestion and the microbiome, traditional weight loss models are obsolete.

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SAM-e stands for S-adenosyl methionine Continue reading “What Do We Use SAM-e For At ‪‎The Plan‬?”

Why Am I Gaining So Much Weight On a ‪‎Gluten‬ Free Diet?

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Many people are now aware of how much damage foods can do to your digestion and ultimately your health; remember that 70% of your immune system is in your digestive tract! Eating anything daily can build a food sensitivity and our motto at The Plan is “Rotate or React!” Eating foods that have extra gluten added to flour will exacerbate any underlying digestive issues. These foods can include bagels, pasta and pizza dough. But there is hope! Fresh pasta dough usually uses lighter flour and thin crust pizza often contains less gluten as well. Remember you should never feel bloated after a meal so if you do that’s a sign from your body saying, “please don’t feed this to me!”

While many people may believe they have gluten intolerance (and many that have been on The Plan have realized they don’t) gluten free products can be just as problematic. The alternate grains used are often reactive and will continue to affect digestion and weight in a negative fashion.

Unfortunately a big player in gluten free bread is tapioca starch and potato starch. Continue reading “Why Am I Gaining So Much Weight On a ‪‎Gluten‬ Free Diet?”