Probiotics for Fibromyalgia

All too often Fibromyalgia  and digestive disorders  go hand in hand. In fact, it’s one of the most common complaints and can have huge effects on your overall health, mood and weight! Typical symptoms can range from simple constipation to more serious disorders like IBS and Crohn’s.

Good bacteria, which are essential for optimal digestion, can be wiped out out by various factors such as stress, illness, medications and diet. And all of these factors are part of the life of a Fibromyalgia sufferer. The good news?  You can fix this! Taking the right probiotics can restore balanced gut function quickly and easily when you have a low inflammatory diet that is personalized for YOUR chemistry.

Here’s what’s super interesting, while most people will have a gut imbalance, studies show that fibromyalgia patients have much higher levels of harmful bacteria in their gut. Here’s where probiotics come in. Probiotics contains strains of beneficial bacteria and many of these bacteria are strongly anti-inflammatory and can act as balancing agents for these harmful bacteria. The higher levels of bacterial overgrowth also correlated with pain intensity – the worse the bacterial imbalance was, the higher the individual’s pain.

Benefits of Probiotics for Fibromyalgia

  • Immune system- 70% of your immune system is in your gut. Probiotics help to balance immune function.
  • Mood- the majority of your serotonin  (your feel good hormone) is produced in your gut. Research is showing that taking probiotics can help to relieve depression and anxiety. Optimal serotonin levels can also mitigate the effects of cortisol  (your stress hormone) which can greatly exacerbate Fibromyalgia symptoms.
  • Medications and stress can disrupt your intestinal flora. Probiotics can quickly come to the rescue saving you from an overgrowth of yeast. Yeast will disrupt hormones and slow your metabolism.

 

  • Food sensitivities are reduced. The more food sensitivities you have, the more inflammation is produced.
  • Probiotics aid digestion and assimilation of nutrients providing better nutrition and ability to heal.
  • Probiotics can reduce seasonal and environmental allergies which can exacerbate symptoms such as pain,
    fatigue and digestive disorders .
  • When looking for probiotics you should have many strains of bacteria , just having one or two lessens your
    chances of it being the types you would need to restore gut function particular to your needs.

Here’s an overview of a few probiotics I like to see in formulations.

Acidophilus is important for digestion, immune health, urinary tract and vaginal health. Provides relief from gas and bloating.

B. longum helps to maintain the integrity of the gut wall which is important for auto-immune disorders. As with all probiotics it aids digestive and immune health, it’s also a great liver detoxifier .

B. bifidum aids digestion of dairy products as well as carbohydrates, fat, and protein so your your body can use them more efficiently.

B. infantis decreases bloating and bowel movement difficulty, gas, diarrhea, and constipation.

L. paracasei is important for liver function and the liver is responsible for over 500 functions including your hormones and your metabolism. Part of the your goal is normalizing hormones for optimal thyroid health. We will cover why the thyroid is such a key player in putting fibromyalgia into remission later!

L. rhamnosus restores GI health, supports immune health, supports vaginal and urinary tract conditions and aids digestion of lactose.

L. fermentum aids in your body’s production of two antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione both of which are chronically low in FM. They both help to protect us from oxidative stress which. is thought to play a role in the pathogenesis of fibromyalgia.

But probiotics are only part of the picture, to heal gut health, an essential component to put your symptoms in remission, you must identify the foods that cause inflammation.

Food and Inflammation- Find The Trigger

In my practice, we use the protocol I developed in The Plan to identify food sensitivities and eliminate the foods which can cause an inflammatory response Simple, seemingly healthy foods, like strawberries, asparagus, oatmeal, yogurt and salmon can cause an immediate reaction which triggers inflammation, weight gain, depression or anxiety and health symptoms. Identifying and removing the foods that cause inflammation is key to putting your symptoms into remission.

 

When you think about how a simple capsule can greatly aid your weight, mood and health it seems like a perfect supplement to take when you need it. My advice is to try different brands that do not contain FOS (ingredients like chicory and inulin can be a gut killer!) and to keep rotating them so you receive the benefits that different strains offer.

Inflammation and Optimal Health and Weight

And as always, please remember this, your body always wants to achieve homeostasis, the act of repair and stability. But (!!), it will always divert energy from healing to digestion. Inflammatory foods, divert even more energy. Choosing the foods that work for your body will free up your body’s ability to do what it always wants to do, heal.

To find out more about The Plan visit www.lyngenet.com or email info@lyngenet.com .

