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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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 [email protected] 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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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 believe 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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Tony Lonero, Former Olympian, Put Multiple Sclerosis In Remission Using The Plan

I received a wonderful email 3 years ago from Tony Lonero, since then we have become good friends. I am so proud, that at the age of 57, he is still qualifying, and EXCELLING, in bike races like the Paris-Brest-Paris, with his Multiple Sclerosis in full remission thanks to The Plan.

2013

Hi Lyn
I wanted to know I saw you speak on Foxnews. I have had MS since 2001 as you know it is a battle.
What you said hit me and I bought your book. Since MS is a disease of our immune system, what you said about the right way to eat made sense to me. So I thought if I can find the foods that will not cause my immune system to act up, it may work.  Well, I got your book in May and I started right away. I lost 12 kilos which is about 25lbs (I am an American but I live in Italy).

I feel great! So far my symptoms have been in remission. I usually have increased symptoms in the winter from November to March, why nobody knows, but this year I feel amazing. I found out that coffee, vinegar and gluten are killers for me. I am an Ex-Olympic athlete, I was in the Los Angles Olympics in 1984. 

 

An Italian film company produced a documentary about my life called Ride to Finish.  This is my site ridetofinish.com.

2014

“It has been a year now since I have read your book , the biggest element that I found that bothers me and still does is some gluten. I now make my own bread and pasta now which is a lot cheaper and better I must say!

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 I pretty much eat that was reactive for me before, except vinegar, that’s still a killer.  My MS has been good, I haven’t had any episodes in over a year. I always had problems in the winter . Last year I had nothing which is good. Changing my eating habits changed my life.

This past year I rode 16,000km on my bike that is my tops and I have to say I feel 20 years younger if that is possible.  I qualified for the Paris-Brest-Paris next year in 2015 for the fourth time , the ride is held every 4 years.

Lyn, a ride we do here every year racing across Italy and back 630km non stop, it took me 5 hours less than 3 years ago. Took me 28 hours instead of 32 hours! I know your book helped me with my MS and as an athlete.”

2016

And finally just this week he sent me this-

“Lyn, get the message out “non mollare” don’t give up. Until 4 years ago it was my bike and “non mollare” that kept me walking. Thanks to The Plan, I feel 20 years younger and have found that by identifying my reactive foods, I know I can confront this disease and anything it throws at me.

And here is Tony’s gift to you- this video- Non Mollare- it shows him qualifying for the Los Angeles Olympics, how he found out he had MS, and how the spirit of “don’t give up” became his mantra.

Remember, your body ALWAYS wants to heal, reducing inflammation is key. Find the foods that work for YOUR chemistry and you will achieve your best weight and your best health!

 

Yours in health,

Lyn-Genet Recitas

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Recipes for July 4th Weekend- Plan Friendly

Traditional diets – the diets that you’re used to, like no-carb, unlimited protein, low fat, or calorie counting– don’t work  because there is no universal one size fits all solution when it comes to weight loss. These diets really hold the belief that they are promoting healthy foods. That’s a major problem because there’s no such thing as universally “healthy” foods especially over the age of 35.

When you eat a food that doesn’t work for your body it triggers an inflammatory response. This response affects your weight, your health and hastens the aging process. The Plan works by taking those foods out of the equation. When you’re no longer eating those foods, you lower chronic low-grade inflammation, and everything falls into place. Your weight, your health and your mood all balance like you always knew it could.

Ironically, some of the most reactive foods are considered to be some of the top diet foods. They include:

  • Turkey
  • Oatmeal
  • Greek yogurt
  • Black beans
  • Salmon
  • Asparagus
  • Cauliflower

I know you’re probably having a tough time believing that foods like oatmeal and salmon can make anyone fat. But here’s the reality. Each person is chemically unique.  Certain foods may work for a large population but when combined with your individual chemistry, they can be toxic.  This does not mean these foods I just listed are bad for you — there is no good, there is no bad. Instead, certain foods work with – your body’s chemistry and others don’t.

