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Completed the first 20 days of the Lyn-Genet Plan

Sunday, February 10, 2013

I am the lowest weight I have been since 2009! emoticon

As of this morning's weigh-in I have officially completed the 20 day plan. I am now testing on my own. I lost a total of 7.5 lbs in that 20 days. During the initial 3 day cleanse I lost 5.3 lbs and the remainder of the 20 days my weight bounced up and down as I discovered that I have an inflammatory reaction to steak, bread, and green peppers. I also learned alot about how to hydrate because I stalled by weight loss on several occasions by not drinking enough to compensate for coffee consumption or exercise.

I discovered that I can enjoy lots of great food such as chocolate, red wine, salt-free potato chips, chicken, pork, eggs, goat and sheep cheese, brown rice, tomatoes, almonds, various seeds, and all the low-reactive vegetables on the plan. I'm looking forward to finding out about more of my favorite foods and I think I may try to retest bread with a basic homemade sourdough bread that has very few ingredients. Definitely want to test the ingredients of pizza so I can find out how my body reacts to one of my favorite foods.

Best of all I have reduced inflammation that I can recognize such as decreased generalized pain, reduced and sometimes non-existent knee pain, and significantly decreased post nasal drip. If I can get my knee pain to go away all together I can exercise again.

It has been a very productive journey so far and I will definitely continue working on The Plan to find out more about my own reactive and friendly foods.

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ADELCASALE 3/2/2013 2:05PM

    Thanks for continuing to blog on this. I bought the book. I intend to prep this upcoming week and start next Friday.

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MAUREENIE1 2/21/2013 5:45PM

    Thank Michele for a very encouraging blog. I was ready to give up, but after reading about your journey, I am going to hang in there.

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BLKLILY 2/10/2013 5:03PM

    emoticon ladies and emoticon to you for emoticon completing your 20 days. I wish you much success.

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GOTTABEMETHIN 2/10/2013 3:11PM

    Yes, this is the first thing I have done in years that seems to make my body change direction for the positive. I hope this keeps going and doesn't stall. Good to luck to you!!

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LIS193 2/10/2013 11:49AM

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You did great on The Plan! Isn't it wonderful to find out what foods work for you and which work against you?
it will be so much fun experimenting by adding new test foods but a little scary too... I like losing the weight and are almost reluctant to try something new but I know I have to - knowledge is power!

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I made my own raw almond butter!!

Friday, February 08, 2013

This was really fun!....and really noisy emoticon

Every time I have gone to the store to get raw almond butter it has been out of stock or they only have the really big jar. The big jar is $22 and I just can't bring myself to buy it. So when the Lyn-Genet Plan calls for raw almond butter I just eat an ounce of raw almonds. I found a few recipes online for making my own raw almond butter and one of them was really easy so I tried it. I tried to find the original recipe I saw last week to link it to this blog post but couldn't find it again.

I put 2 cups of raw almonds into my food processor and started the processor up on high speed. It took a minute for the almonds to get ground up. For the next 3-5 minutes I kept opening the top and pushing the almond grounds down because they were creeping up the side of the processing bowl. I finally decided it was too tedious to keep doing this and turned the processor speed down (I only have two speeds). About 10 minutes into this process the almonds started coming together to form big clumps in the processor. I left it alone and kept watching. About 15 minutes in I checked the almonds and they had formed a warm heavy paste similar to what you find inside a peanut butter cup. By this time my dog was begging to go outside and get away from the noise. I had to agree with her so we walked outside to get the mail. When I got back inside a few minutes later the almonds had turned to butter. emoticon

The consistency at about 17-18 minutes of processing was just right for my taste. I got out 1.5 cups of butter and put it in a Ball freezer jar in the fridge. Hopefully the chilled butter will still be a consistency that I like. If not I will process longer next time.

The small jar of raw almond butter at my grocery store is about $15 and is a 16oz jar. One pound of raw almonds is $4.59 at my grocery store so this is a significant discount. I will definitely do this again!!!