Your friend in health,
Lyn-Genet Recitas

The Plan for Diabetes

The Plan is an amazing program for helping clients gain control over their blood sugars. Whether you are a type 2 diabetic or a type 1 diabetic or just someone dealing with early stage glucose intolerance, learning which foods stabilize your insulin and glucose levels can help you get off the rollercoaster for good.
 
The main goal for all diabetics is to keep glucose levels as close to normal as possible with as little medication as needed and The Plan is an amazing tool to achieve this. More and more research has shown that insulin resistance is due (in large part) to pro-inflammatory chemicals called cytokines. These pro-inflammatory signals make our cells less resistant to insulin and can even damage pancreatic and liver cells that are responsible for glucose regulation. With The Plan two amazing things happen: we reduce the bodies production of these inflammatory cytokines, allowing our cells to become more sensitive to insulin. In addition we gain the knowledge of which foods work best to keep those levels low and lower overall inflammation.
 
Dr. Katie’s Story
 
When I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes I was told it didn’t matter what I ate as long as I knew how many carbs I was eating and gave myself insulin for it. If I wanted to maintain better control I should eat less carbs. After trying the low carbohydrate “diet” for years I can say this just isn’t true! I was living on a rollercoaster where each meal was a gamble.
 
Once I did The Plan, I was able to finally pinpoint which foods make my own blood sugar harder to control . A key example? Eggs. Eggs have almost zero carbohydrates but when I tested eggs I found that they shoot my blood sugar up every time (even with plenty of insulin!) and cause weight gain. For me, eggs are reactive and eating them increases inflammation that makes glucose levels harder to manage. However, I do GREAT with wild rice! I used to avoid rice at all costs (carbohydrates!), but I have found with Planning that it leaves me satisfied, my sugars respond beautifully to it and I no longer have to live a life devoid of delicious carbohydrates.
Wild Rice and Pomegranate Salad

4 cups cooked kale

2 cups wild rice

½ cup pomegranate arils

¼ cup toasted pumpkin seeds or nuts of choice

¼ cup grated goat or sheep’s cheese of choice

 Basil Vinaigrette

1 cup EVOO

¾ cup balsamic vinaigrette

½ cup basil

Blend all ingredients thoroughly.

 

How the Plan Helps You

The beauty of Planning as a diabetic is that we get one more tool to assess foods.  We use weight and our blood sugars to guide us to the foods that work well for our systems.  It’s exhausting listening to the experts tell you what to eat as a diabetic.  The Plan gives you a system to test the foods that you love and see how your body responds to it.  This gives you control over your blood sugar, weight and overall health.

Tip For Managing Your Sugar

  • Check you sugar!! Especially as you get started check your sugar before and 2 hours after every meal as well as at bedtime and on waking. Even if you aren’t used to checking your sugar this much, doing it for a few days or weeks gives you so much information about what is and isn’t working.  I will also allow for quick adjustments to medication.
  • Any food that causes high, sustained levels of blood sugar after eating is likely inflammatory for you EVEN if you lose weight with it. Remember that your blood sugar is another tool you can use to judge foods so watch it and learn from it!
  • Low blood sugar options: This is especially true for type 1 diabetics as insulin levels are adjusted but try whole grapes, watermelon (if Planning in the summer) or raisins (if on the go) as potions to quickly bring up low blood sugar if you should need it.

Recommended Supplements 

  1. MSM: one of the most bioavailable sources of sulfur.  Insulin is actually formed by two proteins attached with a sulphur bridge and many research studies have shown that glucose uptake into the cells is aided by MSM supplementation.
  2. Ashwagadha: Many research studies have shown lowered glucose levels in diabetics taking ashwagandha.  It it thought to improve the uptake of glucose into muscle cells.  Ashwagandha is also an amazing adaptogenic herb that can help support our adrenal and thyroid systems as well.
  3. Liquid B12: This is primarily a recommendation for our clients that are on type 2 diabetes medication (such as metfomin).  The medications often rapidly deplete stores of B12 and folate so if you are on these medications then supplementing with these nutrients can help dramatically.
  4. Probiotics: More and more research is showing  that the health of our digestive tracts plays a critical role in blood sugar balance.  The most recent study showed that supplementation with L. Reuteri and Bifidobacteria (In the probiotics we recommend) greatly reducing blood sugar and fasting insulin levels.
  5. Vital Nutrients Blood Sugar Support: This is one of my favorite supplements if you feel like you need extra support in addition to changes in food. It is a combination of chromium and herbs that act to sensitive the body to insulin.  I often take this when I travel and have less control over food!