The beauty of the recipes that you’ll find listed here is that they are UNIVERSALLY low inflammatory AND normalize thyroid function. Why is that so important? Well, it just so happens that when your thyroid is functional your metabolism is at PEAK strength. So can those buffalo chicken nuggets, lamb burgers, and crabcake sliders make you LOSE weight? Yes, and most importantly, it will lower inflammation meaning a healthier happier you!

 

Plan Recipes

Easy Summer Dinners and Fun Side Dishes

Who said food couldn’t be healthy, fun AND easy to make? That’s a hallmark of The Plan. Best of all, every ingredient is the least inflammatory and thyroid friendly. That mean you are boosting your metabolism with these delicious dishes!

 

Gluten Free Buffalo Chicken Nuggets

Can you say kid and family friendly? Super easy to whip up and great at bbqs, these buffalo nuggets hit the spot.

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pound boneless chicken cut into 2″ pieces

3/4 cup panko or gluten free panko

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

4 tbsp avocado oil

1/4 cup sriracha

1/8th cup rice vinegar

1 teaspoon avocado oil for pan

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°

Use 1 tsp avocado oil for baking sheet

In a medium bowl combine panko, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and shake to blend.

Combine avocado oil, sriracha and vinegar

Dip chicken pieces into sriracha mix and coat thoroughly.

Then dredge chicken into panko mix and coat thoroughly on both sides.

Place chicken pieces on baking sheet and bake in oven for 20 minutes.

Raise oven to broil for crispy chicken and broil for 2-3 minutes.

Serve with lemony goat cheese dressing

Lemony Goat Cheese Dressing

A great calcium rich dressing for your vegetable crudité, salads and this also work wonderfully for burgers and chicken

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4 oz goat cheese
1 cup coconut milk (canned)
1 tbsp chives
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp organic lemon zest

Directions

Put all ingredients  except lemon zest, in food processor or blender and mix thoroughly. Remove from food processor and put in a bowl. Add lemon zest and mix.

Crab Cakes

Wow, do I love what crab does for your metabolism (happy thyroid) , and what could be more delicious and seemingly decadent than crabcakes. Have I ever said how much I love when decadent foods make you lose weight and feel 100%?

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4 eggs
⅓ cup grated carrot
3 scallions, finely chopped
2 Tbsp lime juice, 2 limes juiced
¼ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp celery seed
½ tsp pepper
½ tsp cayenne pepper or smoked chipotle powder
1½ pounds lump crabmeat, cleaned and drained, and picked through to remove shells
¾ cup panko or gluten free panko
4 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
½ cup Rouille or mayo, to top
2 tbsp chopped fresh dill, to top

Directions
In a medium-size mixing bowl, stir the eggs, carrot, scallions, lime juice, and spices together. Add the crab meat and stir gently with a fork. Slowly add the panko to the mix. Form into 10-12 patties, or crab cakes.
In a large skillet, add 2 Tbsp oil and 5-6 crab cakes to the pan. Cook over medium heat until browned, about 4–5 minutes per side. Add 2 tbsp evo to pan. Repeat until all crab cakes are cooked. Serve with avocado mayo, or mayo at room temp- garnish with dill

Greek Lamb Burgers with Goat Cheese Schmear

Lamb burgers, how do I love thee? Easier to digest than beef, lamb burgers are a Plan favorite! Craving a pickle? Try a healthier low sodium alternative like thinly sliced cucumbers marinated in rice vinegar for 20 minutes!

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1.5 lbs ground lamb
4 cloves crushed garlic
1 T cumin
1 T coriander
1 lemon
1 cup mint, chopped
4-6 oz goat cheese (softened)
optional: dash of cayenne
himalayan sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
To adorn: sliced red onion, arugula/greens, thinly sliced cucumber, tomato, black olives.

Directions

Fire up the grill.
Finely chop a bunch of fresh mint and zest a lemon on top of it. Divide.
Add half the mint mixture to the lamb, and add the crushed garlic, coriander, cumin, 1/2 tsp. sea salt, and pepper. Mix and form in to 4-6 patties.

Throw patties on the grill.

Mix the remaining mint and lemon zest with the goat cheese, a squirt of lemon juice (from the lemon) and a dash of sea salt. Add fresh pepper to taste.