I recommend trying it. It's sooo easy. The best part is that I didn't have to add anything to it. Many recipes call for roasting the almonds or adding oil, but there is no reason to do that. The almonds produce their own oil as they heat up in the processor. Very cool!

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LABRYANT 4/15/2013 8:41PM

    Yay! Followed your lead and made some tonight! Thanks for posting!


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NETTYT821 3/14/2013 12:59PM

  I to tried to make my own almond butter due to the cost difference. I guess I wasn't patient enough. It came into a ball, but didnt get to the smooth stage yet. I added a little olive oil to it while processing to help it along. My daughter noticed the olive flavor and didnt like it. Hubby, on the other hand was impressed with my efforts and ate it. I will try again, and like you, leave the room for a few minutes .

Thanks for the tip!

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GOTTABEMETHIN 2/9/2013 10:03PM

    At my grocery the raw almonds are in the baking aisle. Good luck and have fun!

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LIS193 2/9/2013 6:56PM

    It sounds great - I'll hunt around for raw almonds and have a go...

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    Omigosh! This almond butter is so good. I had some today with brown rice crackers, because I too had a reaction to bread, and it was the same consistency as when I got it out of the processor yesterday. It tastes better than the store bought jar (Maranatha brand). I may experiment with adding cinnamon or other flavors in the future.

I end my 20 days after today. Looking forward to testing mahi mahi and potatoes this week.

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LIS193 2/8/2013 6:44PM

    emoticon making your own. Like you did before, I have just eaten some almond when the plan called for almond butter. I have completed the 20 days and am reactive to bread (no surprise there) and very likely shrimp (bummed about that - will test again next month) The meals have been great and i am now experimenting adding new test foods.
Good luck with The Plan!

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USMAWIFE 2/8/2013 5:00PM

    Our stores have a machine with the nuts already in it and you just turn on and grind them to the consistency you want to right there.

Nothing better than freshly groound nut butter

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The Lyn-Genet Plan

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I started the Lyn-Genet Plan a week ago with great succes. The Plan is designed to reduce inflammation and help you come to your natural healthy weight. So far the weight loss has been hit or miss, but that is all part of the process. The Plan walks you through a testing process to figure out what foods you react to and cause you to become inflammed and to gain weight.

So far I have tested reactive to beef and bread. So I can move forward and develop meal plans around those foods. I am also continuing to test more foods until I come up with a list of 40 or more beneficial foods that help me reduce inflammation and lose weight.

Pros: I feel GREAT! I have had low-grade pain all over my body since I was a teenager and have suspected that I may have fibromyalgia. I don't know only because there is no test for fibromyalgia so there is no way to know for sure why the pain exists. Since starting the plan my low-grade pain is almost GONE. I can't believe it. If I continue to experience this I will happily give up even some of my favorite foods.

Cons: While figuring out your own personal reactive foods the menu can get a little repetitive. I am not a fan of the flax granola recommended for breakfast and can't wait for more variety. Also, I am tired of chicken. My first protein test was beef and I gained weight (indicating a reaction). I get to test another protein tomorrow and am looking forward to it.

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EQUIPIX 5/30/2013 8:21PM

  I just started the plan and am on my 3rd day. So far I have lost 4.5 lbs...absolutely thrilled! I too have had a problem with slimy flax granola...I decided making it myself was not worth the trouble and ordered the premade granola from the company the plan recommended. I am not a veggie person, so getting all the veggies down is hard and I'm full before I finish my meal. So, some of the items did not get eaten, but I certainly did not feel deprived. I've had no cravings at all, even been able to watch my husband eat chips, ice cream and regular cheese without caving. The first day, I got a terrible headache and felt like crap midday. I think I was detoxing. day 2, I felt fantastic and today, day 3, I feel pretty good. Looking forward to seeing if this improves my Lyme/Fibromyalgia inflamation.

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ALICEJS 2/22/2013 6:22PM

  I started the plan 2 days ago, and I made my own flax "granola". Has anyone else found that eating it with Coconut milk makes it slimy? I can hardly get the last few bites down the way it feels in my mouth.