 

Your friend in health,

Dr. Katie Reinholtz

How To Heal Your Auto-Immune Disease

Every day I am thrilled to read the testimonials of people putting their auto-immune diseases in remission thanks to The Metabolism Plan. The reason why so many auto-immune disease sufferers find their symptoms go into remission is that this protocol addresses so many of the factors that researchers believe are at the root cause.

Researchers note that addressing these factors are key to putting your disease into remission: inflammation, unbalanced hormones, leaky gut and thyroid function. The great news is that something as simple as eating the foods that work for your chemistry can do this! You need to eat a bio-individual (based on your personal chemistry) low inflammatory diet. You see what’s inflammatory for me may be perfectly fine for you. I can’t eat eggs, chickpeas or fish, while these foods may work beautifully for your body! That’s why you have tried so many diets and have only had minimal success for short periods of time.

The Metabolism Plan helps you find the foods and exercise that work for you and boosts your metabolism/thyroid function. This allows your body to heal quickly. It’s chemistry, not calories, that will get you to your optimal weight and health.

Foods that cause inflammation follow this negative feedback loop:

On The Metabolism Plan you will find that by eating the least inflammatory foods that literally in days your hormones, thyroid, gut function and adrenals will start to balance. The Plan will help you identify and remove foods that are your personal food  sensitivities that cause inflammation and leaky gut syndrome.

Leaky Gut and The Impact of Diet For Healing

According to Dr Andrew Weil, leaky gut occurs when your intestinal lining is damaged from eating inflammatory foods. This leads to bacteria, toxins and partially digested too to leak into your bloodstream. Your blood doesn’t expect these toxins to be there and goes on constant high alert and this causes autoimmune disease. His advice? Go on an anti-inflammatory diet to get better.

So, as you can see, one of the most important factors with putting auto-immune diseases into remission, is identifying and removing the foods that cause inflammation. Inflammation is not only a huge trigger for exacerbating symptoms, but also a fetter at to your body being able to heal. An inflammatory response can last for up to 72 hours and this diverts your body from healing to instead diverting that energy to fight inflammation. This keeps you in a perpetual cycle of illness, fatigue and fighting weight gain.

 

 

Could You Have Inflammation?

Every person that has ever come to my clinic is eating at least 3 “healthy” foods that cause inflammation. Foods like salmon, asparagus, yogurt, turkey, strawberries and oatmeal are 85% reactive, which means that for 85% of the population over the age of 35, these “health” foods trigger premature aging, inflammation, disease and weight gain. You can find the foods that don’t work for your chemistry, eliminate them and literally within days  start to restore your body’s energy to what it wants to do, and that’s heal.

GR: “A few years ago I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. I ended up seeing a doctor that truly acted as though he wanted to help me. But the one thing he kept saying to me was, “This has never been shown to be affected by diet.” And I believed him. I tried every prescription he could give me. Nothing worked. Life was miserable for me! He was about to put me on a steroid and I was determined not to go that route. I wanted to try everything else first.  A co-worker told me about The Plan because she knows that I am into natural healing and diet. Based on my experience with colitis and diet, the things I learned through The Plan made sense to me! I thought this could work!

I ended up shedding 20 lbs my first time through it. That’s 20 lbs by doing nothing other than changing my eating! I sleep better, I have more energy, and my skin looks better. I didn’t even realize how much bloat and swelling I was suffering from until it all went away on The Plan. But far and away, the greatest change has been in my colitis. The Plan has provided me with a relief that I never knew I could achieve. I can go jogging again without having to run laps around a restroom! I can sleep through the night without having to get up to use a restroom. If you don’t have colitis, you will never understand how much these little things mean to someone!”

MP: “When I started TP 4 weeks ago, I was 17 lb heavier, but more importantly I was in the middle of the worst lupus flare of my life. I was diagnosed at age 25, and by now at age 33 the symptoms and med side effects were starting to control my life. By week 3, I was able to taper completely off of my steroids and have cut my other medications in half. I haven’t had a headache in a month, and I was getting 2 to 3 migraines a week – some so severe I would end up in the hospital.

My husband has been my support and is also doing TP with me. He has lost 23 lb and has been able to stop his antidepressant and antihistamine prescription meds.

We both have more energy, more knowledge, and better attitudes about food and about life in general than we have had in a LONG time. We are so grateful for this book and the results we’ve seen! 