To serve, add a schmear of the goat spread. To adorn: sliced red onion, arugula/greens, thinly sliced cucumber, tomato, black olives.

Zucchini Chips

Zucchini season is coming upon us, so here’s a great recipe for some zucchini chips! Zucchini is loaded with potassium and this recipe can be made gluten free.

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Zucchini season is coming upon us, so here’s a great recipe for some zucchini chips!

Zucchini season is coming upon us, so here’s a great recipe for some zucchini chips!

1 lb zucchini (roughly 2 medium large), sliced in 1/4 inch rounds

1 tbsp avocado oil, plus more for greasing baking sheet

1/4 cup finely grated goat gouda or manchego

1/4 cup panko (or gluten free panko)

1 tsp herbes de provence or italian herb blend

fresh black pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 450

In a medium bowl, toss the zucchini with the oil. In a medium bowl combine the cheese, panko, herbs, and pepper. Dip zucchini into panko , both sides, pressing down to mix (this way you won’t have to use eggs).

Bake the zucchini rounds until browned and crisp, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve piping hot!

 

Guacamole Onion Rings

 So…onions are healthy. And avocados are healthy. So guacamole onion rings must be super duper healthy!! Well, actually, yes they can be! Get ready to make this a regular on your menu! Like most of our recipes, it’s easy to make this one gluten free.

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3 avocados
Juice of 1 lime or 2 tbsp juice
1 tomato, diced and drained of excess water
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp sea salt

½ tsp cumin

¼ tsp cayenne

¼ tsp cinnamon
2 small-medium yellow onions
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups panko bread crumbs (or gluten free panko)
Avocado oil for frying

Optional lime for spritzing

Directions:
In a medium mixing bowl, mash avocados with the juice of one lime. Mix in chopped tomato, and spices

Cut onion into 1/2-inch slices. Place wax paper on a baking tray and separate the onion rounds and fill with appx 1 tsp of guacamole. Place tray in freezer for an hour.

Put the beaten eggs in one bowl, and the panko in the other. Remove the frozen onions from the freezer. Gently dredge the onion in the gg and then in the panko. Repeat this step for extra crispy onion rings (highly recommended).

In a large skillet fill the base with avocado oil and medium high het. Fry the onion rings until browned. When brown place on a plate with paper towels to drain excess oil. Repeat until done. Optional, spritz with lime juice.

Chronic Fatigue- The Leaky Gut Connection

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Chronic fatigue is linked to leaky gut syndrome according to a study published this month in the journal Microbiome, with Cornell University researchers. Leaky gut syndrome can be healed by identifying and removing inflammatory foods. If additional help is needed, then going on a protocol of gut healing supplements and herbs. If you know of someone suffering this please share this article with them and some basic info.
 
When I work with my clients that have leaky gut/auto-immune diseases, I always start them off with a protocol of MSM and a good probiotic. They may also need additional herbs such as berberine, wormwood, black walnut, grapefruit seed extract to name a few. There’s a great formulation on my website called GI Microb-X 6 , which contains these ingredients. But just know that many people have been able to put their chronic fatigue into full remission, with JUST using The Plan and the MSM/probiotic protocol.
 
Here’s some information from June 30th 2016 Washington Post.
 
“Chronic fatigue syndrome, perhaps more than any other disease, has a bad rap. It makes you debilitatingly tired from normal tasks but no amount of rest can help. There’s no blood test or other easily read biomarkers, so many doctors are reluctant to diagnose the condition no matter how bad things get.
 
Scientists have finally shed some light on the condition, finding that your gut bacteria and inflammatory agents in the blood may have something to do with it.
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Through DNA sequencing, researchers found the stool samples in the patients with the condition had less diversity in bacteria present in the gut and that there were fewer that were anti-inflammatory. The blood samples were also distinct: There were markers of inflammation that the researchers theorized may be due to a “leaky gut from intestinal problems that allow bacteria to enter the blood.”
To read the article in full you can click here. 
 
If you need help or more information about chronic fatigue, leaky gut, or auto-immune disorders, please email [email protected]

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