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DMPDMA 2/22/2013 3:23PM

  What do you do if you test reactive to something--say, the rye cracker--but then it shows up on a subsequent day's menu (with no substitution). I know the days are chemically balanced, so I would be afraid to sub something else for the cracker if it does not work for me. Thanks for any help.

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GOTTABEMETHIN 1/31/2013 2:06PM

    Lunatique, you definitely want to omit oats because the research shows that 85% of people are reactive to rolled oats. So until you test oats as part of the testing protocol you won't know if that is one of your reactors. I didn't order the flax granola I made my own using the recipe in the book. I also find it tastes better if you mix in about a 1/4 cup of dried fruit. I like a blend of several berries that sunsweet makes.

Good luck on your retest!!

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GOTTABEMETHIN 1/31/2013 2:01PM

    Jen, this is very interesting plan...very informative. I would recommend anyone try it. If you are like me and have been trying to find a key to unlock why I can't lose weight, even when you follow all the rules, then this may be informative for you. I love that I get to have dark chocolate and red wine everyday and still lost weight because these foods are beneficial and not inflammatory.

Go her her website and you can learn a little more. To follow her 3-day cleanse and 21-day testing protocol for determining your inflammatory foods you will have to buy the book. The website won't tell you how to do it. I have already been very impressed with what I've learned.

I first heard about this on Dr. Oz one day. You can find out a little more about this plan and the book on his website.


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LUNATIQUE1 1/30/2013 8:13PM

  Great to hear everyone is having results! I started two days ago and then bought the book. Now I am kind of starting over. I did day 1 today from the book and my stomach is not liking something! I am curious to know how we can know what it is when I ate many new items today. I lost exactly one pound on day one. And only down .04 of a pound more this morning. I am curious where I can find the granola? I didn't know it had to be oat free. I ate the regular and still lost. Would it be bad to stick to what I have?

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 1/29/2013 11:06PM

    Tell me more about this. I know I have trouble with many foods and have been looking for ways to isolate them.

Good luck on your plan!

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BLKLILY 1/29/2013 9:42PM

    Yes, the veggies can get overwhelming...we are here for you! emoticon emoticon

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LIS193 1/29/2013 7:29PM

    The veggies can get a bit overwhelming! I am on day 11 and so far only reactive to bread (which I knew already) I haven't lost a lot because I was already on a program and I am within 5 pounds of my goal weight.
So far I am loving the program and I am interested to find out what foods I am am reactive to.
The flax granola took a little getting used to but I have grown to like it.
Good luck on our journey!

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Body Bugg and The Matchup

Saturday, October 22, 2011

I'm back on Spark again! I just started using a Body Bugg and have joined a 3 month weight loss challenge call The Matchup through my work that started yesterday. I'm excited because there are prizes for this challenge up to $1000 for the biggest loser (by percentage) and $10,000 for the 5 person team with the most lost.

I LOVE the Bugg so far. It tells me how many calories I have used today and then I track my food and it tells me if I have a surplus or deficit of calories. SOOOO much better than just tracking calories. Blind tracking is like doing a math problem where 5+x=z. You have to wait until the end of the week to know what z is and by then the damage is done. The Bugg offers daily feedback.

The first full day on the Body Bugg was two days ago and it had a surplus of about 100 cals but yesterday I was able to meet my goals and had a deficit of more than 1100 cals. If I can keep this up I will be able to lose about 2-3 lbs a week.


major life changes

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Well shortly after my last blog last September I got a new job. It started out as a night job working 3:30 - midnight. In February I took a promotion to Human Resources and returned to school full time a week before that promotion to complete my BS in HR Management. Needless to say I have not been taking care of my body. I'm back on Spark trying to get back on track.

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 8/7/2010 2:32PM

    Hey, welcome back!! It's so good to see you again. Congrats on the new job, the promotion, and going back to school! So many great changes - you must be busy.

Let me know if you need any help in the motivation department!
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