SG: I healed my Hashimoto’s Disease (thyroid) with this process and dropped about 50 pounds too! And lost about 8 sizes as well. I am 42, but people swear I don’t look a day over 30! Even my hubby says I look like I am in my 20s! Truly, The Plan is the way to a life of healthy living and proper weight management.

Through my one year process, I had my doctor monitor my blood work. She was so impressed with the results, she now recommends the book to her patients too! I am living proof that this process works for EVERYONE, not just for me, for all who decide to take this trek and stick with it for a year. I promise you, it will change your life!

Depression and Inflammation- Break The Cycle

Too often we blame ourselves when we are depressed, not knowing that’s a natural physiological response to something you do every day. Depression is a sign from your body saying “Please change what you are doing! Once you understand the reasons for depression you can start to take charge of your mood.

What are some of the hidden causes for depression and anxiety? Let’s cover what I call the big four over the new posts.

  1. Inflammatory Reaction to Foods
  2. Stress
  3. Thyroid Function
  4. Hormonal Fluctuations and Yeast

Today I am going to cover inflammation, and it’s huge. Inflammation is a key factor behind your depression.

 

How does this happen? Well, inflammation is your body’s first line of defense against infection and injury. When it senses that an invader is affecting you, it goes into high alert mode. When the danger is gone it will normally shut down. Inflammatory response can last up to 72 hours, but certain factors can stop this line of defense from turning off, and when the inflammation is ongoing this is called chronic low grade inflammation.

Chronic low grade inflammation can turn on your body, attacking healthy cells, blood vessels, and tissues instead of protecting them. It can cause weight gain, premature aging and even chronic disease like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

You can develop inflammation anywhere in the body, even in the brain. The idea of inflammation being a root cause of depression has existed for decades.  A recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry reviewed 200 existing papers on depression and inflammation. The researchers determined that brain inflammation was 30 percent higher in clinically depressed patients. Further research shows that even small short bouts of inflammation can cause occasional depression.

One major source of inflammation is food. Foods, yes even healthy ones, can cause an inflammatory response and put your body in attack mode. We all have different responses to foods, and every time you eat a food that doesn’t work for your body, it triggers inflammation. This response triggers a whole cascade of reactions in your body from affecting your endocrine and hormonal systems to affecting your gut function. It just so happens that the majority of your feel good hormone, serotonin, is produced in your gut. Incredible but true, that virtuous egg white and spinach omelette might be great for me, but trigger inflammation for you and be the root cause of your blue mood (and expanding waist line)!

 

One of the organs deeply affected by inflammatory foods is your thyroid. Thyroid dysfunction and depression go hand in hand, so optimzing its function is one of our key goals at The Plan. The key to reducing inflammation and boosting your spirits is to find out what foods trigger this response. So how do you target inflammation? Seems like a big task but actually, it’s not!  You just need to identify that foods that do, and don’t work for your chemistry. Remember the foods that don’t work for your body put it in attack mode Most people are just eating 3-4 foods that don’t work for their body. Identifying, and removing them using The Plan allows your body to go back into a non-inflammatory state, back into a good mood free of depression. Adopting a healthy lifestyle — making positive changes in diet sleep, exercise, and stress levels — will help turn off the inflammation response in your brain.

“I did the 30 days of The Plan. I still have my one can of soda a day. I have my wine and chocolate every night. However, I found out that I am HIGHLY reactive to almonds, nuts, oatmeal, and multi-grain breads. All of which were staples in my vegetarian lactose intolerant diet. I have stayed away from those things. Not one has entered my mouth.

Just from staying away from those things I am no longer on Prozac. which I had been on for 5 years for postpartum depression which never seemed to go away! I have been off Prozac for 4 months and my head just keeps getting clearer and clearer. My energy is more sustained. And I no longer have the anxiety and depression I lived with even while taking the medication. I was told I’d probably be on it the rest of my life.”

 

Your friend in health,

Lyn-Genet Recitas

 

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 bed 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.
www.lyngenet.com
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!
book-cover
Your friend in health,
Lyn-Genet Recitas
lg-3

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.

Preventing Breast Cancer
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
lg-1

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.

roast-chickren

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

chana

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

The Lyn-Genet Plan

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

leek-frittata

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

sweet-and-sour-chicken

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

tacos_istock_1454097032574_780517_ver1-0 guacamole-step1srgb

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

chicken-pad-thai

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

_MG_0171edit

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.
Image result for omnivore diet
 
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.
 
Forbes 10.12.2016-
 
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.
Image result for high protein diet
 
“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.
TheMetabolismPlanLogo